Formerly dismissed as the birthplace of mass tourism in the ’60s, this Balearic island is shining a light on its craft heritage, with creatives from London, New York and beyond drawn by its artisanal traditions and dramatic architecture. Its creative redemption is best observed at Casa Balandra, a palm-framed artist residency and guesthouse where both established and emerging talents can make and mingle, and the Fundació Miró, where Joan Miró’s work is presented in his former home and studio. This year will see art-forward Hotel Corazon finally open its doors, while the pitch-perfect reimagining of a historic Mallorcan mansion in Palma, Sant Francesc Hotel, and its country outpost in sleepy Santanyí, Can Ferrereta, are just two of a cluster of integrity-driven, design-forward hotels to check into on the island.
A land of ancient rituals and futuristic cities, steaming onsens and desert islands, Japan has finally reopened its border to foreign visitors. Tokyo’s exhilarating, high-rise maze now features a spruced-up Okushibu neighbourhood where a late-night café culture is taking hold, with Aman opening two new properties in the Toranomon-Azabudai development. Meanwhile, Kyoto’s craft traditions and geisha rituals endure amid a shake up of the city’s hotel scene by newcomers such as The Hotel Higashiyama, and the Okinawa Islands are finally getting the attention they deserve from international travellers. Ishigaki, in particular, is a stellar choice for knockout beaches with superlative snorkelling.