Near, far, wher­ever you are.... These are the best places to spend your 2018 vacation days.

Put a lux­ury es­cape at the top of your to-do list for 2018.

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HAWAII IS REVERED FOR ITS SURF BREAKS AND MAI TAIS. BUT

for those seek­ing an al­ter­na­tive to hang tens and han­govers, the un­der­rated is­lands of Kailua-Kona and Kauai of­fer plenty of hid­den gems: se­cret beaches, lava fields, vol­ca­noes and rain­forests right out of Juras­sic Park. Get to ad­ven­tur­ing in sav­agely beau­ti­ful Kailu­aKona. Home to crys­talline ocean and black-sand beaches, the is­land also boasts an ac­tive vol­cano in Hawaii Vol­ca­noes Na­tional Park—you can wit­ness Ki­lauea glow­ing fiery or­ange against a star­lit sky. It feels deeply ro­man­tic, which makes sense given that na­tive Hawaiians con­sider the crater to be the home of Pele the Fire God­dess: Any erup­tion sym­bol­izes

her de­sire to be with her true love. After­wards, raise a glass of bub­bles at The Rim restau­rant, where views of the bil­low­ing Hale­mau­mau Crater act as your back­drop. Next stop? Kauai. Since trop­i­cal rain­for­est cov­ers most of its sur­face, the Gar­den Isle is, nat­u­rally, pretty dra­matic. Ex­plore the Na Pali Coast on a lux­ury cata­ma­ran with Capt. Andy’s Sail­ing Ad­ven­tures while tak­ing in the emer­ald cliffs and cas­cad­ing wa­ter­falls. You’ll want to bring your snorkel along­ too— Kauai of­fers the most pro­tected-reef ecosys­tems of all the ma­jor is­lands.

STAY

A day at sea re­quires a night of pam­per­ing. Look no fur­ther than the luxe St. Regis Princeville on Kauai. From the stun­ning panorama of Hanalei Bay to the swish ninth- floor lobby to your but­ler-ap­pointed ocean­front suite with a mas­sive pic­ture win­dow of­fer­ing sun­set views, this ho­tel is fod­der for a dream se­quence from which you will never want to wake.

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