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5 Best Islands to Visit in 2018

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Best places to travel in 2018: Paros, Greece

Paros, Greece

Greece had a record-breaking amount of visitors in 2017 (an estimated 30 million), with many of them descending on the Greek Islands. Next year, venture beyond Santorini’s packed streets and Mykonos’ busy beach clubs and head to Paros, a quintessential Greek Isles getaway without the hordes of crowds — for now. Last summer, the Mr. & Mrs. White Hotel quickly became the island’s trendiest outpost, with sleek, whitewashed guest rooms a short walk from the vibrant village of Naoussa.

 

Best places to travel in 2018: Four Seasons Private Island Maldives at Voavah

The Maldives

Climate change is threatening this Indian Ocean archipelago’s pristine coral reefs, which is why many of the nation’s new resorts are making conservation a priority. In 2017, the Four Seasons Private Island Maldives at Voavah became the world’s first exclusive-use UNESCO hideaway, and its sister resort, the Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Kuda Huraa, continues to champion conservation through the Maldivian Sea Turtle Conservation Program. This is a paradise that’s definitely worth saving.

 

Best places to travel in 2018: Kauai

Kauai

Hawaii is always a good idea, but it’s an even better one now with Southwest Airlines’ announcement that it will begin flying there (with service from California) in 2018 or 2019. The Garden Isle’s iconic Coco Palms — which became Kauai’s first hotel when it first opened in 1953 — makes a comeback this year, after a renovation and rebrand to become part of Hyatt’s Unbound Collection.

 

Best places to travel in 2018: Bermuda

Bermuda

This charming North Atlantic island is coming off a pretty big 2017, hosting the 35th America’s Cup, but the country still has some wind in its proverbial sails. Eight major sailing events will take place between March and July 2018, including two brand new regattas. Chic travelers should head to The Loren, the island’s first new-build hotel in 45 years, which opened last winter overlooking Pink Beach. Celebrity chef Marcus Samuelson opened Marcus’ at the Hamilton Princess, and hotels from Ritz-Carlton Reserve and St. Regis are both currently in the works. Bonus: The already easy two-hour flight from the East Coast will be even more enjoyable when the L.F. Wade International Airport wraps up its major expansion by 2020.

 

 

Best places to travel in 2018: Playa del Carmen, Mexico

 

Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Smack in the middle of the Riviera Maya, an hour south of Cancun, Playa del Carmen is a great base for exploring the area’s powder-fine beaches, Mayan ruins, and subterranean cenotes. Kick back at the new, all-inclusive Panama Jack Resort — the family-friendlyproperty (formerly the Gran Porto Resort) is the result of a new partnership between the casual clothing company and Playa Hotels & Resorts. More family fun: In 2018, Mexico’s largest theme park, Amikoo, is set to open in Solidaridad, a few minutes away.

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