Travelers today are more aware than ever of all the world has to offer. It’s thrilling to be confronted with so much possibility but daunting, too. When it comes to choosing a vacation, what appeals to one group of travelers might not be of interest to another. And with so many different destinations across the globe to choose from, narrowing down your options can be challenging. Whether you’re after heart stopping adventure, a close-up look at history, or the perfect meal, these are the best destinations to discover in 2018.
The jewel of the Adriatic Sea, Croatia is home to more than 1,200 islands but travel between them has long been dictated by expensive yacht charters and sluggish public ferries. In 2018, that’s set to change, now that UberBOAT, from the popular ride-sharing app, has launched on-demand transfers and private tours along the Dalmatian Coast. Hit the high seas in the direction of Šolta, a hilly isle a mere nine nautical miles from Split. After watching the sun set at Maslinica bay, check out the island’s peppering of stylish beach clubs, seaside bars, and open-air restaurants — then drop your bags at the Heritage Hotel Martinis-Marchi, built inside an 18th-century Venetian fort-castle and ideally situated for those who want to explore Šolta’s ancient villages and crystal-clear bays.
Greenville, South Carolina
Once a sleepy second fiddle to Southern culinary powerhouses like Charleston and Nashville, Greenville is stepping into the limelight with hot new restaurants. It’s an impressive collection of quality restaurants for a city of just over 67,000.Those with a predilection for high-thread-count sheets will soon be able to luxuriate at the Grand Bohemian Hotel, a ritzy boutique property with Carolina charm. In the meantime, discerning visitors can bunk at the swank Westin Poinsett, a historic hotel that was rescued from the wrecking ball in the late ’90s, laying the groundwork for Greenville’s great Southern revival.
Grand Anse Beach, Grenada
Grenada, known as Spice Island, remains one of the Caribbean’s under-the-radar gems, even though it’s got what every traveler wants: uncrowded beaches, preserved rain forests, and a lively local culture and cuisine. The first major resort to open on Grand Anse Beach in 25 years, Silversands will offer 43 rooms and suites, nine villas, and the longest pool in the Caribbean. Getting to the island is a cinch, JetBlue added daily service from New York City last year and Grenada is now a port of call for 33 new cruise ships and visitors will soon have even more options for high-end stays, with Kimpton Kawana Bay and the Levera Beach Resort both in the works.
Amalfi Coast, Italy
Italy’s Amalfi Coast beckons to both adventure travelers and relaxation seekers. The 13 cliffside towns that comprise this region offer picturesque hiking trails and several beaches to explore. You’ll also find exquisite luxury hotels sharing real estate with colorful residences framed by greenery and imposing cliffs cascading down to the cobalt Mediterranean Sea. In fact, one of the best ways to see the Amalfi Coast is on a boat tour. What’s more, you’ll discover delectable Italian fare and fresh seafood wherever you go.
Los Cabos, Mexico
Located at the tip of the Baja Peninsula, the two small colonial towns of Cabo San Lucas and San José del Cabo have become the hottest vacation destinations in Mexico in recent years. With wide, pristine beaches, lively nightclubs, glam resorts, and a farm-to-table food scene, the oasis of Los Cabos is drawing tourists in record numbers. As a result, the hotel scene is booming, with a clutch of new developments and renovations completed this year along the Tourist Corridor, including the sleek Chileno Bay, an Auberge Resort, and a stunning beachfront Solaz resort.