NEW YEAR, NEW THRILLS

Ready for a new year of excitement and world-class attractions? It starts here as Our ardent adventure-seeker Jonathan Spindel shares some of the hottest global destinations for extraordinary experiences.

FIVE STAR SURFING

Jet to the Four Seasons Kuda Huraa in the Maldives, where you can enjoy prime tropical luxury with an additional twist – chartered seaplane surfing. Let the pilots drop you off in the midst of the perfect waves, then come back to unwind in the Four Season’s signature luxury. At FourSeasons.com/Maldiveskh

WAXING CRESCENT

Redefining luxury, Dallas’ Hotel Crescent Court unveils its $30 million renovations in February. Featuring gorgeously redesigned guest rooms and suites, and a brand new 22,000 sq. ft. spa and fitness center, the new Hotel Crescent Court offers exquisite hospitality, dining, wellness amenities, and event hosting venues. At CrescentCourt.com

ALL ABOARD!

The new five-day London Boat Show is a re-defined and re-imagined celebration of the luxury lifestyle on the open sea. Set to be better than ever, the show offers opportunities to climb aboard classic boats and modern yachts, see the latest from boutique brands, and meet international sailing legends. January 10-14. At LondonBoatShow.com

FOODIE PHARMACY

Great restaurants make an art out of cuisine, but Pharmacy 2 in London takes it to a new level. A collaboration between restaurateur Mark Hix and world-renowned artist Damien Hirst, the dining room features many of Hirst’s works. The menu features extraordinary dishes influenced by global flavors, which are indeed pieces of art in their own right. At PharmacyRestaurant.com

PAINT ME A PICTURE

The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery presents the annual “Recent Acquisitions” exhibition, displaying the newest portraits to enter the museum’s renowned collection, joining over 22,000 defining portraits of influential figures in areas such as medicine, music, literature, art and social justice, represented in paintings, sculpture, prints, drawings, photographs and new media. Until November 4, 2018. At NPG.SI.edu

ON PHOTO: Photo courtesy of Tim Evanson

DINING WITH THE STARS

San Francisco’s Coi restaurant is the country’s newest eatery to be bestowed cuisine’s finest honor, three Michelins stars. Featuring a local seafood-focused tasting menu, chef Matthew Kirkley’s kitchen offers a truly superlative dining experience. At CoiRestaurant.com