Photos: Hawaiian paradise

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  1. Waimea Canyon, Kauai

    Kalalau Valley, on Kauai's west side, is more than 3,000 feet deep and provides stunning panoramic views. Waimea is nicknamed "The Grand Canyon of the Pacific." (John Borthwick / Lonely Planet) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. Honolulu, Hawaii

    Men row their Hawaiian outrigger canoe towards Waikiki beach, with Diamond Head in the background. Outrigger canoes are now used for recreation purposes and to ride the waves, but in times past they were the main means of transportation between the Hawaiian Islands. (Mike Nelson / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. The tranquil waters of Oahu

    Hanauma Bay is one of the finest stretches of beach in the world. (Eric L Wheater / Lonely Planet) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. Surfer's paradise

    Australian Luke Egan competes on Oahu's North Shore, one of the best places in Hawaii to ride the big waves. (AFP) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. Water colors

    A school of manini fish pass over a coral reef at Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve in Honolulu, Hawaii. (Donald Miralle / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. Wailua Falls

    The beautiful 83-foot tiered Wailua Falls is an easily accessible, must-see waterfall on the island of Kauai. Wailua Falls was first made famous when it was featured in the television show, "Fantasy Island." (James Randklev / Corbis) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. Emerald peaks

    The iconic, towering emerald peaks of the 1,200-foot Iao Needle, stand out in Maui's Iao Valley State Park. (Adina Tovy Amsel / Lonely Planet) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. Historic reminder

    The USS Arizona Memorial in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, marks the resting place of many of the battleship's 1,177 crew members who lost their lives during the Attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941 by the Japanese. The memorial is the "ground zero" of World War II. (Kevin Winter / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. Aloha!

    Hula dancers welcome the sailing crew of a Hokule'a, a canoe, into Kailua Bay. (Ronen Zilberman / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  10. The heart of Hawaii

    The sun sets on Honolulu, Oahu's capital and Hawaii's largest, most populous city. (Robert Y. Ono / Corbis) Back to slideshow navigation
  11. Polynesian heat

    Brandon OFueo Maneafaiga, 23, of Waianae, Hawaii balances two flaming knifes during the 13th Annual World Fireknife Championship at the Polynesian Cultural Centre in Laie, Hawaii. (Lucy Pemoni / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  12. Explosive attraction

    People watch from a viewing area as an explosion takes place on Kilauea, one of the world's most active volcanoes, in Pahoa, Hawaii. Legend says the volcano goddess Pele dug fire pits as she traveled from island to island looking for a home with her brothers and sisters. She finally settled at Kilauea's summit, where she lives at Halemaumau crater. (Leigh Hilbert / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  13. Forces of nature

    The Dragon's Teeth are bizarre lava formations eroded by wind and salt spray at Makalua-puna Point. (Karl Lehmann / Lonely Planet) Back to slideshow navigation
  14. Heaven on Earth

    Astronomy observatories are seen on the peak of the snow-covered, Mauna Kea mountain near Hilo, Hawaii. Mauna Kea is a dormant volcano. (Tim Wright / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  15. On the way to Sainthood

    Tourists walk through a cemetery past the grave, left, of Father Damien at Kalawao, Hawaii. After cancer patient Audrey Toguchi prayed to Father Damien, known for helping leprosy patients in Hawaii, to help her, and her cancer went away, Pope Benedict XVI approved the case in July 2008 as Damien's second miracle, opening the way for the 19th century Belgian priest to be declared a saint. (Eric Risberg / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  16. Cool colors

    Rainbow eucalyptus (Mindanao Gum) trees grow in Keanae, Maui. Once a year, these magnificent trees shed their bark and take on the colors of the rainbow. (James Randklev / Corbis) Back to slideshow navigation
  17. Magic Sands

    An aerial view of La'aloa Beach Park or Magic Sands beach in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. The beach is called Magic Sands because when rough surf hits, all of the sand is emptied off the beach and temporarily moved out to sea. (Brian Powers / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
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updated 1/12/2009 3:13:45 PM ET 2009-01-12T20:13:45

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Travel by: June 7

The deal
There's no question the end of 2008 left many of us downright worn out. That's why we recommend starting 2009 off on a different foot. We've found six exceedingly affordable spa and beach vacations that will have you ready to take on the new year with a fresh and optimistic attitude. Look for deals like $200 off nightly stays at a luxurious Arizona spa; a sun and sand getaway at an oceanfront Dominican Republic resort from $100/night; healthy-lifestyle stays from $199/night in New York, DC, and San Francisco; and more ideas to jump-start your year.

Catalonia Royal Bávaro resort in Punta Cana from $100/night
Located on Playa Bávaro close to Punta Cana, the Catalonia Royal Bávaro offers stylish resort accommodations in the sun-splashed Dominican Republic. Boasting a private beach area, tennis courts, Jacuzzis and a nearby championship golf course, you'll find all you need for an exciting and adventurous tropical stay. At the end of the day, don't skip a visit to the resort's Turkish baths, sauna, and state-of-the-art spa. Enjoy an all-inclusive stay here in January, with meals and accommodations included, with rates from $120/night. Rates this February through April 5 start at $140/night, with May or June the two months for the lowest value rates from just $100/night.

January jumpstart at Kimpton Hotels (New York, DC, San Francisco) from $199
Maintaining your healthy lifestyle while on road is always a challenge, but this new January Jumpstart package available from Kimpton Hotels may help you stick to your New Year’s resolutions this year. Available through January at hotels in DC, New York, San Francisco, and various other U.S. cities, this package includes deluxe accommodations, breakfast for two, healthy snacks, exercise DVDs, on-demand yoga, as well as $40 off any in-room spa treatment. Room rates for this package start at just $199 and are based on availability.

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Forty percent off: Silverado Resort Four Friends Spa Getaway (Napa Valley) $199
Jet off with three of your closest girlfriends for a classic spa getaway in California’s Napa Valley and receive free treatments, discounts, and complimentary gift items. Starting from just $199/night per person, the Four Friends Spa Getaway package covers shared accommodations in a spacious Silverado Resort suite, where you’ll find a working fireplace, kitchen, living room, and dining area, as well as complimentary spa access, free wine tastings, and one 50-minute spa treatment per person. Best of all, this deal will save you 40% off rack rates through February 28. The resort’s 16,000-square-foot spa complex offers luxurious treatments like a Chardonnay sugar scrub, various body sculpting, stretching and yoga classes.

Outrigger Reef on the Beach Shopping & Dining offer (Waikiki) from $209/night
Located on Waikiki’s legendary coastline, the newly renovated Outrigger Reef on the Beach offers deluxe oceanfront accommodations just a short stroll away from the many fine restaurants, upscale boutiques, and unique stores along Kalakaua Avenue. Plus, guests who book Outrigger’s new Shopping & Dining Grand Re-Opening offer will receive a $25 credit per night redeemable for local purchases on items such as island jewelry, handicrafts, and specialty foods. Rates for the package start at just $209/night for stays through June 7, and include overnights in a spacious city-view room with a private balcony.

$200 spa credit: Willow Stream Spa at the Fairmont Scottsdale from $465/night
For a top-of-the-line desert spa retreat, the Fairmont Scottsdale is ideal with luxurious rooms, five swimming pools, seven tennis courts, golf courses, and a state-of-the-art fitness center. At the resort’s award-winning Willow Stream Spa, guests can indulge in rejuvenating massage treatments and essential purifying therapies in a tranquil setting inspired by the natural Arizona landscape. Take advantage of all this sophisticated resort has to offer with the special Spa Relaxation package, which gives guests a $200 spa credit per room per night and starts at just $465/night. Slideshow: Caribbean way of life

New Year offer at Elite Island Resorts: Receive 20 percent off or a fifth night free
This year, you can save big on Caribbean getaways at your choice of eight beachfront resorts in Antigua, St. Lucia, the Grenadines, and more. Available now through January 31, Elite Island Resorts is offering this special promo which entitles guests to receive either a 20 percent discount off the entire resort stay, or a fifth night free. Standouts include the St. James Club in Antigua and the classic Mediterranean-style Windjammer Landing Villa Beach Resort in Saint Lucia.

The dollars
Based on double occupancy. Taxes and fees are additional.

The catch
You can never get enough pampering, so watch your budget as you indulge!


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