Where in the world should you travel to in 2017? What are the best destinations, both in the city and rural areas? What I don’t know about world’s best luxury hotels isn’t worth knowing. Here is my pick of the best destinations in the world for 2017.
1. The Wilderness Of Tasmania, Australia
If you want to get away from it all in 2017, the spectacular World Heritage listed Cradle Mountain – Lake St Clair National Park in Tasmania, is a travel destination well worth considering. One of Tasmania’s premier wilderness regions, it’s a place of breath taking beauty, unspoilt nature and all the peace and quiet you could possibly wish for. Whether you’re a nature lover or keen walker, leave the daily grind behind and stay at the award winning Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge, one of Australia’s iconic wilderness experiences. Guest cabins with magnificent views are dotted around the rustic style lodge. Explore the magnificent surroundings of the Cradle Mountain – Lake St Clair National Park and look out for local wallabies and possums in the grounds!
2. The South of France
The glorious sunshine of the Cote D’Azur makes this glamorous coastline one of my favourite places in the world and it features 3 times in my best swimming pools in Europe as well as in my listing of the best destinations in Europe.
The glorious and family friendly Monte Carlo Bay & Resort in Monaco offers the best pool in europe with a sandy bottom. For an ultra up-market alternative, try the Grand-Hotel du Cap-Ferrat a Four Seasons hotel which is the most romantic place for an evening drink as the sun sets on this magical coastline and also has a salt water pool overlooking the Mediterranean.
If you prefer Paris with the elegant Champs Elysées and romantic walks along the Seine in Paris, to the glorious sunshine of the Cote D’Azur (pictured above), pick one of my top 10 boutique hotels in Paris.
The Hawaiian Islands offer white sand beaches, warmth and sunshine. Get swept up by the energy of the capital island, O’ahu and it’s neighbouring resort town of Waikiki with shopping and a cityscape by the beach. Hang loose on Maui, which offers incredible beaches and a great Four Seasons resort in Wailea. Gaze at the Jurassic Park style cliffs on ancient Kaua’i. get away for it all on the tiny and remote island of Lanai with another fabulou. Whatever you are looking for, you will find your own version of paradise in Hawaii.
For me life doesn’t get better than the Cipriani in Venice. I will never get over the novelty of swimming outdoors as a boat floats past, or the romance of catching a water taxi from the airport and speeding across the water to your hotel. I would always start with a couple of nights at the Aman Grande Canal with incredible staff and service and views out onto the Aman Grande Canal from the most intricate and beautiful building. I would then while 3 nights away at the Cipriani to simply relax as boats pass by.
Of course the joy of Italy is not restricted to Venice. The Amalfi coast must be on your bucket list of places to visit. With cliffs towering above Azur blue waters and higgledy-piggledy villages full of designer shops, high-end hotels and visitors dressed as beautifully as the views, Capri, Positano and Sorrento are all beautiful places to lay your head. My first choice would always be the JK Palace or the Capri Palace on the island of Capri.
5. Beach Paradise In The Maldives
Close your eyes. Breathe deeply and slowly. Imagine the clearest turquoise waters as far as the eye can see. Your toes are warm in the sand, the sun is on your face and the soft sea wind rustles the tropical greenery. If you want to hit one of the best white sand beaches in the world, then the Maldives should be in your bucket list for 2017. There is an incredible array of luxury resorts to choose from on these idyllic islands. The brand new Four Seasons Private Island Maldives at Voavah, Baa Atoll comes at the top of my list of private island retreats in the Maldives. If your budget doesn’t stretch to a whole island, the new Milaidhoo Island (pictured above) offers stunning over water villas and beach villas.
You can also read my other top five best articles to discover the best beaches and luxury hotels around the world including my best destinations for a magical Christmas and my pick of the best destinations in Europe for 2017.