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The start of the new year is the perfect time to start planning adventures near and far. From bucket list destinations to weekend getaways, we've put together a list of our top 17 picks for places to go in 2017. 
 

1. Montreal

Places to go in 2017
 
Celebrating its 375th Birthday in 2017, this French Canadian city offers history, art, and a strong food scene. Designated a UNESCO City of Design, many of the birthday celebration events will be taking place during the summer months in the historic Vieux Montreal (Old Montreal). One of our favorite experiences is Cité Mémoire, where guests download the free app (available in four languages), and take a historically-inspired evening walking tour of the historic quarter while viewing projected images with sound and music through the app. For luxury accommodations in the heart of Old Montreal, Le Saint-Sulpice, is an all-suite boutique property with a center courtyard and contemporary restaurant next to the Notre Dame Cathedral, or Hotel Gault, a modern, art-focused property in a historic building. 
 

2. Philadelphia

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Selected as the first UNESCO World Heritage City in the U.S., Philadelphia is set to debut the new Museum of the American Revolution in the spring, along with new luxury hotels from Four Seasons, Study, SLS, and the W. Founded by William Penn in 1682, the city offers an array of historic attractions including the Independence National Historic Park with the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall. Spend the night overlooking the National Historic Park at the Hotel Monaco Philadelphia with a rooftop lounge and chef-driven restaurant, or stay at one of the country's highest rated hotels, The Rittenhouse Hotel with five star comforts, rich mahogany furnishings, and a landmark location. 
 

3. Scotland

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2017 is the Year of History, Heritage, and Archaeology in Scotland. From landscapes carved by glaciers thousands of years ago, to towering castles, fine whiskey tastings to local delicacies infused with traditions and legends, the country offers a variety of sites and events to explore. Less than an hour southeast of Glasgow, New Lanark, a UNESCO site began as a purpose-built mill village in 1785, and was transformed in the 19th century by Utopian idealist Robert Owen, into the largest collection of industrial buildings in the world. A short drive from New Lanark, The Blythswood Square Hotel offers a Glasgow city center location, award-winning spa, historic Rally Bar, and classic Afternoon Tea. Another of the country's UNESCO sites is Edinburgh Old and New towns, with two distinct areas: the Georgian and neoclassical New Town and the Old Town with the medieval Edinburgh Castle. The Caledonian is a Victorian railway hotel offering views of Edinburgh Castle, along with an indoor pool, gourmet dining with Michelin-starred chef-prepared cuisine, and the Caley Bar. 
 

4. Malaga

Places to go in 2017 - Malaga, Spain
 
Perfect for museum lovers, Malaga is situated in Spain's Andalusia region. The birthplace of Picasso, the city is home to the Picasso Museum, Centro de Arte Contemporaneo, and a five-year pop-up of Centre Pompidou which includes art by Chagall, Kahlo, and Magritte. Centrally located, the new Gran Hotel Miramar opened in a 1926 Art Nouveau building across from Malagueta Beach with a massive spa scheduled to debut in 2017. The Molina Lario boutique hotel is located in the city's cultural center by the port and Picasso Museum, while the Finca Cortesin Hotel, Golf and Spa is located just outside the city with Andalusian architecture and a championship golf course. 
 

5. Lucerne

17 Places to go in 2017 - Lucerne, Switzerland
 
Following the opening of the 36-mile-long Gotthard Base Tunnel in December 2016 on the southern edge of the lake, this Alpine paradise offers an array of water activities during the summer, along with hiking, and regional cuisine. The massive Bürgenstock resort is set to open later this year. For a historic setting, the Palace Luzern is locationed on the lake, and offers special perks for Five Star Alliance Guests. While the Art Deco Hotel Montana is perched high above the lake with picturesque views of the Swiss Alps. 
 

6. Helsinki

Helsinki - Places to go in 2017
 
Finland is Celebrating 100 years of indepence in 2017, and the country's capital city will be the hosting a variety of events, including the Worldcon 75 - World Science Fiction Convention in August at the Helsinki Convention and Exposition Centre. Combining contemporary Scandinavian style with a diverse history, the scandic city offers new Nordic cuisine, the Old Market Hall with local and regional specialties, outdoor recreation, and traditional Finnish saunas throughout the city. Spend the night in the city center at Radisson Blu Seaside Hotel Helsinki, set within a former dairy laboratory and cheese factory, or at the beautifully restored Hotel Kamp, across from Esplanade Park, as well as upscale shops and restaurants. 
 

7. Nashville

Nashville - Places to go in 2017
 
Three of the city's iconic attractions: the Ryman Auditorium, Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum, and the Bluebird Cafe are celebrating major anniversaries this year. Plus, Music City U.S.A. has a booming food scene with John Besh's Marsh House, an eatery from Per Se-trained chef Julia Sullivan, joining a strong market of dining options in the past year. The city also debuted the Thompson Nashville in the Gulch dining and entertainment district, with a 21c, and Kimpton opening in 2017. For visitors wanting a historic setting, Nashville's Hermitage Hotel is a landmark destination since 1908 with the Capitol Grille and a regal setting. 
 

8. Cape Town

Cape Town, South Africa - Places to go 2017
 
Set along picture-perfect beaches where two oceans converge, Cape Town is ideal for whale watching and water sports. Surrounded by the Cape Winelands of Constantia, Franschhoek, and Stellenbosch, the region pairs well with the city's growing restaurant scene. Cape Town's art and design scene is also strengthening with the opening of the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary African Art. The award-winning Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa offers a waterfront setting, with a private helicopter pad, impeccable service, and a shuttle service to Cape Town's V&A Waterfront, plus special perks for Five Star Alliance guests. For a setting removed from the city, Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve is less than a 3-hour drive, with a unique natural environment featuring waterfalls, open plains, and ancient sandstone formations, along with VIP status for Five Star Alliance guests.
 

9. Portugal

Portugal - Places to go 2017
 
From the beaches in the Algarve region, to the chic city of Lisbon, Portugal offers vineyards, arts, culture, and a delectable culinary experience. Perched on a mountainside overlooking a UNESCO World Heritage town, the Tivoli Palacio de Setais is set within a castle built by the Dutch in 1787. The Hotel Quinta Do Lago is located within the Ria Formosa Nature Park, with direct beach access, outdoor pool, and spa. Olissippo Lapa Palace offers a retreat-like setting in the heart of Lisbon, while Six Senses Douro Valley provides a spectacular setting in Portugal's Duora Valley wine region. 
 

10. Perth, Australia

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The capital of Western Australia, Perth is one of the most remote cities on the planet. But the city's restaurant industry is booming with historic buildings being transformed into swank cafes and chic cocktail bars. There's also a growing number of design-focused accommodations, including COMO The Treasury. Set within a 140-year-old State Building, the hotel has a rooftop Wildflower restaurant, COMO Shambhala spa, and indoor pool. Crown Metropol Perth overlooks the rolling hills to the east with a large resort pool surrounded by cabanas and day beds, spa with Swan River views, plus cycling and running tracks. 
 

11. Patagonia

Patagonia - Places to go in 2017
 
Torres del Paine National Park offers breathtaking vistas and an array of mountains, fjords, and glaciers to explore. New flights from South American airline LATAM between Santiago, Chile and Puerto Natalas are making this region more accessible than ever. The luxury ecolodge, explora Patagonia is set within the national park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, while Tierra Patagonia Hotel and Spa offers distinctive architecture overlooking the area's unique landscape. For exclusive access to mountainous terrain, as well as nearby farms and rivers, The Singular Patagonia is set on 100 acres and pays homage to the heritage of the region. 
 

12. Bermuda

Bermuda - Places to go in 2017
 
This June, the island will host the 35th America's Cup sailing race, and the island is currently undergoing a redevelopment phase. The Hamilton Princess & Beach Club just completed a $100 million renovation, which included the addition of a Marcus Samuelsson restaurant, plus an art collection, spa, and revitalized guest rooms. Elbow Beach Bermuda is located along a stretch of pristine, pink sand beach, while Rosewood Tuckers Point is set amongst 200 waterfront acres. 
 

13. Canada

Canada - Places to go 2017
 
In celebration of the country's 150th birthday, all of Canada's National Parks will offer free entry to anyone who signs up for the Discover Pass. Ottawa will host a variety of events, and the Fairmont Chateau Laurier is in the center of it all next to the Parliament Buildings. Toronto is now more accessible via Air Canada's stopover program, and the newly opened Thompson Toronto offers a chic setting with a rooftop pool. Quebec City, North America's only walled city, is experiencing a renaissance, and the Auberge Saint-Antoine mixes history with a chic setting. While Vancouver offers a thriving metropolis on the Pacific Coast, fusing historic railroad hotels like the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, amongst contemporary retreats such as the Fairmont Pacific Rim
 

14. Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic - Places to go 2017
 
The island's colonial city is expanding its offerings with new restaurants that transform into nightspots, a hip electronic music scene, and a variety of live music venues. Casas del XVI features 10 luxury accommodations spread throughout three historic homes, with an overall romantic, yet contemporary setting. The Hostal Nicolas de Ovando Santo Domingo is located within a former palace that has been transformed into a luxury hotel along the Las Damas, the New World's first paved road. 
 

15. Suzhou, China

Suzhou, China - Places to go 2017
 
Offering a new high-rise Suzhou Industrial Park with a shopping and entertainment district, mixed with the UNESCO-designated 2,500-year-old city known for traditional white-washed buildings and an Old Town with canals, this city mixes old with new. Just a half-hour bullet train ride from Shanghai, the historic city known for art and poetry is becoming a popular location, with multiple Western hotel brands opening properties in the next two years. The Pan Pacific Suzhou offers traditional Chinese architecture with renowned personalized service, and the Regalia Resort and Spa featuring a secluded setting with lotus ponds on Jinji Lake. 
 

16. Seychelles

Seychelles - Places to go 2017
 
Home to some of the world's most beautiful beaches, the Seychelles is a 115-island nation off the eastern coast of Africa. Popular with honeymooners, the islands are experiencing a boom in lavish resort openings. The newly opened Six Senses Zil Pasyon is an all-villa retreat on the private island of Félicité with an open-air spa and plunge pools. The Constance Ephelia Seychelles on the island of Mahe with contemporary furnishings, surrounded by gardens and ocean views, while the Constance Lemuria Seychelles has its own 18-hole championship golf course, and sits directly on three white sand beaches with four restaurants, children's club, and five bars. 
 

17. Honolulu

Honolulu - Places to go 2017
 
Emerging as the arts hub of the Hawaiian islands, the state's capital is hosting its first Biennial, March 8 to May 8, which will feature art installations, performances, and more around the city at the City Hall, Chinatown, and Foster Botanical Garden. There are new galleries and studios opening throughout the city, plus the beachfront hotels are right on the water, yet close to the attractions. Halekulani is located on Waikiki Beach with the 5-star Le Mer Restaurant and a mosaic-bottom swimming pool. The newly transformed Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina is a sprawling property with an award-winning spa, marina, and family activities. Plus, the Royal Hawaiian, known as the Pink Palace provides a landmark setting on Waikiki Beach with classic beachfront dining. 
 

Overlooking the Potomac River, MGM National Harbor mixes the energy of Las Vegas with the history of the area. Set in the rolling hills and woodlands just outside of the U.S. capital city, the property is the first luxury gaming resort in the region, as well as a fully integrated entertainment and resort complex within the major metropolitan area. Continue reading below the photo by Stephen Wilkes.
Exterior view of MGM National Harbor by Stephen Wilkes
The $1.4 billion MGM National Harbor property offers an expansive list of amenities, restaurants, and enertainment options. There are 15 dining concepts, including exclusive offerings by chefs Michael and Bryan Voltaggio, Marcus Samuelsson, and Jose Andres. Clique Hospitality introduced two new nightlife concepts, including the area's first tableside mixology program. The resort's curated art program includes 70 works of art throughout the property, including a sculpted iron archway designed by Bob Dylan, and there is an upscale retail district with a variety of shops including the first standalone boutique of SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker. 
For gaming, the property has a 125,000-square-foot casino with more than 3,300 slot machines, luxury high-limit gaming room, Macau-style Baccarat tables, and first-to-market gaming products. The Theater at MGM National Harbor is a 3,000-seat venue offering an intimate setting for A-list performers, including Sting, Cher, Bruno Mars, Duran Duran, and Lionel Richie. The Conservatory at MGM National Harbor will feature seasonal floral exhibits, and there is a 27,000-square-foot Spa & Salon with an array of treatments and wellness programs. Plus, the resort's 24-story boutique hotel has 308 guest rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows featuring panoramic views of the surrounding area. 

For panoramic views of the White House, Lafayette Square, Lafayette Park and St. John's Church, The Hay-Adams Hotel is the perfect destination. Originally built in 1928 as a residential hotel, this historical boutique property has a walnut paneled lobby, ornate plaster moldings, and Italian Renaissance-style architecture. Throughout the years, the hotel has hosted its share of celebrities including the Obama family, Amelia Earhart, Charles Lindbergh and more. Guest rooms and suites feature luxurious amenities, unparalleled views of the White House and Washington Monument, plus a centralized location for sightseeing or business. Read more below the photo.

Guest room at the Hay-Adams Hotel

The hotel's location and rooftop terrace, Top of the Hay, make it a popular destination for hosting events, including the Author Series, where attendees get up-close-experiences with prominent international authors.

But, perhaps one of the hotel's most well-known spots is located in the downstairs of the building. The Off the Record Bar is a favorite place for guests and politicos to grab a drink. Selected by Forbes as one of the “World’s Best Hotel Bars”, the bar features a bespoke atmosphere with caricatures of Washington's political elite, both past and present. Red velvet tufted booths provide a vintage-inspired atmosphere to relax, while enjoying a cocktail, glass of wine, or small plate and the setting is the ideal place to be seen, but not heard.

Off The Record Bar at the Hay-Adams Hotel

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Set on the mountain tops in Costa Rica, Hacienda AltaGracia is a luxurious escape from the ordinary. Featuring estate-size accommodations, the Auberge Resort is surrounded by natural beauty with gourmet dining, upscale amenities, and a full-service spa. Recognized on Conde Nast Traveler's Hot List 2016, the resort provides guests with an array of Costa Rican activities, including ziplining, rafting, and cheesemaking classes for a memorable getaway. Continue reading below.

Hacienda AltaGracia

Here are three of our favorite experiences: 

1. Landing on the resort's airstrip in a private chartered aircraft. No need to ask for directions, or find the taxi line, arriving steps from the resort in a private plane is the way to go. Plus, the view is pretty amazing.

Aerial view of Hacienda AltaGracia

2. Horseback riding along the Santa Maria trail to Rio Calientillo. Departing from the equestrian center, guests can schedule a unique adventure that includes a traditional Costa Rican farmer's meal wrapped in banana leaves, and served with aqua sapo. 

Horses at Hacienda AltaGracia

3. Touring a coffee plantation. Learning about the sustainable planting and harvesting of organic coffee in one of the world's premiere coffee growing countries gives visitors a new appreciation for their morning cup of coffee. Continue reading below the photo. 

Coffee plantation tour at Hacienda AltaGracia

Five Star Alliance Perk: All guests that book through Five Star Alliance get a $100 USD resort credit, 10% discount at the Auberge Spa, welcome fruit basket, and VIP status. Also, based on availability at check-in, room upgrades, early check-in, and late check-out. 

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10 miles from the strip, The Red Rock Casino Resort & Spa offers the ultimate high roller suite - the 180 Suite - spread over 7,500 square feet of space and with views of the Strip and the mountains. Read more below from our sister publication, Luxury Travel Advisor.

Red Rock Resort 180 Suite Terrace

Guests will be staying in good company as the resort has hosted George Clooney, Pink and Cindy Crawford. The One-Eighty Suite has views of the Strip and the mountains. However, the suite may divert attention from the vistas with its sleek, luxurious design in a color scheme of black, rich browns and blues - very 21st-century. This top suite leaves us wanting to know what's around every corner and behind every door. Amenities at this luxury hideaway include a pool table, a 100-inch TV and a full bar (hello, Sin City).

The bathrooms in both master bedrooms are fitted with a walk-in shower and Jacuzzi tubs with fireplaces. The two bedrooms also come with private balconies. Outside, along with a stunning view of the mountains, guests will have a spa tub and a bar with a revolving sofa. With these digs, venturing over to the Strip may not be necessary.

Additional Tip: For the ultimate entrance, the hotel has luxury Cadillac Escalades and Cadillac Limos for private pick up from Las Vegas McCarran International Airport. 

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Red Rock Resort 180 Suite Living Room


A classic 1940's Art Deco retreat freshly transformed into a wildly bohemian South Beach boutique hotel, The Hall (formerly the Haddon Hall Hotel) is one block from Ocean Drive and across the street from the beach. Vintage and tropical design celebrates the Deco heritage of the building while incorporating a playful and casual beach vibe. 

What we love:

- Hang like a Hemingway at the cocktail lounge, Holiday's

- Surrounded by palm trees, chic cabanas and the South Beach sunshine, the Olympic-sized pool takes on a life of its own.

- Don't miss Campton Yard, the backyard garden under a banyan tree where you can wear board shorts and bikinis and hone your mad ping pong skills while getting social with the locals before heading out for a night on the town.

- Take the edge off with Spike Mendelsohn's surf shack inspired cuisine at Sunny's.

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The Hall South Beach Entry

The Hall South Beach

The Hall South Beach

The Hall South Beach Pool

The Hall South Beach


The very first W Sound Suite from W Hotels is available at the W Retreat & Spa Bali, in the vibrant Seminyak neighborhood. W Hotels plans to unveil additional sound studios in the W Hollywood, W Barcelona, and W Seattle, but for now, check out what the W Bali can exclusively offer:

Designed by New York-based Josh Held Design, the W Sound Suite is a private, soudproof recording studio and writing room available to both professional musicians and hotel guests. A private vocal booth overlooks the hotel's tropical garden.

W Sound Suite is the idea of Chicago-based producer DJ White Shadow, W's North American music director. The DJ affixed the large soundproof studio with sound equipment and helped determine its layout. The studio has locally sourced wooden furniture, hand-carved wooden blocks and handwoven rugs. Other touches include an oversized print of a 1980s boombox by artist Lyle Owerko and a photography print spanning the entire room. 

Coca-Cola also contributed to the development of the studio, which has subtle touches of red, a chandelier made from melted Coke bottles and oversized wall text featuring lyrics from the 1970s "I'd like to teach the world to sing..." advertisement.

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3 photos below of the W Studio Suite:

W Studio Suite at W Retreat Bali

W Studio Suite at W Bali Seminyak

W Studio Suite seating area at W Bali Seminyak

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The Magician is a collaboration between the NoMad Hotel, in the heart of the cutting edge and historic NoMad neighborhood, and theory11 starring famed illusionist Dan White. The intimate performance showcases in the Johnston Room features the art of magic, illusion, and deception. Around the world, Dan White has been preforming magic on stage and screen for over 20 years. From the notes, "Most recently, Dan was featured on the Discovery Channel special The Supernaturalist and White Magic on the Travel Channel. In 2014, Dan served as a creative consultant to Kanye West, collaborating on iconic, magic visuals for the YEEZUS tour. Prior to that, Dan consulted on-site in Las Vegas with legendary illusionist David Copperfield."

Tickets are available throughout 2016, shows are currently at 7 and 10:30 pm. You can have dinner or bar reservations prior to the show at both the NoMad Bar (on 28th street) and the Elephant Bar, which are first-come, first-served. As a hotel guest, you can also visit The Library, which is reserved for guests of The NoMad Hotel in the evening. 

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The Magician at the NoMad Hotel NYC

 


Situated on the banks of the River Thames in the famed Sea Containers building, Mondrian London uniquely offers river view balcony suites directly on the Thames. The following article was originally posted in our sister publication, Luxury Travel Advisor, and was written by Emily Goldfischer.

Rumpus Room at the Mondrian London

Beside the Thames and next to the Tate Modern on the Southbank is another relative newcomer, The Mondrian. We wrote about it when it opened at the end of 2014. The hotel has 25 River View Suites, worthy of mention with the Tate's highly anticipated expansion of 60 percent more gallery space on June 17, sure to draw art enthusiast to London. In the former Sea Containers headquarters with nautically inspired bespoke interiors by Brit-it-designer-of-the-moment Tom Dixon (think porthole curves, ship models and a dramatic lobby evoking the side of an ocean liner), suites at The Mondrian offer fabulous views of the Thames and City skyscrapers.

Top two options are the 1,200-square-foot River View Apartments (Nos. 445 and 545), which have a 12-seat dining area, a lounge and a separate king bedroom. Most-requested rooms are the 700-square-foot River View Balcony Suites. These open-plan L-shaped spaces have a dining area, pull-out sofa and a king bed. The best part? There is a private balcony with views of St. Paul's. Slightly smaller 635-square-foot River View Loft Suites have sleeping areas that can be closed off for more privacy but no balcony.

The hotel has really hit its stride; no matter when we visit, there is a palpable energy to the space. The riverside Sea Containers restaurant dishes up some of London's most delicious farm-to-table fare; the cocktail lounge, Dandelyan, hums with an arts-and-media crowd sipping herbally inspired drinks; and the spa is often cited as one of London’s best. 

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Pictured: The Mondrian London's 1,200-square-foot River View Apartments Suites have a 12-seat dining area, a lounge and a separate king bedroom.

Mondrian London River View Apartments Suites


Buckland Manor, was first mentioned in 600 AD, when the land was owned by the Abbey of Gloucester. The village of Buckland is thought to have the oldest rectory in England, which stands next to the Manor, with an impressive timbered hall that dates from the 15th Century. John Wesley preached in the church of St. Michael, the east window of which contains 15th Century glass, judged by some to be the nicest in the Cotswolds and reputed to have come from Hailes Abbey at the Dissolution. William Morris attended church services here when he came to Buckland in the 19th Century and was so impressed by the glass that he personally paid for its releading.

Buckland Manor

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