10 Top Travel Destinations in 2017

The past two years I traveled to some fascinating spots in the world. I’ve complied my 10 favorite trips and included reviews for you to read and get inspired to travel. Take a peek and let me be your guide –

Photo by Jill Weinlein
Photo by Jill Weinlein
  1. Amsterdam – A line of Teslas pull up to the taxi stand outside the Amsterdam airport, with a few Mercedes-Benz sprinkled in between. We hopped in a Tesla for a ride to the Ambassade Hotel in Amsterdam, located along the Herengracht canal. This street is one of the most prestigious in the Netherlands and home to the rich and famous. During the 17th century, the wealthiest merchants, mayors and most influential people in Amsterdam had a home on this canal street.  Read more http://luxebeatmag.com/rich-famous-canals-amsterdam/
Photo by Jill Weinlein
Photo by Jill Weinlein

2.  Belize –  Charles Darwin described Belize in his 1842 book, Coral Reefs of the World, as “the most remarkable reef in the West Indies.” Belize borders Guatemala, Mexico and the Caribbean Sea. When two American divers and nature enthusiasts traveled to Belize in 2000, they fell in love with the beauty of the beach town, Hopkins. They enjoyed meeting the people in this English-speaking nation. Belize is a melting pot of Creoles, Mayas, Mestizos, East Indians, Chinese, Mennonites, North Americans, Europeans and Central Americans. Read more – http://luxebeatmag.com/hamanasi-belizes-luxury-eco-friendly-resort/.

Photo by Jill Weinlein
Photo by Jill Weinlein

3.  Bora Bora – Fly to Tahiti first and then  take a smaller plane to one of French Polynesia’s most desirable Leeward Islands, Bora Bora. The only way still to arrive at any of the resorts on the island is by boat. Our first stop was at the private Motu Tehotu, a reef islet formed by broken coral and sand surrounding an atoll. The sand is powdery white and the water surrounding the resort is aquamarine blue, home to the Four Seasons Resort. http://luxebeatmag.com/spectacular-silver-anniversary-bora-bora/.

Photo by Jill Weinlein
Photo by Jill Weinlein

4. Hanalei, Kauai – Not only is Kauai the oldest of the Hawaiian Islands, it’s also the Garden Island, and a great vacation destination to swim, hike and get a taste of authentic Hawaiian cuisine. Hanalei is one of the most idyllic towns to experience the true beauty of old Hawaii. It’s within miles from some of the most picturesque hiking trails in the world. Here are my 5 favorite hikes in Kauai – https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/hiking-hanalei-jill-weinlein

Photo by Jill Weinlein
Photo by Jill Weinlein

5.  Laguna Beach, California – Once you pull up to the Montage Laguna Beach, your mind relaxes as the friendly valets welcome you and escort you to the registration counter. The staff happily leads you to the Lobby Lounge balcony to proudly show off their signature mosaic sunburst pool with over 500,000 colorful tiles. Beyond are rocky cliffs and the dazzling Pacific Ocean. Click here to read my review – http://luxebeatmag.com/magnificent-montage-laguna-beach/.

Photo by Jill Weinlein
Photo by Jill Weinlein

6.  La Quinta – In the early 1920s, wealthy San Francisco businessman Walter H. Morgan purchased over 1,000 acres of land from the native Cahuilla Indians in the desert of Southern California. He hired the architect/designer Gordon Kaufman to design 20 Spanish Colonial Revival casitas with fireplaces as a retreat. Each unit was made from hand-formed adobe bricks and locally fired clay roof tiles. There is a plaque on the lobby wall of the hotel stating that the lobby was made from 100,000 adobe bricks and that the total construction of the resort cost $150,000. La Quinta translates in English to The Villa. – http://luxebeatmag.com/elegant-hideaway-la-quinta-resort/.

Photo by Jill Weinlein
Photo by Jill Weinlein

7.  Ojai, California –  After about a two-hour drive from Los Angeles, tourists arrive in laid-back Ojai to relax and seek wellness. Locals claim that the East-to-West Valley situation has a magical vortex, similar to that in Sedona, Arizona. Among an endless expanse of blue sky, palm-fringed streets and red-tiled Spanish Revival architecture, the Ojai Valley Inn and Spa is an ideal location to witness a pink champagne glow on the Topatopa Mountains at dusk. Continue reading – http://luxebeatmag.com/elegant-pink-moments-ojai-valley-inn/.

Photo by Jill Weinle
Photo by Jill Weinlein

8.  Rancho Pescadero in Baja California – Sitting in the raised hot tub overlooking the stunning pool and bar area of the elegant boutique resort, Rancho Pescadero, guests congregate in the hot, bubbly water. Many are here to surf during the day, while their spouses take a yoga class or sit in one of the “floating” chaise lounges in the pool with a cool hibiscus margarita. http://luxebeatmag.com/glam-surfing-rancho-pescadero/.

Photo by Jill Weinlein
Photo by Jill Weinlein

9.  Shanghai, China – While the Bund is located along the Huangpu River and is the oldest area in Shanghai, Pudong is newer. Less than 20 years ago, Pudong was all farms. In 2013, the luxury Mandarin Oriental was built. Known as the “Art Hotel,” with 4,000 pieces of artwork displayed throughout the elegant property showcasing 50 different artists. It’s also the only hotel in the area with a private boat dock for elegant river cruises. http://luxebeatmag.com/elegant-art-hotel-shanghai/.

Photo by Jill Weinlein
Photo by Jill Weinlein

10. Xian, China – The city of Xi’an is one of the great ancient capitals of China and is the starting point of the Silk Road. It’s also where the Terra Cotta Army of Emperor Qin Shi Huang was unearthed in the late 1970s. The best way to get to Xi’an is by Shanghai Air after exploring the city of Shanghai for a few days. Here are 10 of the top sights you will want visit while in Xi’an for two to three days: http://www.intravelmag.com/intravel/interest/10-sights-to-visit-in-xi-an.

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