Should you visit the beautiful beaches or magnificent mountains for your getaway in 2017? Weigh up the two alluring options here before experiencing bliss.With such a tantalising selection of luxury beachfront villas and indulgent chalets with hot tubs from which to choose, you may find yourself caught between two minds when deciding where to spend your precious family holiday in 2017. There are obvious advantages of choosing each; yet making the decision requires planning to ensure your decision is best suited to your party. We’ve considered both types of holiday to better inform your enviable choice.MOUNTAIN ESCAPE Whether travelling for a snow-filled winter extravaganza or to marvel at the mountain vistas in the summertime, a luxurious mountainside chalet offers a comfortable base from which to explore the delights of Mother Nature.While nature is, of course, the most advantageous reason to head upwards in 2017, there are many activities that entice discerning travellers from the beaches: mountain biking, hiking, climbing, lake swimming, hang gliding, and luging. A mountain escape may therefore be a fitting escapade for families and groups of friends.Generally, the weather in the Alps in the summertime is fabulous. Spectacular deep blue skies and perfect sunshine are the norm, with warm days that entice you into the great outdoors and show off the beautiful scenery at its best.Just 75 minutes from Geneva, Morzine is a family-friendly, Alpine village offering year-round activities from world-class skiing in winter to hiking, fresh-water lake swimming and white-water rafting in summer. The village is buzzing in the summertime and the lifts remain open to carry walkers and mountain bikers up the inclines. Stay at the stunning Chalet Twenty26 and enjoy first-class cuisine and a spa area complete with heated outdoor pool.BEACHFRONT GETAWAYIf the sight of crystal blue water and the sound of the sea lapping on the shore are what soothe your soul, specialist luxury rental agency Firefly Collection has a mouth-watering selection of luxury villa rentals that will entice you in 2017. From the glamorous shores of the French Riviera, to the vertiginous cliffs of the Amalfi coast or the whitewashed buildings of Mykonos, some of the most iconic holiday destinations in Europe have built their reputations on the glamour of coastal beauty. For more exotic destinations, the intense natural beauty of the Caribbean and Indian Ocean offer memorable settings for a truly tropical getaway.For many, the idea of reclining on a beachfront sunbed, cocktail in hand, is the ultimate idea of paradise. Enchanted by the rhythmic sounds of lapping waves and cool, melodic tunes, you’re sure to melt into tranquility with time spent on a white-sanded beach in 2017. The kids are guaranteed to love afternoons spent playing on the sandy shores. Coastlines are punctuated with cool beach clubs and phenomenal restaurants, serving seafood cuisine that one must taste to appreciate.The charming Villa Rose on the western coast of Barbados offers pure serenity through its white and shell-inspired interiors. This four bedroom beachfront villa sleeps eight and sits right on the beach, surrounded by lush gardens and a tropical lagoon. With daily housekeeping, a full-time butler and private chef, there is nothing to do but relax and enjoy.From the highest mountain peaks to the white-sanded beaches of the Caribbean, you’re sure to find your interpretation of paradise in 2017.