The Aruba Marriott Resort is a tropical paradise.
Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge is located right in a national park (Photo by Ashley Drody.)
The Renaissance Tuscany is in one of the world's most striking locales.
The Peninsula puts Chicago at your beck and call.
LA Peer Hotel offers one of California's most unique scenes.
Barnsley Resort brings a green scene.
Looking for a New Orleans retreat? The Royal Sonesta could be the ticket.
Las Lagunas Boutique Hotel is a retreat for when you really need to get away.
Park MGM is one of the newest hotels in Las Vegas.
The Palms Hotel brings quite a lobby scene.
The Kinney SLO is a place that encourages play.
With 2018 quickly drawing to a close, we start dusting off our resolutions and devising plans to make the upcoming year the best one yet. A popular resolution is to cross off bucket list travel items. So don’t leave any travel plans to chance in 2019.
Unsure where you should vacation? Why not turn to astrology — and trust the stars? Look no further than your zodiac sign to quench your soul and your resolutions.
I’ve identified destinations that complement each astrology sign. So book the ticket and prepare for a trip that aligns with the stars.
Aquarius’ are known for being progressive and friendly. Being talented with people skills, you could say they are socially gifted. Those born under this sign enjoy modern locations that have social activities and high energy.
Perhaps the most socially centric escape possible is Las Vegas. This is the gathering ground for the ultimate celebration for life. Whether it’s celebratory or not, this is going to be a trip for the books. Las Vegas is known for hospitality and rolling out the red carpet, so how could you go wrong in this energetic jaunt?
For social time, one of the strip’s newest hotels, Park MGM, of course has an onsite casino, spa and theater. Social hour is around the clock in Vegas, and all eyes are on this new MGM addition. From nightlife entertainment to pools and cabanas, an Aquarius might crave a relaxing retreat after all the vigorous mingling that will take place on this rendezvous.
No surprise here, Pisces love the water. So naturally, a beach spot is sought out for the ultimate Pisces trip. The fish of the zodiac are known for seeking open spaces where they can be free and have room to roam. They also crave a vacation soaked with water activities and adventurous excursions.
With turquoise waters, white sandy beaches, a swim-up bar, toes-in-the-sand dinners and water sports meeting their needs, Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino is the ideal spot for this water sign to take a plunge. Literally.
This beachfront oasis offers countless activities and nine restaurants and bars, live music and entertainment, a casino and a free-form pool with cascading waterfalls. And a stone’s through from the hotel, a mixed bag of water adventure awaits: SUP yoga classes, beach tennis, kite or windsurfing lessons, snorkeling and ATV excursions to explore the island.
Naturally curious beings, Aries are also known for high energy and often initiate the first move. They are also known to be highly action-oriented, doers if you will, and will be the first to raise their hand trying something new. In the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Barnsley Resort is a 3,000-acre resort-meets-playground where Aries can retreat.
Those born under the adventure-seeking trait can fulfill their need for adrenaline by horseback riding through the mountains, hiking through trails or shooting clay. After a day of excitement, guests can kick back in the resort’s cozy cottages or 55-room inn. The evening can be polished off with s’more roasting over the outdoor fire pits.
A love of luxury, a Taurus will require a vacation that is decadent and a splurge. Spa time will definitely be required, with a focus on self-care. Chicago knows a thing or two about decadent experiences and splurges
The Peninsula Chicago is at the top of the list for luxurious treats, including an over-the-top spa experience. As luxury goes hand-in-hand with self-care and pampering, we had to include a spa experience for the Taurus folks.
Sip champagne while enjoying seasonal custom treatments, such as the Purva Karma massage. This lavish spa treatment requires four hands (two massage therapists). Nothing welcomes in a new year like the sense of renewing and refreshing. And for the cherry on top, city views are offered via Z Bar, the hotel’s new rooftop terrace.
One of the most social signs is the Gemini. They crave the opportunity to talk among others, and thrive in all social situations, among strangers or friends. Gemini heaven would include a new city, chatting it up with locals and even learning or experiencing something new.
Keeping a Gemini entertained, busy and social, this trip is where city meets beach. Fun-seeking Geminis can experience Casco Viejo, Panama City’s hippest neighborhood and UNESCO protected district to mingle with locals, as well as please their adventure-seeking side with a visit to the Gamboa rainforest, where a sloth sanctuary resides. There’s also the option to knock back some beachy cocktails beachside with friends.
As Geminis are often in need of constant buzz, The Westin Playa Bonita is an ideal home base. It’s nestled along a one-mile long stretch of beach, surrounded by lush tropical rainforests and just 15 minutes from bustling Panama City.
The resort offers ultra-lux accommodations with three sweeping oceanfront infinity pools and private balconies with views of ships waiting to enter the Panama Canal.
On the more conservative end of the zodiac spectrum, the Cancer relishes in at-home experiences. So when a vacation is planned, they are often most comfortable in a serene, relaxing location that offers a quiet respite. Most comfortable as a homebody, a Cancer’s ideal hotel needs to offer tranquility, sans the hustle and bustle.
In the heart of Italy’s Tuscany region, they’ll find Renaissance Tuscany Il Ciocco Resort & Spa nestled on a hill of an expansive 1,400-acre estate that overlooks the ever changing colors of the mountainous Serchio Valley. The property offers a spa and on-site cooking lessons that teach guests how to hand-make Tuscan staples such as fresh pasta.
There are also wineries nearby and remote medieval towns to explore. And for the Cancers who feel the most at peace by the water, since they are under the water sign, they can take in nature’s beauty at the resort’s pool, as it offers a full 360-degree breathtaking view of the valley and surrounding charming villages of Barga.
Life-size personalities often go hand-in-hand with the Leo. They crave celebration and hoopla, and don’t mind being the star of the show. Under the sign of the sun, a Leo will be the one planning the trip, as they are natural-born leaders.
For the fiery Leo, they can turn up the heat in New Orleans. In fact, they’ll be the ones leading the second line parade. From Bourbon Street to late night jazz spots, the Leo needs lots of excitement and clusters of people to engage with, and perhaps entertain.
The Royal Sonesta New Orleans is one of the most invigorated and popular hotels in the French Quarter. In the hotel, the Jazz Playhouse is a popular late nightspot, as well as Le Booze. Leos can expect much hustle and bustle within the confines of the hotel, without even setting foot on Bourbon Street.
It’s all in the details for the Virgo. Truly appreciating the small things, this Earth sign also swings towards being health-conscious and loving Mother Nature. Additionally, they love a lot of activities, preferably outside where they can enjoy fresh air and the glistening sun
Las Lagunas Boutique Hotel, on the shore of Quexil Lagoon in Guatemala’s Jungle of Petén, is a go-to for any Virgo. Spread across 200 acres of lush, private reserve, the 19-bungalow suite hotel offers the perfect blend of luxury and eco-tourism with activities that include tours to the UNESCO ruins, trekking, bird watching trails, kayaking and 4X4 ATV tours through the jungle.
There’s even a brand new museum exhibiting some of the most exquisite Mayan pieces in the world, giving Virgos plenty of opportunity to explore and learn.
Libras have a strong admiration for the arts, and would love to escape with their special someone. An ideal Libra getaway would also include a romantic city full of history and culture. A brand new hotel in West Hollywood, just celebrating its first birthday, Kimpton La Peer Hotel offers artistic style that would be appreciated by a Libra.
Vibrant art outstretched through out the hotel, offers a modern and creative feel; all things that will make a Libra feel at home and imaginatively stimulated. Beyond the walls of the modern hotel, a Libra will find themselves in the vibrant intersection of Melrose Avenue and Santa Monica Boulevard.
A rooftop bar in Los Angeles is a must, so a Libra can take time to overlook the city of Angels and the beauty of the city.
Overturning undiscovered gems and finds is what the Scorpio is all about. Under the water sign, if these discoveries are aquatic, that makes the vacation even sweeter. As the first one to jump up and try something new, the super social Scorpio is in for a treat at the brand new The Kinney SLO, located in San Luis Obispo on California’s sunny Central Coast.
The 100 newly-designed guest rooms and suites bring an elevated flair to the forefront with full wall collages of classic California prints to the hoodie-style bathrobes in each room. Sure to pique Scorpio’s interest, it’s as much a social experience, as it is a hotel.
One of the property hotspots is the restaurant full of old school games like Skee-Ball, Connect Four and Monopoly. And as Scorpio ’s love to be the ones to discover places fairly unknown, Shell Beach (located right by the hotel) is the perfect tucked away spot for them to sink their toes into the golden sand while watching the sunset across the Pacific Ocean.
Traveling is one of Sagittarius’ favorite pastimes. Even being coined as the zodiac’s traveler, they often gravitate towards activities that will open their mind, and allow them to wander. Always pondering upon the true meaning of life, this free-spirited sign craves the opportunity to have an optimistic and extroverted experience. Having plenty of earth to wander and ponder the meaning of life, the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge resides in Jasper National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Seven hundred acres are available to the Sagittarius to roam and experience year-round luxury at a mountain resort. Double dipping in the Mother Nature jackpot, the resort also envelops the shores of Lac Beauvert and provides out-of-this-world access to wildlife and adventures in the Canadian Rockies.
The resort is also known for its elevated culinary experiences and stargazing program.
Capricorn is an earth sign, so being one with nature is ideal for the zodiac’s goat. A lush backdrop will be the most ideal spot, where they can unwind and have the scenery be the main attraction. Inspired by nature, The Palms Hotel & Spa is a tropical escape for Capricorns: inside and out.
With lush interiors inspired by the great outdoors and greenery throughout, the eco-friendly resort welcomes travelers looking for rest and relaxation in Mother Nature’s lap. Swaying palms and tropical gardens surround this beachfront sanctuary for eco-warriors.
Guests can stroll through the gardens, relax in a poolside cabana or partake in complimentary beach yoga. With a variety of activities to connect travelers with nature, The Palms allows those Capricorn-born to experience a balanced, nature-filled getaway in the heart of Miami Beach.