Where to Honeymoon Based On Your Zodiac Sign
If after browsing our magazine, you’re still not sure where to go for your honeymoon, why not leave the decision to the stars?
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As the first of all the zodiac signs, Aries are trailblazers. They love adventure, seek out challenges, and crave constant movement. But on the off chance your partner isn't as gung-ho as you, consider skipping the adrenaline-pumping travel experiences (think: sky-diving, swimming with sharks) for a more low-key adventure sure to please you better half. At Singita Grumeti Serengeti House, you’ll be ideally situated to explore Serengeti National Park while also enjoying luxurious on-site amenities such as five-star meals, private butlers, wine tastings, spa treatments, and luxurious guest rooms that look straight out of Ralph Lauren ads. Some of the best-trained guides in Tanzania are on hand to educate you on the camp’s 350,000 acres, as well as lead thrilling game drives through the bush.
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You have expensive taste and a penchant for all things luxury, which is why the Hotel Santa Caterina on the Amalfi Coast is your ultimate honeymoon destination. A seaside villa considered one of the most upscale establishments in southern Italy, the property has played host to a number of famous celebrity couples over the years, including Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton and Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt. Spoil yourself with a blissful couple’s massage and an exfoliating body polish at the hotel’s spa, or simply unwind in the bougainvillea and citrus grove-filled gardens. The attentive staff will anticipate you and your partner’s every need, from poolside cabana rentals to reservations at the romantic Restaurant Santa Caterina, an upscale white tablecloth eatery with sweeping ocean views and live entertainment.
Some newlyweds crave beach time and poolside R&R. You, on the other hand, want to jet off somewhere exotic and experience a full range of vacation fun. And Koh Samui, with its wealth of tropical beauty, vibrant dining and nightlife scene, and plenty of sightseeing, makes for a jam-packed itinerary. To best take advantage of all the island’s offerings, bed down at the Four Seasons Resort Koh Samui, an exclusive hillside resort with ultra-luxurious amenities (a private beach, infinity-edge pools, a blissful spa), commanding views of Laem Yai Bay and the Gulf of Siam, and an extensive roster of guest services including one-of-a-kind excursions. Ask the concierge to arrange a guided tour of Wat Phra Yai, a Buddhist temple home to a 39-foot golden-painted Buddha statue, an elephant trek into the jungle, or a day trip to the 260-foot Na Muang Waterfall. Or, if you really want to go above and beyond with the romance, schedule an overnight trip on the Four Seasons private yacht.
You’re a bit of a homebody, which means that epic, once-in-a-lifetime trips like honeymoons can be anxiety inducing. But before you opt for an road trip or scrap the idea of a honeymoon altogether, consider a romantic escape to Scotland’s Highland region. Home to rugged coastlines, windswept islands, castles and misty lochs, the area is remote, unspoiled, and brimming with a hearty dose of Scottish charm—something you’ll find in abundance at the Killiecrankie Hotel, a historic 1840s house with 10 cozy guest rooms (all equipped with fresh flowers and shortbread), perennial gardens, and friendly, tartan-clad staff. Rent a set of wheels and explore some of the area’s top attractions including the Eilean Donan castle, a fairytale-like structure that dates back to the 13th century; the isolated Sandwood Bay beach, widely considered the best in Britain; and the Knoydart Peninsula, which is reachable only by boat or 16-mile trek, and promises staggeringly beautiful scenery at every turn.
With their big personalities and flair for the dramatic, Leos are drawn to luxurious spots associated with celebrity and over-the-top opulence. For a honeymoon spot that’s sure to fit the bill, set your sights on Parrot Cay by COMO, a posh hideaway on a private island in the Turks and Caicos. A number of A-list couples have honeymooned at the sceney spot over the years including Sofia Vergara and Joe Manganiello and Ben Affleck and then-wife Jennifer Garner, which should tell you something about the resort’s service (flawless), style (castaway chic), and wellness-related activities (pure bliss). Rise early to stroll hand-in-hand through the resort’s on-site site coconut and banana plantation, then settle in for a spread of tropical fruits and homemade granola at the breezy Terrace Restaurant. More active couples can take advantage of the resort’s many fitness offerings like yoga, Pilates, tennis, and scuba diving, while lazier newlyweds can retreat to the award-winning spa to indulge in Thai, Indonesian, and Aruvedic treatments. By night, cuddle up in your sumptuously-appointed guestroom—all woven wicker furniture, canopied beds swathed in white voile, and ocean views.
Curious and intellectual, you’re not down for a traditional brain-off-bliss-out honeymoon. Instead, you’d rather use the occasion as an opportunity to immerse yourself in another’s country’s rich history and culture, which brings us to Jordan—a sunbaked land with ancient ruins, mystical deserts, and age-old towns. Follow in the steps of Indiana Jones and explore Petra, the 2,000-year old Nabataean city that’s one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Once you’ve toured the Treasury and hilltop Monastery (Petra’s top sites), it’s time to hit the road in the direction of the Dead Sea, where you and your partner can float in salty, cobalt-blue waters and tour the ancient fortress of Masada. Your home base is the Kempinski Hotel Ishtar Dead Sea, a romantic resort that sits more than 1,400 feet below sea level.
Only the dreamiest, most swoon-worthy setting will do for the romantic Libra. And for that reason, we’re recommending Abadia Retuerta Le Domaine as your honeymoon destination. Built around a 12th-century monastery in Spain’s Duero Wine Region, the hotel caters to love-struck couples looking for a sultry wine country escape. Borrow a pair of bikes and cycle along the some 500 acres of vines that surround the hotel or to the banks of the Duero canal, then stop for light lunch and a glass (or three) at one of the many vineyards in the area. Back at the hotel, there’s a spa offering decadent treatments like rose oil couple’s massages and vinotherapy body scrubs—plus, consultations with a Spa Sommelier who will give you wines to taste and oils to sniff before deciding on the best treatment plan for you. Other highlights: private butlers, a Michelin-starred restaurant helmed by one of Spain’s most lauded chefs, and a glorious Baroque-Romanesque church (one of two churches in this style that survived Napoleon’s reign).
Forget overcrowded attractions and sceney hotels. On your honeymoon, you want nothing more than a complete and total immersion in nature, and at Ecuador’s Yachana Lodge, you’ll find that far-from-civilization vibe that you seek. Situated on a 2,500-acre wildlife reserve that fronts the Amazon's Napo River, this rustic lodge is one of the country’s premier eco-tourism destinations, and offers the usual rainforest activities (think: bird watching, wildlife viewing, and walking the reserve’s rainforest trail)—plus, unique programs designed to help travelers learn the local ways of life. You and your spouse can study Spanish, visit a local shaman to participate in a traditional cleansing ceremony, learn how to cook authentic Ecuadorian cuisine (including chica, a fermented drink made from yucca), and tour a local farm. As for the digs, your rustic cabin is furnished with native woods and handmade furnishings, as well as expansive hardwood porches that overlook the rainforest’s dense tree canopies and blackwater lagoons.
You’re curious and well-traveled, and always on the lookout for the next must-visit destination. So when it comes to your honeymoon, the standard Hawaiian or Caribbean getaway is not going to cut it. What will? A far-flung getaway to Sri Lanka. The exotic island offers out-of-this-world Indian Ocean coastlines, lush tropical vegetation, elephant-filled national parks, and a crop of design-forward hotels like the Kahanda Kanda, a former private residence on a working tea plantation. Each of the hotel’s five suites (just five!) feature a contemporary colonial aesthetic (think: rattan couches, daybeds built into windowsills, four-posted beds with mosquito netting), and private balconies that look down on the jungle and the lily pond-covered Koggala Lake. Kick back around the serene infinity pool, and don’t miss the gourmet meals in the open-air restaurant.
The Capricorn’s ideal honeymoon getaway? A heartpounding outdoor adventure. And we can think of no trip more rewarding than a trek through the Torres del Paine Glacier in Patagonia. You and your spouse will be mesmerized by the circuit’s seven different ecosystems, each promising thrilling wildlife encounters and breathtaking views of crystal-clear waters, blue ice, and stark monoliths. Don’t want to embrace full-on explorer mode? Try your hand at sheep shearing, horse racing, and all the other one-of-a-kind activities offered at Estancia Nibepo Aike, a sheep and cattle ranch near El Calafate. The unique property is surrounded by fields filled with purple lupine flowers and set against a backdrop of snowcapped mountain peaks—a landscape you’ll get to know intimately over the course of your stay. When you’re not horseback-riding along the shores of a glacier lake, cuddle up in your cozy rustic-style guest room, which has parquet floors, original antiques, and ranching memorabilia.
Free-thinking and eccentric, you’re all about taking the road less traveled (literally). That’s why a trip to breathtaking Tasmania, an unconventional honeymoon destination to be sure, is right up your alley. Fitness-focused couples can kick off their vacation by embarking on the four-day trek through the Bay of Fires, which offers some of the most dramatic, otherworldly scenery we’ve ever seen, while more laid-back lovers can sample some of Australia’s most famous wines at the vineyards in the Tamar Valley. After a long day of exploring, bed down at the architecturally striking Saffire Freycinet hotel, a collection of sleek, wave-like cottages spread across 11 lush acres and facing the Great Oyster Bay.
Pisces will feel in tune with their spiritual side in Bali, thanks to the country’s rich and diverse culture, natural beauty, and warm, tropical weather year round. To tap into the country’s mystical core, you'll want to make Ubud, a magical town known for its rich traditions of dance, music and crafts, your home base. Browse Balinese-style paintings and silk scarves at the Ubud Art Market, then cross town to the iconic Tegallalang Rice Terrace to photograph its maze-like terraced cliffside and rice paddies. White Lotus Yoga & Meditation Centre offers healing classes in an airy studio that overlooks the jungle, and the nearby Ubud Palace is one of the best places to take in traditional Balinese performances like the Legong and Barong dances. By night, send the romance into overdrive by bunking down at a jungle-facing suite at Mandapa, a dreamy Ritz Carlton property on the Ayung River.
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