The Best Island to Visit Based on Your Zodiac Sign
Santorini? Bora Bora? Taiwan? Here, the best island to visit based on your Zodiac Sign. Let the stars guide your next island getaway. Updated 2018
As the first of the zodiac signs, Aries are fearless trail blazers who are addicted to the ultimate adrenaline rush. That’s why New Zealand’s South Island is their perfect match. Thrill-seekers can go skydiving, whitewater rafting and bungee-jumping in Queenstown, the adventure sport capital of the world. There’s also Fiordland National Park, where you can take a vertigo-inducing helicopter ride over waterfalls, alpine lakes and towering mountain peaks. At the end of the day, slow down your heart rate at the tranquil Matakauri Lodge, a rustic waterfront retreat that has panoramic views of the Remarkables range and Lake Wakatipu.
The Taurus is all about over-the-top extravagance. When they take a trip, they want to be pampered, no matter the expense. Enter the ultra-luxe Four Seasons in Bora Bora. You’ll be escorted in a private yacht across the South Pacific to your overwater bungalow or secluded beachfront villa. And once you arrive, you’ll never have to lift a finger. A private butler caters to your every whim, and room-service meals are delivered in a ceremonial Polynesian canoe. You may even share the crystal-clear lagoon with A-listers like Orlando Bloom, Miranda Kerr and Jennifer Aniston, all past guests. Want to bring your crew? Spend a few nights at the Conrad Bora Bora Nui— the only resort in the area with two-story overwater bungalows.
Geminis are the most social of the signs and are always down to have a good time. We see this fun group heading to Ibiza, Spain’s famous party-hardy isle. If you want to be in the center of the action, bed down at the swanky Nobu Hotel Ibiza Bay on Talamanca Bay, courtesy of chef Nobu Matsuhisa and partner Robert DeNiro. Coastal chic guest rooms are done up in a tranquil palette of sandy beige, light driftwood, and sea blues; downstairs, there are four restaurants including a signature Japanese-Peruvian Nobu outpost. There’s even an on-site nail salon and blow dry bar to polish off your outfit for the evening. Looking to get some beauty rest? Stay at Aguas de Ibiza in Santa Eulalia, a quieter, more low-key town. Here, you can kick back by the pool, sip sundowners at the rooftop bar, or bliss out at the Clarins Spa. And when you’re ready to go out, Nikki Beach, one of the island’s best nightclubs, is a short walk away.
A homebody at heart, you’d rather trade far-flung, exotic excursions for staycations and long weekend jaunts like Martha’s Vineyard. The New England inlet is just a 45-minute ferry from Cape Cod, but it feels worlds away thanks to its historic whaling villages, breathtaking bluffs, and killer seafood shacks. After dropping your bags off at The Christopher in Edgartown, rent a moped to explore The Vineyard’s six preppy-chic towns, starting with Oak Bluffs. Although it’s the most touristy—with souvenir shops, ice cream parlors and waterfront bars circling the main port—there are still a few hidden gems such as the pedestrian-only grove of pastel gingerbread houses, tucked off the main road. From there, make your way to Edgartown, a seafaring hamlet dotted with historic captain’s houses, then drive along the windswept southern coast to Chilmark, where you can sift through vintage treasures at the Chilmark Flea Market. Make sure to save a day for Aquinnah. On the westernmost tip, this secluded cove is home to the spectacular rose-colored Gay Head Cliffs and its historic lighthouse.
Leos love to be in the limelight and tend to set their sights on places with an air of exclusivity. Take the posh COMO Parrot Cay on a private island in Turks and Caicos, where stars such as Sofia Vergara, Donna Karan, Keith Richards, Ben Affleck, Bruce Willis, Justin Bieber, and Brangelina (back when they were a thing) come to hide away in a private villa on 1,000 beachfront acres. Stroll through the resort’s on-site coconut and banana plantation, before trying the tropical fruits with some homemade granola at the breezy Terrace Restaurant. You can also find your inner zen with a yoga or Pilates class, or indulge in a Thai, Indonesia, or Ayurvedic treatment at the world-class spa.
Curious and intellectual, you’re happy to trade a traditional brain-off vacay for a trip where you can immerse yourself in a country’s history. Malta, having been ruled at various times by the British, French, Romans, and Knights of St. John, is a culture vulture’s dream. The bilingual Mediterranean nation spans three isles, so you’ll never run out of sights to see. Make the elegant Corinthia Palace Hotel and Spa your home base, as it’s set between two of the island’s most famous UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Mdina and the capital Valletta. The latter squeezes half a millennium of history into half a square mile, with 16th-century Baroque buildings and crumbling castles as well as a modern Renzo Piano-designed open-air opera house, which was built to celebrate the city’s 450th anniversary last year. Don’t miss a stop at St. John’s Co-Cathedral, a landmark church that houses two paintings by Caravaggio, followed by a meal at the Harbour Club, where the food is a mix of Italian, English, and Arabic influences.
Libra is ruled by Venus, the love planet attributed to beauty and romance. So only the dreamiest, most swoon-worthy setting will do for Libra travelers. Take Santorini, a honeymoon favorite in Greece, that is picture-perfect in every sense, from its whitewashed houses to the blue-domed churches that cascade down the cliffside of the ancient caldera. You and your lover can take in the Aegean views from Andronis Luxury Suites. The hotel is sexy in every sense of the word—think cave-like quarters, private hot tub balconies, and sunset wine tastings. But the real jaw-dropper is Lycabettus restaurant’s private table, which hovers on a dramatic rocky outcrop jutting over the cerulean Aegean Sea.
Nothing gets a Scorpio more excited than going off the grid and playing explorer. And there’s no better place to do just that than in the Galápagos. This wildlife-filled archipelago, off the coast of Ecuador, has always been a haven for nature enthusiasts. Its shores are more likely to see sea lions, iguanas, giant tortoises and penguins than people. Check into one of the suites at Pikaia Lodge, complete with bamboo floors, Peruvian travertine marble bathrooms, and sweeping terraces overlooking the arid savanna. What we love most: the hotel’s private yacht can take you on personal expeditions, so you can explore the region like Charles Darwin once did.
Thanks to their open-minded and adventurous personalities, Sagittarius' tend to be well-traveled. These globe-trotters are always looking for the next must-visit destination and the standard getaways don't always cut it. What does? Hainan. A quick flight south from Hong Kong, this small inlet is China’s answer to Hawaii: its windswept shores have perfect surf and its lush inland is centered around a volcanic park, with Buddhist temples and ancient lava rock villages. The four-mile crescent beach along Yalong Bay is famed for its crystal-clear waters teeming with colorful fish. Splurge on a floating cabana at the Sanya EDITION, a 50-acre property that's become a destination in and of itself with a five-acre private ocean, filled with 10 million gallons of water from the adjacent South China Sea. The manicured grounds look like a fairytale garden, complete with a lotus pool, bamboo grove and meditation areas. To top it off, there’s also a rooftop infinity pool, a bi-level spa, three galleries with rotating Chinese artwork, and four East-Asian restaurants, one of which is a floating dining room reached by gondola.
Capricorns love a challenge, especially a heart-pounding outdoor activity. Dominica—called the Nature Island—fits the bill. This under-the-radar Caribbean island remains relatively untouched, with prehistoric rainforests, geothermal hot springs, and black-sand beaches. You can kayak through hidden coves, mountain bike rugged volcanic terrain, and snorkel in Champagne Reef. Or, set your sights on a loftier goal like hiking the 115-mile Waitukubuli Trail, the Caribbean’s longest trek, or signing up for a Extreme Dominica canyoning tour, where you’ll climb, rappel, and swim through a whitewater gorge. At the end of the day, rest your weary muscles at Fort Young Hotel. This quayside sleep was built inside the walls of a 1770 colonial fort in the capital of Roseau, with oceanfront rooms featuring balconies overlooking the sea.
Aquarians are all about off-the-beaten-path travel. Take the road less traveled (literally) by making the Faroe Islands your next getaway. Set between Norway and Iceland, the 18 mountainous inlets of this isolated archipelago in the North Atlantic have only a few flights a day, and require a helicopter ride to get around. With a tiny population of only 50,000 people, the focus here is on the landscape—vibrant green fjords, colorful fishing villages and thundering waterfalls. Hike four hours to the 1350 Nordic settlement at the summit of Villingardalsfjall mountain, soak in the views the emerald Trollanes Cliffs, and snap an insta-worthy picture of Mulafoss waterfall (also known as Gasadalur). The place is so remote that there’s just one main hotel—Hotel Føroyar and only a few restaurants. You’ll want to save one dinner for the award-winning KOKS, the Faroese answer to Copenhagen’s Noma with 16 standout courses.
People born under Pisces tend to be spiritual visionaries who seek far-flung escapes. Right up their alley? The island nation of Taiwan. Explore the Raohe Street night market in the capital of Taipei, visit a teahouse in the mist-shrouded mountain town of Jiufen, and wander the trails around Sun Moon Lake (followed by a night’s stay in a villa at Lalu, a tiny island in the lake’s center). Taroko National Park’s scenic Central Cross-Island Highway winds over gorges and around peaks, while Shoushan Mountain is home to playful monkeys who come to greet visitors on the walkways.
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