Where to Travel in Winter Based on Your Zodiac Sign
At a loss for what to do once the dead of winter sets in? Read on to find out the best travel destinations according to your zodiac sign.
The first astrological sign in the zodiac, Aries is a fearless trailblazer that craves constant movement. We love the physical challenges that await at Whistler Blackcomb, twin mountains in British Columbia covering over 8,100 acres of terrain and more than 200 marked runs—a mecca for skiers and snowboarders. But there's more to this resort town than its slopes. At Whistler Olympic Park, you can go snowshoeing, tobogganing, fat biking, cross country skiing, and even test your aim at target shooting during a trial biathlon. Crystal Hut, a cozy log cabin on the top of the mountain, is a perfect mid-day rest stop where you can refuel from a busy morning outdoors with their famous all-day Belgian waffles. After a full day working those muscles, retreat to the outdoor Scandinave Spa for hot-and-cold hydrotherapy treatments surrounded by a spruce and cedar forest, then check into Four Seasons Resort and Residences Whistler, at the base of Blackcomb, whose guest rooms exude a rustic mountain lodge vibe with their gas fireplaces and balconies overlooking the slopes.
The idyllic Swiss ski village of Gstaad is the perfect winter destination for Taurus, who has a taste for luxury and loves being pampered—whatever the cost. Hole up at Gstaad Palace, the hideaway of choice for Europe’s ski elite whose castle-like exteriors and lavish interiors (think rich royal fabrics and old-world furnishings) match its grand reputation. The hotel spent a small fortune carving out the basement space for a 20,000-square-foot spa and pool complex, which features eight treatment rooms, a solarium, and its own hammam. Take in the views from the fur-covered sofas surrounding the spa’s central fire pit—or better yet, from the heated outdoor pool, with the Alps on all sides.
Gemini is a social sign that craves an engaging, versatile vacation—one that keeps them moving and offers a full range of fun. Geminis are always down for a good time, which is why Miami Beach, with its golden sands, great surf, vibrant food and hotel scene, and rollicking nightlife, would be right up their alley. The city is constantly making waves with new it spots like the Four Seasons Hotel at The Surf Club. Once a retreat for 1930s Hollywood royalty, it has recently been returned to its former glory thanks to Pritzker Prize-winning architect Richard Meier. There's an outpost of Michelin-starred restaurant La Sponda and all three pools are spectacular, but if you're seeking a high-energy afternoon, head to the pool deck at the SLS Brickell, whose Sunday party series serves up drinks and bites to the tunes of a spinning DJ. Freehand Miami’s backyard Broken Shaker is one of the city's best bars, with an impressive cocktail list and a chill, laid-back atmosphere, but if you're looking for a rooftop, Sugar, on the 40th floor of EAST, Miami, serves up Asian-inspired small plates with killer views of downtown Miami and Biscayne Bay.
Does a bucket-list itinerary seem daunting? Homebodies at heart, Cancers feel most themselves in a comfortable, familiar environment with their closest comrades. Renting a cabin upstate seems like the perfect home-away-from-home for that ultimate long weekend escape. There's 20 acres of mountainside just outside Scribner's Catskill Lodge, whose vintage rugs and bespoke furniture are a rustic-chic backdrop for days spent playing board games, reading, and soaking in the rural lifestyle. For breakfast or lunch, a 20-minute drive down the road brings you to Phoenicia Diner, which is everything you'd want from a greasy spoon: swiveling chrome bar stools, Formica tables, linoleum flooring, and an all-day breakfast menu of "farm-to-counter" food like grass-fed roast beef sandwiches and omelets with mushrooms and goat cheese. If you do feel like getting that blood pumping, take the group to Hunter Mountain, just four minutes down the road, for some local skiing, before dinner at Peekamoose, an old farmhouse turned country kitchen in Big Indian known for sourcing the highest-quality local ingredients for dishes like cider-braised pork and honey-glazed beets.
Big personalities like the Leo sign gravitate towards luxury and the limelight. Somewhere like glitzy, glamorous Aspen will give them the exclusivity, vibrancy, and social scene they seek. Once a silver mining town, this rich man's playground and skier's paradise offers the ultimate Colorado mountain high. Show off your moves during runs down the slopes of Aspen Snowmass, then rub shoulders with celebrities at The Little Nell, where Aspen's over-the-top après-ski scene comes to a head at Ajax Tavern, a slope-side hangout whose selection of microbrews, outdoor patio views, and champagne-fueled dance parties remain a favorite for young and party-ready crowds. In the mood for a little romance? After taking in a concert at the historic 1880s Wheeler Opera House, make reservations for a table at Pine Creek Cookhouse, whose guests are delivered via take a horse-drawn sleigh ride. Tuck in hearty and elevated local fare like stuffed acorn squash or Rock Mountain elk chop, then bed down at Hotel Jerome, an eclectic Victorian-era sleep in the heart of town.
Virgos love that feeling of inner connectedness—of feeling enriched both intellectually and emotionally. Winter is one of the most magical seasons to take in the culture and history of Prague, the UNESCO World Heritage capital of Czech Republic known as the "City of a Thousand Spires" thanks to its countless palaces and churches that punctuate the skyline. Start your tour in Old Town, which is filled with colorful baroque buildings, medieval taverns, centuries-old shops, and the famous Astronomical Clock, which you can see in action every hour. It’s hard to miss the city’s famous 15th-century Charles Bridge, which spans the Vltava river and is lined with statues of Catholic saints. Get to know Prague like a local and head to one of city's many beer gardens like Riegrovy Sad, which overlooks Prague Castle and has great people watching.
Ruled by Venus, Libra is all about beauty and romance, coupled with a want to feel connection with those around them. Holing up at the Fairmont Banff Springs makes for a swoon-worthy winter retreat for these romantics. It's impossible not to be wowed by this 1800s “Castle in the Rockies,” whose turreted and stonewalled exterior is often blanketed in “champagne powder”—what snow on Rocky Mountain is called. Guest rooms are visions of 19th-century opulence with their chandeliers and crown molding, while the personalized and attentive service is next-level. The dining selection is its own kind of culinary kingdom—from a fondue restaurant in an idyllic Bavarian cottage to a sushi bar—but it's the Willow Stream Spa couples love most. Its mineral pools are fed from surrounding hot springs, while signature hydrotherapy treatments are a cure-all for counteracting the altitude (not to mention an indulgent way to take in the dreamy snowscape).
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Transformation has to be in the cards for Scorpio, who loves getting off the grid and diving into experiences both exciting and life-changing. We can't think of a better place to do just that than Iceland. While typically a warmer-weather destination due to its extreme, unpredictable weather patterns, Iceland clears out in its colder, darker months, making you feel like you have its endless waterfalls, turbulent coastlines, and dramatic open landscapes all to yourself. Bypass Reykjavík for the remote Snaefellsnes Peninsula, whose isolated Hotel Budir is quaint and modest but features a five-star dining room spotlighting local ingredients like blue mussels and skyr. After taking in western coast, take a road trip down south to see some of the country's most spectacular winter sites, from the immensity of the Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss waterfalls to the seafront village of Vik to your final destination: Vatnajökull Glacier. During the winter, blue ice caves form beneath the surface of Europe's second-largest glacier—tiny fortresses that are a challenge to find (visitors must book through experienced guides like Extreme Iceland or Goecco) but incredible to witness.
A traveler at heart, Sagittarius is both curious and adventurous—the winning combo for exploring that up-and-coming destination few others have logged into their passports yet. Nicaragua offers just the right amount of discovery and sense of freedom. We suggest booking a private tour of Granada, a 16th-century colonial city in the shadow of the Mombacho volcano, then taking a helicopter tour over the Pacific beaches and Lake Nicaragua, where the Flor de Caña rum distillery awaits. Daredevils should head to the Cerro Negro volcano to try ashboarding, a sport similar to snowboarding—only you skid down the side of a volcano. For a heart-pounding adventure, Nekupe is set on a 1,300-acre nature reserve that marries sustainability with luxury: think eight villas kitted out with local woods and cowhides and unbeatable volcano vistas and one-of-a-kind experiences like horseback rides through teak plantations and off-roading by ATV to the Ochomogo River.
Ambitious Capricorn loves a challenge—and experiences that achieve a feeling of accomplishment, even on vacation. A heart-pounding adventure through Alaska fills all those buckets: imagine snowshoeing and cross-country skiing through arctic backcountry, heliskiing down treeless mountain slopes, heading a sled dog team for a thrilling race through icy pine forests, and more—all before dinner. You can experience all of this and more at Winterlake Lodge, reachable only by ski plane. Unlike many other hotels, Winterlake's cabins and main lodge, whose property edges the Historic Iditarod Trail, stay open through the winter. We cant think of a better way to soak off a day on the frontier than with a soak in its sauna house. After nightfall comes the clincher: witnessing the magical dancing northern lights—and checking one more thing off the bucket list.
Those born under the Aquarius sign are free thinkers with a penchant for the unconventional. When given the choice, they opt for the road less traveled. Though Cuba is becoming more and more accessible to travelers these days, the country remains largely unchanged by the outside world. Its narrow streets are still lined with 1950s Fords and Chevys and fading Art Deco and colonial building façades, while locals continually congregate by the sea wall to sing and salsa. Havana's Hotel Nacional de Cuba is an atmospheric nod to the city's golden era, with its Spanish colonial architecture and walls covered in portraits of known gangsters and starlets—though if it's luxury you seek, the Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski La Habana delivers with its own cigar and rum bar, contemporary art collection, 10,000-square-foot spa, and rooftop pool. Trace Ernest Hemingway's cocktail trail at El Floridita (order their signature daiquiri, made with maraschino liqueur and grapefruit juice), then catch the salsa pros in action at Tropicana, a famously flashy cabaret that dazzles with sparkling costumes and free bottles of Havana Club rum included with your entry fee.
Cambodia would be a dream for spiritual Pisces, who has a penchant for the far-flung. They will feel an immediate connection to the rich and vibrant culture, natural beauty, and year-round warm weather found in places like Phnom Penh and Siem Reap—not to mention the low fares that come with traveling in December and January. Tap into the country's mystical core at Angkor Wat, a Buddhist temple built in the early 12th century and the largest religious monument in the world. Its size is impressive, but not so much as the gorgeously intricate carvings found throughout the complex. For a real taste of local life, spend time in Phnom Penh, the country's bursting capital city, and head straight for the central market, where fishmongers, jewelers, and tailors peddle their wares.
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