In the Year of the Tiger, where should those born in this auspicious year visit? Plus suggestions on the best destinations for the other animal signs
Where to go: Lausanne, Switzerland
People born in the Year of the Tiger are confident, passionate, and ambitious adventurers — yet even the boldest of beasts need to stop to smell the roses. Take stock of your life and indulge in moments of reflection in Lausanne.
Where to stay: Beau-Rivage Palace
Ideally situated on the banks of Lake Geneva, Beau- Rivage Palace is nestled in natural beauty, just a stone’s throw away from the centre of Lausanne. The hotel’s 4ha garden and splendid terrace form an oasis of calm, ideal for recharging one’s batteries. The view of Lake Geneva and the Alps exudes a unique serenity, as if outside of time.
Where to go: Hua Hin, Thailand
In 2022, Rabbits will seek out holistic experiences to bring them peace of mind. A sanctuary they might find is Hua Hin, Thailand, where they will relish moments of idyllic relaxation.
Where to stay: Chiva-Som
A pioneer in transformative wellness practices and Asia’s first comprehensive wellness resort, Chiva-Som is a beachfront property spanning seven acres of paradise. The resort has six modalities, offering guests the opportunity to focus on fitness, spa, nutrition, physio, ascetic beauty or holistic elements. Chiva-Som means “haven of life”, which truly embodies the goals and philosophies of the resort.
Where to go: New York, US
The powerful Dragon is the single mythical creature among the Chinese zodiac signs. Those born in the Year of the Dragon are strong and courageous leaders, with a love for adventure and romance. There’s no city that fits the bill like New York.
Where to stay: Baccarat Hotel New York
Baccarat Hotel New York is the first hotel and global flagship of the 255-year-old crystal brand Baccarat. The Museum of Modern Art and shopping on Fifth Avenue are just steps away. Designed by the Parisian design team of Gilles & Boissier, the 114 beautifully appointed guest rooms and suites emphasise luxurious décor and exquisite craftsmanship, like Baccarat’s crystal craftsmanship.
Where to go: Langkawi, Malaysia
Although the Monkey is the antagonist of the Tiger, this year won’t be as foreboding as you think, so long as you remain disciplined and optimistic. The positive stars will accompany you in all aspects of life. The Jewel of Kedah, Langkawi is just the ticket to get you in the right frame of mind.
Where to stay: The Datai Langkawi, Malaysia
This serene haven is where you can reconnect with nature and uplift your soul. The Datai Langkawi offers the perfect escape and allows you to nurture fully the well-being of your mind, body and spirit. Datai Bay is rated as one of the top 10 beaches in the world by National Geographic and, together with the resort’s surrounding jungle, is host to a wealth of wildlife, some of which is endemic to the area. You may well find your spirit animal in the Dusky langurs and Sunda colugos spotted during your stay.
Where to go: The French Riviera
Roosters are serious in their work, as well as straight- forward and decisive in their actions. We can expect great things for the Rooster this year, in wealth, luck and love. So why not chase the golden glow of a French Riviera summer?
Where to stay: Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc
Located by crystal clear seas and verdant parkland, Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc is the custodian of some truly special flora and fauna. Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc has hosted those in search of the Riviera’s rare and delicious pleasures every season since 1870. Carefree days spent secluded between the private bay and parkland, enjoying the elegant country club facilities. Discover the captivating beauty of the Côte d’Azur and a region rich in art and culture.
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Where to go: Baden-Baden, Germany
The loveable Dog is loyal and sweet, and the natural justice seeker among the Chinese zodiac signs. They’re also playful and active and love getting out into nature, so the spa town of Baden-Baden will provide an invigorating wellness immersion.
Where to stay: Brenners Park-Hotel & Spa
Brenners Park-Hotel & Spa, located in the heart of the picturesque, cosmopolitan town of Baden-Baden, offers an oasis of beauty surrounded by enchanting parkland. Tradition and modern elegance connect with unparalleled spa experiences in the grand hotel. Brenners Park-Hotel & Spa has been a place of relaxation for the travelling elite since 1872. Here, guests can enjoy all that Baden-Baden is renowned for, with one of the most advanced spas in Europe, offering luxurious therapy and long-term cures while surrounded by refreshing natural parkland and high culture.
Where to go: Samarkand, Uzbekistan
This year, good fortune awaits the Snake on the Silk Road, and where else to start but in Uzbekistan? Many top sights of the Silk Road are be found at this crossroad for traders and travellers plying the routes between the Far East and Europe, Persia and North Africa.
Where to stay: Silk Road Samarkand
Silk Road Samarkand is a multifunctional tourist complex set to become a modern attraction in not only Samarkand, but also Central Asia. Slated to open this year, the complex will combine cultural, gastro, medical and business tourism facilities. The new complex will house world-class hotels, specialised boutique hotels, contemporary public spaces, parks, recreation and sports areas, authentic restaurants, cafes and bars, as well as an international congress hall and sites of cultural interest.
Where to go: Graubünden, Switzerland
Horses feel the need to run free and throw caution to the wind this year instead of continuing with their daily routine; instead of pinning themselves to an itinerary, they crave freedom. The Swiss Canton of Graubünden calls to the Horse with its limitless possibilities.
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Holidays in Graubünden are varied and diverse. Discover the interplay between pristine wilderness and top-notch, modern tourism infrastructure, from tranquil mountain villages in the Bergell region to the sleek and sophisti- cated hotels in St Moritz which has hosted the Winter Olympics twice, as well as famous European towns such as Chur, Laxx, and Tschiertschen. The Graubünden is “the largest canton in Switzerland” and also the Num- ber One holiday destination in Switzerland.
Where to go: Milan, Italy
Goats are social creatures. They are uniquely aware of how doors open through relationships and are eager to seize an opportunity when presented. This year, Milan is that opportunity. The city is, without a doubt, the capital of Italian and international fashion, incorporating luxu- ry, art, gastronomy and culture.
Where to stay: Armani Hotel Milano
Situated in the heart of Milan, in the city’s prestigious fashion district, is the Armani Hotel Milano, providing a world of harmony, privacy and calm in true Armani style. A once-in-a-lifetime holiday, an indulgent treat, a business stay — whatever the occasion, you are sure to make life- long memories at Armani Hotel Milano. Award-winning dining, luxurious leisure, spa facilities and signature Arm- ani hospitality await to create the ultimate experience.
Where to go: Dubai, UAE
The affable Pig has boundless energy and needs a destination that provides the same buzz. Dubai is a dynamic city of skyscrapers, ports, and beaches, where big business takes place alongside sun-seeking tourism — the best of both worlds!
Where to stay: Address Beach Resort
At Address Beach Resort, expect to be spoiled for choice. Whether you prefer to take a plunge in one of the tallest rooftop infinity pools or sunbathe on a private beach, there is a wide array of options to choose from. The unparalleled views of the Arabian Gulf and Dubai Marina will leave a lasting impression. Address Beach Resort is nestled in Jumeirah Beach Residence.
Where to go: Paris, France
Those born in the Year of the Rat are clever, curious, and highly resourceful. They crave variety when it comes to their holidays. Paris beckons with its bustling river banks, the beauty and charm of its architecture, cuisine, and countless opportunities to explore art, culture, and history.
Where to stay: Cheval Blanc Paris
Overlooking the Seine, in the heart of the capital, Cheval Blanc Paris embodies the French art de vivre or “the art of living”: epicurean pleasures and warm hospitality for family and friends. As is fitting in the gastronomic capital of Paris, Cheval Blanc Paris gives pride of place to the culinary arts with an inspired approach.
Where to go: Corfu, Greece
The hardworking Ox prefers quiet and calm holidays. Tranquility is the first word that springs to mind when you think of Corfu, and if you are craving some time spent in peaceful contemplation, you will find solace in the breathtaking views of Greece’s Ionian Sea.
Where to stay: Ultima Corfu
Overlooking the Ionian sea, Ultima Corfu (part of Ultima Collection’s luxury property collection across Europe) is an ocean-front villa located on the emerald island of Corfu, Greece. Offering spectacular 180-de- gree views of the Greek and Albanian coasts, it comprises the main villa and a guest villa with six en suite bedrooms, private balconies and terraces overlooking the sea.