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Find the Asian Adventure to match your Astrological Sign (Part 1)


Where to travel based on your zodiac sign (Part 1)

For those of you who have never checked your horoscope before hitting the road, now’s the time to find out where the stars best align for adventure-seekers like yourself. Whether you take western astrology seriously or just look at it as a bit of fun, it can be interesting to see what your star sign says about your travel style. We have scoured the heavens, consulted the star charts and polished the Secret Retreats’ crystal ball just for good measure, and come up with suggestions for where to go based on your astrological sign. Here’s the Secret Retreats divination of where each of the zodiac signs should escape to for a star of a holiday (part 1).

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Aries – Gal Oya Lodge, Gal Oya National Park, Sri Lanka

For the adventurous thrill seeker Aries, when it comes to how they enjoy their holidays, they typically need another holiday to recuperate from all their holiday adventures. Active, adventurous and enjoying the best of nature is just the way they like it. A place that challenges their senses and makes them feel alive is just their cup of tea.

For this reason, we would like to suggest Gal Oya Lodge for the Aries travellers amongst us. Gal Oya Lodge is positioned on the edge of the relatively untouched and least explored national park in the heart of Sri Lanka, Gal Oya National Park. This unique safari lodge specializes in high-end, environmentally responsible tourism. Comprising 10 spacious bungalows within 20 acres of private jungle and grasslands, set with a swimming pool and restaurant, every guest space has magnificent views. The numerous activities found here include: jeep safaris, bird walks, bike rides, and enjoying the real privilege of guided treks into the park with the indigenous Vedda Tribe. The highlight activity is a boat safari on Sri Lanka’s biggest lake. Guests can expect to see a wide variety of wildlife, and for those who are really lucky the chance to see the Gal Oya elephants swimming from island to island in search of the freshest grass.


Taurus – Chakrabongse Villas, Bangkok, Thailand

Taurus can be seduced with fine tastes and sophistication.  Luxury and Taurus are a match made in heaven and when they travel they like to indulge big time. To the typical Taurean a holiday is about relaxing and stopping to smell the roses, a time to have someone else turn down the covers and bring food to the table. That’s why we recommend Chakrabongse Villas & Residences for our Taurean friends.

Nestled in the heart of historic Bangkok on Rattanakosin Island on the banks of the Chao Phraya River, Chakrabongse Villas & Residences invites discerning travellers to experience the serene and privileged lifestyle of a bygone era. Graced with breathtaking views towards the glistening spires of the Temple of Dawn, the villa was built as a retreat from palace life by Prince Chakrabongse in 1908 and is still the home of the Chakrabongse family today. Enjoy Royal luxury lifestyles in your next Bangkok visit with a stay at this gorgeous property.


Gemini – Rakkojae Seoul, Seoul, Korea

Geminis are dominated by the twin constellation; they are known for having multiple personalities. Geminis love meeting people, communicating, and sharing ideas. And since they are a mutable sign, they are prone to changing their minds too. Therefore, the suitable place for them would be somewhere that stimulates their ever-ticking brain and offers something to fit their dualistic, fluctuating nature as Geminis are serenely calm in the midst of chaos.

The place for Geminis would be our Hanok, Rakkojae, in the heart of Seoul’s old town. This 130-year-old Korean traditional house was the home of a Chosun Dynasty aristocrat. Set peacefully within the old quarter of Seoul, yet convenient for all the best of the modern city, this heritage boutique hotel is perfect for Geminis. Set within manicured gardens, the elegance of the ancient nobles who once walked these courtyards can be felt in every nook and cranny. The elegant pavilions, lotus pond, patio, and the relaxing yellow-mud sauna, heated with firewood before enjoying a healthy sleep as recommended by ancient wisdom on a natural jade floor, this is the sort of luxury to stimulate and satiate any of a Gemini’s personalities.


Cancer – Vana Som, Chiang Mai, Thailand

Folks born under Cancer enjoy creating memories with their friends and family, and if the place is right they will return year after year. They are drawn to the place that feels like a home away from home and there is nothing that puts a smile on Cancers’ face more than knowing that their nearest and dearest are loving every holiday moment with them. This makes the luxury home away from home that is Vana Som the perfect place for Cancerians.

Vana Som, set in the wooded hills above the city of Chiang Mai, would be the place where the relaxed energy among the beautiful nature will revive them. Offering every contemporary comfort, this luxury home has space enough to accommodate the whole family, and friends too, and maintain privacy when needed and delightful spaces to share together too. An elegant example of Lanna-style architecture, the property has several pavilions on the property that date back to the 13thcentury, it is a space that has welcomed families for over 700years.

Embrace Northern Thailand’s rich heritage and traditions including golden teak temples, mountains, forests, and hill-tribe communities while staying at this forest retreat in Chiang Mai. Set in the foothills of three mountain ranges, just a few miles from the ancient capital of Chiang Mai, it was originally a family’s winter retreat. It is the ideal location for exploring the nearby hills and valleys, taking gentle hikes, or going bamboo rafting along streams and rivers. Guests can also visit local farms, gardens and orchards.



Leo – Lao Poet, Vientiane, Laos

Leos, the lions of the Zodiac, are ruled by the sun and tend to be the life and soul of the party with their warm energy. Most Leos love the spotlight, but they are also known to be big softies who seek true romance and enjoy childlike adventures. Travelling is in their blood, taking adventure in their confident stride, and they often need to go somewhere that will produce great stories to tell for years to come. For them travel is all about fun, playfulness and fabulousness.

Our Asian pick for Leos would be the Lao Poet Hotel set in the heart of Vientiane City and offering a fresh take on a city hotel, this property draws its design inspiration from 1930’s Indochina. Built on the site of the home of a well-known Laotian poet, it comprises 55 guestrooms and suites over eight floors, each room is uniquely decorated and designed. The rooftop infinity edge swimming pool, replete with a bar, enjoys breathtaking views across the city to the Mekong River. The perfect place for a sundowner before Leos, who really come alive at night, prowl the city for the best happenings and best dining to be had.


Virgo – Kinugawa Kanaya Hotel, Nikko, Japan

Virgos are perfectionists, though sometimes they come across as picky, they are in fact a sign that constantly thinks about how to perfect things, and are also the Zodiac’s natural-born helper.

When Virgos take a trip away they like to chill and seclude themselves from the rest of the world, but also need stimulus for their active and imaginative brains. They don’t want to over-schedule themselves in order to give themselves freedom to explore and enjoy what they discover; they relish discovery. They like their vacations comfortable, relaxing and immersed in beauty. For Virgos we would suggest a luxury spa retreat in Japan, a perfectionist’s heaven, at the Kinugawa Kanaya Hotel.

Built in 1931 by John Kanaya, this is Japan’s oldest Western-style hotel. Located in the heart of the renowned Kinugawa Onsen resort, it faces the mountains and the Kinugawa River. Set amidst breathtaking beautiful natural scenery, each guestroom also enjoys a private onsen. The Hot spring at Kinugawa Onsen was discovered in 1691 and at that time the land belonged to the Nikko Shrine, and thus could only be used by feudal lords or monks on a pilgrimage to Nikko. This ancient spring is classified as an alkaline hot spring and its odorless waters are gentle to sensitive skin perfect for our beauty loving Virgos.


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