Zodiac-inspired travel is one thing—how to get on trend
Whether you dabble in horoscopes from time to time or base all your life decisions on the sun, moon and sunrise, there is something to be said for turning to the stars for an unforgettable zodiac travel experience. And while astrological programs aren’t ubiquitous in the tourism industry, for the discerning traveler there are plenty of well-curated options scattered around the world waiting to be discovered.
If you’re looking for powerful one-on-one sessions to dive deeper into your understanding of your zodiac sign (and yourself!), look out for packages like tarot card readings or natal chart readings; They will often ask for information like your time and place of birth, so have that handy. Or, if you’re looking for something that appeals to the senses, destinations and hotels are increasingly expanding their food and drink menus to accommodate the signs of the zodiac. Beyond that, there remains a smorgasbord of travel ideas, from astrology-themed hotels and bars to public art, that will tick the cultural box on your itinerary.
Discover essential Zodiac travel experiences for 2022 ahead of time to inspire your next mystical adventure. When in doubt, look to the stars, right?
Supper series under the stars
To celebrate the vernal equinox, Rosewood Baha Mar in the Bahamas starts a supper series with the title A starry night A-tariff (March 23-25). The astrologically inspired menu not only includes the 12 zodiac signs, but is also curated by elemental personalities – fire, earth, air and water – through local Bahamian ingredients. Guests gather by the ocean on Cable Beach’s sandy beach as the sun sets to enjoy cocktails and canapés before settling down for the 4-course tasting menu with wine pairing. The resort partnered with a renowned astrologer and columnist Shelley von Strunkel who has collaborated with Executive Chef Siddharth Krishna to create a unique culinary journey. The menu features Shelley’s insights into each zodiac sign and was created by artists George Erdei (whose drawings have been featured in recent Gucci collaborations). British luxury homeware brand Maison Margaux designed the tablescape, including bespoke zodiac tableware cementing the magical mood.
Birth Chart & Tarot Card Readings
You’ll be hearing the term “wellness travel” a lot this year, and there are several ways the zodiac can fit into this theme — namely, through personal experiences. Iconic spa resort in Massachusetts Canyon Ranch offers a metaphysical category on its spa menu, with offerings like tarot card and natal chart readings with an astrologer. If you find yourself in California at Ventana Big Survisitors can sign up for astrology readings aimed at “bringing clarity to areas of conflict, emphasizing one’s strengths and providing tools to cope with life in new and creative ways”. And in Maui at the Grand WaileaThe resort’s experienced astrologers use the method of evolutionary astrology to conduct personalized readings for guests, designed to enhance understanding of past, present and future trajectories.
Zodiac Monuments & Public Art
Incorporating the zodiac sign into your travels isn’t just about spa treatments and personalized readings, it’s also about art and culture. For example in the old city of Jaffa, Israel there is the Jaffa Wishing Bridge and Zodiac Fountain connecting Peak Park to K’dumim Square. This wooden bridge is an iconic attraction as the 12 signs of the zodiac are carved in bronze plaques along the rails. It is common for visitors to wish for their individual zodiac sign while overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, and once on their way, the fountain awaits with its limestone sculptures of the 12 zodiac signs. Another remarkable piece of art to try and see this year is Ai Weiwei’s Zodiac Headswhich originally debuted in 2012 and will be on view at Vienna’s Albertina from March 13th to June 26th. The internationally acclaimed Chinese artist reinterpreted the 12 bronze animal heads representing the Chinese zodiac – they once adorned the fountain clock at the Yuanming Yuan – an imperial retreat in Beijing.
One aspect of astrology that appeals to many of us is the importance of the individual journey. And while this can take a more serious path of life events and decisions, it can also be something lighter and more fun, like a custom cocktail! In the Observatory bar in Sydney, Australia, the drinks team curated a Zodiac Gin Collection featuring cocktails for each of the 12 zodiac signs. In the Grand Velas Riviera Maya In Mexico, diners can order from a selection of 13 cocktails made with ancestral ingredients based on traits of Mayan astrological signs (the Mayan lunar calendar is divided into 13 moons). You can also discover a cocktail menu based on the 12 zodiac signs Ritz bar in Paris, at The Venetian in Las Vegas, and if you find yourself in Shanghai, be sure to pay a visit zodiaca new astrology-focused cocktail lounge featuring a horoscope written by Shanghai astrologer Alex Wang alongside one of 12 zodiac cocktails.
Astrology themed hotel stays and itineraries
Take the Zodiac voyage category up a notch, The ultimo in Sydney is a hotel that focuses solely on astrology (in fact, they bill themselves as “the world’s first astrology hotel”). Guests receive city guide recommendations based on their zodiac signs, as well as ideas for the best places to eat, drink, see, and things to do. There are many packs of experiences available on the property such as a natal chart interpretation pack, a solar writer pack (an astrology profile in the form of a 14-16 page report) and an introductory pack which is a 45 minute consultation in which the most important characteristics of your birth chart are discussed as well as “a brief look at your life purpose, your personality and your talents”. The hotel’s astrologer is Pia Lehmann, winner of the FAA Gold Medal for Excellence and recipient of the Alan Johnson Award.
Over in Japan at the Park Hotel Tokyopainter Ryosuke Yasumoto participated in an artist-in-residence program for the property, which commissions artists to decorate a guest room. He decided to create a space focused on the 12 signs of the zodiac during his 11-day stay from March 24th to April 3rd, 2014 at the hotel. Visitors can book the room and enjoy the tiger painted on the back wall or the money hidden behind the curtain.
Zodiac Excursions & Experiences
Although tourism to Bhutan is currently suspended due to COVID-19, a life-changing monastic school visit made possible by a stay in Bhutan is a bucket-list experience worth keeping on your radar Six Senses Bhutan. During your adventure, you can visit Pangri Zampa Lhakhang, a 16th-century monastic school offering astrology readings and divination led by a Buddhist monk.