A key characteristic of the Rabbit in Chinese astrology is luck, so hopefully in this Year of the Rabbit we’re all lucky enough to enjoy an overseas vacation! If you’re planning a fab holiday 2023, below are recommended holiday destinations and where to stay based on each Chinese zodiac sign, from the team at hotel agency Heavens Portfolio.
The Tiger is often equated with power and authority. Tigers are natural leaders and in ancient times usually compared with kings or royalty. Those born under the Chinese zodiac sign of the Tiger will therefore feel most welcome at regal and historical landmarks – places fit for royalty!
Recommended destination: London, United Kingdom
Where to stay in London: The Lanesborough
Those born in the Year of the Rat are highly resourceful, witty, charming and generous with family and friends. The best holiday destination for them is somewhere they can travel with a large group of loved ones as they tend to shine in group settings.
Recommended destination: Koh Samui, Thailand
Where to stay in Koh Samui: Samujana
In Chinese zodiac signs, the Ox is diligent and reliable. If you’re born in Year of the Ox, you enjoy creature comforts and homely environments. An ideal vacation for you is a resort that’s designed like a private “home away from home”.
Recommended holiday destination: Phu Quoc, Vietnam
Where to stay in Phu Quoc: Sailing Club Signature Resort
Those born in the Year of the Snake are seen as mysterious and wise. They are also thoughtful and appreciate the finer things in life. The ideal travel locale for them would be somewhere enchanting, exotic and bathed in luxury!
Recommended holiday destination: Morocco, Marrakech
Where to stay in Marrakech: Royal Mansour Marrakech
Those born in the Year of the Rabbit are known to be kind, quiet and refined. They are also romantic, sensitive and artistic. If this is your Chinese zodiac sign, you’re likely to enjoy a vacation that combines a love for the creative with an appreciation of understated elegance.
Recommended holiday destination: Milan, Italy
Where to stay in Milan: Armani Hotel Milano
The Dragon is a symbol of strength and power. Those born in the Year of the Dragon are charismatic, attractive and idealistic, and would doubtless enjoy a city of beauty and idealism, where everyone strives for perfection.
Recommended holiday destination: Paris, France
Where to stay in Paris: Cheval Blanc Paris
Those born in the Year of the Horse are lively, energetic and enthusiastic about life. They’ll enjoy places where they can roam and hop between a myriad of outdoor activities such as hiking, skiing and cycling.
Recommended holiday destination: Graubunden, Switzerland
Where to stay in Switzerland: Any of the hotels listed at visitgraubunden.com
The Goat is the most gentle and mild mannered of all the zodiacs. Those born in under this Chinese zodiac sign are empathetic and care about their friends and loved ones. A getaway to suit their calm and soft nature will be a haven where they can unwind and be at peace.
Recommended holiday destination: Hua Hin, Thailand
Where to stay in Hua Hin: Chiva-Som
The Rooster is tenacious, resilient and adventurous. Those born in the Year of the Rooster would thrive in a city that is bustling, vibrant and innovative as they are courageous, adapt well in new environments and are always observant.
Recommended holiday destination: Dubai, UAE
Where to stay in Dubai: Address Fountain Views
One of the main traits of the Dog is loyalty. This means they tend to be more cautious in nature and prefer to be in familiar environments that are tried and true. Hence, those who are born in this Chinese zodiac sign will enjoy popular, well established holiday destinations that have stood the test of time.
Recommended holiday destination: Maldives
Where to stay in the Maldives: JOALI Maldives
Those born in the year of the Monkey have brilliant minds. They are intelligent and perform well in their careers. These smart and driven individuals would fit perfectly in a fast-paced city where intellect and excellence are appreciated.
Recommended holiday destination: Hong Kong SAR, China
Where to stay in Hong Kong: The Hari Hong Kong
Those born in the Year of the Pig are known to be simple and unpretentious. They are compassionate and have a genuine personality. As their nature enables them to appreciate the simple things in life, a peaceful and calming environment is best suited for their next vacation.
Recommended holiday destination: Batangas, Philippines
Where to stay: The Farm at San Benito
There are plenty more ideas for your holiday 2023 in our short breaks roundup and our travel section – so read on!
This article first appeared in the February 2023 edition of Expat Living. You can purchase the latest issue or subscribe, so you never miss a copy!