February 2020 Your 2020 Wellness Travel Horoscope

Your 2020 Wellness Travel Horoscope

We see you, Aries: Quadrathlons at Saint Lucia’s BodyHoliday resort include abseiling adventures.
We see you, Aries: Quadrathlons at Saint Lucia’s BodyHoliday resort include abseiling adventures.
The prescription for maintaining a healthy mind, body, and spirit? Travel, written in the stars. After mining the interior worlds of the zodiac, we’ve produced the following personalized plans for rejuvenating travel. Whatever your path, all signs point to a healthy new you.

Aries: March 21-April 19

Represented by the ram, this fire sign and first symbol of the Zodiac is a natural leader: bold, ambitious, determined, and direct. But Aries can be impulsive and possess excessive energy, which is all the more reason to harness that inner drive to a fitness program that will push you to healthy limits. Fortunately, the travel industry gets you, Aries, and has created hard-core competitions, physical challenges, and restorative programs geared toward power players. Resorts such as Saint Lucia’s BodyHoliday offer quadrathlon competitions combining serious distance mountain biking, running, abseiling, and kayaking. Executive programs at Canyon Ranch in Lenox, Massachusetts, efficiently package medical tests with individualized stress-management programs from exercise physiologists, yogis, and lifestyle consultants.

You’ll Also Love: Go for it – the Challenge Course at Tucson’s 145-room Miraval Arizona Resort & Spa dares you to rise to new levels of bravery and power through zip lining, slacklining, tightrope walking, and climbing a 40-foot ladder. Virtuoso travelers receive a $100 resort credit and a journal.
Treetop tranquility: The spa at Puerto Rico’s Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve.
Treetop tranquility: The spa at Puerto Rico’s Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve.

Taurus: April 20-May 20

Taurus — the bull — can can be stubborn. But that fervent quality equally appears as loyalty, faithfulness, and devotion. This earth sign also embraces sensuality and a love of comfort, luxury, and pleasure. Indulge your sybaritic leanings at one of the many hotel and cruise-line spas devoted to extreme pampering. Visit Spa Botánico at Puerto Rico’s Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve to design your own aromatherapy from its herbal apothecary, get a treehouse hammock massage, or bathe in pools shrouded by tropical plants. On Celebrity Cruises’ voyages, spend shipboard days detoxing in an aromatic steam room and herbal sauna at the line’s Canyon Ranch spa.

You’ll Also Love: Seek spa pampering at the 88-room Lefay Resort & Spa Dolomiti in Pinzolo, Italy, where an individualized course of sauna baths, saltwater-lake immersions, and plunges in ice and heated pools is designed to balance your energy. Virtuoso travelers receive breakfast daily, a 50-minute massage, and a complimentary dinner.
The geothermal pool at Solage, an Auberge Resort.
The geothermal pool at Solage, an Auberge Resort.

Gemini: May 21-June 20

The twins, Gemini are social butterflies, playful and curious pioneers who continuously seek out the new. Fortunately for this air sign, the spa industry keeps innovating with new must-try treatments. At Napa’s Carneros Resort and Spa, an application of magnesium-rich oils nourishes skin, and LED light technology accelerates healing in sore areas, followed by a massage accompanied by an audio program designed to connect mind and body. The nearby Solage, an Auberge Resort in Calistoga, offers aqua yoga in its heated geothermal pools.

You’ll Also Love: Experiment progressively with a new CBD treatment using restorative cannabidiol. In Colorado, Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Resort and Spa’s CBD massage promises deeply penetrating pain relief and relaxation. The 190-room, ski-in/ski-out resort offers additional Gemini-enticing treatments such as a Thai Fusion massage marrying Eastern and Western styles via acupressure and stretching. Virtuoso travelers receive breakfast daily and a $100 resort credit.
Keep calm and head to The Kitchen at Chewton Glen. 
Keep calm and head to The Kitchen at Chewton Glen. 
Photo by Lynk Photography

Cancer: June 21-July 21

Cancer nurtures a compassionate, loyal, and loving soul behind that outer self-protective crab shell. The water sign also rules the stomach, drawing Cancers to all things culinary. Hone your cooking skills with Regent Seven Seas Cruises, home to the Culinary Arts Kitchen, for individualized hands-on cooking classes, or enroll in Chewton Glen’s The Kitchen, a cookery school in Hampshire, England. Virtuoso advisor Andrew David Harris calls the school “warm and inviting, drawing from gardens and a greenhouse to create an integrative experience for people who want to learn to cook and eat healthier.”

You’ll Also Love: Heed your marine calling and sail away for ten days with Windstar Cruises and James Beard Foundation chef Tanya Holland, owner of Oakland’s Brown Sugar Kitchen. The San Diego-to-Vancouver, B.C. voyage aboard the 212-passenger Star Breeze includes wine tastings, chef demos, and visits to farmers’ markets. Departure: May 5, 2020.
Art as therapy at Tennessee’s Blackberry Mountain.
Art as therapy at Tennessee’s Blackberry Mountain.

Leo: July 23-August 22

Leo throbs with the lion’s heart: passionate, theatrical, vivacious. You’re creative, artistic, loyal, and optimistic. Follow your instincts and unleash that inner artist on your next great escape. Sign up for pottery and painting workshops at Blackberry Mountain, a resort in eastern Tennessee, or, for a farther-flung adventure, travel with Artisans of Leisure on a customized learning vacation that teaches traditional pottery in a Japanese village or porcelain painting in Austria.

You’ll Also Love: Get creative at Beijing’s 51-room Aman Summer Palace, which pairs its privileged location adjacent to the capital’s Summer Palace with opportunities to learn traditional arts such as kite-making and calligraphy. Virtuoso travelers receive breakfast daily and one 60-minute massage per room.
Hiking at Sedona’s Mii amo wellness resort.
Hiking at Sedona’s Mii amo wellness resort.

Virgo: August 23-September 22

Associated with the goddess of wheat and agriculture, earthy Virgos are
logical, practical, diligent, and, at times to their detriment, inclined to perfectionism. Helpful Virgos also tend to be problem solvers, teachers, and healers, who, frankly, could use a little personal time. Try recovering with cryotherapy – its cold blasts hasten healing and reduce inflammation – at The Ranch Malibu. Or take a two-night break from touring Australia at Byron Bay’s Gaia Retreat & Spa, which combines fitness classes, organic cuisine, a naturopathic clinic, and outdoor yoga classes.

You’ll Also Love: Get back in balance with a wellness retreat at the 16-room Mii amo in Sedona. Choose from the resort’s three-, four-, or seven-day “Journeys” that incorporate hiking in red-rock country with Native American-inspired treatments, lectures on the area’s fabled energy vortexes, and stargazing. Journeys include accommodations; an all-inclusive dining plan; access to all fitness facilities, wellness classes, and lectures; a spa credit of $1,290 (or larger, based on length of Journey); and more. Virtuoso travelers receive a $100 or $200 resort credit per room (based on length of Journey).
Yoga-themed shore excursions on Oceania Cruises’ sailings help passengers maintain balance. 
Yoga-themed shore excursions on Oceania Cruises’ sailings help passengers maintain balance. 
Photo by Getty Images

Libra: September 23-October 22

Libra, the scales, stands for balance, harmony, and equilibrium. This sophisticated air sign enjoys art and intellectualism, and has great taste. Attend a classical piano concert, take shipboard dancing classes, and gain insights from well-known historians, scientists, and other featured speakers while sailing with the Cunard cruise line. Your sense of harmony will also align with Seabourn’s exclusive Spa & Wellness with Dr. Andrew Weil program. Each Seabourn ship employs a Mindful Living Coach, who provides yoga and meditation instruction in addition to wellness seminars.

You’ll Also Love: Maintain balance while sailing on Oceania Cruises’ 20-day Singapore-to-Sydney voyage aboard the 684-passenger Regatta. An overnight call in Bali offers time to relax in tranquil rice terraces. Wellness-themed excursions include a mindful walk, yoga, meditation, and chanting in the countryside outside Brisbane, Australia. Departure: November 11, 2020.
Forest bathing on Japan’s Yakushima Island.
Forest bathing on Japan’s Yakushima Island.
Photo by Nachosuch/Getty Images

Scorpio: October 23-November 21

Clairvoyant and intuitive, Scorpio is the sexy sign – passionate, genuine, authentic, and in tune with your emotions. With a tendency to high intensity, you require meditation and spirituality to relieve tension. Your tonic: a two-week tour of India with Remote Lands to take part in a traditional fire meditation and make pilgrimages to historic temples. Closer to home, explore the woods surrounding The Lodge at Woodloch in eastern Pennsylvania via a mindful meditation in the outdoors called shinrin-yoku (forest bathing) to ease stress and boost vitality.

You’ll Also Love: Practice shinrin-yoku in its homelandof Japan with EXO Travel’s four-day walking trip on the island of Yakushima, a UNESCO World Heritage site famous for its ancient cedar forests, where some trees are more than 1,800 years old. Departures: Any day through 2020.
Hike Peru’s Inca Trail, and this is your payoff. 
Hike Peru’s Inca Trail, and this is your payoff. 
Photo by iStock/Getty Images Plus

Sagittarius: November 22-December 21

You can’t pin the archer Sagittarius down. Adventurous, thrill seeking, magnetic, and funny, Sagittarius has insatiable wanderlust and craves change and plenty of room to roam. Sate your desire to explore while slowing down your inner whirl by walking the Camino de Santiago, an ancient pilgrimage route in the north of Spain, on a customized vacation crafted by your travel advisor in collaboration with Virtuoso on-site Made for Spain & Portugal. Or arrive at Machu Picchu the adventurous way by trekking there along Peru’s 26-mile Inca Trail with Intrepid Travel.

You’ll Also Love: Give slow travel a try without compromising your thirst for adventure on Butterfield & Robinson’s private, eight-day cycling tour in central Chile. The round-trip-from-Santiago journey will have you casually pedaling past generations-old estancias and vast vineyards backed by the Andes. Departures: Multiple dates, mid-September 2020 to early May, 2021.
Bring the whole gang on a Backroads biking adventure.
Bring the whole gang on a Backroads biking adventure.
Photo by Liz Hale/Backroads

Capricorn: December 22-January 19

This earth sign works hard, with unwavering focus. Capricorn is earnest and makes things happen, but has a tendency to workaholism. Harness that go-hard drive with a boot camp at Carillon Miami Wellness Resort. Or consider kicking back and simply reconnecting with your family on a toes-in-the-sand vacation at Belmond La Samanna on Saint-Martin. If you truly can’t sit still, the resort’s tennis, sailing, and snorkeling programs will provide a healthy activity fix.

You’ll Also Love: Balance your professional and personal lives on an active family trip with Backroads. Its six-day multisport adventure in Croatia combines biking and kayaking along the Dalmatian Coast with walks through the Venetian renaissance town of Hvar and island-hopping sailing excursions. Departures: Multiple dates, May 28 to August 19, 2020.
Greater good: In Peru, Sol y Luna guests can help children in need via the resort’s foundation.
Greater good: In Peru, Sol y Luna guests can help children in need via the resort’s foundation.

Aquarius: January 20-February 18

Aquarius, the water bearer, is progressive, rebellious, eccentric, and nonconformist. If Aquarius is stubborn, put it down to devotion. You’re also a born humanitarian and should take your goodwill on the road with a volunteer trip. “One definition of wellness is feeling good by giving back,” says Stephanie Steen, a Virtuoso advisor. “We can improve ourselves by helping others.” Consider feeding the elderly in Belize or planting trees in New Zealand during a Crystal Cruises’ You Care, We Care shore excursion. In Peru, sponsor a child living in the Sacred Valley, or even lend your teaching or medical skills to those in need through Sol y Luna resort’s foundation devoted to education.

You’ll Also Love: Have your advisor work with Virtuoso on-site Trails of Indochina to craft a customizable purpose-driven vacation in Vietnam and Cambodia. On an 11-day journey from Hanoi to Siem Reap, for example, guests can lend a hand in flower fields at a family farm near Hanoi and install water filters in a Cambodian village. Departures: Any day March 1 through August 30, 2020.
Tune in: Italy’s Castel Fragsburg offers immersive sound baths with a sacred arts muse.
Tune in: Italy’s Castel Fragsburg offers immersive sound baths with a sacred arts muse.
Photo by Stefano Scata

Pisces: February 19-March 20

Pisces, represented by a pair of fish, is psychic, empathetic, compassionate, and sensitive. You feel deeply and tend to be invigorated by sound. Tap into those resonant harmonies by traveling for music, whether it’s to Texas’ Lake Austin Spa Resort for crystal-bowl sound immersion therapy or Palais Hansen Kempinski Vienna, where a local composer can create a personal waltz for you and yours to be played in a private concert in your suite by orchestral musicians.

You’ll Also Love: Seek sound therapy, aka sound baths (Tibetan singing bowls, sun gongs, natural percussion instruments), offered by the hotel’s sacred arts muse Bellé Flora at the 20-room Castel Fragsburg in northern Italy’s South Tyrol region. Kathleen Sullivan, a Virtuoso advisor, sends clients to this intimate hideaway for reprieves amid busy European itineraries. Get in tune with its “personal charm, healthy food, and immersive sound baths that ease you into a meditative state quite near sleep,” she says. Virtuoso travelers receive breakfast daily, a body balm prepared by the hotel’s alchemist, and one sound-medicine ritual.

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