Year of the Dragon: Booking.com Reveals the Escapes Written in the Stars for Chinese Zodiac Signs in 2024
Lunar New Year will be celebrated this year on February 10 and, while we wave a paw goodbye to the Year of the Rabbit, 2024 welcomes in the Year of the Dragon, a mythical animal sign known to be confident, ambitious, energetic and noble. This Lunar New Year, Booking.com has left it in the hands of the stars, pairing zodiac signs with destinations around the world that exhibit the same cosmic forces, giving starry-eyed travelers the perfect trips to celebrate their celestial birthdays. Whether a brave Tiger seeking an exhilarating escape, a Rabbit yearning for an artistic trip or a fearless Rooster looking for a wild experience, 2024 is all about a zodiac getaway. Top tip: All signs can improve their luck this year by clearing clutter, and displaying Dragon symbols in their house and workplace.
Years of the Dragon: 1916, 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012, 2024
For Dragons, 2024 will bring authority, prosperity and good fortune. But it’s important for this sign to stay grounded and keep their ego in check. What could be more humbling than connecting with wildlife in the coconut-filled paradise of Costa Rica, famous for its abundance of national parks. Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio is one of the most picturesque stretches of tropical coast along the South Pacific Ocean, with 1,680 acres (680 hectares) of rainforests containing hiking trails through dense vegetation and out to white-sand beaches and turquoise waves. With more biodiversity than both Europe and the US combined, travelers will find dangling three-toed sloths, baby squirrel monkeys and squawking toucans up close and personal and comes highly-recommended by Booking.com travelers for its wildlife.
Where to stay: This year, it’s important for Dragons to indulge in self-care, physical activity and meditation, and they can fully immerse in nature at the five-star Makanda by The Sea Hotel, an adults-only hotel that features a spa, infinity pool overlooking the Pacific Ocean and a private beach located just a short walk away. Just a short drive away from the National Park, making it easy for energetic Dragons to explore the beautiful nature and take advantage of the activities in the surroundings, including horse riding and fishing.
Years of the Rabbit: 1915, 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011, 2023
Enriching experiences such as art and romance are highly valued by Rabbits, which makes the vibrant city of Florence the ideal match. Basking in artistic charm, from its iconic buildings to the historic cobbled streets and copious galleries that house the best of Italian renaissance art. It’s no wonder this city is one of the top recommended destinations for art according to Booking.com travelers.
Where to stay: Arte' Boutique Hotel is perfectly situated in the heart of Florence, just a short walk from the Accademia Gallery and the Florence Cathedral. This bespoke 17th century building has been designed to showcase the best of its original architecture throughout, making it the perfect stay for Rabbits. It is also a Booking.com Travel Proud hotel, with its commitment to providing an extra welcoming stay for everyone.
Years of the Tiger: 1914, 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010, 2022
For Tigers who are searching for experiences to match their brave, confident and thrill seeking personality, Dubai offers an array of exhilarating and breathtaking experiences. With the Jebel Jais Zip Line Experience, visit the UAE’s highest peak and take in the panoramic vistas of the surrounding desert. Or experience the thrilling activity of skydiving and see the sights from the skies – be it over the iconic Palm Jumeirah or the endless deserts, the views are astonishing. Back down on land and four-wheels, adventurous Tigers can set off on a Desert Safari with Quad Biking and Dinner that will even see travelers take center-stage in a photoshoot, perfect for their confident nature.
Where to stay: The opulent and award-winning Jumeirah Emirates Towers is the epitome of luxury and elegance, and perfect for confident Tigers. The hotel features a striking glass lift with views of Dubai’s skyline and cuisine from across the globe with an array of dining experiences that offer everything from gourmet Asian dishes to Mediterranean staples. Tigers can experience calm and tranquility in the Talise Spa following a day of thrilling adventure, or head out on a trip to the Dubai Mall just a short walk away.
Years of the Ox: 1913, 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009, 2021
The Ox is an animal sign that has characteristics of being diligent, dependable, strong and determined, making a hiking holiday the perfect match for this zodiac sign. Ella is a small town nestled in the hills in Sri Lanka and is known for its exquisite views of the surrounding green hills and outdoor activities. For the determined Ox who wants to experience more of Sri Lanka’s beautiful landscape, Yala National Park Safari Day Tour from Ella, offers a game drive to spot free-roaming wildlife in their natural habitat, with the chance to spot and take photos of the elusive cats in their natural habitat, as well as other resident wildlife such as Sri Lankan elephants, sloth bears, peacocks and crocodiles. A Private Tour with Lunch includes three of Ella’s most famous scenic sites with a local guide, starting with a hike to Ella Rock, for scenic views over the highland village, then the famous Nine Arch Bridge in Demodara, before hiking up to Little Adam’s Peak to watch the sunset.
Where to stay: Situated on a leafy mountainside with panoramic views of the lush surroundings, the upscale EKHO Ella is within hiking distance to Nine Arches Bridge and Little Adam’s Peak. Featuring nature-inspired artwork and mountain views, the airy, refined rooms provide Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs, plus minibars, tea and coffee making facilities, and safes. At this dependable stay the upgraded rooms even boast covered terraces for Ox travelers to relax beside whirlpool tubs.
Years of the Rat: 1912, 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020
This capital city is not only known for its stunning architecture, but it’s also the perfect destination for the innovative and sociable Rat sign. Highly recommended by global travelers for nightlife, Madrid comes alive as the sun sets, from local cocktail bars to nightclubs, expect copious amounts of entertainment. Dance into the starry night at a Live Flamenco Performance with Drinks, and learn about the expressive dance form with its percussive footwork, intricate hand movements and clapping.
Where to stay: Innovative Rats will appreciate a stay at the fun and quirky Vincci the Mint, set in the heart of the famous Gran Via and featuring stunning terrace views of Madrid’s iconic buildings. The party begins upon entry, with a unique check in at the reception bar, opt for a nice wine or sangria. The hotel also features a rooftop terrace with a quirky gastro bar and food served from an onsite food truck.
Years of the Pig: 1923, 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019
Those who fall under the pig animal sign are known to be easy-going and enjoy carefree fun. Orlando is the perfect destination for this sign, famed for its epic theme parks, large shopping malls and nightlife, to create some carefree and long-lasting memories at this adventure playground. Become a child again at LEGOLAND® Florida with over 50 rides, or catch a world-class match with an Orlando Magic NBA Basketball Game Ticket.
Where to stay: Pig signs will appreciate a stay at the Four Seasons Resort Orlando. Aptly located in the heart of Orlando’s theme park resort, you’ll be sure to have a fun-filled vacation. Head to the theme park during the day, take in the pristine views of the lush 26-acre lakeside scenery from Capa, the resort's rooftop Spanish-style steakhouse in the evening or wind down with a round of golf or relaxing massage at the spa.
Years of the Dog: 1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018
Well-known for its friendly people, Dublin is the place to be for dog signs. With a friendly, honest and responsible personality type, they will appreciate the welcoming personas within this Irish capital. Friendly local pubs can be found on every corner, so why not start with a Pub Crawl Adventure to meet locals and listen to live performances of traditional music. For something a little more invigorating, partake in a group dance lesson to learn traditional Irish dancing.
Where to stay: Number 31 is a guesthouse in a classical Georgian townhouse, and was once the epicenter of social Dublin in the 1960’s and 70’s. The décor is inspired by the Jazz era with rooms decorated in reminiscence of this period and its cool sounds playing throughout the hotel. Complete with modern luxury touches, this is the ultimate stay for dog signs seeking a sociable stay in the city. Just like its friendly surroundings in Dublin, this Booking.com Travel Proud property ensures all guests experience an inclusive and welcoming stay too.
Years of the Rooster: 1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017
Roosters, who are practical and punctual animal signs, will enjoy the vast diversity of what’s available to do in Chiang Mai. Northern Thailand’s largest city incorporates the best of both worlds with an array of practical skills on offer including lessons with a professional Muay Thai boxer and cooking classes, whilst providing a serene escape from it all with lush countryside surroundings and ancient landmarks and temples to stroll by. Located in the atmosphere north of Thailand, with its balmy climate, this laidback city is ideal for Roosters to relax and recharge against the backdrop of a peaceful valley.
Where to stay: Positioned along the banks of Mae Ping River, the Anantara Chiang Mai Resort features minimalist Asian designs throughout and boasts a spa and pool. It’s the ideal hotel for practical Roosters with loads to do in one place. Activities such as Muay Thai boxing classes, Thai cooking classes and golf are available on site or take a relaxing floating tour of the city from the skies with a hot air balloon ride.
Years of the Monkey: 1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004. 2016
For the energetic and skillful Monkey sign who likes to learn new skills and cultures, London is the city for them. Teeming with culture and an abundance of things to do, it’s a Monkey sign’s paradise. Discover the newest food & drink pop ups, learn about the Historical East End Women Walking Tour or opt for the fun activity and Chocolatier Workshop and learn how to make sweet delights including chocolate, bonbons and truffles.
Where to stay: The iconic Great Scotland Yard Hotel is situated in one of London’s most prestigious and historic areas, Westminster. The hotel features a hidden whisky bar, afternoon tea lounge and delightful restaurant by a critically acclaimed chef. With places such as The National Gallery and Churchill War Rooms nearby, there’ll be plenty to learn for the inquisitive Monkey during a stay here. The Great Scotland Yard Hotel is also a Booking.com Travel Proud property and ensures all guests experience an inclusive and welcoming stay.
Years of the Goat/Sheep: 1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015
For the Goat/Sheep, who tend to be imaginative and easy going, a camping trip to Finland may invigorate their creative minds. The small lakeside village of Kilpisjärvi is the ultimate destination to experience nature and adventure and a starting point for many Lapland adventures. With so much to explore, hire a car to travel across its varied terrain. Discover Finland’s oldest protected nature reserve, the Malla Strict Nature Reserve where rare species of alpine plants and butterflies can be found. Hike up the Saana fell or Halti, Finland’s highest point on the border between Finland and Norway.
Where to stay: Arctic Land Adventure Glass Igloos combine nature with luxury. Situated beside the Vasara Reindeer Ranch, on the shore of Lake next to the Kilpisjärvi wilderness area, guests will enjoy traditional Lappish dishes at this unique hotel onsite sauna along with BBQ facilities. The easy going goat/sheep sign will be mesmerized by the mountain views, hunt the Northern Lights during the dark winter nights or experience the magic of nightless summers and enjoy a variety of activities on offer including snowmobiling, skiing and ice fishing.
Years of the Horse: 1918, 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014
The horse animal sign, whose main personality traits are a love for traveling and independence, will love the freedom that comes with a unique road trip across the US' second largest city. Home of the rich and famous and featuring a variety of entertainment landmarks, visitors will be spoiled for choice for what to do here while driving through the city. Catch a glimpse of the celebrity homes, park the car for a day and take a Santa Monica to Venice Beach Private Bike Tour on the scenic route from Santa Monica to Venice Beach or head to the hills to take a picture by the iconic Hollywood sign. Travelers born in the year of the horse can then hit the road from LA taking a Joshua Tree National Park Self-guided Driving Tour, on a self-guided audio driving tour of the park's history and natural landmarks that’s perfect for their independent nature.
Where to stay: The luxury lifestyle hotel, Santa Monica Proper Hotel is one of Santa Monica’s first new luxury hotels to be built in over a decade and the perfect pit stop while driving through the city. Seek out new friends at the rooftop pool, deck and restaurant-bar and enjoy your surroundings for the shortstop with a contemporary design with heritage finishes, luxury amenities in each room and a yoga terrace to find some zen before you hit the road again.
Year of the Snake: 1917, 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013
With its scenic stretches of golden sand, Rio is a top destination for a beach break according to Booking.com travelers and is the ideal destination for the introverted snake sign who likes to relax and experience life’s luxuries. There’s something on offer for the most discerning beach traveler, from off the beaten track hideaways such as the nearby island of Ilha Grande to city beaches including the infamous Copacabana and Ipanema for any animal sign who just wants to be amongst the fun. For a more sedate nighttime experience, take a Sunset Sailing Tour in Rio de Janeiro and sail past some of the city’s key landmarks while swimming in the warm surrounding ocean.
Where to stay: Nestled on a hilltop in the Santa Teresa neighborhood, Chez Georges is the perfect stay for snake signs wanting a relaxing vacation in the heart of the city. Aptly perched between the city’s center and the sandy beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema, guests will be spoiled for choice. Landmarks including the Municipal Theatre and Modern Art Museum are a short driv-e away for those who want to explore what the city has to offer.