The Chinese New Year of the Fire Monkey will start on February 8, 2016. Chinese Astrology is organized according to 12 animals signs. According to legend, the Lord Buddha summoned all the animals to come to him before he departed from Earth. Only 12 animals came to bid him farewell. As a reward he named a year after each other one in the order that they arrived. First came the Rat, then the Ox, the Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Sheep, Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Pig.
It’s always fun to read up on our zodiac signs as we prepare to usher in another Chinese New Year. For the upcoming Year of the Monkey, we have put together a list of lucky villas according to your sign. Which one’s yours?
Years: 2008, 1996, 1984, 1972, 1960, 1948, 1936
Characteristics: Intelligent, adaptable, quick-witted, charming, artistic, sociable.
According to your horoscope forecast, 2016 promises to be a year full of fun and socializing for Rats due to the fact that you and the Monkey get along well. It’s a year for good food, good friends and good times. You’ll find all of this and more when staying at Villa Penelopy Tiga. A modern 3-bedroom getaway for a group of friends who appreciate being within walking distance of Bali’s beautiful beaches and Seminyak’s cool bars, world-class restaurants and trendy shops.
Years: 2009, 1997, 1985, 1973, 1961, 1949, 1937
Characteristics: Loyal, reliable, thorough, strong, reasonable, steady, determined
People under the sign of the Ox are family-oriented folk, they are partial to vacations with their spouses and children. Oxes prefer things slow, steady and natural, qualities that Villa Galante offer. This grand estate of 6 bedrooms faces the serene rice terraces of Umalas has a genuine homey feeling. The villa blends colonial elegance with tropical ambiance while providing all the modern comforts required for a memorable, relaxing stay.
Years: 2010, 1998, 1986, 1974, 1962, 1950, 1938
Characteristics: Enthusiastic, courageous, ambitious, leadership, confidence, charismatic
Brave and competitive, people under the sign of the Tiger like to travel to some slightly off the beaten track destinations. Perched on the edge of Ubud’s spiritually charged village of Sayan, Villa Kamaniiya is a stunning 5 bedroom villa that offers breathtaking views of the surrounding rainforest. Indigenous materials such as stone and reclaimed timber have been used throughout to ensure that the entire property is sensitive to the surrounding natural environment. There are various spots scattered around the property for quiet time alone including a reading tower, a massage hut and an elevated Balinese relaxation pavilion making it the ultimate sanctuary for the senses and the perfect place to rediscover the pleasure of taking each day as it comes.
Years: 2011, 1999, 1987, 1975, 1963, 1951, 1939
Characteristics: Trustworthy, empathic, modest, diplomatic, sincere, sociable, caretakers.
People under the sign of the Rabbit are often described as artistic, so they tend to travel to places known for art, cooking and fashion. Rabbits are in for a treat with Villa La Banane. This 4 bedroom villa has been elegantly decorated with a blend of contemporary design and carefully curated antiques from Asia. The villa also boasts a private spa and an excellent cook who can prepare all kinds of delicious meals.
Years: 2012, 2000, 1988, 1976, 1952, 1940, 1928
Characteristics: Lucky, flexible, eccentric, imaginative, artistic, spiritual, charismatic
Courageous and tenacious by nature, people under the sign of the Dragon particularly like active travel, often in the form of extreme adventure (think bungee jumping and mountain trekking) as they seek out the next thrill. Dragon adrenaline junkies will never get bored at Villa Bayad. This 4 bedroom villa located in Ubud, designed by the South-East Asian architect Pop Danes, showcases a private air-conditioned gym with all the modern equipment as well as a yoga studio. And if that’s not enough, there are also free mountain bikes available for guests to explore the surrounding countryside. And at the end of the day, you can jump in the 18 meter infinity pool while admiring the stunning views of the tropical forest.
Years: 2013, 2001, 1989, 1977, 1965, 1953, 1941
Characteristics: Philosophical, organized, intelligent, intuitive, elegant, attentive, decisive
Because they are private but also enjoy keeping up with the Joneses, people who fall under the sign of the Snake search for understated yet upscale travel. Snakes will feel like royalty when staying at Villa Tangguntiti. All 5 bedrooms are located in individual traditional Javanese teak houses boasting plush beds, terraces, outdoor bathrooms and stunning views of the rice fields set in the understated West coast of the island.
Years: 2014, 2002, 1990, 1978, 1966, 1954, 1942, 1930
Characteristics: Adaptable, loyal, courageous, ambitious, intelligent, adventurous, strong
Because people under the sign of the Horse love to be part of the herd. “The more the merrier” is a sentiment Horses have taken to heart, and nothing pleases them more than a friends getaway or multi-generational vacation with the extended family. You’ll have more than enough space and rooms to accommodate everyone at Villa Mannao. This brand new stylish 8 bedroom villa can sleep up to 16 people. Multiple indoor and outdoor dining and living areas provide endless relaxation options, you hardly have to run into each other! Oh, and did we say it comes with not one but two pools. Naturally, of course it does. And if you need to catch up on some me time, then treat yourself to some well-deserved pampering in the in-house spa.
Years: 2015, 2003, 1991, 1979, 1967, 1955, 1943, 1931
Characteristics: Tasteful, crafty, warm, elegant, charming, intuitive, sensitive, calm
Often described as mild-mannered and shy, people who fall under the sign of the Sheep like to travel solidly on the beaten path. Sheep are equally as happy to travel alone as they are in a group (so long as someone else is the leader). Villa Crystal is walking distance from Oberoi Street filled with all the best restaurants and shops. And iconic beach clubs such as Ku De Ta Beach Club and Potato Head are just a 5 minute scooter drive away.
Years: 2016, 2004, 1992, 1980, 1968, 1956, 1944, 1932
Characteristics: Quick-witted, charming, lucky, adaptable, bright, versatile, lively, smart.
This is YOUR year! For 2016, Monkeys will experience a whole range of exciting opportunities and your lively personality and quick wits will help you navigate the dizzying array of possibilities. All you have to do is stay active. For a villa full of exciting opportunities, Villa Yenian is the place. You can either chill by the divine pool while enjoying the peaceful rice paddy views or watch the sunset down at the famous Echo beach or do some sightseeing at the spectacular Tanah Lot Temple. And if you want to enjoy a night in town, the buzzing Seminyak is just a 20 minute drive away.
Years: 2005, 1993, 1981, 1969, 1957, 1945, 1933
Characteristics: Honest, energetic, intelligent, flamboyant, flexible, diverse, confident.
Frequently described as “showoffs”, people who fall under the sign of the Rooster enjoy traveling in groups, either with friends or with an escorted group tour, so that they can put themselves at the center of attention. With an excellent location in the heart of vibrant Seminyak, Roosters will be able to prance around Villa Mojo that has been featured in several home magazines for its excellent interior design. Located just minutes from Bali’s stylish beach clubs, cafés and shopping boutiques, making Villa Mojo indeed one fashionable holiday location.
Years: 2006, 1994, 1982, 1970, 1958, 1946, 1934
Characteristics: Loyal, sociable, courageous, diligent, steady, lively, adaptable, smart
People who fall under the sign of the Dog prefer to travel with others, and especially with close family or friends. Dogs mostly don’t care where they go so long as their spouses, best friends or children are with them. There’s no better place to spend some quality family time than at Villa Gils, located a few minutes from the town of Candidasa, on the West coast, for those looking to escape the city buzz and experience the serene side of the island of Bali. The family-friendly master-suite is connected to a twin bedded room offering plenty of space for the family to spread out. The 25 meter swimming-pool has a wading area for children and you can also practise your snorkelling in the pool before venturing out to see the amazing fish and corals just 50m from the Villa off Mendira Beach.
Years: 2007, 1995, 1983, 1971, 1959, 1947, 1935
Characteristics: Honorable, philanthropic, determined, optimistic, sincere, sociable
Pigs have a lot of challenges in store for 2016, but pigs know just how to get out of any sticky situation. With their adopted mantra of “don’t worry be happy”, Pigs can take it easy at The Shanti Residence. Enjoy the cool ocean breeze, beautiful sunrise views and personalized butler service in this sophisticated, spacious uber-address. Slumber into your romantic king size bed, pamper yourself in the spacious indoor and outdoor bathroom and take a dip in the shimmering pool while admiring the views of the Indian Ocean and beautiful garden lawn.
Gong Xi Fa Cai!
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