Hotels know that it’s no longer enough to cater to their human clientele. With more than 60 percent of pet owners planning on some form of travel with their pets, it’s more important than ever that hotels cater to four-legged friends.
These five hotels go above and beyond to ensure that every guest — furry or not — has an exceptional stay.
Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita Mexico
What makes a tropical adventure even better? Sharing it with your best friend, of course. The Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita Mexico takes pet travel to new heights with Best Friend’s Paradise, a program in which guests and their dogs can participate in activities together, including yoga classes, “Paws Up” paddle boarding and surfing lesson in the Bay of Banderas.
Four-legged guests at the Punta Mita property can also enjoy treats from the new in-room pet dining menu (whole wheat pumpkin cookies, maybe?). And that’s on top of pet concierge services such as on-demand walking and grooming.
Le Bristol Paris
Parisians are known for being chic, but their animals are equally well attired. Fa-Raon and Kléopatre, the Five-Star Le Bristol Paris’ two Birman cats, are no exception. Dressed in jeweled collars by fashion house Goyard (with medallions by Christofle), the felines lounge in apartments designed by famous street artist Renk, who covered their walls with the word “cat” written in many languages.
The fluffy friends are a favorite of guests, particularly children but, of course, you can bring your own as well.
The Peninsula Beverly Hills
At this Five-Star hotel Beverly Hills address, every guest is treated like an A-lister, and that treatment extends to pets. For just $35 per day, animals can bask in a brown suede pet bed with the hotel logo and a paw print, a food bowl and Fiji water.
Gourmet meals are just a phone call away, too, with dishes like an eight-ounce New York strip and a pet “martini” made from beef bouillon. Walking, grooming and other pet sitting services are also available.
Fairmont Hotel Vancouver
Pets at Four-Star Vancouver hotel are treated like VIPs — and none more so that the hotel’s mascot, Beau, a yellow Labrador/golden retriever and former BC Guide Dog trainee who lives at the hotel. Get your daily dose of puppy love by stopping by to snuggle or take a walk with Beau, or bring your own dog (about US$19 daily) and relish in treats, a welcome mat, dish, toys and list of local pet activities.
Salamander Resort & Spa
Middleburg, Virginia’s Four-Star Salamander Resort & Spa welcomes all kinds of tail-wagging visitors. In addition to weekly “yappy hours,” where 10 percent of proceeds are donated to a local humane society, furry guests can enjoy amenities like food and water bowls, a bed, organic treats and waste bags provided with their stay. Score one of the terrace-level rooms for easy walks about the property.
Equestrians can bring their own horses to stay in the resort’s extensive stables, where they can savor 25 acres of dedicated space, nine paddocks, a large outdoor arena and miles upon miles of trails.