Cat person, dog person or somewhere in between, there’s no denying the importance of pets – so why not treat them to a stay at one of the world’s luxury pet-friendly hotels? Tabby Wilson finds the best of the best.
There’s nothing like booking a trip to a decadent hotel, but all too often that means leaving furry family members behind. Fortunately, there are some exceptions to the rule and a number of five-star properties have pet policies that promise to pamper on par with their human guests. From fine dining to premium amenities, these hotels and resorts go above and beyond for their four-legged guests.
The Langham, Sydney
The only pet-friendly accommodation among Sydney’s luxury hotels, The Langham, Sydney offers five-star service to all their patrons, regardless of their species. The Pampered Pets Program ensures all their animals are well looked after, with a ‘Pet Room Service Menu’ created from fresh produce, with dishes like ‘Lassie’s Favourite’ which features a beef steak and chunky vegetables. Pet-sitting and dog-walking services are available on request and after a long day exploring the city, your furry friends can relax on their very own Langham plush pink bed.
Cliveden House, UK
Canine companions are welcomed with open arms at Cliveden House, an award-wining stately home in Berkshire, England with hundreds of years of history. Luxurious bedrooms have doggie amenities ready and waiting, and the charming Astor Grill has a range of culinary options for pups to pick from. The property is surrounded by over 100 hectares of National Trust land with dog-designed woodland trails, and lots of the local pubs accept pooches too.
The Thief, Norway
Guests can expect mans’ best friend to be treated like royalty at The Thief, where they are rightly referred to as ‘VIDs’ – Very Important Dogs. Rooms are stocked with high-end beds, blankets and bowls, and hampers laden with toys and treats are ready on arrival. Dog walking can be booked 48 hours in advance and the hotel has even got the option to plan a party for any good boys celebrating their birthday.
Las Ventanas al Paraíso, Mexico
Both dogs and cats are welcome at the lavish Las Ventanas al Paraiso, A Rosewood Resort in Mexico’s San Jose del Cabo. In addition to the special menus, spa treatments and portable pet cabanas on offer, the hotel has dedicated ‘Dog Butlers’ to take care of a pet’s every whim and fancy. The premium service sees the butlers taking pups on daily walks on the beach, creating tailor-made menus, organising birthday parties, giving special dog massages and treat them to ‘doga’ classes.
Belmond Reid’s Palace, Madiera
Aiming to provide the comforts of home and then some, the stunning Belmond Reid’s Palace in Madiera, Portugal has an extensive pet policy and program to ensure pets get the best of the best. The hotel offers doggy day care from 9am to 7pm and the doggy swimming pool is open throughout the day with a complimentary Wash and Fluff Dry service after a splash. Other amenities include a carefully crafted menu with delights such as salmon tartare, and physiotherapy and personal training sessions are available upon request.
The James, New York
With the understanding that pets become part of the family, The James has teamed up with Shinola Detroit, award-winning photographer Sophie Gamand and local shelters to ensure the best possible stay for any animals joining their guests. Rooms are furnished with bowls, organic treats, maps of local dog parks, in-room pet menus and arrangements for day care, walkers and sitters, with the option to add the hand-crafted beds, leashes and collars created by Shinola. The hotel also makes a donation to Animal Haven for every pet that stays with them, all in the effort to build a no-kill community.