For those of you who can’t bear to travel without your pooches, here are a few exemplary luxury hotels who ensure your pets are pampered just as much as you are whilst on holiday.
Loews Regency Hotel, New York
Creature Comforts: Loews Regency Hotel is the choice of every pet lover. Put simply: Loews Loves Pets. As part of the Loews Loves Pets programme, your VIP (Very Important Pet) will be waited on hand and paw, travelling in first-class comfort at this pet-friendly hotel. On 26 August, Loews Regency is celebrating National Dog Day with a dedicated Yappy Hour (5-8pm) comprising a host of special offers and treats for furry friends and their owners.
Rates: Loews Loves Pets package, charging a one-time £32 per stay. Rooms are from £386 per night
Bookings: loewshotels.com/regency-hotel, 1-800-233-2356
The Little Nell, Aspen
Creature Comforts: Aspen is awash in four-legged friends. The hotel will pamper yours with their luxury pet amenities. They’ll eat epicurean treats and enjoy selections from their special organic pet menu. They’ll walk them, sit them and guide you to pet friendly trails. They’ll supply bowls and beds, and even a Puppy Jet Lag Kit to help them get used to the altitude in Aspen.
Rates: Petiquette Program, £64 one-time cleaning fee and an additional £16 per night. Rooms are from £434 per night
Bookings: firstname.lastname@example.org, +1 970-920-4600
Peninsula Beverly Hills, Beverly Hills
Creature Comforts: Four-legged guests are pampered with personalised towels, luxurious doggy beds and a specially-designed menu that offers treats such as the ‘Bow Wow Beef Burger’ and ‘Spot’s New York Strip’. If a guest doesn’t have time to walk their dog, one of the hotel’s white-uniformed Peninsula Pages will take the pooch for a stroll around the block. They often walk up to 10 dogs a day. The hotel takes the term “pet-friendly” to new heights of luxury, offering each four-footed guest a plush doggie bed, monogrammed towel and Fiji Water in a shiny bowl. Pet owners can treat their dogs to specialties from the “people food for dogs” menu, including dishes such as a “Bow-Wow Burger” and a “Tail of the Pup Hot Dog”.
Rates: Rooms are from £354 per night
Bookings: peninsula.com/beverlyhills, +1 310-551-2888
The Peninsula New York, New York
Creature Comforts: Fifth Avenue’s most fashionable address is delighted to welcome complimentary creature comforts, offering pet dogs only the finest when holidaying in New York. These include a welcome card and dog toy, personalised bottle of water, organic pet food, a Peninsula dog bed with two dog bowls and Peninsula dog leashes and bandanas.
Rates: Superior Rooms are from £381 per night
Bookings: peninsula.com/newyork, +1 212 956 2888
Viceroy New York, New York
Creature Comforts: Your favourite friend will be provided with a bed, food, water bowl and delicious dog treats at arrival. Upon request, the hotel is happy to make dog aromatherapy kits available for purchase.
Rates: One pet per room allowed (under 25 lbs), charged at £64 per room per night. Rooms are from £199 per night incl. taxes & fees. The pet charge is waived for guests staying in Junior Suites or above, from £275 per suite per night incl. taxes & fees.
Bookings: email@example.com, +1-855-647-1619
Volcanoes Safaris, Rwanda & Uganda
Creature Conservation: With only 480 mountain gorillas left in the Virungas, not only will visitors to the region experience seeing them in the wild, but more importantly, they will have the opportunity to help protect their furry ancestors. Experts in rare mountain gorilla safaris in Uganda and Rwanda and leaders in eco-tourism, Volcanoes Safaris – which consists of four eco-luxe lodges – contributes $100 from the cost of every safari directly to the Volcanoes Safaris Partnership Trust, a separate non-profit organisation which undertakes community and conservation activities.
Rates: 7 Day Safari rates start from £4,214 (US$6,329) per person, 5 Day Safari rates start from £3,176 (US$4,770) per person.