Nowadays, welcoming a dog into your family doesn’t mean saying goodbye to luxury getaways. In fact, there’s a new breed of dog-friendly hotels offering pet packages to set tails wagging. At these boutique retreats, five-star treatment includes plush beds, turndown treats and dog-sitting services. So, you can relax, knowing man’s best friend is taken care of.
BEST FOR: PAMPERED POOCHES
At The Arch London, dogs of all shapes and sizes get their very own entourage. Chefs whip up fresh food from the Pets’ Menu and staff in the Martini Lounge keep your dog’s bowl topped up with still or sparkling water. After a day spent stick-chasing and mud-rolling – after all, Hyde Park is on the doorstep – the concierge can arrange a grooming session at the Pet Spa in Chelsea. Dog-dedicated treatments include coat colour enhancement, pedicures to soothe pavement-rough paws and even a tear stain reducing facial. Back at the hotel, professional sitters can step in when you want to step out and explore London’s galleries, boutiques and bars.
BEST FOR: TEACHING OLD DOGS NEW TRICKS
There’s something about Hotel Tannenhof in Austria, that makes it a spot-on setting for dog behavioural training. Perhaps it’s the fresh air and mountain views that send patience levels sky high. Or it could be the spoiling ski lodge interiors that give you breathing space. Either way, celebrated behaviourist Peter Oberhollenzer will work with you and your dog to better connect and communicate. This pet package includes focussed sessions with Peter for three hours across two days, including hands-on training and take-home tips. There’s also a welcome present and toys, super-soft bed and access to a dog-sitter, so you can hit the ski slopes.
BEST FOR: LONG WALKS AND LAZY MORNINGS
Laid-back luxury is second nature to The Fish, a Cotswolds country retreat on the 400-acre Farncombe Estate. Its location makes it ideal for long, leg-stretching walks, and there’s also a dedicated dog agility course within the grounds. Rooms have been thoughtfully designed with dogs in mind, and can come with homely beds, dog towels and treats for up to two medium-sized dogs.
Beyond Europe: Feel the call of the wild and escape to the natural tranquillity of L’Hotel du Lac in Nagahama, Japan. A setting on the banks of Japan’s largest lake is ideal for long walks. And with a leash and ball provided by the hotel, there’s always time for a game of fetch.
BEST FOR: PECKISH PUPS
The cocooning comfort of ski hotel Kristiania Lech in Austria, lends it a home from home feel. Outside, there are cloud-skimming mountains as far as the eye can see. Indoors, both two-legged and four-legged guests are well catered for. Special menus offer produce from local butchers and freshly prepared gourmet meals for pets, who can eat with you in the bar or even embark on a picnic in the snow, complete with fur blankets. As well as dinner, this hotel takes creature comforts seriously – you could return to your room to discover a steaming bath drawn for you, for example. And when it comes to your dog, every detail is covered: warm beds, goodnight treats, toys, first-aid kits and an exclusive tag bearing the hotel’s number.
BEST FOR: LETTING SLEEPING DOGS LIE
At Stapleford Park, even four-legged visitors get four-posters. The Doggy Divine package includes a handcrafted, hypoallergenic bed, created for this sophisticated welly-and-walkies country retreat by local designers Doggy & Gabbona of Melton Mowbray. Stomp around the Capability Brown grounds and work up an appetite for afternoon tea – there’s a menu for your dog, too, so they can stay by your side. Or, if you’re tempted by the award-winning spa, championship golf course or an archery lesson, you can leave furry friends in the capable hands of the hotel dog-sitters.
BEST FOR: CANINE CITY BREAKS
Plan your Copenhagen city break for September and you could be in town for the one day a year Tivoli Gardens admits dogs. Nimb Hotel is perfectly placed for this and other top sights, and the concierge will provide maps with dog-friendly strolling routes and parks. They’ll even walk your canine companion, arrange his or her favourite food and point you towards the city’s best pet store. Your dog also gets a welcome hamper brimming with toys and essentials, food and water bowls with mineral water, and nightly treats.
For a dose of la dolce vita instead, Palazzo Vecchietti puts you at the beating heart of Florence. This Renaissance retreat takes a thoroughly modern approach to canine guests, providing a welcome pet set that includes dog toys, a bowl and tasty goodies.