After a year of bonding at home with their animals, many pet owners are deciding to take their critters on the road. Several travel companies are paying attention to the trend, rolling out luxury amenities that take “pet-friendly” to new levels.
Maya the Mini Husky enjoys a treat at the Ambassador Chicago during a recent stay
El Encanto, a Belmond Hotel, in Santa Barbara, Calif., updated its dog-friendly offerings in 2020. Gourmet dog menus now list gluten-free options and seasonal fish for $15 a plate, as well as lavender-and-mint treats ($8). For stressed pups, you can order a Ruff Day, a herbal tea blend of camomile, ginger, echinacea and hawthorn berry ($5 a bowl).
Dog-owning visitors staying at New York City’s Crowne Plaza HY36 can partake in the Pets Getaway package that offers 33% off the pet fee (normally $75), two one-way MetroCards and a MetroCard chew toy.
Crowne Plaza HY36
In Florida, the Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort has added a vegan menu to its pet offerings for animals who don’t eat animals, while the W Fort Lauderdale offers a bottle of nonalcoholic Dög Pawrignon for Rover. Staff can also arrange for dog walkers and pet sitters for guests.
In spring 2021, the Hard Rock Hotel group introduced the Unleashed Pet Program at some of its properties. Participating guests get a “sWag bag” with a chew toy, a velvet memory-foam dog bed for their stay and a customized Spotify playlist with songs such as “Who Let the Dogs Out.”
The Hard Rock
The Lygon Arms, a historic hotel in England’s Cotswolds, paired up with a local groomer to offer a spa day for pet and owner for about $218 a package. Both humans and dogs get facials and nail care. One of you gets a bath and a bandanna.
The Lygon Arms
VistaJet—which already offered sleep mats, treats baked by Michelin-starred chef Michel Roux and rope toys on board—now trains its flight attendants in animal CPR, canine vital signs and how to calm animals that have a fear of flying.
“Our training is white-glove training, which means imagining what might come and pre-empting the request. And we thought, why not also do it for the pets?” —Matteo Atti, VistaJet’s executive vice president of marketing and innovation.
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