Back in the day, it seems like only seedy motels agreed to let pets stay alongside their owners. For owners who preferred luxury accommodations, this meant two options. One, stay in a seedy motel or two, leave your beloved pet at home. Fortunately, that’s no longer the case. Today, numerous luxury rentals will not only allow your pet to tag along for your trip, but will also ensure he or she is kept in the lap of luxury.
Now that you know that you can take your furry sidekick along on your next adventure, it’s time to decide where to go and where to stay. To help you narrow down your options, we’ve created this list of 10 gorgeous pet friendly vacation rentals.
1. Presidential Spa Pool Villa, Elounda, Crete, Greece
If you’ve always dreamed of seeing Crete’s unspoiled beaches and pristine mountains, while exploring the island’s ancient treasures and basking in the local’s hospitality, Presidential Spa Pool Villa is one of the best Crete rentals for you and your pet to retire after a long day. Each deluxe suite is equipped with an ensuite bathroom and spectacular views of the Mediterranean. Outside, lush gardens, an infinity swimming pool, and a hot tub provide ideal spots for enjoying the views. If your pet wants to stay in and you prefer to go out, there’s no reason to worry. He’ll have plenty of room to run around and you can also turn the satellite TV to Animal Planet to keep him company.
2. The Alpina Gstaad, Gstaad, Switzerland
Whether you’re the proud owner of a more traditional cat or dog or have a more exotic pet, such as a giraffe or lion, The Alpine Gstaad will be more than happy to let you stay in one of their 56 deluxe suites that offer breathtaking mountain views. (Seriously, giraffes and lions are mentioned on their website.) In addition to the opulent accommodations, the two of you can take advantage of the numerous amenities available to guests, including an indoor and outdoor pool, steam room, fitness center, sauna, movie theater, and cigar lounge. For a relaxing break, the onsite Six Senses Spa is available. As an added bonus, the spa staff will be more than happy to pamper your dog, but other pets will have to make do in the luxury appointed suite.
3. Miramar Hotel by Windsor, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Located across from Copacabana Beach, the contemporary-styled Miramar Hotel by Windsor is nothing short of spectacular, especially after undergoing a recent remodel that included upgrading to all the latest technology and a complete overhaul resulting in sleek and inviting rooms. The highlight for both you and your pet is sure to be the floor-to-ceiling windows that look out over the beach. While you enjoy the fitness center, business center, private beach, sauna, and dining room, your pet will be pampered through the Miramar’s VIP pet program.
4. The Westin Palace, Madrid, Spain
First opened in 1912, the iconic Westin Palace sits right in the middle of the city’s Art Walk, ensuring you and your pet will have easy access to boutiques, restaurants, and museums. In your room, you’ll appreciate the Western Heavenly Bed® topped with luxurious linens, which is almost certain to guarantee a fabulous night’s sleep, and decorated with the perfect combination of modern and classic furniture. Make sure to take the time to explore the gorgeous hotel, which features cathedral, stained glass ceilings, astounding paintings, and ornate chandeliers.
5. Mandarin Oriental, Miami, FL
In addition to offering lavish rooms and suites, stunning city and water views, and tons of five-star amenities, the Mandarin Oriental offers exceptional pet services, though they are geared toward dogs. Each pet is fitted with a golden collar tag on arrival, ensuring everyone knows he is a special guest. While at the hotel, he can take advantage of everything from the plush dog beds to the pet-friendly in-room dining menu and dog walking services. You may also want to let him upgrade his stay to include workouts with a certified dog trainer, play dates with a pet butler, and grooming. Meanwhile, you can bask in the hotel’s environment modeled on Asian serenity that includes an infinity pool and exotic day spa.
6. The Ritz Carlton, NYC
There’s a good chance that neither you nor your pet will ever want to leave the opulence of The Ritz Carlton. The meticulously decorated suites are bigger than many homes and look out over Manhattan or Central Park, which just happens to provide the perfect place for you and your pet to play. (If it rains, there’s no reason to worry. Both you and your pet can borrow the prestigious hotel’s Burberry raincoats.) Your pet is sure to appreciate the homemade dog treats, bone-shaped pet pillow, and aromatherapy, while you take advantage of the fitness center with personal trainers, afternoon tea, and treatments available at La Prairie Spa.
7. Kimpton Hotel Monaco Portland, Portland, WA
Voted the “Most Beautiful Hotel in Oregon” by Architectural Digest, the Kimpton Hotel Monaco Portland features spacious rooms filled with eclectic furnishings and fabulous amenities. They also cater to pets with no size, weight, or breed restrictions. What really sets this hotel apart from other pet friendly resorts is the on-site pet psychic who is available during the complimentary wine hour to help you and your petimprove your relationship and solve behavioral problems. Afterwards, the two of you can retire to your room for the 24/7 room service or pamper yourselves at the onsite Dosha 5th Avenue Spa.
8. Zoetry Agua, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Situated among the lush greenery and extending to the pristine beach, it doesn’t get much more beautiful than the Zoetry Agua. The suites open onto a private terrace that looks out over the azure sea and feature cathedral ceilings, stone, hardwood floors, and palapa roofs. Some suites also include a private garden with mini plunge pool that your pet is sure to love. While here, you can choose from multiple on-site dining options and, after a fabulous meal, you can relax at the spa or head to beach or pool. Meanwhile, your pet can nap in luxury.
9. One & Only Palmilla, Los Cabos, Mexico
Overlooking the Sea of Cortez, One & Only Palmilla is truly a luxury hideaway that you and your pet will never want to leave. Your visit starts when you are picked up at the airport, where your pet will receive his personal One & Only Palmilla passport. Once at the resort, your pet will be treated to a custom-sized bed and allowed to choose from a menu of bedtime chew toys, while you choose from a menu of pillow and decide what to do first. When the two of you head out to the beach, there’s no need to worry about his comfort or safety. He can rest under his personal umbrella or tent that sits next to his own life preserver. Both of you will love the farm-to-table cuisine.
10. The Rubens at the Palace, London, England
Well-known for its aristocratic grandeur, The Rubens at the Palace offers decadent accommodations with a colorful history. All of the rooms are magnificently decorated and include elegant furnishings and sumptuous fabrics. You and your pet, who will be welcomed with toys, treats, and a custom made pet bed, will be treated like royalty. Your pet can choose from a special menu and can expect fresh mineral water to always be on hand. You can take advantage of the dog sitting and grooming services or turn to the official Pet Concierge with any special requests.