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July 29, 2014 Luxury Hotels No Comments Email Email

As holidaying with a pet fast becomes one of the most talked about trends in the travel industry thanks to amended laws on taking pets abroad and a growing number of animal-friendly holiday packages, Small Luxury Hotels of the World™ (SLH) reveals the most popular, and strangest, requests for travelling furry companions.

IT&CMANot wanting to deny their pets of a quality holiday experience, in a recent survey by Small Luxury Hotels of the World™ (SLH), luxury travellers identify their pets’ ideal holiday demands, ranging from grooming and dog beds to pata negra ham and caviar and blueberry facials.

In SLH’s survey of over 8,000 people worldwide, 7.3% of respondents said that they would travel with their pet whenever possible. 15.1% said that they would be willing to pay a supplement for their pets to be pampered, with the top pet pampering items identified by respondents including luxury bedding (14.1%), food (11.2%) and pet grooming (7.9%).

When asked what luxuries their pet might enjoy at a luxury hotel, the responses were varied, ranging from the possible to the highly unlikely. Many of the most bizarre suggestions came from dog owners in China, which included ‘pata negra ham and cavier’, ‘unlimited playtime’, and ‘a sausage dog girlfriend’.

Suggestions from luxury travellers in the USA included ‘blueberry facials’ and ‘bird-watching at a zoo’ for their cat. A UK pet owner proposed ‘a personal butler’, while the dream holiday for one Burmese cat in Australia would involve ‘someone spending the day with her and telling her how beautiful she is’.

Recognising this trend, many Small Luxury Hotels of the World™ properties have introduced pet friendly packages, so furry friends can have a luxury holiday experience just as much as their owners.

Surrounded by over 60 acres of gardens and woodland, Lainston House Hotel in Winchester, UK, is an ideal holiday destination for the active dog. Its VIP (Very Important Pooch) package means that four legged best friends don’t have to be left at home, with a number of bedrooms and suites available to book that have a patio door leading straight out to the hotel grounds. With the VIP package, pooches will have their own bed, water and food bowls with a mat, bags for ‘tidying up’ and a special treat.

Rooms at Lainston House Hotel with Small Luxury Hotels of the World™ (SLH) are priced from £165 per night, based on two people sharing, with a supplement of £50 per night for dogs to cover deep cleaning. To book visit or call 0800 0482 314. The hotel must be told in advance about canine visitors in order to allocate the correct room.

At Hoteldorf Grüner Baum in Bad Gastein, Austria, there is a dog training ‘play meadow’ next to the hotel, where Mario the expert dog trainer offers individual consultations. Dogs can also take advantage of a number of physiotherapy options, starting with an examination by a vet to identify the most beneficial treatment. Massages, lymphatic drainage and active-passive movement exercises are all available with the help of laser therapy, ultrasound machines and hot and cold treatment equipment. There are also a number of specific wellness packages on offer, such as the metabolism package, involving a nutrition consultation, and a deep balance package that includes overall regeneration and detoxification. The ‘Fitness for Older Dogs’ programme offers joint mobilisation, muscle building and an exercise programme to take home.

To settle canine visitors into their new surroundings, they are offered a welcome biscuit and a surprise gift on arrival. Furthermore, a special section of the hotel restaurant is set aside for dogs, so that guest can dine with their companion. Guests can even pre-request their dog’s favourite food to enjoy alongside them in the restaurant.

Rooms at Hoteldorf Grϋner Baum with Small Luxury Hotels of the World™ (SLH) are priced from £124 per night based on two people sharing and includes breakfast. Depending on the size of the dog, a supplement of €10 – €20 per day is charged for a dog. To book or call 0800 0482 314.

The Raithwaite Estate in Whitby, UK, has a number of dog-friendly rooms and cottages, but for those dogs that prefer a holiday away from their owners, there are also onsite kennels. The dog spa, where favourite treatments include mud baths, blueberry facials (to remove stains from their face) and Jacuzzis, means that dogs don’t miss out on the luxury hotel experience. . Its dog day care centre and dog sitter service means that dogs won’t be left without company when their guests are enjoying some of the hotel’s other facilities. Dogs are provided with a dog bed, two bowls and other dog friendly accessories, and can also choose from a special dog menu with a range of meals cooked by the hotel’s chefs.

Rooms at The Raithwaite Estate with Small Luxury Hotels of the World™ (SLH) start from £93 per night based on two people sharing, with a supplement of £15 per night for dogs, which includes dog bed, two bowls and other accessories, as well as the cleaning cost.

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