Private jets, luxury hotels and butlers — for your dog

ELLIE SOUFI adopted a dog in the first months of the pandemic. Ms Sufi, 27, who lived alone in a studio in downtown Chicago, said her French Bulldog Enzo got her through the loneliness of 2020. In September she wanted to spoil him a bit so she booked a stay for the two at Ambassador Chicago, where a new package aims to pamper not only human guests, but the four-legged animals as well.

After a year of bonding at home with their pets, many pet owners decide to take their critters, especially their dogs, on the road. Several travel agencies are paying attention to the trend and rolling out luxury amenities that elevate “pets” to new levels. Increasingly, the options for dogs and other companions are five stars and at a corresponding price.

At the Ambassador, Enzo was greeted with a personalized dog cookie and dog toy. A photo of him, printed from his Instagram page, was waiting in the room with bowls of food and water. Ms. Sufi has received a card of pet-friendly restaurants.

The Crowne Plaza HY36 in New York City encourages “pet getaways” with a new package focused on dogs (pajamas not included).


Crowne Plaza HY36

Six years ago, Las Ventanas al Paraíso, a Rosewood resort in Los Cabos, added “dog butlers,” whose responsibilities include walking dogs, scooping poo and canine massage. The offers have multiplied each year, said Frédéric Vidal, general manager of the station. This year, for guests who celebrated Thanksgiving at the hotel with their dogs, the holiday menu featured canine treats such as cured turkey, wild rice, and baby spinach.

El Encanto, a Belmond hotel in Santa Barbara, Calif., Also updated its dog-friendly offerings for 2020. Gourmet Dog Menus now lists gluten-free options and seasonal fish for $ 15 a plate, as well as lavender and mint treats. ($ 8). For stressed puppies, you can order a Ruff Day, a blend of chamomile, ginger, echinacea, and hawthorn berry herbal teas ($ 5 a bowl).

At the Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort, staff can arrange dog walkers and pet sitters for guests.


Four Seasons

Along the coast, Jason Prendergast, FIG Executive Chef at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows in Santa Monica, Calif., Uses similar quality ingredients, including Niman Ranch beef, for the pet cuts. At London West Hollywood in Beverly Hills, the $ 22 London Pooch meal, with fresh chicken and brown rice, is surely a step up from the puppy’s usual food, as are the chef’s peanut butter treats. executive Anthony Keene.

Visitors with a dog staying at the Crowne Plaza HY36 in New York can participate in the Pets Getaway package which offers 33% off pet fees (normally $ 75), two one-way MetroCards, and a MetroCard chew toy. In Florida, the Four Seasons Resort Orlando at the Walt Disney World Resort has added a vegan menu to its pet offering for animals that don’t eat animals, while the W Fort Lauderdale offers a bottle of alcohol-free Dög Pawrignon. for Rover.

Hilton extended stay properties now provide advice on animal welfare and behavioral health. In the spring of 2021, the Hard Rock Hotel group introduced the Unleashed Pet program at some of its properties, including those in Cancun, Mexico, and Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. The company also plans to offer it at the New York site, which is slated to open in April. Participating guests receive a “swag bag” with a chew toy, a velor memory foam dog bed for their stay, and a personalized Spotify playlist with songs such as “Who Let the Dogs Out”.

The Ambassador Chicago Hotel offers personalized dog biscuits.


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Not relaxing enough for you or your pooch? Lygon arms,

a historic hotel in the Cotswolds, England, paired with a local groomer to offer a day at the pet and owner spa for around $ 218 a package. Both humans and dogs receive facial and nail care. One of you takes a bath and a bandana.

Hotels aren’t the only ones rolling out the welcome mat. As private jet travel increased during the pandemic, so did the presence of animals on board. Justin Kaminoff, co-founder of Aerial Jets, estimates that 25% of passengers on its planes now travel with pets, a 10% increase from six months ago. VistaJet, which already offered sleeping mats, treats prepared 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 who are afraid to fly. “Our training is white glove training, which means imagining what might happen and anticipating demand,” said Matteo Atti, executive vice president of marketing and innovation at VistaJet. “And we thought, why not do it for pets too?” “


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