Heading off for a vacation but you can’t find a pet-sitter? How about checking your little buddy into a five star hotel, just for dogs?
This way, you can head off to your vacation in peace. Your dog will be well-taken care of by seasoned professionals, and theses hotels are all comfortable options. What’s even better, they can make new furry friends too!
If there is a Ritz in the canine world, this is it. And the jewel in the crown is the Royal Suite. A plush 96sqft room with its own balcony, and fitted with a human-sized Queen bed with a quilt and pillows, all clad in luxurious micro suede bed linen. While a surround sound system pipes in soothing classical music, a 32-inch led TV allows your pooch some quality movie entertainment. Complimentary to the esteemed guest of this room are chew toys, daily supervised swims and twice daily fitness walks. And completing the staycation: homemade meals chosen from their room-dining menu. If you are wondering, humans are not allowed to stay as guests.
Sun-lit private suites that give your best friend a safe haven to retreat to while you are away. Spacious pools for those invigorating laps – and to lounge around and interact with other guests. A dedicate spa that will pamper her from head to toe, right down to the nails, to be precise. Straits Dog bills itself as a “destination resort” and it is easy to see why.
Booking a stay for Junior here is pretty much like signing up for summer camp. Here, your dog will get to partake in a host of games and activities, including dips in the pool. These are all designed for canine socialisation and exercise – two things that make dogs very happy. At the end of the day, your pup can retreat either into their very own air-conditioned pen or sleep with the pack in this open-concept boarding facility.
Here you get to pick regular rooms good for one medium-sized dog or a pack of two small breeds, and premier suites that are fit for larger breeds. And upon check-in at this hotel, the four-legged patron will be treated to some alfresco fun at the rooftop garden where it can romp around with other “guests”. Treadmill walks are also offered – because keeping fit is a lifestyle.
Just as there are day care centres for children, there are day care centres for your fur kids. While The Snuggery doesn’t take dogs for overnight stays, their facilities and day programs are enticing for busy owners who don’t want their dog to be staring into a blank space at home while they are at work. Here, your pet will socialise with a “pre-assessed group of well-balanced dogs”, and the playrooms are equipped with “carefully selected toys that challenge your dog’s IQ”. You can also sign your dog up for 45 minute-long supervised swim sessions at the private pool. And don’t worry – they have doggy life-vests on at all times, just in case.
Another day care option comes in the form of this rainforest-themed indoor canine playground. Here, your pet can snuggle up in a treehouse, crawl through tree-trunk tunnels and zip down slides – all in air-conditioned comfort. If you fancy some enrichment classes for them, there are also agility, obedience and even dance training workshops. To end an action-packed day, book your pet for a spa session where they can be given tea tree or neem oil baths that are great for their skin.
By Koh Yuen Lin; This article first appeared on The Peak, Feb 2018.
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