Fur parents who feel guilty about leaving their pets behind when you go on vacation: Did you know you can travel with your precious pooch?
Of course, you will first have to deal with paperwork, figure out the clearance procedures and, in some cases, quarantine your pet. But once all that is out of the way, many airlines will fly pets in their cargo hold. Private jet company Vista Jet even has a Vista Pet programme that allows pets to roam the cabin freely once the plane has reached cruising altitude.
Then, all you have to do is to check into a pet-friendly hotel at your destination and you and your furbaby can have a dream vacay together.
Here are seven of the top pet-friendly hotels in Asia.
W KOH SAMUI, THAILAND
The stunning island of Koh Samui is perfect for a quick weekend getaway. By day, explore its soft sand beaches, azure waters, lush forests and waterfalls. By night, the laid back atmosphere transforms as the clubs, bars and restaurants come to life.
At W Koh Samui, one pet of up to 18kg is allowed per villa at an additional charge of 750 baht per night (S$34) plus a one time cleaning fee of 3,000 baht.
HYATT REGENCY HAKONE RESORT & SPA, JAPAN
Situated in peaceful Hakone, a popular onsen getaway just 90 min from Tokyo, is the Hyatt Regency Hakone Resort & Spa, which has a number of dog friendly rooms if you’d like to take your pet on a trip.
This hotel is one of the rare properties that will take dogs of up to 30kg, making it an ideal destination for those who own larger breeds. The hotel itself houses an excellent onsen and spa and there are ample foothills in the surrounding vicinity for you and your dog to stretch those legs.
The hotel’s five-star amenities extend to pets too: There are onsite pet-sitting and grooming services for canine guests.
SIAM KEMPINSKI, THAILAND
The next time you swing by Bangkok, both you and your furkid can sleep in luxury at the Siam Kempinski, which allows one cat or dog under 11kg per room, at a daily surcharge of 1,500 baht. The hotel’s spacious grounds and sprawling swimming pools are the perfect oasis from the bustling city, and its modern Thai restaurant Sra Bua by Kiin Kiin is a one Michelin starred gem – reservations are highly recommended.
Shopaholics will love this hotel’s direct access to the swish Siam Paragon shopping mall. Plus there is even complimentary buggy services to transport you to nearby tourist attractions.
ALILA ANJI, CHINA
The picturesque mountains, bamboo groves and tea plantations of Zhejiang are a welcome respite from the concrete jungle for man and animal alike. Stay at Alila Anji, which now allows guests to book a stay with their pets at the Lake View or Hill View villas at no extra charge.
These spacious villas come with a spacious terrace so you can luxuriate in the fresh air and stunning view without even stepping out of the building.
The hotel has also partnered with international lifestyle brand Zee.Dog to provide in-villa extras such as pet food, water bowls and wet pads. There is even a pet snacks menu so you can order room service for your pampered puppy. Plus, there are specially designed pet litter stations discreetly located around the resort’s 66 hectare estate so you can easily clean up after your four-legged kid.
ROSEWOOD HONG KONG
Pawrents who have no qualms spoiling their pets will love the luxurious Rosewood Hong Kong, which prides itself on its pet friendly policies. Located right on the Kowloon harbour front, the hotel offers sweeping views of Hong Kong’s electric skyline, which is particularly Insta-worthy at night, so do make time for a walk with your pup when you are here.
Welcome treats, pet bedding, food and water bowls and even pet toys are all provided. Plus, the hotel’s director of culinary operations, chef Sandro Gamba has also created a pet menu so your dog can dine on gourmet nosh. You can also get a list of local dog-friendly restaurants, bars and parks to hang out at with your furry companion.
HOTEL INDIGO BALI SEMINYAK BEACH, INDONESIA
You and your beloved furkid can stay right in the heart of hip Seminyak in Bali at Hotel Indigo, the top ranked pet-friendly hotel on TripAdvisor for this neighbourhood. The quirky chic hotel – which guests love for its warm service, ample poolside loungers and modern decor – is a stone’s throw from Seminyak’s popular bars, restaurants and boutiques.
It is also located right by the beach so you can easily take a leisurely stroll with your pup to savour Bali’s famed red and gold sunsets together.
CAPELLA HOTEL SINGAPORE
Capella Hotel Singapore is one of the few pet-friendly hotels in Singapore and allows one dog or cat of up to 6kg per room. With stately grounds to wander around and a few beaches just a stone’s throw away, this idyllic resort is a great place to get away from it all for a few days.
Thoughtful pet amenities include a bed, bowl and snacks so you don’t have to pack all this stuff for your getaway.