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There was a time not long ago when hotels would earn high marks just for letting animals through the lobby doors, but these days they’re battling it out for most desirable pet escape. From dog butlers with groomers on speed dial, to gourmet menus catered to the canine crowd, a lot has changed and for couples wanting to celebrate their nups with their pup, the where to stay options have never been better. Ahead, eight destinations and properties where you’ll be living in the lap of luxury—along with your lap dog (or cat).
Best Overall: Las Ventanas al Paraiso, A Rosewood Resort, Los Cabos, Mexico
Attention to detail is the overriding theme of this incredibly luxurious yet minimalist stay on the beach in Los Cabos. It’s safe for honeymooners to expect all kinds of personalized touches from doting staff, who take just as much care with pets, too.
There’s a new one-of-a-kind Dog Bootcamp, which allows couples time to hop over to the spa for intriguing therapies inspired by Baja’s ancient healers and the four elements or make some headway in exploring the unique atmospheres of eight unique swimming pools, which include the region’s first-ever lazy river.
Within the collection of spacious, richly decorated suites and villas are some with rooftop terraces, jacuzzis or infinity pools; they’re all equipped with big bathtubs and telescopes for enjoying the sparkling night sky.
When it comes to dining, the options are delightful, including a tequila and ceviche bar, Asian-style eatery, speakeasy piano bar, seaside grill and wine cave for private dining.
Your pup is treated well, too, with a “canine delights” menu, portable pet cabana and special massages arranged by a team of dedicated dog butlers.
Best City Stay: The Ben, West Palm Beach, Florida
Two words: doggie bathrobe. The Bruno Package at this West Palm Beach boutique hotel includes matching bathrobes for pups and their newlywed parents, along with a special canine menu, toys, and treats. The three of you can hop a quick ferry to Peanut Island to enjoy the dog-friendly beach, too.
Beyond the amenities tailored to your pet, the waterfront hotel is a buzzy choice in the heart of downtown, with design in 208 rooms and common spaces melding a sense of history with a luxurious modern sheen.
The views from Spruzzo, the Italian-themed rooftop lounge—complete with a large swimming pool and full-service cabanas equipped with flat-screen TVs—are flawless.
There’s plenty going on at the reimagined Rosemary Square and Clematis Street, but the signature restaurant Proper Grit is a compelling reason to dine in, too.
Best Wellness: Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa, San Diego, California
If you want the atmosphere of the Mediterranean, but don’t want to put your pup through a long transatlantic flight, there’s no better choice than this sunny sanctuary spread across 45 acres of beautifully landscaped green.
All of the 49 elegant, pet-friendly casitas claim their own outdoor fireplaces, patios and hot tubs, so romance is guaranteed. There’s a welcome scavenger hunt with treats at check-in, an in-room Doggie Tapas menu, plush dog bed and even referrals for grooming and pet-sitting services giving you newlyweds the chance for some alone time, too.
The theme of the resort is wellness, but not in an aggressive way, so there’s plenty to do (think tennis, golf, yoga and much more) as well as many spa therapies in which to indulge. You can even take things to the next level with a hot air balloon ride.
Two restaurants serve dishes bursting with fresh flavors and selectively sourced ingredients, and not to worry, there’s craft tequila and all kinds of other treats on offer, too.
Most Romantic: Waldorf Astoria Los Cabos Pedregal, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
If you want your pup to be just as pampered as you on the honeymoon, this is the place. The pastry chef for the 24-acre resort at the very tip of Mexico’s Baja California peninsula will make him or her special cakes, bone cookies, popsicles, and even ice cream, modified for any dietary restrictions.
Inside the 115 rooms and suites, they’ll also get a special bed, doggie slippers and robes. There’s even more exciting news for humans: Each of those accommodations has its own private plunge view and postcard-perfect ocean views.
Five infinity pools—one with a swim-up bar—give you plenty of places to lounge and soak up the sun when you’re not playing tennis, strolling along the beach or sipping bubbly on the Champagne Terrace.
There are four restaurants serving everything from just-caught crudo to fresh Mexican cuisine. When it’s time for your couples’ massage, don’t forget Fido: The spa offers complimentary five-minute mini-massages for pets, too.
Most Active: The Betsy South Beach, Florida
There’s no question South Beach’s oceanfront gem is a place to honeymoon with your own dogs: The hotel has two “canine executive officers,” golden retrievers Betsy and Rosa, who greet guests.
A portion of pet fees goes to animal rescue programs in Miami and Zimbabwe, and there’s monthly pet adoption, too, in case you’re shopping for a new family member.
This happy place for animal lovers serves a custom draft beer called Betsy Rosa during Friday happy hour and has an Underground Gallery full of dog photography, worth a browse. Curated arts programming includes live jazz, poetry readings and more.
The interiors of 130 rooms and suites—bright and chic—celebrate the tropical environment, while there’s no question you’re in paradise at the rooftop pool and Skyline Deck, where there’s sunrise yoga.
The design of five eateries, from fine dining to takeaway, is as enticing as their food, from steak and seafood to Italian.
Don’t miss the oasis-like rooftop spa, where you can try fun treatments like the Wood Stone Ritual, complete with chilled stones.
Best Luxury: Montage Palmetto Bluff, South Carolina
Take a cue from Hailey Baldwin and Justin Bieber’s wedding at this bucolic South Carolina Lowcountry five-star resort, where canine ambassadors meet and greet guests in the lobby.
The friendly pups probably influenced the chef to offer a full menu of pet cuisine—think homemade dog biscuits and fresh beef with rice and veggies. Of course, there are stunning edible offerings for humans, too, across eight unique restaurant concepts, and even private dining options in romantic hideaway venues.
There’s plenty to get into when not relaxing in the gracious rooms and suites with lagoon, river or forest views, such as kayaking, yachting, and riding horses. Newlyweds can book a boat tour to a private beach, leaving their pet behind to have an adventure in doggy daycare.
And when it’s time for a stress-melting visit to Spa Montage for a Lovers Jubilee or His & Her Kur, your furry friend can get their own TLC in the form of grooming.
Most Pet-Friendly: Paséa Hotel & Spa, Huntington Beach, California
If you and your pet are all about that beach life, there’s no better place than this Huntington Beach resort with a pup play park complete with dog-sized murals and a miniature lifeguard tower. Talk about Instagram heaven! The off-leash Dog Beach is nearby, too.
There’s fun for everyone, with a honeymoon registry deal that includes a couple’s surf lesson, Venetian gondola ride, sailing lessons, oceanfront cabana, Balinese-inspired couple’s massage, and Champagne-fueled dinner. For your fur babies, book the Paw-séa Pet package, which includes among other amenities a doggie spa treatment.
For couples, too, the resort’s Aarna Spa is an absolute must. Equally serene are the oceanview guest rooms, with endless Pacific Ocean views and a calming coastal palette of hues drawn from sky and sand.
At sunset, hang at the pool or Tanner’s Treehouse rooftop lounge for live music and seasonal craft cocktails.
Most Royal: Ashford Castle, County Mayo, Ireland
If you dream of a Downton Abbey–inspired honeymoon you can find it at this 800-year-old castle turned exquisite luxury lodge. Encompassing 350 acres of land on the Lough Corrib and River Cong, plus woodlands, mountains and other bodies of water, there’s plenty of space for your four-legged babies to play. They get comfy beds and fluffy towels, plus food and water bowls and special treats. Just make sure they're well behaved since the furnishings and decor in the castle are beyond fine.
Spend your days on such royal estate activities as standup horse riding, golf, cycling, falconry, clay shooting and archery, fishing, zip-lining, paddleboarding, and tree climbing. There’s a state-of-the-art spa to balance out all that action, and a range of restaurants, bars and private dining alternatives where couples can savor perfectly mixed cocktails and innovative Irish cuisine using local produce and wild-foraged ingredients. Request a special wine dinner in a secret passageway finished off by billiards and Irish whiskey.