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).
The Ranch at Rock Creek. , Montana
Nature-loving pups will feel right at home at The Ranch at Rock Creek, a ruggedly handsome hideaway on the outskirts of Philipsburg, Montana. They take glamping to expert-levels at this 19th century homestead, which means luxury canvas cabins with easy access to the woods, plus plenty of animals to befriend during horseback riding and fly fishing expeditions. Autumn is the best time to visit this all-inclusive retreat (for Autumn Harvest Weekend alone) and the pet rate is only $50 per night, which is a mere price to pay to have your partner(s) in crime along for the ride.
Kimpton Lorien Hotel & Spa. , Virginia
Kimpton has set the bar high as a hotel group that understands humans need their pets and if you can’t travel with yours, most properties will lend you a goldfish so you’re not stranded in lonerville. As for their Old Town Alexandria location, they really go all out when it comes to pooch-centric happenings—and honeymoons. Every dog receives a warm welcome by name and the essentials: courtesy bags, door hanger so visitors don’t freak them out, bottled water upon request...but the best part? No extra charges, regardless of breed, weight, or size. They even let them into the nightly wine reception and help arrange passes to the seasonal Canine Cruise. As for the digs suitable for those having just exchanged vows, there are suites with secluded balconies and baller bathrooms with claw-foot tubs. AKA you’ll never want to leave.
Las Ventanas al Paraiso, A Rosewood Resort. , Mexico
If you're partial to long strolls on the beach with bae—and your canine main—this Five-Diamond resort in Los Cabos is a no brainer for the ‘moon. A dedicated team of “Dog Butlers” will cater to your pup’s every need and assist with daily frolics in the sand, tailor-made menus, and doggy massages. If it happens to be their birthday (or half), they’ll even go all out with a themed bash and invite the resort’s fellow (furry) guests. And since technically this trip should be about the two of you, they’ll ensure you never have to skip breakfast in bed or cut dinner short by handling all the am and pm walks. Ah the life.
The Westin Cape Coral Resort at Marina Village. , Florida
Culinary-minded couples looking to jet set with their pet will appreciate this Southwest Florida waterfront resort for one excellent reason: a menu catered to fur babies. Dockside watering hole The Nauti Mermaid recently added a few indulgent dishes to its roster of chowhound favorites like bacon-flavored boneless wings, grilled filet mignon, roasted veggies, and decadent berry desserts. Another bonus? They loan out Westin’s signature Heavenly Dog Bed for side-by-side snuggles.
Flemings Mayfair. , London
At newly renovated Flemings Mayfair pets are part of the family and with one of the most desirable locations in London, “walkies” in Green Park are par for the course. On arrival, let their Pet Concierge pamper your pooch (or kitty) with beds, bowls, treats, and toys. Or, for the royal treatment, there are nearby luxury pet spas to enjoy and the must-visit Mungo and Maud for designer collars, coats, and gifts. Don’t forget about your twosome time either—it is your honeymoon after all. Newlyweds seeking intimacy in an over-the-top setting can book the two-bedroom penthouse suite, complete with direct lift access and a private roof terrace off the kitchen.
The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee. , Georgia
For a Southern-style rendezvous along the sparkling shoreline of Lake Oconee, The Ritz has it all: a verdant (and sprawling) backyard for tiny limbs to bound about, a VIP (very important pet) welcome gift from the resort’s own pups-in-residency, Finn and Skye, and a forest of Georgia pine trees to mark. Adults will find themselves busy hitting the five championship golf courses and spa—with a traditional men’s barbershop (The Gents’ Den)—to clean up before date night.
W Scottsdale. , Arizona
If you plan on H-Mooning in the craggy desert oasis that is Scottsdale, be sure to bring your pup or favorite feline to take advantage of the W’s P.A.W. (pets are welcome) program. 4-legged tagalongs get major perks when they check in, like a swag bag full of chewable toys, treats, and clean-up bags. They even offer chaperoned hikes on sniffable trails and shopping sprees at the city’s poshest pet boutiques. (Yes, really.) “Yappy hours” and downward dog encouraged DOGA classes round out the list of frills, in addition to the annual Howl-o-Ween costume contest and adoption event that always draws a well-dressed crowd.
Hotel Hugo. , New York
The heart wants what the heart wants and if that’s a Big Apple adventure with your new life partner (and #1 tail wagger), Hotel Hugo is where to stay. Luxury, romance, and top dog treatment are all part of its charms and welcome amenities include a plush bed that’s as dreamy as the human one, bark biscuits and stuffed animals to keep Fido occupied when you require 1:1 time. An above and beyond concierge is also available for walks when you need to sneak out for dinner and drinks and luckily there’s Bar Hugo and cuban cantina Azul on the roof, so you needn’t go far.