Buddymoons may seem like the latest trend to make it to the honeymoon market, but what if the only other guest you want joining in on the romantic getaway is man (or woman’s) best friend? Just as your pup served as the perfect ring bearer or escort down the aisle, your furry friend can come along for the second half of your nuptials staying in hotels that are just as honeymoon-perfect as they are pet-friendly. From luxe lodgings near the Spanish Steps in Rome to vintage inns nestled in California’s wine country, these eight spots have everything from pet massages to doggy room service and grooming-on-the-go, ensuring your pup is looked after just as well as you are on your honeymoon.
Set off on your own Roman Holiday sleeping in a former mid-16th century residence that was once the guest quarters for those visiting the nobles in the palazzo across the street. Since opening its doors in 1845, the 88-room hotel has housed everyone from writers like Ernest Hemingway to Hollywood stars like Elizabeth Taylor. Stroll the fashion quarter with pup in tow, shopping at boutiques that offer doggy designer ware just as chic as the Italian couture you’ve been eyeing in the windows of Valentino and Versace. If you want to set out for dinner with just the new hubby, rest assured your pup will be more than taken care of back at the hotel with the concierge arranging everything from pet sitting to canine massage services.
Perfect for couples after a stateside getaway, The Colonnade sits in Downtown Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood within walking distance of some of the city’s best museums, galleries, and shops and restaurants lining Newbury Street. Not only does the 1970s hotel feature the city’s only rooftop pool where you can lounge in a private cabana in between sightseeing sessions, The Colonnade also holds the highest rating (five paws) as far as pet-friendly spots go thanks to its signature VIPets program, which includes a complimentary pet bed and bowl, three brands of dog and cat food, and doggy spa services. While you and your other half are running around town, you can arrange for pet sitting, grooming and even dog walking through the nearby gardens and parks like the Boston Common, one of the oldest public parks in the country and the starting point of the Freedom Trail. Fido can even head out for a night on the town joining in on your dinner plans at dog-friendly eateries just around the corner like bistro-inspired Tremont 647, as well as on the outdoor patio at the hotel’s very own French-themed Brasserie JO.
You don’t need to stay in a lavish Parisian palace to indulge in honeymoon luxuries like butler service. Carneros Resort and Spa is home to 94 cottages where views over Napa Valley and its vineyards are not only guaranteed, there are a number of picture-perfect spots to soak them all in—particularly from the hilltop infinity-edged hot tub. We recommend settling into the Harvest Cottage, which features a private outdoor terrace complete with soaking tub and outdoor fire pit. Now comes the honeymoon perks you deserve to help unwind and destress. While Fido is playing in the enclosed patio (with his very own doggy bed and bowl), couples can indulge in the Fireside Butler Service, where butlers prep a soothing, aromatherapy-scented bubble bath and light the outdoor fireplace, so the only work you’ll have to do is settle into the tub and relax with a glass of vino from the surrounding vineyards.
It’s luxurious enough when hotels offer pillow menus, but at this 13th century castle hotel in Ireland, not only do dogs get their own beds, they can take their pick of cushions, duvets and floor mats. With over 350 acres of land lining Lough Corrib and the River Cong, you’ll find plenty of places to roam in a style just as regal as a scene from Downton Abbey. While your pup is getting the royal treatment, slip away with your other half and indulge in traditions like afternoon tea or a glass of Champagne in the wood-paneled Prince of Wales Bar, a tribute to when George V of England visited back in 1905. If you really want to go all out, book the Hideaway Cottage, a former boathouse outfitted with 19th century armchairs and a Murano glass chandelier, as well as bikes that are yours for a romantic spin around the sprawling grounds. In the evening, request a pet sitter so you can devote all of your attention to the person sitting across from you while indulging in a candlelit five-course meal in the gastronomic George V Dining Room.
Newport may seem like one of the most romantic spots to hole up in Rhode Island but just an hour’s drive away lies another coastal community with just as much charm that’s slightly more secluded: Watch Hill, home to the historic Victorian Ocean House. Set on a bluff overlooking Block Island Sound, the 67-room hotel opened up just after the Civil War and has even had a starring role in the 1916 silent movie, “American Aristocracy.” Now the hotel is known more for its 13 oceanfront acres with private, white sandy beaches looking out across the Atlantic. As couples check in, not only will they receive a welcome glass of Champagne, their pet will also get a “welcome card” with home-baked biscuit, plus a plush dog bed and Harry Barker gift bucket waiting in the room. When you’re ready for some alone time, settle in for a six-course “culinary journey” at COAST by Jennifer Backman, where you can feast your way through some of the best seasonal produce from the surrounding farms—plus caviar and cheese courses to really take your honeymoon meal to the next level.
Maryland may not be the first destination to top honeymoon bucket lists, but couples looking to unwind in luxury without straying too far from major cities like D.C. will find just the right blend of East Coast charm and coastal beauty here in St. Michaels. Pick up a new skill like sailing or leave all the hard to the pros (you are on your honeymoon, after all) cruising along the Miles River in the comfort of a luxury yacht. You can even hop on a working sailboat dredging for oysters, later indulging in this coastal cuisine as the sun sets along the terrace of the locally fueled eatery, Stars. Pups will also sleep just as comfortably as honeymooners in the Chesapeake Bay hotel, whose cozy suites lead out to spacious patios making for a perfect place to cozy up with a glass of wine.
Dreaming of a honeymoon in the Mediterranean but can’t make it across the pond just yet? At the new Four Seasons Hotel on Miami’s northern shores, you’ll be able to soak up vibes that feel more like Italy’s Amalfi Coast than Florida. With only 77 rooms, this boutique beauty (which once hosted poolside fashion shows directed by the likes of Elizabeth Arden) is a secluded alternative to bustling South Beach. While Fido is well attended to, honeymooners can dine European style at Le Sirenuse, the super stunning restaurant and Champagne bar whose sister spot sits in the village of Positano on Italy’s southern coast. In between indulging in some of the honeymoon-worthy amenities (the adults-only quiet pool and Hammam are just the start), you can set off on a romantic adventure (pet in tow) kayaking through Biscayne Bay, catching the sun set from Oleta State Park’s private tiki-lit beach—which makes for the perfect picnic locale for that night’s dinner.
You may imagine the views from the Eiffel Tower are some of the best over Paris, but wait until you catch the 360-degree vistas from the Belle Etoile Suite at Le Meurice. Housed in an 18th century palace between Place de la Concorde and the Louvre, Le Meurice received a bit of modern-day sprucing up last year courtesy of famous French designer Philippe Starck. Not only is the hotel one of the legendary Parisian palaces, it also has quite a history when it comes to pets. Back in the hotel’s early days, workers took in a greyhound living on site, which later became the mascot and inspiration for Le Meurice’s emblem. Even regular guests like Salvador Dalí were known to bring along pets (but in the artist’s case, it was a pair of ocelots instead of puppies). While the hotel’s grooms take your pup for walks in the Tuileries Gardens, honeymooners can take a seat at one of the world’s most beautiful dining rooms—the two Michelin star le Meurice Alain Ducasse, inspired by the Salon de la Paix at the Château de Versailles.