Can’t bear the thought of leaving Bear or Rover at home while you’re out roving on vacation? Whether travelling in Canada, the States, and even as far as Mexico, many hotels not only welcome pets but also offer special treats for the furry members of the family. Don’t forget, as a Scotiabank Passport Visa Infinite Cardmember, you’ll enjoy rewards and benefits like No FX Mark-Ups and Complimentary Airport Lounge Access when you travel1.
Pet-friendly Resorts in Canada
Courtesy of Pacific Sands Beach Resort
At Pacific Sands Beach Resort, in Tofino, BC, spend the day playing in the waves with your pooch on long Cox Bay Beach. Before heading into your surf-in/surf-out beachfront accommodations, rinse away the sand at a pet wash station then dry off with towels that are just for dogs. Pet-friendly suites are supplied with dog dishes and treats, and there are stations with biodegradable dog bags throughout the property. When the waves are calm, paddleboarders and their pups can admire Sunset Point and next door Pacific Rim National Park from the water. Pacific Sands provides spots to rinse and store surf- and paddleboards too.
Courtesy of Fairmont Hotels & Resorts
Whether they prefer French or English, dogs will love a visit with Roux, the Canine Ambassador at Fairmont's Le Manoir Richelieu in La Malbaie, Quebec. Roux, a golden lab who received his own accreditation for the 2018 G7 Summit, explains to canine guests that Quebec's Charlevoix region is a happy place for dogs given its abundance of green spaces, trails, lakes and the St. Lawrence River. In a river-view room at Le Manoir Richelieu, you might even see whales swimming by. Dogs get a special bed (just like Roux's), treats, bowls, their own water bottle, plus doggy room service. Pet-sitting is available too.
Bring your Dog to These US Resorts
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The United States has plenty of options for dog lovers. Paula Prickett, advisor at Montecito Village Travel, A Virtuoso Agency, understands the travel needs of both dogs and their owners and has plenty of options for puppies joining travellers to the US. She recommends the Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort, because “even though it’s in the desert, they have lots of lovely lush green grass just perfect for belly rubs.” The Phoenix resort’s 39 acres have plenty of walking trails and several dog-friendly rooms. Room service can deliver a Best Friend Protein Bowl, created as an easy-to-digest meal to help dogs adjust to jet lag and altitude.
Courtesy of The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, LLC
Outdoors-loving pets visiting The Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch will get plenty of exercise thanks to naturalist-led off-leash hikes and snowshoeing on Colorado’s Beaver Creek Mountain. Your hound won’t be hungry without you, as dogs are welcome year-round on heated patios at the resort’s WYLD and Buffalos restaurants. A Bachelor’s Pack details the resort’s canine room service menu, dog-friendly trails and parks, as well as local dog-friendly restaurants.
Dog-welcoming Hotels in Mexico
Courtesy of Las Ventanas al Paraiso, A Rosewood Resort
At Las Ventanas al Paraiso, a Rosewood Resort in Baja's Cabo area, furry friends get the five-star treatment too. Dog Butlers take your pet out for walks or a “doga" class while you enjoy breakfast in bed. Pet sitters can take responsibility for everything if you want a day on any of the four nearby golf courses. Las Ventanas chefs create made-to-order meals to accommodate special canine diets, or choose The Rin Tin Tin or vegetarian Mighty Mutt and other selections from the Canine Delights menu. Want to spend the day just relaxing at the pool or beach? A portable Pet Cabana will prevent sunburn on wet noses and floppy ears.
Courtesy of NIZUC Resort & Spa
Another recommendation from Paula Prickett is Cancun's NIZUC Resort & Spa where, as she describes, "dogs are part of the family." Fun fact: "Punta Nizuc" means "nose of the dog" in Mayan, so you know this luxurious 274-room resort aims to make everyone's vacation ideal, whether guests have two or four legs. NIZUC's Pet Program provides supplies like plush overstuffed dog beds and water bowls. The culinary team has a special canine menu which includes house-made dog cookies and Mexican dishes like poultry sausage burritos.
There'll be tail wags all around at any of these pup-friendly properties.
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