All-inclusive resorts and hotels are perfect for travelers who don’t want to worry about the added expenses of à la carte dining and activity charges. Whether you’re booking a family vacation, solo retreat or romantic getaway, these hassle-free escapes are ideal for travelers on any size budget. Here are six dog-friendly all-inclusive resorts and hotels, ranging from upscale to affordable, that allow Fido to put away his wallet, too.
Posted by Erin Ballinger
TradeWinds Island Grand
Snowbirds flock to The Sunshine State when temperatures drop elsewhere, and there’s no better way to enjoy the abundant sun, sea and sand than with an all-inclusive stay at TradeWinds Island Grand. Guests with pets can choose between 48 villas and suites at this popular resort, but the fun doesn’t stop in the spacious rooms. Pups can play off-leash in the on-site Pet Play Zone complete with a drinking fountain, fire hydrants, photo op display, grass and shade. Don’t worry if you left Fido’s essentials at home, head to the Doggie Accessory Center to pick up bowls, leashes, toys and towels to use during his stay.
During the day, lounge with your Labrador in the hammock on the pet-friendly beach or take a walk along the winding paved trails. After a day of play, don’t forget to rinse your pup’s paws at the dog wash station. Be sure to select a value-packed room package that provides activities, food and beverage vouchers.
TradeWinds Island Grand welcomes two pets up to 80 lbs for an additional fee of $30 per night.
Fido-loving foodies need to add Blackberry Farm to their bucket lists. This 4,200-acre culinary estate just outside of Great Smoky Mountains National Park is famous for its James Beard Award-winning restaurant, heirloom garden, brewery and scenic location. Your canine companion will be welcomed with house-made dog biscuits, ceramic food and water bowls, special towels for muddy paws, and balls for a game of fetch, all waiting for him in the room. Crates and dog beds are also available by request.
Days start with a hearty breakfast of biscuits and gravy and farm-fresh eggs. After, you and your pup can stroll the estate grounds, but if you’d like to teach your dog a few new tricks, call the front desk to book an appointment with Jim Sanford. The resident truffle dog trainer can share his dog-training tips, help solve common canine behavior problems and introduce you to Blackberry Farm’s Lagotto Romagnolo truffle dogs. Fido can also participate in self-guided hikes, geocaching, garden tours, and paddle sports (don’t forget to bring a dog life jacket!). Request boxed lunches and find an idyllic spot to picnic with your pup. At the end of the day, enjoy a gourmet Appalachian farm-to-table dinner at an outdoor table with sunset views and your best friend by your side.
Blackberry Farm accepts dogs for an additional $250 fee per stay. Alcohol isn’t included in the price tag, but lodging, three meals daily and some activities are.
Zoëtry Montego Bay
Bring Fido to the only dog-friendly all-inclusive resort in Jamaica. At Zoëtry Montego Bay, your furry friend will be given loaner food and water bowls, a Zoëtry Resorts-themed dog bed, toys and a towel. Dogs will also be welcomed as VIPs at on-site restaurants with an outdoor dining area (Jerky Jo’s, Coyaba, Coco Cafe and Canoa) and given a fresh water bowl. Guests will be more than satisfied with the organic dining options, 24-hour room service and unlimited top-shelf liquor. Activities at the resort include a motorized snorkeling tour, shopping excursions to The Shops at Rose Hall, a 20-minute wellness experience and Club Mobay VIP airport club access. Zoëtry Wellness & Spa Resorts has other dog-friendly properties in the Caribbean, including Zoëtry Paraiso de la Bonita Riviera Maya, and Zoëtry Agua Punta Cana.
Zoëtry Montego Bay welcomes small dogs up to 22 lbs for no additional fee.
Breathless Punta Cana Resort & Spa
Treat yourself and your pooch to a relaxing Caribbean getaway at Breathless Punta Cana Resort & Spa, an adults-only resort in the Dominican Republic. Fido will be welcomed with loaner food and water bowls, a Breathless Resorts-themed dog bed, toys and a towel. Canine VIPs will also be welcomed with a fresh water bowl at all restaurants with outdoor dining. Guests will appreciate the Unlimited-Luxury® all-inclusive option that includes all meals and drinks at 10 restaurants and eight bars, hip ambiance, gambling at the on-site casino, lazing or partying at four pools, and a variety of water sports at the beach.
Jet-setting pups are also allowed at sister properties Breathless Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa, Breathless Cabo San Lucas Resort & Spa, and Breathless Montego Bay Resort & Spa. Dog-friendly rooms are available on a limited basis, and pets require prior approval.
Breathless Punta Cana welcomes one dog up to 22 lbs for no additional fee.
The Resort at Paws Up
Escape the bustle of everyday life at The Resort at Paws Up. This all-inclusive, luxurious Montana ranch provides first-class service and dog-friendly accommodations ranging from impressive cabins to sprawling lodges. Enjoy unplugging in a rustic forest setting that overlooks picturesque creeks, mountains and meadows. Fido won’t feel as though he’s “ruffing” it at this dude ranch, either! Furry guests are greeted with a welcome note from the owners’ dog, Coco, and provided with a plush dog bed and food bowls. Treats, a tennis ball, and a hiking trail map round out the amenities for your tail-wagger.
Spend hours hiking or skijoring in Big Sky Country with your leashed canine companion on the resort’s miles of dog-friendly trails (he can also join you on guided hikes). These very trails host the annual Canine Classic, a marathon for two- and four-legged participants benefitting the Humane Society of Western Montana. Accept the challenge of a 2-mile walk, a 5-mile run or a half-marathon, followed by a pup-friendly barbecue meal with live music. The night prior to the marathon, dogs and their owners can buy tickets to the Wine & Bitch Dinner, an event where pups play in an indoor arena while their parents feast on gourmet cuisine. You’ll need to book early if you want to stay during this “pupular" event or during the holiday season, but the resort is a great spot to vacation with Fido any time of the year.
The Resort at Paws Up welcomes dogs for an additional fee of $50 per pet, per night.
OLEO Cancun Playa All-Inclusive
OLEO Cancun Playa All-Inclusive caters to dog owners looking to have some fun in the Mexican sun. Located directly on the white sands of Cancun’s hotel zone, the boutique hotel’s simple all-white decor gives you stunning views of turquoise Caribbean waters framed by picture windows. OLEO Cancun Playa spoils pets and their owners from the very start. Dogs and cats are greeted with "Pet-It" amenities including treats, food and water bowls, and a doggy mat or bed. Human guests are met with a welcome cocktail and hand reflexology massages upon arrival.
Spend the day strolling along the beach with your pup before it gets too hot. After, enjoy a poolside meal and margarita at the casual restaurant El Botanero or Mexican-Peruvian fare served buffet-style at Almar. For dinner, sample Mediterranean cuisine in a romantic setting at Azul or family-style Japanese cuisine at Hakka. You can also stay in your room, order room service, and play with your pup. Activities include non-motorized water sports, tennis and use of the fitness center.
Oleo Cancun Playa All-Inclusive allows small pets up to 20 lbs for an additional fee of $50 USD per pet, per night.
If you and Fido are looking for a tropical getaway, catch the next flight to Cancun and book a stay at the dog-friendly Fairmont Mayakoba. Located on Mexico’s Riviera Maya, the resort is nestled in a tropical jungle surrounded by the Caribbean Sea on one side and a crystal-clear lagoon on the other. While the entire property is connected by waterways, it also has designated areas just for dog walking. Guests can enjoy unlimited dining and premium alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages from the six on-site bars and restaurants. The hotel offers bird-watching and catamaran tours, and has a wide range of water sports, activities and facilities to keep guests busy. Spa treatments and off-site excursions are available for additional fees, and you can leave Fido in safe hands with the hotel’s pet-sitting service.
The Fairmont Mayakoba welcomes two small pets (cats or dogs) up to 25 lbs for an additional fee of $25 USD per pet, per night.
Lake Austin Resort
If Fido wants to spend his all-inclusive vacation in Texas Hill Country, book him a few nights at the Lake Austin Resort. Here, you can enjoy a luxurious lakefront vacation with your furry best friend. Four-legged guests will receive a comfortable spa bed, customized bowls, doggie life jackets for water play, and they have access to pet-friendly lakeside walking trails.
Located just 30 minutes from downtown Austin, you’ll feel a million miles away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Visitors can delight in delicious seasonal dishes with daily specials, while pups can order something from the chef-inspired dog menu. The resort offers lake-view rooms with private front porches and garden rooms that lead out into a meditation garden with a soothing fountain. During the day, you’re invited to paddleboard with your pooch, swing in a hammock on the private beach or take part in a wellness program.
Lake Austin Resort allows dogs of all sizes for an additional fee of $300 per stay.