All-inclusive resorts and hotels are perfect for travelers who like sticking to their holiday allotment and 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, friends’ trip or romantic getaway, these hassle-free getaways are ideal for travelers on any size budget. While pets have been a rarity in the past, more properties are welcoming furry friends each year. Here are six pet-friendly all-inclusive resorts and hotels, ranging from upscale to affordable, that allow Fido to put away his wallet, too.
Posted by Erin Ballinger
1. Fairmont Mayakoba
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 yet 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 latter includes two AAA Four-Diamond restaurants, El Puerto and Las Brisas, that serve upscale Mexican cuisine. The hotel offers bird-watching tours and guided 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.
The Fairmont Mayakoba welcomes two small pets (cats or dogs) up to 25 lbs for an additional fee of $25 per pet, per night. All-inclusive nightly rates start at $387 USD.
2. Blackberry Farm
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 doggy life jacket!). You and can your pup can even take a Lexus out for a test drive. 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 furry friend by your side.
Blackberry Farm accepts dogs for an additional $250 fee per stay. All-inclusive nightly rates start at $745. Alcohol isn’t included in the price tag, but lodging, three meals daily and some activities are.
3. Zoëtry Montego Bay
Bring Fido to the only dog-friendly all-inclusive resort in Jamaica for a relaxing Caribbean getaway. 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. All-inclusive nightly rates start at $825.
4. The Resort at Paws Up
Escape the bustle of your everyday life at this all-inclusive, luxurious Montana ranch. The Resort at Paws Up 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, 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 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-legged and four-legged participants benefitting the Humane Society of Western Montana. Accept the challenge of a two-mile walk, a five-mile run or even 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 “pup”ular event, 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. All-inclusive nightly rates start at $510 per person, per night.
5. OLEO Cancun Playa All-Inclusive
Also in Mexico, OLEO Cancun Playa All-Inclusive caters to dog owners looking to have some fun in the 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. In the mornings, stroll along the beach with your pup before it gets too hot. After, enjoy a poolside lunch and a margarita at the casual restaurant El Botanero or Mexican-Peruvian fare served buffet-style from Al Mar. 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 (MXN 1000) per pet, per night. All-inclusive nightly rates start at $267 USD.
6. Iberostar Albufera Park
Make sure your pawsport is up to date for an island escape to Iberostar Albufera Park in Mallorca, the largest of the Balearic Islands in Spain. This all-inclusive hotel, located within walking distance to Playa de Muro beach and near Albufera Natural Park, caters to families and their small dogs. All 250 rooms feature apartment-like accommodations equipped with kitchenettes, complimentary mini-bars, separate living rooms, and private balconies overlooking gardens, palm tree-lined swimming pools, or the Mediterranean Sea. Guests staying with pets at the Iberostar Albufera Park are placed in rooms conveniently located near the dog-walking area and are given a welcome kit with a dog toy, waste bags, and bowls. Doggie beds are available by request, too. The all-inclusive plan includes buffet meals, premium alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, fitness classes and a gym for burning off those calories. Nightly entertainment, one 45-minute massage at the spa, laundry service, and a kid’s club and babysitting for children up to age 13 are also included.
Iberostar Albufera Park welcomes two dogs up to 20 lbs for an additional fee of $45 (40 euros) per pet, per night. All-inclusive nightly rates start at $137 USD.
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