Whether you’re escaping the cold weather or the holiday stress, Mexico is a beautiful place to spend Christmas with your dog. Imagine listening to traditional Mariachi Christmas songs in Mexico City or catching some sun by the pool in Cancun as an alternative to spending the holidays with the relatives. If that sounds like your cup of tequila, check out these seven beautiful hotels south of the border that make it easy to celebrate with your four-legged family member by your side.
Posted by Jessica Roberts
Sheraton Maria Isabel Hotel and Towers
Pack your Santa sack and bring your jingle-pup to the Sheraton Maria Isabel Hotel and Towers in Mexico City. This luxury hotel is located in the Zona Rosa district and overlooks the city's most famous monument, El Ángel de la Independencia. On-site facilities include a swimming pool, elegant boutiques, fine restaurants and lively lounges featuring Mariachis who will be playing traditional Christmas music for the season. For the holidays, the lobby will be decorated with bright red “flores de nochebuenas” (poinsettias), which also line the city’s Paseo de la Reforma, the historic avenue right outside the hotel. On Christmas Eve, the hotel will have a buffet and cheese bar for humans, accompanied by a live band.
If your Christmas canine wants to “pawticipate” in the celebrations in Mexico City, head to the Zócalo, the main square in the city center. Here you can watch people glide along the ice at the temporary skating rink and join in singing “villancicos,” or Christmas carols. Be sure to pick up some “bacalao” (salted and dried cod), one of Mexico’s favorite seasonal dishes, and bring your pooch to admire the enormous lighted tree and decorations adorning the square.
The Sheraton Maria Isabel Hotel and Towers welcomes dogs up to 22 lbs for an additional fee of $120. Nightly rates start at $236.
Xixim Unique Mayan Hotel
For a truly special and no-stress Navidad, stay with your four-legged bestie at Xixim Unique Mayan Hotel. Located on the breathtaking Yucatan coastline, this resort provides guests with a full-service spa, outdoor swimming pools and a restaurant where they can enjoy yuletide drinks and dine alfresco with your perro. If you prefer to stay in, take advantage of the 24-hour room service. In the weeks leading up to Christmas Eve, the hotel hangs a large seven-pointed Posadas piñata in the center of the lobby. On the night before Christmas, guests are invited to participate in a game of bashing the piñata and collecting the prizes.
Find paradise with your pup right outside the hotel on the relaxing, pristine beach along the Gulf of Mexico. Keep your eyes peeled for the vast flocks of flamingos that migrate to the area at this time of year.
Dogs of any size are welcome at Xixim Unique Mayan Hotel for no additional fee. Nightly rates start at $173.
Princess Mundo Imperial
Watch for Santa Paws from the private balcony of your room at the dog-friendly Princess Mundo Imperial. Named one of the 500 best hotels in the world, the oceanfront resort promises opulence and joy for two and four-legged guests this season. In December, the lobby will be decked out in festive splendor, including a spectacularly large tree made of color-changing LED lights. On Christmas Eve, the resort will host its annual Navidad Imperial party in the garden with live musical performances, an open bar, a buffet and a visit from Santa. Guests can also enjoy 24-hour room service, in case you and your merry mutt prefer to spend the night before Christmas snuggled up inside.
Navidad Imperial will be held on December 24 from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. in the garden, and tickets are required. Leashed dogs are permitted in the garden and on the beaches at El Revolcadero and Playa Majahua. Princess Mundo Imperial welcomes two dogs up to 48 lbs for an additional fee of $51.14 per pet, per stay. Nightly rates start at $108.
Hotel Escondido is an oasis for anyone seeking a silent night this Christmas. Set on its own private stretch of beach, this charming Oaxacan retreat gives you and your holiday hound the gift of your own quiet casita, complete with a hammock and a view of the ocean. Run by the chic and very pet-friendly boutique hotel chain, Grupo Habita, the hotel welcomes your pup to dine with you, lounge poolside or play off-leash along the beach. It’s also an eco-conscious property with solar power, no single-use plastic, and an on-site restaurant featuring locally sourced ingredients. You know Santa would approve.
Hotel Escondido allows dogs of any size for an additional fee of $50 per pet, per night. Nightly rates start at $404.
Breathless Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa
You can’t spell Christmas without P-A-R-T-Y, and the all-inclusive Breathless Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa certainly ascribes to that philosophy. The resort’s Holiday Madness celebration in December includes a tree lighting, Secret Santa party and plenty of holiday cheer. The resort is adults-only (and their four-legged companions, of course), and you can expect the Golden Margaritas, themed fiestas and entertainment to last late into the night.
One dog up to 22 lbs is welcome at Breathless Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa for no additional fee. Merry mutts receive complimentary food and water bowls, a plush Breathless-themed dog bed and toys. Nightly rates start at $458.
Las Ventanas al Paraiso, A Rosewood Resort
You’ll have a blue Christmas with Santa’s little yelper in Cabo San Lucas ... that is, bright blue skies and deep blue sea. Las Ventanas al Paraiso is a luxurious resort where you can treat your good boy and yourself to a holiday full of warm, sunny naps on the beach and restorative spa treatments. There’s a dog butler on staff who will cater to your pup’s every desire, from strolls along the property to canine massages. There are also dog classes where he can socialize, a special pet menu and pet cabanas for lounging at the pool or the beach.
While you’re in the Baja Peninsula, make sure to visit the iconic Land's End Arch. Take an epic photo for your holiday cards and enjoy a swim in the crystalline water. Just make sure to bring Fido back to the resort in time to greet Saint Nick as he comes parasailing in to greet guests!
Las Ventanas al Paraiso allows two dogs (or cats) up to 40 lbs for an additional fee of $60 per pet, per stay. Nightly rates start at $805.
Hacienda Labor de Rivera Hotel Boutique
Try something different this Christmas and treat Fido to a stay at a traditional Mexican Hacienda. Hacienda Labor de Rivera Hotel Boutique is revered for providing two- and four-legged guests with world-class hospitality and an authentic experience. Take your perro for a stroll in the countryside, or spend Christmas day kayaking together in the private lake. The on-site restaurant specializes in classic Mexican cuisine like chilaquiles and pozole, and you can dine afuera with your pooch in the garden. The hacienda is located along the Tequila Route, so make sure to hang your stocking on Christmas Eve and maybe Papá Noel will leave you a bottle when he brings the presents for your good little pup.
Hacienda Labor de Rivera Hotel Boutique welcomes one pet of any size is welcome for no additional fee. Nightly rates start at $110.
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