With Crufts gracing our screens this March, we’ve been inspired to take a look at where in the world dog owners can best pamper their pets. From luxury woodland cabins to exclusive dog delis and pet spas, here are five ways to treat your dog to something special.
Forest Holidays, England & Scotland
Forest Holidays have luxury pet-friendly cabins in nine forests all over the United Kingdom. Dogs will adore the forest cabins which come with under floor heating to keep them warm, special dog treats (like Barkwell Tarts) and miles and miles of woodland to run through. Guests can hire bikes to discover the forest, from woodland paths to streams and lakes, there’s plenty for both humans and dogs to explore. After a long day of walking, dog owners can relax in the spacious cabins, enjoying the private hot tub, stunning views of the forest and real wood-burning stove.
The woods are one of the best places for dogs to roam, find out ten reasons why dogs love the forest from travel writer Nikki Bayley, owner of a beautiful spaniel called Freddie.
Pet Spa, London
If your dog prefers petting and pampering rather than long muddy walks then spoil them with a trip to the Pet Spa in London. This pet-only spa used to be located in London’s exclusive Harrods store, but has now relocated to Fulham Road in Chelsea. The spa offers everything a dog could wish for; with treatments ranging from Coat Colour Enhancers and Blueberry & Vanilla Facials through to Aromatherapy Massages, Fresh Breath Treatments and even Pet Pedicures. For owners who want to shop around one of London’s most fashionable areas, the Pet Spa also offers a Doggie Day Care service, so owners can explore Chelsea, shop on King’s Road and relax in Hyde Park knowing that their pooch is being fed and cared for in luxury.
Pets Deli, Berlin
Recently launched at the start of 2014, the Pet Deli in Berlin is a gourmet restaurant catering to the needs and tastes of just dogs and cats. Pets can choose from a delicious deli display of specially prepared meals, with ingredients ranging from broccoli and berries to turkey and even kangaroo meat. The deli manager, Katharina Warkalla, is an animal nutrition expert and serves up healthy dishes using different meats for protein and a mix of pasta, rice and potatoes for the carbohydrates. ‘The meat is of such quality that it could be safely consumed by humans’, said Spanier. Dogs can either choose to eat in, whilst their owners enjoy a coffee, or if you want to explore Berlin with your hound, the deli sell doggy trays to go.
Il Molinazzo Villa, Umbria, Italy
Pets are allowed at a large number of the luxury properties available from CV Villas and the Il Molinazzo villa is a great choice for spoiling your dog on holiday. This enchanting place has been beautifully refurbished into a stunning guest house, sleeping up to 14 people. Il Molinazzo is surrounded by miles of warm Italian countryside perfect for lazy dog walks and the large grounds have plenty of shady terraces for your pup to cool down in. The villa is perfect for a family or group get-away, complete with its own private pool and tennis court.
Luxury Paw Camp, Devon, England
Give you and your dog a joint detox with a doggy bootcamp from NuBeginings. This company tailors their bootcamp breaks to each owner and their dog’s specific needs, with a mix of fitness activities, nutrition advice, stretching and massage. The retreat is based in the charming village of Illfracombe in Devon, close to the valleys and hills of Dartmoor and just a short stop away from spectacular beaches. The bootcamps are inclusive of luxury accommodation, organic meals and therapy treatments and programs. Find out more about the NuBeginings Paw Camp here.