Indian Hotels That’ll Pamper Your Pet

From special meals to comfy beds, pets have never had it so good

 

A constant stress point for most pet owners has been the vacation. Leaving pets at home is often not an option, and finding a hotel that will accept the pet can be a painful task. However, things are changing, and there are now several hotels in India that not only welcome your pet, but also have specially designed packages and services to ensure your pet’s stay is as comfortable as yours. Here’s a list to save for your next holiday:

Four Season Hotel, Mumbai If you are staying at Mumbai’s The Four Seasons Hotel with your pet, he will get a bowl, a plush pillow and special pet food. With 24-hour notice, special requests for supplies may also be fulfilled. The Four Seasons Hotel accepts pets that weigh 15 pounds (approximately 6.8kg) or less and insists that your pet be kept on a leash at all times and must not be left unattended. Keep in mind that the dining outlets, health club and pool area are off-limits to pets. Four Seasons Hotel Mumbai, 114 Dr. E. Moses Road, Worli, Mumbai (+91 22 2481 8000; www.fourseasons.com/mumbai)

The Sofala, Goa The Sofala Goa extends its hospitality to your pets and will offer you rooms designated especially for those travelling with pets. Needless to say, you will have to book these rooms in advance, based upon seasonality. The hotel provides fresh, unused bedding for each pet. Do make it a point to mention your pet’s food preferences while making a reservation. There is, however, a restriction on the size of the animal you can bring in—only small cats and dogs weighing less than 50 pounds (22kg) will be permitted. Also, they request you to make sure your dog or cat is trained and housebroken—and that it stays with you at all times during your visit. The Sofala, Bhatiwado Nerul, Bardez, Goa, India (+91 832 671 4141; www.thesofala.com)

Vivanta by Taj – Gurgaon The newest hotel in the Vivanta by Taj portfolio, Vivanta by Taj – Gurgaon (like its sister properties) accepts pets that weigh between three and 20kg. The amenities and services provided include food bowls, pet toys, a leash, a bed, blankets, mats, grooming brushes and a menu of select branded pet foods. The hotel concierge offers pet walking services and will provide information on pet saloons and grooming services as well as contacts of veterinary doctors, should the need arise . Needless to say, pets aren’t allowed at any of the restaurants or the pool and fitness area and must be on a leash at all times. Vivanta by Taj Hotel & Resorts, Sector 44, Gurgaon –NCR, India (+91 124 667 1234; www.vivantabytaj.com)

Park Hyatt, Chennai  The Park Hyatt, Chennai, with its Paws at the Park initiative enthusiastically extends its hospitality to pets. The hotel offers rooms designed specifically for guests travelling with animals. Your canine is given a dog bed/mat, special treats, a water bowl and a toy to keep him entertained. What’s more, he has meal options as well and you can choose between vegetarian and non-vegetarian. The Paws at the Park package is available till 31 December 2014 and is subject to availability of the room. It is advisable to book the room at least 48 hours before you plan to check-in. Park Hyatt Chennai, 39 Velachery Road, near Raj Bhavan, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India (+91 44 7177 1234; http://chennai.park.hyatt.com/en/hotel/home.html)

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Marissa Pinto