As holidaying with a pet fast becomes one of the most talked about trends in the travel industry thanks to amended laws on taking pets abroad and a growing number of animal-friendly holiday packages, Small Luxury Hotels of the World™ (SLH) reveals the most popular, and strangest, requests for travelling furry companions.

Not wanting to deny their pets a quality holiday experience, in a recent survey by Small Luxury Hotels of the World™ (SLH), luxury travellers identify their pets’ ideal holiday demands, ranging from grooming and dog beds to pata negra ham and caviar and blueberry facials. 

In SLH’s survey of over 8000 people worldwide, 7.3% of respondents said that they would travel with their pet whenever possible. 15.1% said that they would be willing to pay a supplement for their pets to be pampered, with the top pet pampering items identified by respondents including luxury bedding (14.1%), food (11.2%) and pet grooming (7.9%).

When asked what luxuries their pet might enjoy at a luxury hotel, responses were varied, ranging from the possible to highly unlikely. Many of the most bizarre suggestions came from dog owners in China, which included ‘pata negra ham and caviar’, ‘unlimited playtime’, and ‘a sausage dog girlfriend’.

Suggestions from luxury travellers in the USA included ‘blueberry facials’ and ‘bird-watching at a zoo’ for cats. A UK pet owner proposed ‘a personal butler’, while the dream holiday for one Burmese cat in Australia would involve ‘someone spending the day with her and telling her how beautiful she is’.

Recognising this trend, many Small Luxury Hotels of the World™ properties have introduced pet friendly packages, so furry friends can have a luxury holiday experience just as much as their owners.

Surrounded by over 60 acres of gardens and woodland, Lainston House Hotel in Winchester, UK, is an ideal holiday destination for the active dog. Its VIP (Very Important Pooch) package means four legged best friends don’t have to be left at home, with a number of bedrooms and suites available to book that have a patio door leading straight out to the hotel grounds. With the VIP package, pooches will have their own bed, water and food bowls with a mat, bags for ‘tidying up’ and a special treat.

Rooms at Lainston House Hotel with Small Luxury Hotels of the World™ (SLH) are priced from £165 per night, based on two people sharing, with a supplement of £50 per night for dogs to cover deep cleaning. To book visit or call 0800 0482 314. The hotel must be told in advance about canine visitors in order to allocate the correct room.

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