Hotels with Their Own Pets

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    Hotels with Pets: Giraffe Manor in Kenya

    The Africa hotel with giraffes
    ••• Look who popped in for tea at Giraffe Manor near Nairobi!. ©The Safari Collection

    These Hotels Go Way Beyond Pet-Friendly

    Pet-friendly hotels: this trend has been on the rise for years, to the delight of pet owners and their vacation-craving pets.
    • See the difference between truly pet-friendly and faux-friendly hotel policies
    • But today we're talking about hotels that take pet-friendliness to an extreme

    Right Here, Right Now: Hotels with Their Very Own Pets

    Yes, critters who live at the hotel. Sometimes inside, sometimes outside. You'll see what I mean.
    Keep clicking (over 30 pics!) for the most adorable or unusual animals who ever saw a wheelie suitcase roll by.

    Our First Pet Hotel: When You Check Into a Place Called Giraffe Manor...

    You have high hopes for spotting longnecks. And this safari lodge near Nairobi, Kenya does not disappoint.

    • A herd of endangered Rothschild Giraffes have free rein over the 12-acre property, set within a 140-acre wildlife preserve
    • The giraffes are gentle and perpetually on the lookout for hand-fed treats
    • Giraffe Manor, an...MORE atmospheric 1930s-vintage hotel, is run on an all-inclusive basis, covering rooms, meals, nature activities, transportation, giraffe snacks, and more  
    • Giraffe Manor in The Safari Collection's website 
    • Luxury Travel's story on custom tour provider EJ Africa, which arranges stays at Giraffe Manor

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    Hotels with Pets: Iguanas at Zoetry Paraiso de la Bonita Riviera Maya

    The cutest iguana ever
    ••• This iguana, a true lounge lizard, lives on the beach at Zoetry Riviera Maya in Mexico. ©Karen Tina Harrison

    Iguanas at Zoëtry Paraiso de la Bonita Riviera Maya Resort in Mexico

    This hotel's pets are not usually considered cuddly critters.

    • Dozens of iguana lizards live on the property of Zoetry Paraiso de la Bonita, where the Yucatan jungle meets Mexico's Caribbean shore
    • These iguanas are not shy like many lizards. They are lounge lizards... they hover near you like city pigeons, waiting for crumbs and handouts, as you dine outdoors on Zoetry's restaurant patios
    • You may think an iguana has a crush on you, but it's more interested in your tortilla chips
    • Another unusual aspect of Zoetry Riviera Maya: this rambling resort is set parallel to the ocean, and every suite is beachfront
    • Here's Luxury Travel's story on Zoëtry Paraiso de la Bonita Riviera Maya
    • And our luxury guide to Mexico's irresistible Riviera Maya
    • Resort website

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    Hotels with Pets: Gemini the Terrier at Delano Las Vegas

    Delano Las Vegas Hotel Dog
    ••• What better greeting to Sin City than Gemini in Delano Las Vegas' lobby?. ©MGM Resorts International

    This Little Doggie Went to Vegas

    Quite a few hotel pets are of the canine variety, and you will see some darling dogs on these pages. Here's Gemini: a Cairn Terrier who loves the Las Vegas hotel life.

    • He belongs to a staffer at Delano Las Vegas, and spends regular nine-to-fives at the hotel
    • When he's in residence, Gemini gets the run of the hotel lobby, greeting guests -- two-legged or four -- at the pet-friendly Delano Hotel
    • Luxury Travel's story about this hip hotel connected to Mandalay Bay: Delano Las Vegas
    • Hotel website

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    Hotels with Pets: Birman Cats at Le Bristol in Paris

    Birman Cats at Le Bristol Hotel Paris
    ••• Pedigreed Birman cats Kléopatra (left) and Fa-aron live at the five-star Le Bristol in Paris. ©Oetker Collection

    These Two French Felines Are Pure Parisian Chic

    Le Bristol, a legendary five-star Paris hotel, is set in the heart of the Faubourg Saint-Honoré district, renowned for its fashion couture houses.

    So you won't be surprised to hear that Le Bristol's house pets are two elegant purebred felines.
    • They are Birman long-haired cats who, despite their rarity, are down-to-earth and welcoming to guests
    • Kléopatra, at left above, is a female Lilac Point Birman; her Pharoah, Fa-aron, is a Red Point Birman
    • Le Bristol website
    • More reasons to visit Paris (again)

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    Hotels with Pets: Giant Tortoises at Fregate Island Private in the Seychelles

    Aldabra Giant Tortoise on Fregate Island Seychelles
    ••• Fregate Private Island, a secluded resort and nature preserve in the Seychelles, is home to rare Aldabra Giant Tortoises. ©Oetker Collection

    Imagine Living 200 Years...These Pets Do

    Frégate Island Private is a hotel jewel from the Oetker Collection, like Le Bristol in Paris. Frégate is a secluded getaway (on, yes, a private island) in the serene Seychelles.

    It's also a pioneering nature sanctuary. Frégate Island shelters the world's second-largest population of Aldabra Giant Land Tortoises, native to the Seychelles in the Indian Ocean. These gentle creatures roam freely on the island, to the delight of guests.

    • The species was rescued from extinction by dedicated biologists, and a healthy colony of over 2,000 tortoises now lives and breeds on Frégate Island
    • These tortoises are epic: they can weigh 600 pounds and live over 200 years
    • These miraculous creatures are only one reason why Luxury Travel writer Mia Ljungberg Nevado's fantasy hotel is Frégate Island Private
    • Frégate Island Private hotel website

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    Hotels with Pets: Scarlet Macaw Parrots at Live Aqua Cancun

    Macaws Parrot in Mexico Hotel
    ••• The three amigos at Live Aqua Cancun hotel. ©Karen Tina Harrison

    This Hotel's Staff Speaks English, But Its Pets...Spanish!

    Live Aqua Cancun is a high-end all-inclusive resort that is emblematic of the new, upscale Cancun. The challenge for guests: there's too much to do, all included!

    As guests rush from beach to spa, from pools to margaritas by sunset, many stop to have a chat...with a trio of talkative hotel residents.

    • These scarlet macaws are uncaged, and enjoy Cancun's tradewinds in the open
    • And they will look at you just as curiously as you observe them
    • About's Birds Expert calls scarlet macaws "confident and friendly" and "extremely intelligent." But, she says, "they need daily socialization and stimulation so that they stay tame" 
    • Luxury Travel's story about Live Aqua Cancun
    • And why all-inclusives are beloved by many luxury travelers
    • Live Aqua Cancun website

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    Hotels with Pets: Saint Bernard at The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch in Colorado

    Dog Saint Bernard Pet Ritz Carlton Bachelor Gulch Colorado
    ••• Born for mountain rescues: Bachelor the Saint Bermard at The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch. ©Don Riddle

    Not Just for Bachelors

    In the 1800s, Bachelor Gulch was an accurately named mining settlement. Today, along with its neighboring town, Beaver Creek, Bachelor Gulch is one of the Rocky Mountains' premier ski destinations.

    The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch is a go-to for luxury travelers. And one can't-miss at this year-round resort is its resident Saint Bernard dog.

    • Need you ask? His name is Bachelor
    • But he loves company. Bachelor is on-property most days, greeting guests during afternoon check-in and hosting the sunset lighting of the firepit
    • From About's Dogs Expert, a look at the Saint Bernard breed
    • Here on Luxury Travel, more on the towns of Bachelor Gulch and Beaver Creek
    • The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch is at the top our list of the best hotels in town
    • Find out more about it in Luxury Travel's story on The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch)
    • The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch website

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    Hotels with Pets: Ace the Gyrfalcon at Lainston House near London

    Hunting Gyrfalcon Bird of Prey
    ••• The ancestors of Ace, a Gyrfalcon at Lainston House, hunted for Vikings, kings, emperors, czars, sultans, caliphs, emirs, khans, and moghuls. ©Lainston House

    Why Are Falcons Such a Legend?

    In centuries past, English royals and aristocrats hunted with gyrfalcons, who'd flush game birds out of the brush and trees. Gyrfalcons were so effective, they became potent status symbols in the British Isles and in Viking lands.

    Falconry thrives as an English art. Guests at Lainston House, a 17th-century country mansion an hour south of London, can take falconry lessons with the resident falconer, and get to know his impressive birds. One is Ace.

    • This Gyrfalcon, bred in 2003, flaunts a four-foot wingspan and piercing gaze -- and piercing talons, too
    • Fun fact: the art of falconry spread from its origins in the Arabian Peninsula. It was introduced to the British Isles by Vikings, who occupied parts of England, Scotland, and Ireland from the 700s to the 1100s
    • Are they raptors or birds of prey? About's Animals Expert on falcons
    • Lainston House Hotel website
    • Lainston House is a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World. See more SLH properties here

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    Hotels with Pets: Wilfred the Owl at Lainston House

    Northern Hawk Owl
    ••• Lainston House's North Hawk Owl, Wilfred, shows why the Chinese word for owl is "cat-face bird". ©Lainston House

    Some Critters Are Too Cute to Skip

    It was too hard to choose between Lainston House's birds of prey: Ace the gyrfalcon (previous page) and Wilfred the Northern Hawk Owl, shown here.

    • This variety of owl is not your typical nocturnal "nightowl": it is a diurnal (daytime) owl, and also the fastest-flying owl
    • True to their name, Northern Hawk Owls hunt like hawks, with superlative sight and hearing
    • Wilfred, born in 2013, is a very playful young owlet: he will fly to you to take food from your hand, and let you carry him back to his perch
    • What does a Northern Hawk Owl eat? Mainly mice, voles, and other small rodents
    • Falconry and more: see why Lainston House, a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World, calls itself "the home of country pursuits in Hampshire"

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    Hotels with Pets: Horses at Las Alamandas on the Pacific Coast of Mexico

    Las Alamandas Resort Mexico Horse
    ••• The horses who live at Las Alamandas on Mexico's Pacific Coast give and take a lot of love. ©Las Alamandas

    Las Alamandas is a legendary luxury getaway on Mexico's Pacific coast. It regularly wins awards of the "world's most romantic hotel" variety.

    The resort has only 17 suites -- and seven horses in residence. They were all born and raised on the rambling property

    Guests are invited to saddle these gentle, responsive equines for walks along the hotel beach or on longer rides to other private beaches -- all on Las Alamandas' private estate.

    • See what defines a true luxury hotel such as Las Alamandas
    • Las Alamandas website and Instagram photos

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    Hotels with Pets: Yellow Puffer Fish at Four Seasons Bora Bora

    Four Seasons Bora-Bora Hotel Puffer Fish
    ••• Four Seasons Bora Bora's pet puffer fish, Oa'oa, is easy to spot in the resort's lagoon sanctuary. But she'll find you first. ©Four Seasons Bora Bora

    An Adorable Pet for an Amazing Hotel

    At Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora on French Polynesia's most fabled island, life revolves around the South Pacific's Tiffany-hued waters.

    Naturally, the hotel pet at this dreamy resort is at home in the deep: an attention-loving, foot-long yellow puffer fish, Oa'oa.

    • Can you tell by her face? Oa'oa means "happy"
    • Everything is more colorful in Bora Bora; Oa'oa's species of puffer fish is brown everywhere else
    • Oa'oa lives in the resort's Ruahatu Lagoon Sanctuary, a thriving aquatic preserve masterminded by French marine biologist Olivier Martin
    • The lagoon shelters myriad sea creatures including several large octopus, who come and go; Oa'oa is a homebody
    • Resort guests are invited to snorkel in the Sanctuary, where Oa'oa is sure to find you
    • On About Honeymoons: what it's like to stay at Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora
    • Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora website and Lagoon Sanctuary page

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    Hotels with Pets: Water Buffaloes at Belmond Napasai in Thailand

    Belmond Napasai Koh Samui Thailand Water Buffaloes
    ••• Mother water buffalo Namsai and her calf Frapasai live at Belmond Napasai on Koh Samui, Thailand. ©Belmond

    What Are Water Buffaloes? Thailand's Graceful Cattle

    Water buffaloes are a frequent sight in Southeast Asia. Still, you don't expect to encounter them at a gracious resort on deluxe Koh Samui island. Yet these gentle water buffaloes -- a mother and daughter -- make their home at Belmond Napasai.

    How did this happen? Years back, a family of water buffaloes wandered onto the property, and guests and management quickly decided they were very nice to have around.

    Namsai, a female, decided to stay.
    • In 2010, Namsai gave birth to a baby buffalo girl
    • Her name, Frapasai, was crowd-sourced on Facebook
    • The two khwai (water buffalo in Thai) hobnob with pigs and chickens in Belmond Napasai's animal roost
    • Their favorite things: grazing on sweet grass, greeting guests at the resort entrance, and being tickled behind the ears
    • Belmond Napasai website

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    Hotels with Pets: Sofie the Poodle at L'Auberge Del Mar in Southern California

    Sofie Dog Poodle LAuberge Del Mar Hotel California
    ••• Sofie, a French Poodle, is the belle of the ball at L'Auberge Del Mar in Southern California. ©Destination Hotels & Resorts

    This Pretty Poodle Is a Star of the SoCal Beach Scene

    L'Auberge Del Mar, A Destination Hotel is set in one of coastal California's most scenic beach towns. And Sofie, the hotel's resident French Poodle, gets her share of admiring glances.

    • Sofie was born on the Fourth of July, and dons red, white, and blue on her day

    • Sociable Sofie is a local celeb who boogie-boards at Del Mar's Dog Beach and serves as a judge at the Helen Woodward Center's annual Puppy Love 5K benefit run

    • Her good taste inspired a classy element of L'Auberge Del Mar's pet program: food and water bowls marked "Champagne" and "Caviar"

    L'Auberge Del Mar is a member of a notably pet-friendly hotel brand.
    • Here's Luxury Travel's story on Destination Hotels & Resorts
    • L'Auberge del Mar's website

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    Hotels with Pets: Ghiga the Tuscan Boar at Castelfalfi in Italy

    Ghiga, a Tuscan Boar at Castelfalfi Italy
    ••• Ghiga, a wild Maremma Boar, was raised as a tame pet at Castelfalfi, a village turned resort in Tuscany. ©Castelfalfi

    Wait, a Wild Pig as a Hotel Pet?

    You've heard of Italian truffle pigs. Well, here's a Tuscan hotel boar.

    • As a baby, she got lost, orphaned, or abandoned, and was found by Giovanni, the gamekeeper at the Castelfalfi resort
    • He named her Ghiga and raised her. Hotel employees call her "Giovanni's fiancée"
    • Ghiga is now a mother, which makes Giovanni a proud grandpa

    Ghiga loves everyone, especially kids and anyone who scratch her tummy and ears.
    • Her favorite food is crusty Tuscan bread warm from the oven

    Castelfalfi is a unique resort that occupies a restored, 800-year-old Tuscan village, Montaione, in the "Golden Triangle" between Florence, Siena, and Pisa
    • Like Ghiga, the town of Calstelfalfi had been forgotten -- and like her, thrives once again
    • Castelfalfi website
    • From About's Italy Travel Expert, more off-the-beaten-path places in Tuscany

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    Hotels with Pets: The Peabody Ducks at The Peabody Memphis in Tennessee

    Peabody Ducks Memphis Hotel
    ••• Duckmaster Anthony Cane with the famed Peabody Ducks at The Peabody Memphis Hotel. ©The Peabody Memphis

    Memphis Celebrities? Elvis, B.B. King, and The Peabody Ducks

    Along with Donald and Daffy, The Peabody Ducks are the most beloved waterfowl in the travel world. A small flock of Mallard ducks has lived at Tennessee's most renowned hotel, The Peabody Memphis, since the 1950s.

    • Every day at 11 and at 5, their Duckmaster, Anthony Cane -- friend, keeper, feeder, manager -- marches the flock through the Grand Lobby on their way to a marble fountain

    • The mallards love attention, and are unfazed by camera flashes

    • The Peabody Ducks have been featured in The Tonight Show, Sesame Street, Oprah Winfrey, Jeopardy, People magazine, and Sports Illustrated -- in the swimsuit issue!

    • And if you're a famous person, you're sure to get tapped as an Honorary Duckmaster

    • Happy fact: the hotel's Chez Philippe is the only French restaurant in the world that does not serve duck

    • The Peabody Memphis website and Peabody Ducks page

    • Why luxury travelers are drawn The Peabody Memphis and other grand hotels

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    Hotels with Pets: Matilda the Ragdoll Cat at The Algonquin Hotel, NYC

    Matilda Cat Algonquin Hotel NYC
    ••• Matilda, a Ragdoll cat, is the tenth feline to deck the halls at The Algonquin Hotel near NYC's Times Square. ©The Algonquin

    Matilda the Cat, a Times Square Hotel Guest Since 1932

    The Algonquin Hotel, ideally set on a quiet block near Times Square, is famed for the Algonquin Round Table: a daily luncheon of New York's literary set from the 1920s through 1940s. It was here that Dorothy Parker cracked, "I'd rather have a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy."

    Another institution at The Algonquin is its hotel cat. A feline has been in residence since 1932, when a stray wandered in the front door and stayed.

    • Matilda, The Algonquin's current cat, was adopted from the North Shore Animal League in 2010

    • Matilda is looked after by the hotel's CCO (Chief Cat Officer), Alice de Almeida, a title printed on her business card

    • Matilda is a purebred Ragdoll cat, and is believed to have been born in 2004

    • Says About's Cats Expert: they're fluffy and big (up to 25 pounds!) More on the Ragdoll feline breed

    • The Algonquin Hotel website

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    Hotels with Pets: Roger the Marmot at The Fairmont Empress in Victoria, Canada

    Marmot Fairmont Empress Hotel Victoria BC Canada
    ••• When he's not hibernating, Roger the Marmot entertains guests at The Fairmont Empress on Vancouver Island. ©Fairmont Empress

    What's a Marmot? It's a Canadian Critter

    Marmots are furry forest animals closely related to woodchucks and groundhogs. Roger the Yellow-Bellied Marmot at The Fairmont Empress on Vancouver Island, Canada, is an ambassador for his breed.

    • Roger lives in the hotel's waterfront garden, with one of the best views of Vancouver Island's Inner Harbour

    • A natural showoff, Roger likes guests to watch him snack on leaves, berries, and oatmeal from the hotel kitchen (as here)

    • Roger isn't big on cold weather. From late October through March, he hibernates in a burrow, with over a dozen other marmots

    • Fun fact about marmots: their distinctive vocalizations have earned them the nickname "whistlepigs"

    • Fun facts about Fairmont Empress: it was built in 1908 to honor Queen Victoria, still serves Afternoon Tea daily, and is said to house two ghosts: a pretty little girl and a hotel chambermaid

    • Fairmont Empress website

    • Luxury Travel's story about what makes the Fairmont hotel brand special

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    Hotels with Pets: Woody Meg the Black Lab at The Woodmark in Seattle

    Woody Meg, a Black Labrador at Woodmark Hotel Seattle
    ••• Woody Meg, a Black Labrador, brings Seattle sunshine to The Woodmark, A Destination Hotel. ©Destination Hotels & Resorts

    You'll be Welcomed by Woody Meg, This Hotel's Canine Concierge

    You don't have to be dog lover to fall for this face! Woody Meg is a people-person Black Labrador. And a hotel service program rolled into one captivating canine package.

    • This hard-working guest-greeter is found Mondays through Fridays in the Seattle lobby of The Woodmark, a Destination Hotel

    • Woody Meg is the belle of the ball at The Woodmark's dog dates: its Yappier Hour parties and annual Halloween Muttmixer

    • Labradors' fur occurs in black, chocolate and yellow. About's Dogs Expert with more on  Labrador Retrievers

    • The Woodmark website and Woody Meg's page

    • Luxury Travel's story about The Woodmark's pet-friendly brand, Destination Hotels & Resorts

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    Hotels with Pets: Elephant at Phulay Bay, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, Thailand

    Koko Elephant Phulay Bay Ritz Carlton Reserve Thailand Karen Tina Harrison
    ••• Any time is playtime for Koko, the young elephant pet at Phulay Bay Ritz-Carlton Reserve in Thailand. ©Karen Tina Harrison

    Where In the World Is an Elephant a Pet?

    Thailand is known for its luxury resorts -- and for its exotic animal life. The two come together in the roly-poly form of Koko, an Asian elephant who lives at Phulay Bay, A Ritz-Carlton Reserve in Southern Thailand.

    • This playful charmer is equivalent in age to a human kindergartner, and just as curious about his surroundings

    • Koko spends an hour daily on the resort's oceanfront lawn with his full-time handler, called a mahout

    • Koko loves to play with human youngsters and to give them rides

    • Luxury Travel's story about the exquisite Phulay Bay, A Ritz-Carlton Reserve

    • Hotel website

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    Hotels with Pets: Kimpton Hotels' Goldfish for Guests

    Kimpton Hotels Goldfish Bowl Guppy Love
    ••• Kimpton Hotels calls its guest loans of goldfish bowls "Guppy Love". ©Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants

    If You Don't Bring a Pet to Kimpton Hotels, They Will Lend You Theirs

    Kimpton is one of the USA's pet-friendliest hotel brands. Even so, not every Kimpton guest brings a pet. For them, many of Kimpton's 60 hotels offer the Guppy Love program: a beautiful goldfish, brought to your room.

    • Guests report that the goldfish, swishing contentedly in its glass bowl, is a natural tranquilizer and sleep-inducer

    • One Fortune 500 CEO was so charmed by his room goldfish, he requested that the bowl be set on the conference table at his big meeting to help his execs relax and focus

    And if you do bring your own critter to a Kimpton hotel, the brand's pet policy is extraordinary:
    "(We) invite you to bring your furry, feathery, or scaly family member — no matter its size or breed -- at no extra charge. If your pet fits through the door, it's welcome

    • Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants  website
    • Kimpton Hotels are cozy and quirky: true to the definition of boutique hotels

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    Hotels with Pets: Monty and Jonas, Bernese Mountain Dogs at Montage Deer Valley

    Jonas Monty Halloween Costumes Dogs Montage Deer Valley Hotel
    ••• Jonas (left) and Monty, Montage Deer Valley's Bernese Mountain Dogs, dressed up for a Howl-o-ween Parade. ©Montage Deer Valley

    One of These Dogs Is Not Enough, So...

    Park City has a lot of character: major ski slopes, dramatic Rockies scenery, and scandalous history (it was once an anything-goes mining settlement). Now Park City is a deluxe getaway and the home of the Sundance Festival and Institute.

    The resident dogs at Montage Deer Valley resort in Park City are larger than life, too. They are super-sized Bernese Mountain Dogs, native to the Alps

    • Jonas (left) was born in Bern, Switzerland (the breed's cradle) and Monty in Park City

    • Monty and Jonas are an intrinsic part of Montage Deer Valley life, bringing canine joie de vivre to guests

    • In this photo, they're Halloween-costumed for Park City's Howl-o-ween Parade: Jonas as a War Horse Charger, Monty as the King of Hearts

    • From About's Dogs Expert, more about Bernese Mountain Dogs

    • Bernese Mountain Dogs are a giant breed. "When they stand and put their paws on your shoulders, they are taller than six feet," says Luxury Travel writer,...MORE Park City-based Susan Kime

    • Susan's story on the best places to eat in Park City

    • Montage Deer Valley resort website

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    Hotels with Pets: Holstein Cows at Belmond El Encanto, Santa Barbara, CA

    Ellie Cow El Encanto Hotel Santa Barbara-California.jpg
    ••• Ellie the cow provides delicious milk, butter, and cheese to Belmond El Encanto resort...and she also supplied a calf named Elliot. ©Belmond

    California Cow at Belmond El Encanto, Black-Tie-Ready for the Red Carpet

    Since 1919, Belmond El Encanto has been Southern California's glamorous getaway spot for well-dressed Hollywood types. Just like El Encanto guests, the hotel's Holstein dairy cow, Ellie, always looks photo-ready in her Ben & Jerry's-look black-and-white coat.

    • El Encanto's chefs take "farm to table" seriously: Ellie supplies the hotel's acclaimed Ellie's Cheese
    • Happy cows produce the tastiest cheese. Ellie gets massages, baths, and hoof pedicures
    • She's a busy bovine: in 2014, Ellie bore a calf, now a member of the hotel's family. (Though he was named for the child hero of E.T., Elliott is camera-shy.)
    • Luxury Travel's story on Belmond El Encanto
    • Belmond El Encanto website

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    Hotels with Pets: Percheron Horses at Manoir Richelieu, Charlevoix, Canada

    Horse Fairmont Manoir Richelieu Hotel Charlevoix Quebec Canada
    ••• Like his fellow Percheron horses at Fairmont Manoir Richelieu in Quebec, Canada, Jack is patient and gentle. ©Fairmont Manoir Richelieu

    Big Horses that Little Guests Adore

    Fairmont Manoir Richelieu offers guests a lot: is a refined luxury resort with all the civilized trappings -- and a majestic natural setting along the St. Lawrence River in the unspoiled Charlevoix region of Quebec, Canada.

    Among the Manoir's rustic pleasures is the chance to get to know the property's six Percheron horses.

    • The equine team is all Canadian-bred, and live on-property in stables that guests can tour (bringing, the horses hope, a juicy apple or carrot)

    • The steeds' names: Sultan, Prince, Black, Cody, Taiga, and Jack (shown)

    • They have their own personalities; Jack loves to nuzzle little kids, and Prince is the spotlight-happy performer

    • Percherons are a very large equine breed measuring up to seven feet tall at their withers, or shoulders -- with their long neck and head above that!

    • Percherons don't mind pulling, and are very calm. This makes them ideal horses for carriage or sleigh rides, offered free of charge to hotel...MORE guests -- and you don't have to be a kid to climb aboard!

    • From About's Horses Expert, more about Percheron horses

    • Fairmont Manoir Richelieu website

    • Here on About Luxury Travel, more on the beloved Fairmont Hotels brand

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    Hotels with Pets: Bruno the Poodle at Auberge Saint-Antoine in Quebec City

    Bruno Poodle Auberge Saint Antoine Hotel Quebec City Canada Karen Tina Harrison
    ••• Bruno Lebrun, a French Poodle, is a customer-service pro at Auberge Saint-Antoine in Quebec City. ©Karen Tina Harrison

    This Hotel Security Guard Is King of the Lobby

    Bruno Lebrun is the Security Director at Auberge Saint-Antoine in Quebec City, Canada. He holds onto his job though he frequently takes naps while on the hotel clock.

    Bruno is a French Poodle who belongs to the hotel's owner.

    • Bruno is often found (as here) in the hotel lobby's Café-Bar Artéfact, sharing the warm fireplace and cool nightly jazz with hotel guests

    • Bruno is well suited to his job; About's Dogs Expert says French Poodles are "very smart" and "wonderful companions." More about poodles

    • A richly historic and stylish boutique hotel, Auberge Saint-Antoine is Quebec City's only Relais & Chateaux property, and was named Canada's Top City Hotel by Travel + Leisure editors

    • Auberge Saint-Antoine website
    • Luxury Travel's review of Auberge Saint-Antoine, a rare pet-friendly hotel in Quebec City
    • Luxury Travel's good reasons to visit Quebec City

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    Hotels with Pets: Paul the Peacock at Capella Singapore

    Paul Peacock Capella Singapore Hotel
    ••• Paul the Peacock is the fine-feathered friend of guests at tCapella Singapore resort. ©çapella Singapore

    A Symbol of Elegance that Roams Around this Resort

    Southeast Asia's Singapore is a dignified luxury travel destination known for spotless streets, food "hawker stalls," and imposing luxury hotels.

    Set on a historic estate on the island of Sentosa, Capella Singapore is one of Singapore's most impressive hotels, with cascading pools overlooking the South China Sea.

    Capella Singapore boasts a suitably opulent pet, a peacock named Paul.

    • Paul has the run of Capella Singapore's 30 acres, posing regally for photo ops

    • He has top billing at Capella Singapore, a five-star resort of 112 rooms (each with a private butler)

    • Did you know that only male peacocks boast the breed's signature plumage?

    • And that peacocks are the official bird of India, and also known as Indian Peafowl? More from About's Birding Expert on peacocks

    • Here on Luxury Travel, find out more about deluxe Capella Hotels

    • Capella Singapore website

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    Hotels with Pets: Carmen the Tabby Cat at Le Negresco in Nice, France

    Carmen Cat Negresco Hotel Nice France Karen Tina Harrison
    ••• A cat's-eye view of Carmen, the famed feline at Le Negresco, a storied French Riviera hotel. ©Karen Tina Harrison

    This Hotel Character Lives at the Bar

    Le Negresco is the French Riviera's most famous hotel. It is fabled for its glamour, its celebrities, its priceless art collection...and for Carmen, its bar-loving cat.

    Carmen showed up one day, like a guest. Unlike a hotel guest, she had no luggage. And she never left.

    • Like some Le Negresco guests, Carmen spends most of her time in the hotel bar

    • She likes to doze on a plush sofa, bathed in a ray of Mediterranean sunlight 

    • And does not complain about being petted or photographed

    • Luxury Travel's description of the larger-then-life Le Negresco in Nice

    • Le Negresco Hotel website

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    Hotels with Pets: Coati at Viceroy Riviera Maya in Mexico

    Coati Coatimundi Vassil Wikimedia
    ••• Coatis are raccoons' cousins from south of the border. ©Vassil/Wikimedia Commons

    You May Never See This Strange Animal in the U.S.

    No, that's not a raccoon. It's a coati (co-AH-tee), also called by its longer name coatimundi. Coatis are common in Mexico and Central America. And like the iguanas on page 2, they are abundant in areas where the jungle foliage meets the beach.

    At Viceroy Riviera Maya in Mexico, an adults-only boutique hotel of 41 individual bohios (cottages), you'll see lots of honeymoon couples frolicking -- and coatis, too.

    • Coatis are shy but become bold around food, and eat almost anything -- just like their North American raccoon cousins

    • Coatis' geographical range is huge: from Arizona and New Mexico (where they're called "hog-nosed raccoons") all the way to Argentina

    • Like hogs, coatis are vocal, and make grunting, snorting, and chirping sounds

    • About's Exotic Pets Expert on coatis and why they're not good indoor pets

    • Luxury Travel's story about this gracious, private-feeling luxury hotel set in the Mayan jungle, Viceroy Riviera Maya

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    Hotels with Pets: Carly & Catie Copley, Black Labs at Fairmont Copley Plaza

    Carly Black Lab Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel Boston
    ••• Like her Fairmont Copley Plaza buddy Catie Copley, Carly Copley is a well-known Boston character. ©Fairmont Copley Plaza

    These Hotel Dogs Are Famous in Boston

    Fairmont Copley Plaza is a Boston landmark overlooking historic Copley Plaza. The hotel's on-site Black Labrador dogs, Carly Copley (shown) and Catie Copley, are Boston institutions as well.

    • Both Labs work five days a week, greeting and nuzzling guests and going for walks with them

    • Carly was born in 2010 and adopted from the Animal Rescue League of Boston

    • Her favorite thing: to ride on a rolling luggage trolley

    • Catie entered the world in 2001 and started training as a guide dog, but her own eyesight wasn't quite sharp enough 

    • She is the subject of two children's books, Catie Copley and Catie Copley's Great Escape

    • The dogs get frequent time off for visits to schools and libraries, where they guest-star in workshops on canine culture and care

    • From The Seeing Eye, all about raising a guide-dog puppy (with a video)

    • Fairmont Copley Plaza website

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    Hotels with Pets: Swimming Pigs at Grand Isle Resort & Spa in the Bahamas

    Swimming Pigs Grand Isle Resort Exuma Bahamas
    ••• This little Grand Isle Resort piggie went wee-wee-wee all the way to your catamaran. ©Grand Isle Resort & Spa

    Oink-Oink, Everyone into the Water!

    Deep in the Bahamas there's a secluded archipelago that feels like a remote island paradise. But it's only an hour's flight from Miami. Welcome to the Exuma Cays.

    Its setting -- so close to the States, yet amidst a tropical wonderland -- is not the only surprise you'll encounter in the Exuma Cays.

    At Grand Isle Resort & Spa on Great Exuma Island, you'll be sharing your beach and its crystalline waters with locals. And these Bahamians love to swim alongside guests.

    Just don't mind if they oink at you: the island is home to a herd of swimming pigs.
    • The splash-happy porkers love to jump the waves and back-float as much as you do
    • And they're hungry for attention, so don't skimp!• These little piggies are the descendants of farm hogs who escaped to live the footloose island life

    Grand Isle Resort & Spa is a popular topic on TripAdvisor.
    • With 78 villas ranging from one bedroom to four, the resort is ideal for family...MORE getaways or romance
    Travel + Leisure called Grand Isle's Palapa Grill one of the Caribbean's best romantic restaurants and its SeaStar Spa one of the Bahamas' best spas
    • Grand Isle Resort & Spa website
    • Phone from North America: 305.351.0588