If you can’t leave home without Fido, consider the brand-new V.I.Pooch program at Ovolo Hotels, the independent, design-led hotel collection in Hong Kong and Australia.
Both of Ovolo Hotels’ two properties in Hong Kong as well as its six properties in Australia are offering pet-friendly rooms decked out with a plush dog bed, separate food and water bowls and an eating and drinking mat, perfect for sloppy canine diners.
V.I.Poochs — up to two per room — get designer Doggy Bags, containing puppy-approved dog toys, healthy dog snacks and handy poop bags to bring along on walks, hikes and adventures around town.
Of course, human guests aren’t forgotten — they can enjoy the hotels’ signature Loot Bags full of snacks.
“Dog-friendly rooms across Ovolo? Why not?” said Girish Jhunjhnuwala, founder and chief executive officer, Ovolo Hotels Group. “Most [hotels] decline to welcome prized pooches to their properties, particularly in Hong Kong, but we’re not most hotels. We’re thrilled to offer this unique perk to extend our ethos of effortless living. Trips are more fun with your best friend, so why put your V.I.Pooch in a kennel? Your furry friend can snuggle into their own bed and dig in to a special doggie bag curated just for them. It doesn’t get more pawesome than that.”
The V.I.Pooch package is priced at about $102 (plus 10 percent) at Ovolo’s Hong Kong hotels and about $55 at the Australian hotels. Rates are per night, on top of regular room rates.
The Ovolo Hotels, a family-owned Hong Kong brand, was founded by Jhunjhnuwala in 2002 and is one of Hong Kong’s largest independent owner/operator hospitality firms. The company now runs four hotels and a service apartment in Hong Kong, and three hotels across Sydney and Melbourne.
All the properties offer a number of complimentary amenities and services, including free breakfast, minibar (replenished daily), WiFi, social happy hour, self-service laundry, all-day snacks and 24-hour gym. The Ovolo Hotels website also offer information on cool places to eat and drink, events on tap and cultural happenings in Hong Kong and Australia.
The company recently launched a new brand, Mojo Nomad, in Aberdeen Harbour Hong Kong, which opened its doors in December 2017. Mojo Nomad is a co-habitation concept for global nomads that combines travel, lifestyle and community at its core and will be entering the Australian market in the near future.
Most museums tend to be boring for children — they have to be quiet, they may not be interested in the exhibits and they can’t touch anything. At the Please Touch Museum in Philadelphia, kids are encouraged to run around, play and have fun while learning. The beloved museum will safely reopen in 2021 for kids and families to run, play and touch exhibits as they used to, and now is a great time to plan a visit next year.
This summer, family travel at The Peninsula receives an upgrade with the debut of Camp Peninsula, a children’s experience that recreates the spirit of camping right in the heart of Beverly Hills. The journey begins with a special welcome from Peter Bear, the hotel’s lovable mascot, at check-in. After taking a picture with the life-sized teddy bear, kids will be whisked away by a Peninsula Camp Counselor to a luxurious guestroom where a charming teepee awaits. An afternoon of camp-themed games and activities, including a hotel-wide scavenger hunt, rounds off the family-friendly experience, fun for children of all ages. Whether it’s a luxe staycation or an extended holiday, Camp Peninsula is an ideal way to ensure the little ones are happy campers.
We’ve seen our fair share (and then some) of drama, trials and tribulations this year, so any reason to celebrate or plan a trip is an exciting opportunity. For the chocolate lovers and sweet aficionados in your crew, Zürich should be on your list this year or next — for many reasons, but specifically for the Lindt Home of Chocolate.
You could say Osaka is a shapeshifter among cities. Japan’s third-largest city, running at a somewhat slower pace than Tokyo, is a patchwork of big business districts, pretty residential areas and beautiful parks. By night, several of its neighborhoods take on an alluring theme park ambiance. The most obvious is Dōtonbori, an upscale retail oasis that, after sunset, becomes a neon-lit maze of restaurants, bars, comedy clubs, arcades, department stores and massive souvenir emporiums.
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If you are a lover of thrill rides and rollercoasters, you better start thinking about a future trip to test out some new ones in Orlando, Florida’s, theme parks. Throughout the next year, some theme parks are expecting a number of thrilling additions and experiences for willing guests. From two long-anticipated coasters slated to open next year in Walt Disney World to a yet-to-be-announced Jurassic Park roller coaster set to open in Universal Orlando, thrill-seekers and coaster fanatics will be in awe.