Bringing the pets along on your family trip shouldn’t determine where you stay. You don’t have to compromise destination, luxury or service when traveling with your pet — at least not in Miami Beach.
The list of luxury resorts and hotels accommodating beloved pets of all shapes and sizes is growing — so should your list of reasons to bring them along on your next trip.
Small dogs (up to 40 pounds) and their owners can happily enjoy the sunshine of South Beach together at W South Beach. The PAW program at the W Hotel provides a pet-friendly amenity bag upon arrival — complete with toys, treats, a pet tag, clean-up bags and a detailed list of pet-friendly offers and services in and around the hotel. Head out shopping, relaxing on the beach, dining and enjoying the nightlife — all before coming back to food, water and a special turn-down service for your pet.
Another South Beach wonder for pets and owners, The Betsy Hotel is a beachside paradise. Bring the whole family, pup included, and opt for a unique “couples” spa experience while your pet enjoys an aromatherapy massage, healthy snacks and quality time outdoors with you. The dog-stay fee of $150 per pup partially donates to the SPCA in Zimbabwe — so you’ll have more than a few reasons to feel good about your stay.
Don’t forget to bring your pet on those long days out on the town exploring. The Lincoln Road Mall is the perfect destination to stretch your legs, see the sights and shop around — all with your pet in tow. Lined with pet-friendly shops, restaurants and cafés, this strip is the perfect destination to get out and walk your pet. Be sure to leash your dog, as this area can be quite busy.
For those looking to socialize, head to Flamingo Bark Park. This off-leash dog park brings local and visiting pets together in two play areas, divided by breed size. There are plenty of drinking fountains and doggy bags available on site, but check with your hotel before heading out as they should be able to help you prepare. The kids will love Flamingo Park’s large swimming pool, baseball field and playground.
Check out the wildlife of Pinetree Park with the kids and pets. Enjoy the waterfront vistas, natural shaded areas to relax and beautiful palms along a scenic stroll.
Explore the stunning city along a walking tour for the whole family, pets included. Art Deco Tours showcase the vibrant culture, art scene and history of Miami. For $30 per pet, the tour includes water, bowls and clean-up bags. Just call ahead prior to your trip and book your pet and family.
Don’t expect Turin to fit your image of Italy. It’s Italian, all right — the evening passeggiata and a love of good food and wine are alive and well. But you’ll look in vain for medieval cobbled streets, crumbling castles and works by Michelangelo (who never set foot here). Instead, although you’ll find some Roman ruins, you’ll also find a faux medieval village, a world-class film museum and a café life that rivals Vienna’s. You and your family will have fun here.
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Are your kids astronaut wannabes? Or maybe a holiday tradition in your family is to re-watch Macauley Culkin’s Home Alone every year. Either way, the brand new, dual-branded 342-room Hilton Garden Inn/Homewood Suites by Hilton Chicago Downtown South Loop and the historic 1928 Whitehall Hotel have packages designed for the little ones in your family.
The Grinch reimaged in intricate ice carvings, superfast indoor snow tubing and a Ferris wheel ride with Santa high above the D.C. area. Sound like fun? You and your family can experience all this and lots more this holiday season at Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center.
Not a fan of giant cruise ships? This might be the year to put Celestyal Cruises on your radar, especially if your dream family destinations are the Greek Islands, the eastern Mediterranean and, new for next year, the Adriatic.