Doggone Fabulous

By Alison Ryan –

If you and your dog are inseparable, you don’t have to leave him behind on vacation (or sacrifice the finer things). Pack your pup: high-end resorts in South Florida are greeting canine companions with open paws.

 

Loews Miami Beach – 1601 Collins Ave., Miami Beach • 305.604.1601 • loewshotels.com

Pet perks: With a motto like “Loews Loves Pets,” you know yours will receive first-class treatment at this mega-resort. Don’t worry about packing your dog or cat’s essentials; the Loews takes care of everything, from loaner pet beds and litter boxes to scratching pads and other accessories like bowls and a mat. Upon arrival, pets receive a goodie bag packed with treats and a toy, and they’ll eat just as well as their owners with a special in-room dining menu that offers gourmet dishes. The hotel can recommend walking routes (there’s a lengthy walking path along the beach), and pups run free at the on-property doggie park. If you want to get out and enjoy the nightlife while staying on South Beach, the resort can also offer recs on pet sitting services. Fee is $50 per pet, two pets-per-room limit, and proof of vaccinations is required.

People perks: Boasting a $50 million renovation, the Loews offers the chance to float in its epic pool with a frosé in hand while a DJ pumps out mu.sic; take a barre class followed by an indulgent massage at Exhale Spa; savor oysters at seafood-focused Lure Fishbar; and sip creative cocktails by master mixologist Julio Cabrera at the new Bar Collins. Guests are within walk.ing distance of Lincoln Road, which is basically a parade route for snazzily dressed dogs.

 

Marriott Stanton South Beach – 161 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach • 305.536.7700 • stantonsobe.com

Pet perks: If “Must love dogs” is your motto, you will instantly feel the puppy love in the Stanton’s lobby, where a painting of a French bulldog is front-and-center in the hotel’s eclectic art collection. Upon check-in, dogs are presented with treats and a ball for playtime, and well-behaved pooches can join their owners for lunch or dinner at Mexican joint Lolo’s Surf Cantina. The hotel is situated next to bustling South Pointe Park, which offers a small dog park for mixing and mingling, and is perfect for picturesque strolls with ocean and city skyline views. Note: There’s a $150 non-refundable sanitation fee per week. Dogs must be 25 lbs. or under.

People perks: As one of the only hotels on Ocean Drive with direct beach access, you can splash about in the ocean, enjoy long beach walks, or take a spin on a complimentary beach cruiser. The recently renovated hotel, reimagined by famed UK interior designer Martin Brudnizki, offers many rooms with ocean-facing balconies and a shiny new fitness center and spa with a menu of relaxing treatments such as the Hot Sea Shell Massage or the Signature Stanton South Beach Ritual, where they’ll buff your body with a vanilla-scented scrub and follow it with a Lomi-Lomi rhythmic massage. When it comes to dining, hang out in local-favorite Lolo’s Surf Cantina or snag a covetable table at the new Azabu Miami Beach, which serves up authentic Japanese food.

 

Mandarin Oriental Miami – 500 Brickell Key Dr., Miami • 305.913.8288 • mandarinoriental.com

Pet perks: If all dogs go to heaven, then heaven is this Brickell Key oasis. Upon arrival, they’re gifted a doggy bag that includes a toy and treats made by the MO pastry team, a keepsake Mandarin Oriental collar tag (to alert the hotel that your pet is a special guest), pee pads, a dog bed, and bowls for food and water. Want to sleep in? Someone from the hotel will walk your dog around the island’s three-mile exercise loop. Dogs are allowed throughout the hotel except inside the restaurants, the pool and the gym. Note: There’s a $250 deposit per pet ($100 is returned if there are no room damages).

People perks: Since this luxe Forbes Five-Star hotel is located on the tranquil oasis of Brickell Key, you’re far from the mania of mainland Miami, but just a quick jaunt over the bridge to the new Brickell City Centre. Lounge by the pool overlooking sparkling Biscayne Bay (there’s even a convenient button to push for drink or food service at your lounge chair), indulge in a Peruvian feast at Lar Mar by Gaston Acurio, sip cocktails at the chic MO Bar + Lounge, or simply soak up the tranquility of the spa, which spans three floors.

 

W Fort Lauderdale – 401 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale • 954.414.8200 • wfortlauderdalehotel.com

Pet perks: This trendy hotel rolls out the red carpet for people and pets with a VIP Pet Suite package that can be added to any room category. The customized suite is fitted with a plush doggie bed and a Tinkle Turf Pad (and pick-up bags) on the expansive balcony. Your dog’s tail will wag when the staff drops off a Pooch Perks gift box filled with toys and treats, along with a W bandana for your pup to wear around the property. There’s also a tasty pet menu offering pups the chance to chow down on dishes like a hamburger patty with diced pineapple, salmon fillet with steamed aspara-gus, and a kosher beef hot dog with broccoli and steamed edamame. The Pet Suite package waives the daily clean-up fee and a deposit is not required.

People perks: Fresh off a $55 million renovation, this beachfront stunner offers a massive rooftop pool deck, WET East, perfect for sunning and swimming while soaking up gorgeous ocean views. Dine at Stephen Starr’s lauded steakhouse Steak 954 or the new Sushi Bar with a menu created by Chef Shuji Hiyakawa. Spend a few hours relaxing at Bliss Spa or roaming the North Beach neighborhood dotted with beachy boutiques. If you’re looking for a rowdy Sunday Funday, their Sunday pool party is the place to see and be seen.

 

The Brazilian Court Hotel – 301 Australian Ave., Palm Beach • 561.655.7740 • thebraziliancourt.com

Pet perks: Palm Beach is a place where dogs are dressed just as stylishly as their owners, and they’re always strutting down the streets of the ritzy island. With many rooms equipped with side doors that lead directly to tree-lined streets, taking your pet for a walk or a potty break is easy—and you’re sure to run into new furry friends. Upon arrival, pets are given treats and a ball (food/water bowls and loaner doggie beds available upon request). If you really want to pamper your pooch (and price is no object), splurge on the “Bark Butler” package ($9,300) which includes a designer dog bed, daily walking services, spa services like a blueberry facial and milk thistle paw soak, a one-hour photo session for owner and pooch provided by Capehart Photography, and much more. Note: Regular fee is $100 per pet.

People perks: The historic, 80-room hotel tucked off stylish Worth Avenue feels like an opulent Palm Beach home. During the day, chill on a designer sunbed by the palm-lined pool (don’t miss a photo opp next to the oversized wooden mirror), escape to tropical courtyards sprinkled with cozy nooks and day beds, or go for some pampering at the Frederic Fekkai salon. If you want to explore nearby Worth Avenue or the beach, rent one of the resort’s Lilly Pulitzer-designed bikes. It’s hard to beat dinner at celebrated Café Boulud, where you’ll sip a beautiful White Cosmo that features an orchid centerpiece.

 

The Perry Hotel Key West at Stock Island Marina – 7001 Shrimp Road, Key West • 305.296.1717 • perrykeywest.com

Pet perks: If you’re looking for a mix of relaxation and salt-life adventure, this new boutique hotel offers guests and their canine companions the best of both worlds. The hotel partners with Lazy Dog Adventures for kayak and SUP excursions where guests can paddle through towering mangroves and pristine waters with their pups in tow. Dogs can also sunbathe with their owners on the property’s posh pool deck or run free at two on-site dog parks. Note: Pet fee is $150 per stay.

People perks: Retreat to guestrooms and suites with spacious private balconies and waterfront views, spend the day sunning on the pool deck that overlooks the waterfront, and devour as much seafood as you can handle at two boat-to-table restaurants. If you’re a boater, the resort sits on the largest deep-water marina in the Florida Keys. The property also offers complimentary shuttle service to/from downtown, perfect for those nights when you’ve imbibed too much. If the downtown scene is too much, wander the Stock Island Marina Village, which is dotted with more restaurants (don’t miss the famous hogfish sandwich at Hogfish Bar and Grill), eclectic shops, art studios and a soon-to-open distillery.

 

The Gates Hotel Key West – 3824 N. Roosevelt Blvd., Key West • 305.320.0930 • gateshotelkeywest.com

Pet perks: This island hotel with an eco-chic vibe offers shared fun for you and your pet (two dogs up to 50 lbs. are allowed). Upon arrival, pups receive a gift box filled with treats and toys, along with food/water bowls. Dogs can join their owners for a chill Happy Hour at the hotel’s Rum Row, and there’s a monthly Yappy Hour that benefits the local SPCA. The hotel is a 15-minute drive from Higgs Beach Dog Park, and dog-walking services can be arranged for those days when you’re busy relaxing by the pool or partying on Duval Street. Note: Fee is $25 per pet.

People perks: Located at the entry point of Key West, the hotel is a literal gateway to all the Conch Republic offers. Rent an on-property bike and cruise the island, take a free shuttle to Duval Street to watch the sunset celebration with your pup, or pool-hop between The Gates and its next-door sister property, 24 North. In true Key West style, Happy Hour launches at one property from at noon to 4 p.m., and picks up from 4 p.m.-7 p.m. at the other property, so you never miss a drink special. Rum Row is always a good idea for tapas, creative rum-inspired cocktails and live music in the evenings, or keep it super-casual by grabbing a meal from the on-property food truck.

 

 

 

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