Any modern dog holidays with their human these days. Whether it’s a boutique break by the coast or a country retreat. The UK hospitality sector is wide awake to this fact and now our four-legged friends are benefiting from perks such as specialist afternoon teas and dog bed menus – there’s even dedicated travel agents catering to a dog and owners every holiday whim.
One such company is PetsPyjamas, who have been leading the shift in pet travel. From being a barely tolerant to a truly dog-welcoming experience, they have helped to shape the industry since the launch of their division catering for dog-friendly holidays. Their passion for offering the best in dog-friendly holidays, connects dogs and their owners with all kinds of stays imaginable; from glamping in the countryside to five-star city breaks. And always with extras, just for the dog.
Co-Founder Karen Hanton says: “Our pets lead a lifestyle that is very much an extension of our own. And just as we may look for features such as a pool or spa, more owners are also looking for features that will appeal or work for their dogs. Holidays are often about experiencing something new or special too, and trends definitely influence our choices. As a business we often look to what’s happening in the human world and consider how that might translate to pets, to give our two and four-legged customers the best experience possible during their dog-friendly holidays.”
So, if you are planning to holiday with your dog this year, here are the six trends travel experts PetsPyjamas suggest you get on board with:
Popular dog travel influencers are raising the ‘best doggie life’ bar by showing their pets against breathtaking scenery on land and by sea. Inspiration for getaways was never so easy to come by. So, head over to Instagram and get inspired. Places like Another Place in the Lake District, Karma St Martin’s on Isle of Scilly, Gloucestershire’s Ellenborough Park or The Lugger in Cornwall should be high on your list to check out.
Rest & Rover
In reaction to the fast-paced, all-consuming world, where stress levels often peak, PetsPyjamas predicts that we’ll embrace the power of pets for R&R and digital detoxes. Whether it’s clearing the mind on a long walk or a mindful cuddle on the sofa, time spent with your dog is a proven and great distraction, making them the perfect release from life’s pressure cooker. Indulge in the peace at R&R spots like Hex Cottage in Suffolk or the Auchrannie Resort on the Isle of Arran.
Your Dog’s the King (or Queen)
According to data research company Mintel, millennials and young couples are fuelling a major boom in spending on pets. But when a dog has a packed-out wardrobe or toy box, pet owners will be looking for new ways to reward their pooch’s affections – cue, a stay where they’re the number one guest being this year’s ultimate four-legged gift. Let your dog reign supreme at the Egerton House Hotel, 10 Castle Street or The Lanesborough in London.
The UK festival scene is set to get fluffy this May with the launch of dog-centric Dogstival, packed with live music, artisan food and drink, a vintage funfair, a dog-friendly beach and more. TV’s Chris Packham is the host at the festival taking place in the uber dog-friendly New Forest, which is bursting with dog-friendly hotels, properties, walks and activities. Near to Dogstival’s Pylewell House location is The Mayflower, The Master Builder’s Hotel and New Park Manor. Blow the budget with a stay in the luxury dog-friendly treehouses at Chewton Glen Hotel & Spa.
With staycationing being a massively popular choice for dog owners, PetsPyjamas has seen a rise in multi-stop trips around the UK, fueling a new trend. Their pet concierge team recommends hotel hopping along the South West Coastal Path through Cornwall, Devon and Dorset and The Cotswolds for cosy, cottage/country pub stays or for comfortable and chic layovers to/from North/South. Another suggested route to explore is to stay in the Lake District, heading up to Scotland and then coming back down through Yorkshire.
Dog-friendly Mini Moons
The combination of near exhausted finances and limitations around time off work, has seen the rise of newlyweds favouring a mini-moon over the big honeymoon immediately after their wedding. With enquiries of this nature expected to rise, top dog-friendly romantic spots include The Fish in the Cotswolds, the Beach Hut Suites and Beach Huts at the Cary Arms in Devon and Bath’s 15 Great Pulteney.
Lots of love
Alexandra from Barkarama