Hotels & Resorts

The Ultimate Guide to Petcations in Asia-Pacific

Dogs, cats and even lizards and chickens are living the suite life as a growing number of luxe hotels extend their VIP treatment to pampered pets. We visit pets' hottest hotel hangout in Bangkok, Kimpton Maa-Lai, and offer our ulti-mutt guide to petcations in the region.

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Pup Yeah! at QT Bondi. Courtesy of QT Hotels

By Marissa Carruthers

Oct 28, 2021

A FEW WALKS OF LIFE to benefit from Covid-19 are our furry, feathered and scaly friends. Why? Well, pandemic-induced lockdowns, travel bans and tightly closed borders have meant pets and their parents have spent more time than ever before cooped up together on home turf. As we’ve started to travel again, more and more owners have been demanding petcation hotels to keep the family together.

Thankfully, an increasing number of luxury spots are welcoming pets as guests, ensuring that humans and hounds can enjoy a well-deserved break together. Extra good news if yours is the type of pup who only flies private: private-jet company VistaJet recently upgraded its pet program. This means there’s no need to get in a flap about leaving your pooch, kitty, reptile or bird at home alone. Instead, indulge in a VIP petcation at any number of hotels across Asia-Pacific.   

Let’s take a look at an insanely popular example: From chickens, chinchillas and prairie dogs to heaps of happy hounds and curious kitties, Kimpton Maa-Lai Bangkok has purrfected the petcation movement. The whole Kimpton family harbors a soft spot for furry friends, with its properties worldwide being pet-friendly. However, since opening in the Thai capital only a year ago, it’s risen to become the hippest hangout among Bangkok’s creature-loving crowd.

Courtesy of Kimpton Maa-Lai Bangkok (2)

At weekends, its ground-level CRAFT café resembles a menagerie from morning to night. Dogs lounge on the leafy outdoor terrace and cats laze on plush sofas that dot the modern indoor space. All eyeing up the menu of doggylicious treats that range from the pawsome ‘Best Friend’s Beef’ and catevating ‘Cats Love Tuna’ to an array of pet-friendly ice creams – don’t forget your doggy bag!

The hotel’s ‘Happy Pets, No Regrets’ policy is also proving popular with staycationers wanting to enjoy the pawfect Thai petcation. They even have separate floors for canines and felines. And, if it’s raining cats and dogs outside, an assortment of toys and treats for your pampurred pal form part of room service. (The current purrfect petcation package includes one night in a deluxe room for two people plus your four-legged friend, breakfast for the humans and a hand-cooked meal for your cuddly companion from US$165.)

Kimpton’s pet-friendly cattitude is also proving a huge hit with residents and long-term guests, who have access to the leafy Urban Oasis. The resort’s lush gardens are commonly dotted with dog walkers – a welcome reprieve after neighboring Lumpini Park rolled out a pet ban.   

“If your pet fits through the door, then we’ll welcome them in,” says Pidichanan Petchngaovilai Macaluso, director of marketing communications. “We admit we have an animal attraction at Kimpton. Thailand is also one of the biggest lovers of pets. Who can say no to those puppy eyes, right?” 

Apparently a rapidly dwindling number of hotels, because Kimpton Maa-Lai Bangkok is far from alone in its awesome animal offerings. Here are 82 more pawfect petcations across Asia-Pacific. 

Australia 

From decadent in-room dining alongside your faithful furend to pet-and-owner pampering at an indulgent spa in the rugged Blue Mountains, Australia ticks all the boxes for the perfect petcation.

Element Melbourne Richmond

Fairmont, Blue Mountains 

The Langham, Sydney

Mercure Canberra

QT Hotels and Resorts, all Australian properties 

W Hotels Brisbane

W Hotels Melbourne

Cambodia

From the lap of a luxurious private villa overlooking the Gulf of Thailand and a spiritual wellness haven in Temple Town to a snug jungle hangout on a tropical island, Cambodia has plenty to cater to the petcation crowd. 

Anaya, Koh Rong 

FCC Angkor by Avani, Siem Reap

Hyatt Regency Phnom Penh, Phnom Penh

Navutu Dreams Resort, Siem Reap

Palm Beach Bungalow Resort, Koh Rong

Samanea Beach Resort & Spa, Kep

Villa des Palmes, Kep

Hong Kong

Enjoy afternoon tea for two with your happy hound overlooking Hong Kong’s concrete jungle, or perhaps a stylized photoshoot of your furry friend at The Langham? For first-pawson testimonials on how Hong Kong is elevating Asia’s petcation experience, read our article here.

Arca

Hyatt Centric Victoria Harbour Hong Kong

The Landmark Mandarin Oriental

The Langham Hotel

The Murray

Ovolo Hotels

Ritz Carlton

Rosewood Hong Kong

Indonesia

Whether you and your pet want to get back to nature at an eco-friendly island hideaway, hit a beach in Bali or live the luxurious laid-back Lombok life, Indonesia’s petcation offerings are aplenty.

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Courtesy of Radisson Blu Bali Uluwatu

Boa Vida Rote, East Nusa Tenggara

Citadines Berawa Beach, Bali

Conrad Bali

Kimpton Naranta Bali

Majo Private Villas, Lombok

Penida Bambu Green Villas, Bali

Radisson Blu Bali Uluwatu

Radisson Golf and Convention Centre, Batam

Japan 

Let Fido stretch his legs on a private green terrace in the heart of Tokyo or press paws and enjoy fresh air from a five-star mountain lodge. Nope, there’s no shortage of petcation hotels in Japan. 

Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo

Hyatt Regency Hakone Resort and Spa

Sorano Hotel, Tokyo

The Peninsula Tokyo

Oakwood Residence Shinagawa

Laos

Lap up lush landscapes from a quaint riverside village, soak up Luang Prabang’s rich culture and relax into luxe living from a hilltop forest with your pawsome pal at some of Laos’ pet-friendly options. 

Le Grand Pakbeng

Maison Houng Chanh, Luang Prabang 

Rosewood Luang Prabang 

Malaysia

From a private house hidden under the forest canopy to heaps of heritage alongside your hound, here are a handful of pawfect petcations in Malaysia.

Courtesy of Noordin Mews (2)

The Dusun, Negeri Sembilan

Noordin Mews, Penang

Temple Tree Resort, Langkawi

New Zealand

Go off-grid and sleep beneath the stars in style, take an invigorating stroll in the foothills of the Southern Alps or soak up history alongside your adventurous animal. The hotels in New Zealand are relaxed and friendly, making it a petcation paradise for outdoor lovers.  

Braemar Lodge & Spa, Hamner Springs 

Fino Hotel and Suites, Christchurch

Peace and Plenty Inn, Aukland

QT Hotels and Resorts, all New Zealand properties

Rainforest Retreat, Franz Josef 

River Bothy, Mangonui 

Philippines

From beaches lapped by azure waters, to an invigorating detox in the wild and a trip back in time to Old Manila days, it’ll be ruff choosing where to check-in with your furry friend in the Philippines. 

Acuaverde Beach Resort, Batangas

The Cabin Resorts, Bulacan

The Farm at San Benito, Batangas

Hilton Manila

Kandaya Resort

Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar, Bataan 

Stilts Calatagan Beach Resort, Batangas

Singapore

From pet spas to pampering five-star retreats, Singa-paw is an animal owner’s heaven when it comes to petcation hotels. In fact, read our reviews on two of the most luxe here

Thailand

Fancy poolside sundowners with your pampered pet in Hua Hin? How about a blissful beach escape with your cuddly companion in Koh Samui or a night of luxury in Bangkok? With so many hotels welcoming cats and dogs, Thailand’s got your Asian petcation covered.

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Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok at Chao Phraya River. Photo by @simplytails

Vietnam

Adrenaline-seeking animals and their owners can enjoy watersports on the coast of Mui Ne. Alternatively, step back in time to the Indochine era or indulge in a bit of elegance from the privacy of an upscale apartment in Hanoi as part of Vietnam’s petcation offerings.

Elegant Suites Westlake, Hanoi

Full Moon Village, Mui Ne

Green Organic Villa, Phan Thiet

Hôtel des Arts Saigon – MGallery Collection

Oakwood Residence, Saigon

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