May 18, 2021
YOUR PETS HAVE PROBABLY SEEN MORE of you this past year than ever before. They’ll have grown accustomed to you being around 24/7, which means walking out the door with luggage in hand will doubtless cause separation anxiety, even if you’re only off for a night or two’s staycation at a nearby hotel or resort. The simplest way to avoid doggy drama and kitty conniptions? Take them along on a mini-break with you.
In Singapore, a small number of hotels now provide plush ‘pet-cations,’ catering to the every whim of furry friends — and the people who care for them.
Where: Sentosa Island
What: Island Petcation
Cost: Package rate from S$1,400 per night for a one-bedroom pool villa
Set on 12 verdant hectares of the Sentosa Island seaside, Capella is the nearest thing to an ‘overseas’ tropical holiday Singaporean residents (and their animals) are capable of accessing for the time being. For many penthouse pups, a stay in a villa at the Capella will provide their first experience of having a backyard all their own — with a private plunge pool, no less, in which dogs are welcome to swim. Cats may not find a refreshing dip such an appealing prospect, though if yours does, more power to you.
In coordinating its animal-friendly offering, Capella has teamed up with petcare e-commerce operator Perromart, providing a hamper of treats including gourmet snacks (think: mussel-infused lamb and duck confit morsels, which smelled highly appealing even to this human foodie), chew toys, antiseptic wipes and a Scandi-chic ceramic food and water bowl, all of which you’re welcome to take home as mementos. Pets are also given an aesthetically pleasing designer bed to spend their many restful hours in.
Owners, meanwhile, may choose to take breakfast in their room or villa, in order to stay by their “best friend’s” side. If your pet is of a suitable temperament to be left alone in its bed for a few hours, however, we recommend treating yourself to a meal at Capella’s excellent Chinese restaurant, Cassia, housed inside the hotel’s colonial heritage wing with elegant interiors by André Fu.
Photos courtesy of Capella Singapore (4)
When time comes for walkies, animals on leads are welcome to explore the expansive property’s many paths, grassy areas and public spaces (excepting the pools, spa, restaurants and bars). For seaside strolls, it’s only a quick trot down to Capella’s back gate, which opens directly onto Sentosa’s kilometer-long Palawan Beach. Dogs must be kept leashed on the beach. Cats just won’t be keen.
Where: Orchard Boulevard
What: Furkids Petcation
Costs: Cleaning fees of S$100 for rooms and S$130 for suites in addition to your chosen package or room rate (from S$340 per night)
Back on the mainland, amid the hustle, bustle and luxury boutiques of Orchard Road, metropolitan pets can now stay in signature five-star style at the Four Seasons. Animals are greeted graciously by the hotel’s warm, welcoming staff, then ushered to their room where they’re presented with a towel embroidered with their name, a pet bed tailored to their size (our miniature schnauzer Beatrix got a cute but tasteful ‘teepee’ kennel), a smart-looking bowl, bottled water and high-quality treats.
So far, so good, Scoob. But it is the Pampered Pet room service menu that will really blow your fur-kid’s furkin’ mind. Indulgent owners can order up delicacies for their animal companions such as minced Wagyu beef, seared yellow-fin tuna, roasted Australian rib-eye steak, king salmon, and sides including penne pasta or steamed vegetables. With items priced from SG$3 to $48, an owner’s choice from this decadent menu will test their level of animalian adoration.
Of course, you needn’t deprive yourself while your animal dines like a king (or a Rex, in this case). Though you’ll have to leave your pet in the room to enjoy a Michelin-starred meal in the Four Seasons’ Chinese fine dining establishment, Jiang-Nan Chun, animals are welcome to sit by their owner’s side in the recently refurbished outdoor garden area of restaurant/bar One-Ninety for impeccable east-meets-west cuisine. Must tries: French-Vietnamese chef de cuisine Pierre Barusta’s lobster rice-paper rolls, truly the Platonic ideal of this iconic Indochine dish, and bar manager Gabriel Carlos’s coffee-infused Negroni, which is as delightfully uplifting as a classic Lassie flick.
Photos courtesy of Four Seasons Hotel Singapore (2)
An added treat, the Four Seasons offers early check-in from 10 a.m. and late checkout up until 5 p.m., giving you and your furkid plenty of time to enjoy the hotel’s facilities — have a game of air-conditioned tennis, visit the rooftop pool, and if you’ve a chance, book in for a spa treatment. Seriously, the massages here are magnificent.
Other cracker animal accomms in Singapore:
- The colonial-aesthetic Amara Sanctuary on Sentosa has what it calls a Pampered Paws package, welcoming dogs or cats
- Oakwood upscale serviced apartments are open to pet companionship in Singapore, Japan and others of their properties around the world
- The Regent did cater to pet-cationers before becoming a quarantine hotel, but it is currently exclusively occupied by people serving out the 14 to 21 days of their ‘stay-home notice’ after arriving from overseas. (“Dog gone it,” indeed.)