By Chris Dwyer
Aug 26, 2021
FOUR-LEGGED FRIENDS HAVE rarely had it better in the +852, as luxury hotels have been falling over themselves to accommodate the patter of paws. Yep, we’re talking about luxe Hong Kong petcations. Lucky pooches can fine-tune their doga (that’s dog yoga) poses as they overlook the city’s famous Victoria Harbour, or maybe just kick back with a mini bottle of pawsecco after their photoshoot has wrapped. While many petcation packages also welcome kitties, August 26 is International Dog Day, so we’re prioritizing the pups here.
And so, we asked my 10-month-old mutt Toffee and two IG-famous Hong Kong doggos for their takes on five top Hong Kong petcations. As you’ll see, things don’t always go as scripted, with the occasional consumption of cuddly toys or ill-timed and ill-placed, er, deposits. Read on for these true-life tails from the puppy penthouse.
The Rosewood, Hong Kong
Dogs will truly feel like they’ve won the puppy lottery with a stay at The Rosewood, thanks to their V.I.P. or Very Important Pet program. From check-in onwards, Toffee was called by name by staff across the luxury hotel, while the beautiful suite and its views overlooking Hong Kong harbor had her transfixed – so much so that she ‘christened’ it within 10 seconds of walking in. Toffee!
In addition to the room set-up and multiple treats, the stay also includes a pet photoshoot, a decadent afternoon tea for you and your furry friend – and even a 45-minute pet yoga class. Toffee definitely took a while to find her Zen, but naturally aced the downward-facing dog. Don’t miss the dog latrine with the best view in Hong Kong. And in a great gesture The Rosewood also donates HK$500 per stay to the S.P.C.A.
Rosewood’s 4-legged friends package from HK$5,000 per night for a Kowloon Peak view room.
The Murray, Hong Kong
Always smiling Barry the Corgi, an IG favorite, was the first ever canine guest at The Murray, a hotel that’s welcomed dogs since opening. Owner Maggie Chooi explains: “He received a royal welcome, wasn’t used to peeing on concrete, but loved the city view from his little bed and enjoyed chilling in the bathtub – with no water – as he cooled off his tubby belly. And [he] refused to leave.”
An elegant, historic building in Central with lots of popular F&B for the two-legged set, The Murray offers multiple pet-friendly dining experiences, a Pawsome Gymnasium for canine workouts and Paws for Tea, a monthly event where ‘pawrents and pooches’ gather for gourmet treats and a pet marketplace.
Pawsome Staycation package from HK$2,800 per night.
The Langham, Hong Kong
At The Langham, Hong Kong, petcations are all about the Kodak moments thanks to an complimentary photoshoot with a professional pet photographer. They tried valiantly to make Toffee smile – or even look in the vague direction of their camera – but had to display the patience of saints before getting some beautiful shots of her. Important T+L Tip: here, dogs must be carried indoors, and Toffee just squeezed in under the 15-kilogram weight limit.
The luxury hotel’s Pampered Pet package includes treats from Ruff & Fetch and a handy map of pet-friendly walking paths nearby. It’s all-out on the dog food front with Pink Pawsecco made from chicken stock and beetroot, canine caviar and a cupcake. They stress that these treats are for pets only – so owners, keep your paws off.
Pampered Pet staycation from HK$2,600 per night.
The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong
One of the highest hotels in the world’s Pawfect Stay package will have your pup well and truly up in the clouds… and maybe looking for an agent once they’ve tried out pet costumes from the luxury hotel’s Pawfect Wardrobe. Oh, yes, indeed. All the amenities you’ll need and a plush toy are included, as well as a picnic basket or in-room-dining voucher.
A crazy-cute mini goldendoodle, Crosbythedood, recently checked it out with owner Jen Balisi, who told us, “Crosby was pawsitively spoiled on his The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong petcation, with his own dog bed by the windows to take in the views, a custom embroidered lion toy that he quickly destroyed, and an outdoor picnic in West Kowloon Art Park where he got to steal our charcuterie.”
Courtesy of @Crosbythedood (2)
Optional extras include a dog-themed room or professional pet photography, but be warned that the hotel only accepts “well-mannered” dogs (and cats) under 20 kilograms, so no canine cursing allowed from any big-boned Fidos.
Pawfect Stay package from HK$3,699 per night.
The W Hong Kong
Finally, to The W Hong Kong petcations, where, in a surreal first, Toffee ended up behind the decks – having already again left her calling card on the hotel’s entrance mat. (Sigh.) The doggy DJ booth – yes, really – comes at WOOFBAR, a brilliant tie-up between the hotel and local favorite pet suppliers Whiskers N Paws, who provide an amenity box with treats aplenty including snacks, poop bags and a (slightly more glamorous) dog tag.
Your four-legged friend can order from the Pet Munches in-room menu or even sip on pet cocktails and treats in between their guest DJ sets. Who let the dogs out, anyone? Handily, The W is also a short walk to the West Kowloon Cultural District with knockout views over Hong Kong Island – and a dog park for off-leash frolicking.
The PAW (Pets Are Welcome) package from HK$2,499 per night.