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June 24, 2008updated Feb 13, 2013

Hot Digs for Haute Dogs

By Pardhasaradhi Gonuguntla

Riviera Maya, Mexico – Beloved lap dogs hop into the lap of luxury at Paraiso de la Bonita with the Haute Dog Package, where small dogs up to 22 pounds get the red carpet treatment with gourmet chow, Thalassotherapy baths, a personal attendant, and chauffeured transportation. If puppy love strikes during a haute dog holiday, the resort will put on a dog wedding complete with bow vows, paw rings and beach ceremony without the hassle of minimum stays, blood tests or restrictions on same-sex unions.

The Haute Dog Package includes a luxury welcome kit, a gourmet meal of beef tenderloin with mixed vegetables or chicken with a liver purée, and daily dog walking for $105 per dog, per stay. When it comes time to wind down, pups head to a doggie spa day with grooming, thalassotherapy bath and a massage inspired by the resort’s Anti-Aging, Thalasso and Wellness Center , the only certified Thalassotherapy Spa in North America , for $199.

Options include the services of a pet wedding coordinator to arrange a customized pet union complete with bow vows, paw rings and beach ceremony; birthday cakes; premium water from the resort’s water cellar; dog sitting, and vet services.

Among other activities puppies enjoy during their stay is the daily afternoon tea in the Bird’s Lounge where resident parrots greet guests with a friendly hello.

Special touches offered by Paraiso de la Bonita are uniquely-designed “Pet in Room” door knob signs, and private round-trip transportation for doggie and owner in one of Paraiso’s fleet of Lincoln Navigators, stocked with CD library (Snoop Dogg anyone?) and bowls of fresh water.

For information and reservations, call 1-866-751-9175 or visit www.paraisodelabonita.com

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Paraiso de la Bonita is a AAA Five-Diamond resort with a Les Clefs d’Or concierge staff devoted to the highest standards of service and luxury. The resort, a member of The Leading Small Hotels of the World, features 90 ocean view suites with large, private outdoor terraces (some with plunge pools); living rooms, and marble bathrooms with sunken bathtubs for two. Suites are individually decorated with unusual fabrics, sculpture and antique treasures sourced by the owners during their travels to the Mediterranean, India , Africa, Bali , China and the Caribbean . Suites are named after geographic locations such as Antigua, Jaipur, KwaZulu, and Marbella and feature Bulgari amenities and an in-suite tequila service.

The Anti-Aging, Thalasso and Wellness Center features the only certified Thalassotherapy Spa in North America, and offers a warm water hydrotherapy pool, outdoor aqua gym, fitness center, beauty salon, daily Pilates and Yoga, and Temazcal, a Mayan-inspired sauna. Its expanded anti-aging offerings include everything from cosmetic procedures and Swiss cell therapy to individually-tailored rejuvenation programs.

The resort’s La Canoa restaurant features Paraiso’s signature “Cuisine de los Soles.”

Based on a fusion of styles involving spices and chilies used in the cuisine of warm-weather countries, La Canoa features indoor and outdoor dining and has a 5,000 bottle wine cellar with private dining facilities.

Afternoon tea is served daily at the Birds Lounge as a complimentary treat for guests, complete with Madeleines, and the resort provides a never-ending supply of gourmet ‘Iced Tea of the Day’ with a new flavor for every day of the week.

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