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September 15, 2012updated Feb 08, 2013

Luxury Travel with Posh Pets in Tow

By Chris Boyle

The Peninsula Beverly HillsMontelucia Resort & SpaLos Angeles, California – Reported by Kelly Carter for Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazine

Size doesn’t matter when it comes to your pet being welcomed at The Peninsula Beverly Hills. The elegant property pampers approximately 50 four-legged guests every month with fluffy, personalized towels, supple doggie beds and a doggie menu offering dishes like Bow Wow Beef Burger and Spot’s New York Strip. If an aperitif is in order, posh pooches will appreciate the Tail Shakin’ not Stirred Martini, a low-sodium beef bouillon.

Prior to arrival, pet parents can fill out pet profiles; special dining preferences can be noted as well as requests for the hotel to coordinate services such as dog massages, dog training, dog grooming, pet transportation, dog sitting and even veterinarian care. Guests who desire to leave their dogs in their room while they are out can arrange for a white-uniformed Peninsula Page to take their furry friend for a stroll around the neighborhood. The hotel adds a daily $35 fee for pets but doesn’t restrict the type, breed, number or size of pet.

Jetsetters flying on Flexjet for the first time with their pets often receive a personalized welcome basket that includes a Flexjet t-shirt, a sparkly collar and other amenities to make them feel at home. “We’re very welcoming and warm and give them water and feed them organic treats,” says Flexjet president Fred Reid. Pet parents can order meals for their fur babies from the catering menu and Flexjet provides pet safety belts for pawsengers weighing more than 25 pounds. Some pets fly so often that they have their preferred seat. But don’t worry about dog hair being on your Flexjet aircraft. “We always clean the planes very, very thoroughly,” Reid assures.

Bo, the First Dog, didn’t accompany President Obama to Montelucia Resort & Spa, but the Portuguese water dog could have, regardless of his weight. The luxury Scottsdale hotel welcomes four-legged guests weighing 40 pounds or less for a fee of $100. In addition to providing a plush pet bed, size-appropriate feeding bowl and a place mat, Montelucia’s pet amenities include a gift bag with a baked dog treat, letter detailing pet-friendly areas near the resort and more. Pets are welcome on the outdoor patio of Crave Café, and the hotel hosts a weekly “Yappy Hour” for guests and their pooches to mingle.

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