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December 7, 2012

Traveling with Posh Pets in Tow

By Chris Boyle

Eden RockSunset MarquisLos Angeles, California—Reported by Kelly Carter for Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazine

TRÉS CHIC
The French are legendary for spoiling their pets and that pampering continues on St. Barths. Hotel Guanahani & Spa and Eden Rock are just two of the elite hotels that welcome four-legged guests. Eden Rock once accommodated a very chic Maltese poodle whose owner demanded that all three of the poodle’s daily meals be freshly prepared by a personal chef, offering the likes of duck breast, deboned loin of organic lamb and filet of beef, all garnished with fresh herbs and freshly grated carrots. Imported water served in the pup’s personalized Goyard bowls completed the star treatment. At Guanahani, pet parents can order meals for their furry friends from the regular room service menu, whose French fare they find divine. If travelers don’t bring their own pets, they can play with and feed the very friendly felines that live at the hotel.

PETS ON JETS
Pets travel “furs class” with London-based Victor, which recently began selling airline seats for dogs on its private jet charters operating throughout Europe. Rather than have pets travel as checked baggage, Fifi can have her own seat next to her pet parent for the same price as a regular ticket ($1,600 from the United Kingdom to Mallorca, for example), while very small pets fly for free. Operating as the world’s first marketplace for private jet charters and per-seat bookings, Victor allows members to charter a jet with the option to sell surplus seats to other Victor members, buy seats for themselves and Fido on a member’s charter or get together with other pet parents and share the tab. Alongside launching seats for pets, Victor debuted a “Pet Owners” community to facilitate communication.

STAR SERVICE Coddled canines staying at the Sunset Marquis hotel receive the same rock-star treatment as the legendary musicians known to frequent the West Hollywood property tucked away on a leafy residential street. Gourmet dog treats from Castello di Fido in Napa, decorative feeding dishes, bottled water and wee-wee pads are among the amenities offered to small pets. The concierge can also arrange for professional dog walkers and sitters, who come in handy since pets can’t be left alone in the rooms. The hotel allows pets weighing 15 pounds or less and charges a nonrefundable $150 pet fee per stay.

www.flyvictor.com

www.edenrockhotel.com

www.sunsetmarquis.com.com

www.leguanahani.com.com

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