Going on a holiday to a far-off place often sends pet owners on a guilt trip. Leaving your furry friend with your friends, or worse, with a caretaker at home, isn’t an idea that appeals to many people. Sadly for our pooches, the world is still not as friendly a place as we would like it to be. But the silver lining is that there are countries, even in the pet-shy Asia, that welcome dogs from around the world, given that they meet the required criteria. And once you have gotten the necessary permissions, there are hotels and resorts in Asia that would be pleased to host you and your little friend.
Have a look at these hotels and resorts in Asia where you can see your pup wiggling around its tail in sheer joy:
Fairmont Makati, Manila, the Philippines
With services like pet-sitting and pet spas, Fairmont Makati in Manila will spoil your dog. While the hotel specialises in providing luxury accommodation for families, it is not uncommon to see dogs playing with their owners in the designated areas. Be sure to take your dog to one of the many pet parlours in the Philippines, known for their excellent pet-grooming services.
Government rules for pets from UK: Your dog doesn’t need an ISO compliant microchip in the Philippines. However, it is mandatory to obtain Veterinary Quarantine Clearance from the Bureau of Animal Industry in Philippines prior to arrival. Your dog must be checked for ticks and tapeworms within 48 hours before arrival in the country. Dogs from the UK won’t be quarantined as long as they are vaccinated against rabies before arrival.
Bulgari Resort, Bali, Indonesia
You can experience the luxury of the Bulgari Resort, offering a spectacular view of the Indian Ocean, with your dog. The hotel may charge you for bringing along your pooch but it will be worth your money to see him having the time of his life amidst the lush gardens of the resort.
Government rules for pets from UK: Your dog, older than 4 months, can enter all areas of Indonesia without quarantine as the country considers UK rabies-free. After showing the import license issued by the Director of Animal Health in UK as well as the vaccination against rabies certificate, your pooch is free to explore Indonesia on all fours.
Conrad Centennial, Singapore
With a shopping mall as well as hundreds of restaurants and casinos in close proximity, Conrad Centennial is a world in its own capacity. This larger-than-life hotel is a spacious paradise for your dog and owing to its relaxed rules lets your dog jump, circle and play to his heart’s content. The hotel charges an additional $120 (£98 approx) per night for the accommodation of pets.
Government rules for pets from UK: Your pet should have an ISO compliant pet microchip and an import license issued in UK. He must have certification of vaccination against rabies obtained in UK before leaving for the holiday and get ticks and tapeworm treatment upon arrival in Singapore. Your dog doesn’t need quarantine in Singapore but must not fall under the ‘banned breeds’ category to enter Singapore.
Mercure Hotel, Pattaya, Thailand
The city of Pattaya is a pet-friendly place where your dog can make many new friends during one of his walks near the beach. Carrying the same spirit and located in the heart of Pattaya, Mercure Hotel is one of the most pet friendly hotels in the area. At the rate of $200 (£163 approx) per pet, the hotel will pamper your dog by arranging for a personalized bath for him.
Government rules for pets from UK: An ISO compliant microchip, certificates of vaccination against rabies and leptospirosis, issued within 21 days to the date of journey as well as the Veterinary Certificate for Thailand stamped by the authority in the UK must accompany your pet dog to Thailand.