Admit it. The thought of leaving your pet while you take an all-inclusive vacation makes you anxious.
The good news is that there are some all-inclusive resort chains to which you can bring a pet, with some restrictions:
- Zoetry Resorts – at the four Zoetry locations (Zoëtry Agua Punta Cana, Zoëtry Montego Bay, Zoëtry Paraiso de la Bonita Riviera Maya, and Zoëtry Villa Rolandi Isla Mujeres) small dogs are welcomed (but no other animals with the exception of certified service dogs) – there is a small additional charge, be sure to read their pet policy and use the contact links at the bottom of that page for questions or reservations (or check with your travel agent).
- Estudio Playa Mujeres by Atelier de Hoteles is the latest 5-star all-inclusive resort to open in beautiful Playa Mujeres with its luxury all-suites layout, super-contemporary vibe, and family (and dog!) friendly concept. Be sure to fully educate yourself on their Pet-It™ Program (dogs only, yes there is an extra charge so check with your travel agent or the resort) and read their Pet-It™ policies before booking.
At the MelodyMaker Cancun, you can bring your dog or cat, up to 25 lbs., and one per room, to ME Cancún Complete ME All Inclusive by MELIÁ. But it will cost you about $150 USD per night, plus a deposit of $350 USD per stay. Note: We are currently investigating as it appears that the MelodyMaker Cancun no longer allows pets. :-(
Aside from those listed above, the fact is that most all-inclusive resorts are NOT pet-friendly. Why? Because people who are on vacation don’t want to hear dogs barking in the middle of the night; they can have that experience at home.
Even though you love your dog or cat, bringing them on vacation may not be an option. Read on to find out what to do with your pet since they’re not allowed at all-inclusive resorts.
What to do with Your Pet When You Leave for an All-Inclusive Vacation
Hire a Pet Sitter
If you fly with your pet (20 lbs. and under), they have to be placed in a pet carrier and shoved under the seat in front of you. Medium to larger dogs in kennels are kept in a section near the door of an airplane where baggage is placed. Kennels may be mishandled resulting in injury or death. It’s better to hire a pet sitter who comes into your home daily or stays in your home and cares for your pet.
Board Your Pet
Board your pet at your veterinarian, a specific pet hotel, or a large pet supplies store with a pet hotel. Costs range from $15-$35 per day; $20-$25 per day; and $35-$90 per day (pet hotels). Grooming costs from $20-$85 per weekly visit, depending on the service for a 6-8 week schedule. Dog walking costs from $10-$25 per day for one dog or a flat fee for two or more dogs.
Ask a Friend or Relative to Watch Your Pet
Ask a trusted friend or relative to care for your pet while you go on vacation. Like pet sitters, they can check on your dog or cat daily or stay in your home. Or, your family member or friend may choose to have your pet stay in their home.
All-Inclusive Resort: Leave Your Pet at Home
You love your pet and don’t want to be separated from them. However, pet-friendly all-inclusive vacations and beach resorts aren’t common. And keep in mind that your dog or cat may not like to travel. Leave them at home and go on vacation.
Over to you. Would you take your pet to a pet-friendly all-inclusive resort?