While writing about the Tree of Life Resort and Spa in Jaipur, India, we became smitten with the hotel. Private outdoor spas adorn each villa’s lawn, while the dazzling open-air patio offers valley views and live music. Best of all, the hotel offers a once-in-a-lifetime elephant excursion. Picture this: You’ll be guided through the lush Aravalli range atop a beautifully-decorated elephant before enjoying a relaxing hillside meal in the company of, well, your elephant! If you can’t make it to India, here are a few other hotels around the world that offer quality time with our animal friends.
The Peabody Memphis in Memphis, TN
For 70 years, this southern escape has been home to in-house ducks … along with an official Duckmaster. Along with feeding and training the mallards, the Duckmaster leads them on a morning parade down an adoring-fan-lined red carpet to the lobby’s fountain—where they remain until 5:00PM, when they’re led back to their rooftop Royal Duck Palace.
Ashford Castle in Cong, Ireland
This site of this historic, five-star luxury hotel has played host to the Anglo-Norman House of Burke, the Browne Family and … an aerie of Harris Hawks. At the on-site School of Falconry, guests can embark on a hour-long private Hawk Walk, where they’ll get the chance to fly their hawk around the castle’s gardens and woodlands.
If you can’t bring your four-legged friend(s) with you on vacation, why not visit a hotel that brings the pups to you? At XV Beacon, guests are greeted by Heidi, a Bernese Mountain Dog who’s head-over-paws for playtime on the roof deck. And if you find yourself in central Virginia, be sure to say hello to Buster Brown. Craddock Terry Hotel’s Wire Fox Terrier concierge will happily accompany guests on walks around the neighborhood.