Luxury Queensland stays your pet can visit too

Here are our top 9 picks for an indulgent staycation or vacation en famille.

Have a pampered fur baby you just can’t bear to leave at home? You’re in luck as more and more hotels are catering to besotted pet parents. Here are our top 9 picks for an indulgent staycation or vacation en famille.

Brisbane

The W, Brisbane

The glamorous W welcomes felines and canine guests under 18kg with chic pet-friendly rooms kitted out with kitty litter trays, comfy beds, food and water bowls, toys and treats. They also offer tips on local walks and nearby parks.

Cost: $50 per night plus a one-off $150 cleaning fee.

The Balfour Hotel, New Farm

A comfortable stroll from New Farm park, The Balfour has two suites to accommodate well-behaved small to medium-sized pooches. The package includes a plush dog bed with blanket, a lead, water and food bowls and a treat.

Cost: From $499 per night including dog and breakfast.

The Ovolo, Spring Hill & Fortitude Valley

Designer digs at both hotels are furnished with plush dog beds, eating and drinking mats, food and water bowls and a ‘doggy bag’ with toys. The Valley Ovolo rooms also have balconies.

Cost: $80 per night on top of room rate.

The Mantra on Edward, Brisbane

In the heart of Brisbane’s CBD, these pet-friendly rooms (which are only bookable direct) are on the ground floor and have large balconies. The hotel provides beds, kitty litter, feeding bowls and clean-up bags.

Cost: From $10 per night on top of room rate for long stays, plus a refundable   security deposit of $500.

The Sunshine Coast

Clovelly Estate, Montville

It’s a lucky pooch indeed who gets to accompany their owner to the luxe Clovelly Estate. There’s lots of open space and some great walks nearby. Included is a dog bed and blanket, lead and clean up bags, food and water bowls and long-lasting bone.

Cost: From $1399 per night including breakfast.

Tamarind Retreat, Maleny

This retreat in a lush, rainforest-like setting offers plenty of fresh air and open spaces. Pet-friendly provisions include a plush dog bed with blanket, food and water bowls, a treat and lead for walkies.

Cost: From $699 per night including breakfast.

Alure, Stanthorpe

Dogs are warmly welcomed at Alure, where the indulgent pet package includes a plush dog bed, their own bathrobe, bowls and a goody bag. They also provide a dog-friendly list of locations and activities.

Cost: $50 per dog per night on top of room rate.

Sarayi Boutique Hotel, Palm Cove

Pet visitors have almost free reign of this idyllically-located four-star property, including entry into the restaurants. The pet-friendly rooms have large courtyards but you’ll have to BYO beds, bowls etc. 

Cost: Pets stay free.

Story by Natascha Mirosch

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