It’s that time of the year for a family vacation – but you need to make sure everyone will have a good time! If your destination is far-flung it may not be possible to take your pet with you, but there’s no reason that your pet can’t have a relaxing holiday, too! If you want your fur baby to recharge and rejuvenate as well, have a look at this list of luxury pet resorts in Melbourne.
We’ve compiled a list of the best upmarket pet accommodation on offer so you can go on your own holiday without worrying about your pet. Standard kennels and catteries can be stressful experiences for your pet, and it’s worth paying a little extra to know their environment will feel like a home away from home.
Dogs Country Club Kennel and Resort
Dogs are a passion at the Dogs Country Club Kennel and Resort in Baxter – the property has offered boarding and breeding for the last 50 years. Dogs here enjoy fresh air and natural light, as well as some much needed play and affection while separated from their family.
The Luxury Paws Penthouse Retreat Suites offer an indoor area with automatic water dispensers, comfy beds, reverse cycle temperature control, 32 inch flatscreen TVs, and all the love and attention they need. There is also a private play yard! The Dogs Country Club Kennel and Resort also have special accommodation to meet the needs of dogs from tiny to giant, active dogs, anxious dogs, pooch families, and also cats!
Kepala Pet Resort & Canine Country Club
Kepala Pet Resort & Canine Country Club has 16 5-star home-style suites ready for your cat or dog to enjoy – and they are brand new to boot! These rooms are complete with natural light, heating, cooling, and flat screen televisions to keep your pets entertained.
Cat options include family housing with lots of climbing options in the Penthouse Suite option, or two family cats can share the Garden Deluxe Cabins and overlook a lush garden view to help them unwind. All animals will eat premium pet food and get the right amount of exercise for their activity needs.
The Pets Hotel
Check out their website for a virtual tour of this upmarket pet accommodation! The Pets Hotel is a 100% suite facility, and is located just 5km from Melbourne’s CBD. Not only will your pet be incredibly comfortable with the large rooms and state of the art air conditioning system, there is also impressive technology for monitoring their security. Dogs can get their exercise in the impressive indoor park (‘Central Bark’), food is of premium quality, there’s a spa bath service for small to medium dogs, and all is designed to reduce noise and stress for your dog. Your dog might even get more spoilt than you will on your holiday!
Bayside Pet Centre
Head to Bayside Pet Centre for luxury pet care in Melbourne’s south east, with years of experience in making dogs happy! If your pooch is accustomed to lots of space or needs lots of exercise, this could be the boarding kennel for you.
Bayside Pet Centre boasts the best garden to dog ratio of any dog boarding kennel in Melbourne, and doggie guests have access to large garden exercise areas all day. The generous 14 acre property is a great place for strolls, and you can arrange a walking service to ensure your dog gets their exercise and keep fit.
Vern Ryan’s Pet Resort
Vern Ryan’s Pet Resort is Victoria’s only gold accredited kennel, so you know it’s a true 5 star experience. Run by dog behaviourist Vern Ryan, there is 33 years of experience in dog training and working with dogs at this pet accommodation (cats can come and stay as well).
Ryan’s understanding of animals’ well-being has helped him create the Executive and Penthouse Suites that mimic a dog’s home surroundings to reduce stress. This luxury pet resort is located in Balliang East, but can arrange collection of your pet from Inner Melbourne and all suburbs as well as Geelong.
Hanrob Pet Hotels
Most of the time you require pet boarding and not a pet sitter when you are jet-setting off to a remote location. Hanrob Pet Hotels is located close to Tullamarine Airport, so you can swing by on the way to your flight.
Their luxury pet accommodation options have all pets feeling comfortable by copying the home environment – there are TVs, natural light, a secure outdoor area and air conditioning just like in their home. Hanrob’s also offers a free pet shuttle to many Melbourne locations
Mornington Lodge offers truly premium pet lodgings on the Mornington Peninsula. There is a distinct bed and breakfast feel to this luxury canine accommodation. Perhaps it’s the gorgeous garden or the scenic surrounds, or maybe it’s the comfortable flannelette sheets and the bedside flowers. Your pet will be placed in a luxury suite with all the trimmings based on their size, age and temperament, and enjoy a comfortable climate, cuddles, and lots of space to play.
ABBA Boarding Kennels and Cattery
For pets that want to live in the lap of luxury in Melbourne’s South East, ABBA Kennels offers some premium pet accommodation. Choose from studio, superior, club or penthouse – there’s sure to be pet lodgings just right for you cat or dog, and the staff at ABBA are committed to giving your pet a great time.
Services that set this pet boarding house apart include gourmet meals and bedtime treats, big play sessions in a group or alone (up to 4 hours!), luxury pet transport and professional grooming. Another amazing incentive is the optional obedience training packages for your dog – how great would it be to come back from vacation to a happier and more obedient puppy?
TreeTops Boarding Kennels and Cattery
This medium-sized pet accommodation facility can offer an individualised level of care that many large kennels cannot. TreeTops Boarding Kennels and Cattery don’t mince words; they make no false claims to offer a human standard of accommodation with TVs and manicured lawns. But they do have over 30 years of experience working with dogs, and have a passion for making your pets feel loved until their real parents return.
For a little extra human contact, dogs will like the Courtyard accommodation option. The cattery here is boutique sized, so you can rest assured the cats will be closely monitored and get all the attention they need. Gourmet food is on the menu at this pet lodgings centre, including tuna in spring water, and even roast chicken on occasion!