From an elegantly restored riad in Marrakesh to a treehouse in Tuscany, your next pet-friendly getaway has never looked better.
We now find ourselves in the midst of a major pet-adoption boom here in the U.S, and as travelers continue to bookmark and plan for their post-pandemic getaway, ‘pet-friendly’ accommodations have become more of a priority than ever.
According to recently released data by the home-sharing site AirBnb, searches utilizing the ‘allows pets’ filter has increased 65% since January 2021 compared to the same time period last year. To help inspire future travel plans, Airbnb has since teamed up with Dr. Kate Bruce, a Brisbane, Australia-based veterinarian to share some helpful tips for travelers and their pets based on the most wish-listed, pet-friendly stays available on Airbnb.
For travelers eager to plan your next pet-friendly getaway, from an 18th century farmhouse in Puglia, Italy to a Cycladic-style cave home in Oia, Greece and a cozy palace in Marrakech, Morocco, here’s a look at Airbnb’s top wish-listed homes along with vet-approved tips to help get you started.
18th Century Farmhouse – Puglia, Italy
Dating back to the 1800’s and set amongst the quiet Italian farms found in the Itria Valley in Puglia, Italy, Trullo del 1800 offers plenty of space for you and your furry friends. From the sumptuous outdoor courtyard to the wide-open fields and warm fireplace to relax by at the end of the day, this charming abode offers three-bedrooms and lots of room to roam. “Just make sure to bring your pet’s favorite bed to avoid any little accidents on the crisp white linen, and remember to give them something familiar and comforting that smell,” Dr. Kate Bruce said.
The Cozy Palace – Marrakesh, Morocco
Marrakesh, Morocco is a destination that’s high on the list for many travelers, and now it’s more accessible than ever for those traveling with pets thanks to this Cozy Pet-Friendly Palace tucked away in the heart of the Medina .
“Dogs require a little bit of calm and relaxation every now and then, just as much as humans do,” Dr. Bruce said. “This Moroccan beauty will let your dog rest on the cool tiles among the gentle shadows, or stretch their legs between the banana trees in the courtyard.”
Cycladic Cave House – Oia, Greece
Complete with an open terrace, ideal for lazy naps and soaking up some rays, both you and your dog will love this Unique Architecture Cave House in Oia, Greece. Dr. Bruce advises that you make sure to keep your pets well-hydrated here and make sure to pack plenty of water bowls as well as consider investing in some dog-safe sunscreen, especially if your pooch has lightly pigmented skin.
Splendid Treehouse – Tuscany, Italy
If your fur-family prefers more laid back luxury, this pet-friendly treehouse just outside of Florence in Tuscany, Italy is ideal for sitting back and enjoying life among the pine trees together.
“Dogs love visual stimulation just like people, and this elevated vantage point offers the perfect spot for your pup to watch nature go by,” Dr. Bruce said.
Underground Hygge House – Orondo, Washington
For something truly special, this Underground Hygge home in Orondo, Washington is a great stay for the active pet and pet-owners alike. Surrounded by nature on all sides, this is an ideal spot to stop and take in all the sights, smells and sounds of local wildlife including deer, rabbits and birds in this fairytale home. Nestled among some fantastic walking trails, this charming one-bedroom home offers the perfect opportunity to explore the Columbia River Gorge mountainside and all that it has to offer.
Gold Coast Villa – Mount Nathan, Australia
Set in Queensland, Australia’s illustrious Gold Coast region near Mount Nathan, this Gold Coast Hinterland Villa is truly a slice of pet-friendly paradise says Dr. Bruce. Spread across ten-acres and complete with a hot-tub and private lap pool, horses and dogs are all welcomed here.
“If your family is after a slice of luxury among the hinterlands, this one could be for you,” Dr. Bruce said. “Just be careful with any silly puppies though, as the neighboring horses and cattle could pose a risk to your pooch.”
Douro Villa – Penafiel, Portugal
Overlooking the shores of the Douro river in Penafiel, Northern Portugal, Douro Villa offers plenty of fresh air and outdoor space for you and your pets to roam.
“This property offers a great spot to take a dip in the pool but be careful with first-time swimmers,” Dr. Bruce said. “All dogs should be supervised when swimming, and some of our less talented athletes may require a canine life jacket to help them enjoy the water safely.”
Waterfront Villa – Kotor, Montenegro
One of the ten most wish-listed homes on AirBnb, this gorgeous one-bedroom Waterfront Villa in Kotor, Montenegro serves up some of the best views over the Bay of Kotor while being pet-friendly to boot.
“While the Montenegran delicacies on offer at this stay may tickle your taste buds, be careful offering unfamiliar foods to your pets,” Dr. Bruce said. “It’s best to pack some of their tasty treats from home, and stick to their regular diet to avoid nasty stomach upsets on holiday.”