Paw Approved Hotels in South Africa

I love my dogs. I actually should have said it very loud: I LOVE my dogs! Some people during the COVID lockdown did courses, some have cooked, and some were couch potatoes, who binged watched all the series on Netflix. You know who you are!

Me… I played with the dogs, baked liver biscuits for the dogs and went on an obsessive search for 5 star, luxury, dog-friendly hotels with pet menus.

Besides the outstanding service, accommodation and food for humans, these hotels definitely receive the 5 paw rating! Special pet menus, dog treats, dog beds and bowls, knowing where the closest vet to the hotel is, pet sitters and a personalized name tag are to name a few of the extraordinary offerings.

#5pawlistapproved Luxury hotels in South Africa.

The Oysterbox, Umhlanga, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Perched on a broad stretch of golden sands, The Oyster Box is a pooch’s paradise. Its Garden Villas provide luxurious pet beds in addition to dog and cat menus, which can be arranged ahead of a stay. From Woof Waffles to a Full Doggy Breakfast and a gourmet selection of feline food, The Ocean Terrace caters for everyone.

A bit of information about the Oysterbox

Situated overlooking the historical and famous landmark, the Umhlanga lighthouse, The Oyster Box has long been one of South Africa’s best-loved and most distinguished hotels, which occupies a special place in the hearts of the countless guests who have enjoyed its warmth, caring service and relaxed elegance since it first opening in 1947.

Standing proud on Umhlanga’s beachfront, directly on the beach and overlooking the Indian Ocean, the 86-room Oyster Box, is one of South Africa’s best-loved hotels. Renowned for generous hospitality, attentive service and exceptional cuisine, The Oyster Box offers all the colonial charm and nostalgia of a bygone era, but with all the modern comfort and amenities.

Perfectly situated on the ocean’s edge, a brief 5 minutes walk from Umhlanga Village Centre, the Oyster Box Hotel is conveniently located for quick and easy access to Afro-chic Durban city centre, International Airports and numerous stylish shopping centers…yet has a feeling of classical charm and elegance like nowhere else on earth.

Nearby tourist attractions of immense interest to travelers include Gateway Theatre of Shopping, Ushaka Marine World, Sun Coast casino, the historical Natal Midlands and majestic Drakensberg Mountains, as well as excellent big 5 game parks, lodges and historical battlefields.

Pets are allowed in the Superior Garden Villas.

Set in the lush surroundings of the hotel gardens these charming villas each enjoy the luxury of a private plunge pool, relaxing terrace, private lounge and bar, and an opulent bathroom.

Twelve Apostles, Cape Town, South Africa

A bit of information about the Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa

The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa stand at the edge of the world. On one side, a line of majestic mountains – The Twelve Apostles – reaches towards the heavens; on the other, the sun sets on breeching whales, playful dolphins, and crashing Atlantic rollers. And all around, you can walk the wilderness trails of the Table Mountain National Park. We’ll even pack you a picnic.

And yet this luxury 5-star boutique hotel is just a few minutes from worldly, cosmopolitan Cape Town. City-centre theatres and art galleries, plus the shops and restaurants of the vibrant Victoria & Alfred Waterfront are only 15 minutes away via our complimentary car transfer service – quicker still if you use our helipad.

Nearest of all is the elegant area of Camps Bay with its beautiful golden beaches. Or, if you prefer adventure to sun-soaked relaxation, we can arrange sea fishing, shark and scuba diving, or whale watching trips.

Further afield are the Cape Winelands, notably the town of Hermanus where you can visit one of SA’s leading boutique vineyards, Bouchard Finlayson, see whales from the shore and, beyond that, the ancient tip of Africa where the Atlantic and Indian oceans meet.

Exec Chef Christo Pretorius curate the Pet menu with the assistance from the Panorama Veterinary clinic and specialist.

Knowing my fur kids, they’ll ask for the beef fillet or smoked salmon and skip the vegetables!

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