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Dog-friendly hotels

Leaving your dog behind can be the most dreaded part of any holiday, but not if they're having a holiday of their own

Photograph: Dogs' Country Club and Kennel Resort

The Pets Hotel

If you’re fleeing the real world for a vacation, we’d reckon it would be fair to reward your furry pals with a staycation too. The luxury pet facility in Port Melbourne functions as both a daycare and hotel offering playtime and spa sessions while you’re away. Pet pooch been good all summer? Book the presidential suite. The suite of the highest range encompasses a two-room space with twin designer beds, a flatscreen TV, daily playtime sessions, bedtime treats, premium-quality food and a complimentary checkout bath. 7 Phillip Ct, Port Melbourne. 03 9646 3696.  

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Port Melbourne

Kepala Pet Resort & Canine Country Club

When five stars, an outdoor heated lagoon pool and hydrobaths are required, check your pet into the County Club, just 15 minutes from Tullamarine. It also offers four off-leash activity areas, an agility area and sand run, and an indoor heated pool. Oh, and cats, rabbits and guinea pigs are welcome, too – just not humans. 55 Edwards Rd, Diggers Rest. 03 9740 1272.

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Diggers Rest

Vern Ryan's Pet Resort

Just an hour’s drive from Melbourne are some of the fanciest dogs you’ll see outside of the Royal Melbourne Show. Vern Ryan’s Pet Resort – Victoria’s only gold accredited boarding kennel – has a penthouse suite complete with a flatscreen TV, a leather couch, a personal grassy exercise area and a plush bed. Naturally this kind of dog luxury doesn’t come cheap – but there’s also the standard package which is still far ritzier than your average student sharehouse. 3332 Bacchus Marsh-Geelong Rd, Balliang East. 03 9748 5757. 

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Dogs Country Club and Kennel Resort

Ever entertained the dream of joining a country club? Think of this as your chance to live vicariously through your fluffy friend, who will return from his or her holiday with happy memories of frolicking with other hounds. This family-owned business offers extras like doggy yoga and massage, and tailors your dog’s accommodation to their size, age and special needs. 15 Sumner Rd, Baxter. 03 5971 1127. 

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Baxter

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