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Five-Star Luxury Digs for FIDO

The Mandarin Oriental Miami soothes the soul, both two and four-legged.

By Susan Sims, publisher

For those dog-lovers who travel with their furry companion, FIDO Friendly has found a luxury resort where both you and Fido will be able to appreciate the finer things in life.

Your petite pooch will enjoy the use of a comfy bed, food and water bowls and special treat during their stay. While out and about, Fido can sniff out the property in public areas of the hotel (excluding restaurants and spa) and take you for a walk along the 1.3-mile path surrounding the hotel. There you will encounter many dog walkers as it seems to be ‘the spot’ to sniff and be sniffed.

The hotel is keen to accommodate busy schedules and a pet-walking service can be recommended as well as reliable pet sitting services.  Additionally, a 24-hour mobile vet is available should a pet require veterinary services.

Pet sitting will come in handy while you choose a spa experience at The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Miami. There are six luxurious suites on the spa’s exclusive upper floor for singles and couples. The treatment and oils are tailored to each guest in order to leave the body, mind and spirit in perfect harmony. The water views are breathtaking and add to the Zen of it all.

Take your sunscreen and relax by the private beach to enjoy Biscayne Bay and pool. Reserve a cabana and order from the Oasis Pool Café where freshly prepared sushi or gourmet salads are on the menu. And, there is always room for ice cream.

After a siesta, request room service for you and Fido or if dining sans Fido while your precious pooch is otherwise entertained, treat yourself to waterfront dining with views of the Miami skyline and Biscayne Bay at the Peruvian restaurant La Mar by Gastón Acurio

I had the chance to meet Executive Chef Diego Oka who is a study in contrast; of Japanese heritage and born in Peru, he studied in France and during our conversation, I noticed a slight French accent. Chef Diego was very attentive to my vegetarian requests and presented me with a fabulous meal which both delighted my palette and my visual senses. The Peruvian cebiches are a must.

After a stroll with Fido, retreat to your balcony to enjoy a nightcap while gazing at the sunset and lights of Miami. In my opinion, if only one luxury hotel is in your travel plans this summer, make it the Oriental Mandarin Miami.


Mandarin Oriental Miami

500 Brickell Key Drive

Miami, FL 33131

(305) 913 8288

Rates start at USD $399 per night

Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star hotel

35 pound weight limit.

Pet bed, bowls, and treats are provided in-room, and grooming and other services are available upon request through the concierge

Room reservations require a $200 deposit upon check-in, of which $100 will be returned upon check-out, provided the room is in order.

The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Miami, is a holistic sanctuary featuring signature treatment therapies. The six luxurious suites on the spa’s exclusive upper floor provide the ultimate spa experience for singles and couples.

La Mar by Gaston Acurio features the acclaimed Peruvian cuisine of celebrity chef Gaston Acurio in a high-energy setting with dramatic water views of Biscayne Bay and the Miami skyline. Diners are invited to explore the authentic and diverse flavors of Peruvian gastronomy, ranging from upscale novo-Andean fare to Asian-Peruvian fusion and traditional seafood cebiche.

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