Pet-Friendly Hotels with Pets on Staff

by Cathay Che

Papyrus, the Fat Cat
The Guanahani Resort & Spa, St. Barths

It's not easy being a cat in the Caribbean, where there are more strays than people to care for them, but fate has been kind to Papyrus, the reigning fat cat at the Guanahani Resort & Spa on St. Barths. In keeping with the laissez-faire vibe that prevails on this jet-set island, Papyrus and his 14 feline cohorts have free reign among the resort's 68 candy-colored bungalows (and in them, too, if both you and the cat are willing). You'll also spot them sauntering around the beach, pool, and landscaped gardens and in the two restaurants, but don't worry—the felines are well fed, so they won't join you at the table unless they're invited.

Petiquette: Cats and small dogs can vacation at the Guanahani—and since the hotel is closed for renovations through December 15, 2010, you'll have time to get your pet's microchip, rabies shots, and passport in order. Should your domesticated creature fall madly in love with one of the resort's bohemian brood, rest assured that they are under a vet's care, up-to-date with shots, and ready to be whisked away to a new life in the U.S.

The Guanahani Resort & Spa
St. Barths
Tel: 800 216 3774
Rooms start at $470; there is no additional charge for pets

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