Cornwall Living 2016

The perfect petaway

With research showing the health benefits of ‘dog comes too’ holidays, you’d be barking mad not to take your puppy pals for an amazing holiday at Karma St Martin’s.

You’re busily packing for a much-anticipated getaway; bubbling with excitement about new pastures, adventures and the delicious respite from 6am alarms! The only problem: a pair of big, sad eyes right by your suitcase asking where you’re going. Somehow it just doesn’t seem right to leave a beloved family member behind while you enjoy all the benefits of a well-earned rest.

In the past, taking your dog away with you on holiday often meant being cooped up together in a lacklustre caravan park or bare-boned B&B. But this needn’t be the case. At Karma St Martin’s, a new pure breed of luxury hotel, your four-legged friend will be welcomed as a true guest and treated like the leader of the pack they are.

Karma St Martin’s has been voted among the ‘Top 10 Dog Friendly Hotels in the UK’ and Cornwall Tourism presented the hotel with a ‘Best Dog Friendly Business Award’ in 2016; fast-tracking the hotel to the 2017 South West and National Finals.

So, why bring your best barking buddy with you? People who hang out with their pets tend to have a lower stress level by the end of the day. Interacting with your dog lowers the levels of cortisol, a stress-related hormone that can lead to high cholesterol levels, hypertension and depression.

A New Scientist magazine study found that people who interacted with their pets for only a few minutes a day saw dramatic increases in hormones like oxytocin, dopamine and serotonin; chemicals associated with happiness and wellbeing.

Having your pet close by can also reduce your blood pressure, in addition to decreasing loneliness, lowering cholesterol levels and encouraging physical activity; dog owners regularly devote time to walking and actively caring for their animals. Pets are also a fantastic conversation-starter. Otherwise shy people can become more engaged when talking to potential new holiday friends about their pets. Of course, the main reason is the opportunity to spend some quality time with your favourite fur ball as you both enjoy experiencing a delighting new place.

I’m sure you and your canine companion are eagerly waiting to find out exactly what to expect during your visit to this doggy haven! Four-legged guests are immediately welcomed with a VIP (very important pet) registration form, a welcome treat, bowls and blankets; the perfect puppy package. You can then spoil them rotten with tempting treats from the canine-friendly menu, prepared by Karma’s Kanine Kitchen.

The pet-loving team can provide dog-sitting services to keep your dog entertained whilst their human companions enjoy a nourishing therapy at the soulful Karma spa or befriend the local seal colony on a snorkelling trip. Of course, there are plenty of activities you can undertake with your furry friends. Walkies are an intrinsic part of any stay at Karma St Martin’s; with beautiful dog-friendly beaches only a ball’s throw away.

Treat your pooch with the Access All Areas Pass, where your pampered pet, who has undoubtedly now become accustomed to living in the lap of luxury, can rest easy knowing that they may accompany their human into the hotel’s sumptuous guestrooms, restaurant and wine bar. The knowledgeable front office team can guide guests on the best transport options when travelling with a pet, be it by land, air or sea. They will even check the availability of the RSPCA-approved animal boxes on the local Skybus airplanes.

So, why not join the growing legion of canny dog owners who are taking their best friend away on holiday, and book your next pooch perfect stay at Karma St Martin’s. With the majestic natural setting, brilliant creature comforts and pet perks, the team over at Karma St Martin’s will have both of you feeling top dog.

KARMA ST MARTIN’S

Lower Town, St Martin’s TR25 0QW
03333 232353
www.karmastmartins.com

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