June 18, 2013— -- What to do with the family dog when vacation time comes is a common conundrum. Most dogs end up in a kennel. Some with a family friend. Just one will end up on a $73,000 luxury vacation of its own.
In conjunction with the Paw Seasons luxury dog hotel in Bristol, England, VeryFirstTo.com, a company specializing in one-of-a-kind luxury experiences, has unveiled the "Most Spectacular Luxury Dog Holiday" package for one -- and only one -- very pampered pup.
"There were so many strands that needed to come together to make this happen, it seemed to make sense to offer it to just one lucky pooch," said VeryFirstTo.com founder Marcel Knobil.
Besides luxury accommodations, the package includes surfing lessons, reiki sessions, grooming at Harrod's, a luxury wardrobe and more.
So who is the target customer?
"It'll definitely be an individual or couple who enjoy an extravagant lifestyle. While they go off to the Caribbean they want their pet to have an equally enjoyable, extravagant stay where they are," Knobil said. "It's for those who enjoy the finer things in life and have a sense of humor. They have a soft spot for their dog and want them to have the best time possible."
Looking for something slightly less expensive for your dog this summer? Check out DogVacay.com.
Highlights of the Spectacular Luxury Dog Holiday include:
So far, no takers. But Knobil's not worried. It took a bit of time to get momentum behind the "World's Most Expensive Vacation" it offered in March. Then there was "loads of interest," Knobil said. One couple is confirmed for the trip.
"We're pretty hopeful. We know it's extravagant, but it's a fabulous time for the dog and benefits two very good causes" -- $10,000 of the package will be split between two charities: Cancer Research U.K. and Battersea Dogs Home.