Dog-friendly hotel in South Africa offers ‘six-star’ canine luxury

CAPE TOWN, Jan 28 (Reuters) – Five stars is as high as a luxury hotel can get, but one Cape Town hotel pampers its canine guests so much that its owners say it deserves six.

The Superwoof Dog Hotel offers the dogs of wealthy South Africans the kind of treatment that many humans in poverty-stricken South Africa could only dream of.

“We have tried to offer six-star service,” Watson Mpala, Superwoof’s dog handler, told Reuters TV. “With 24-hour supervision and the luxuries of our splash pool, giant lounges and all that atmosphere, we really want to provide a luxury experience for dogs.”

The experience includes long walks through the sumptuous countryside of the nearby Franschhoek Valley, in the country’s Western Cape wine region.

Nearly three decades after the end of white minority rule, South Africa remains one of the most unequal countries in the world, with half the country living below the official poverty line, a group that includes residents of a shelter for homeless people that is right in front of the dog care center.

One of the main dishes of the hotel is the sparkling wine for dogs -“champaws”-, basically water with herbs in a bottle of champagne.

It’s not clear if the furry guests really appreciate this status symbol, if their long ears are in tune with the good vibe or, if anything, what they make of the Sky Deck’s views over Table Mountain, as the dogs they have poor long-distance vision when it comes to fixed objects.

One of the guests, a Vizsla, seemed more inclined to relax than to try the delicacies: he fell asleep on a soft sofa. But maybe all this dog needs is a relaxing nap.

($1 = R15.3599)

(Reporting by Shafiek Tassiem; writing by Tim Cocks; editing in Spanish by Benjamín Mejías Valencia)

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