Mochi's Holiday Gift Guide

It's the most wonderful time of the year, and your pup deserves all the presents! I've rounded up the best gift items for the pup (or pup-lover) in your life - and yes, every one of these is Mochi tested and approved so you know they're sure to please even the pickiest princess :)






Mochi Travel Diaries: Ritz Carlton Aruba

Last week I took my human on a much-needed vacation to Aruba where we met up with my insta-pals @ellabeanthedog and @brussels.sprout for a few days of fun in the sun. After my last 2 trips to Puerto Rico and Cape Cod, I was excited to experience another beach, and #spoileralert - Aruba might be my favorite place ever!

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We stayed at The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba, a five star resort along the Caribbean island’s spectacular Palm Beach. With soft white sand, clear blue water, temps in the 80s with a light breeze - we enjoyed every minute of our time at the beach! I even tried paddle boarding and had my first "real" swim in the ocean (with a life vest, of course) - you can check out a video on my Instagram! The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba also has 2 beachfront pools and other water sports like kayaking and snorkeling, but I spent most of my time running around on the beach or relaxing in my private cabana

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The views from our spacious Ocean Front Room were stunning, and I enjoyed watching the sunrise and sunset from our private balcony. As you know, I prefer to snuggle in bed with my humans but the Ritz-Carlton, Aruba provides beds and bowls for their canine guests as well as plenty of bottled water to stay hydrated. 

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The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba has a special dog-friendly menu featuring a "woof woof" cocktail of light chicken consommé, chicken breast, and diced vegetables (so delicious!) as well as other gourmet options like salmon tataki, flank steak, and duck liver pate. I also enjoyed watermelon "ice cubes" on the beach, plenty of fresh fruit, and a special salmon sushi dinner our last night at the hotel! My human loved all of her meals - from an Italian feast at Solanio, to a classic steakhouse supper at BLT, to poolside lunches from Madero - you really can't go wrong with any of the dining options at The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba!

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When we weren't enjoying the beach or eating #AllTheThings (vacation carbs don't count, right?!), we enjoyed relaxing spa experiences (yes, my human and I BOTH got in-room massages!) and stopped by The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba Casino to try our luck at a little roulette and other table games. Overall our stay at The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba was definitely a dog-friendly experience - I would definitely recommend it if you are looking for a truly luxurious beach getaway with your pup!

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Pet Policy: Dogs weighing less than 20 pounds are welcome at The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba. A $250 non-refundable pet fee applies. 

Traveling to Aruba: Aruba was a quick 4 hour flight from JFK and the hotel was a 20 minute drive from the airport! You can find the complete + current requirements for traveling with dogs to Aruba HERE. A few important requirements for dogs traveling from the US include: 1) a valid rabies shot + inoculation certificate 2) a microchip for identification when entering Aruba 3) a valid International Veterinary Health Certificate issued within 14 days prior to arrival in Aruba and endorsed by the USDA (After getting the signed health certificate from Mochi's vet, we had to overnight it to the USDA office in Albany, NY with a $38 endorsement fee along with an overnight return envelope - then email all of the signed paperwork to the Veterinary Service of Aruba for approval.) For more information, the USDA APHIS website is incredibly helpful!

Outfit details: Bathrobe (c/o Ritz Carlton), Ralph Lauren Polo Shirt, shark life vest (old via Petsmart but THIS ONE is similar), pink sunglasses, sunhat, denim vest

In partnership with the Ritz-Carlton Aruba, all opinions are my own.

Mochi Travel Diaries: Dorado Beach, A Ritz Carlton Reserve

I recently took my first trip beyond the contiguous U.S. to Puerto Rico and had the pleasure of staying at Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve for a few days. Situated on a former Rockefeller estate, the 50-acre island retreat is full of lush vegetation and features stunning ocean views. It was the perfect dog-friendly getaway and we were lucky to have beautiful weather the entire time we were there!

I spent most of my days frolicking on the beach, relaxing in the resort's cozy hammocks with the wind in my hair, and eating really delicious food! All of Dorado Beach's restaurants have pup-friendly outdoor dining options (my human especially loved casual lunches by the pool at Positivo Sand Bar and an amazing dinner at Mi Casa). I also indulged in a few gourmet in-suite meals (dog bowls + bottled water were provided) and enjoyed the ocean-front views from the terrace of my East Beach Ocean Reserve room.

Speaking of my room, with over 900 square feet it felt incredibly spacious (especially since I'm used to NYC-sized accommodations) - having a walk-in closet is always a plus and I loved having an outdoor shower to rinse off the sand at the end of the day. I'm notoriously picky when it comes to my sleeping environment, but I'm happy to report that my king size bed was extremely comfortable and I slept like a puppy every night (if your pup prefers their own bed, the resort can provide those as well)! 

Dorado Beach, a Ritz Carlton Reserve provided a personalized beach tent that was perfect for keeping me cool in the shade while my human worked on her tan, and we always had cold bottled water to stay hydrated as well! This was my first trip to the beach, but early morning romps in the sand quickly became one of my favorite things! If you have a more adventurous dog, the water temps are perfect for swimming - I dipped my paws in and also took advantage of the resort's Ambassadors of the Environment program and went kayaking with the humans (obviously I wore my shark fin life vest, but they can provide vests if you don't bring your own)! 

If you bring your humans along, tell them not to miss the spa - while it's not dog-friendly, my human said "I could spend all day here and not want to leave" - she definitely enjoyed her massage!

If you're looking for a pup-friendly getaway, Puerto Rico is just a quick 4 hour flight from NYC, and I highly recommend Dorado Beach, a Ritz Carlton Reserve

Pet policyThe resort welcomes pets 30 pounds or less in their guestrooms and suites. There is a one-time $250.00 pet cleaning fee.

Outfit details: Le Chien Bleu tropical leaf shirt / pink sunglasses / Mark & Graham stripe anchor tee / Fab Dog poplin pjs / bath robe