Lonely Planet Writer

Bali hotel offers “puppy therapy” sessions to its guests

If you tend to miss your dog while on holiday, a hotel in Bali is offering "puppy therapy" sessions that may be able to help you with that if you stay there.

A puppy sleeping on the grass in a hotel in Bali.
A hotel in Bali offers guests puppy therapy sessions. Image: Puri Garden Hotel and Hostel

Puri Garden Hotel and Hostel in Ubud has partnered with a local dog rescue, Bali Dog Association, a charity working to end the suffering of street dogs on the Indonesian island. It brings several puppies to play with guests twice a week.

A young woman talking to a puppy in Bali.
Puppy therapy sessions are offered twice a week. Image: Puri Garden Hotel and Hostel

The “puppy therapy” sessions are offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1.30pm to 3.30pm. It's a win-win situation because guests get to have fun and relax, and it has been proven that spending time with dogs really does help to lower stress levels. The puppies receive some love and learn social skills in return.

A girl cuddling a puppy in Bali.
The puppies receive love and gain social skills. Image: Puri Garden Hotel and Hostel

The hotel sets up a small enclosed area by the pool at Puri Garden, where guests can sit and play with the rescue puppies. The area is penned in so there are no canine escapees and dogs toys are also provided.

A girl playing with puppies at a hotel in Bali.
The area is enclosed so there are no escapees. Image: Puri Garden Hotel and Hostel

Aside from puppy-cuddling, there's also free daily yoga classes and breakfast on offer, and guests can sunbathe by the pool, have massages and lounge in hammocks. The hotel also puts on barbecues, traditional Balinese dance performances and movie nights.

A dog being cuddled at a hotel in Bali.
A hotel in Bali offers guests puppy therapy sessions. Image: Puri Garden Hotel and Hostel

Prices start from 310,000 Indonesian rupiah ($21.95/€19.26) for a bed in a dorm, and go up to 980,000 RP ($69/€60.56) for a private twin or double room with an ensuite bathroom.

The Puri Garden Hotel and Hostel in Ubud
The puppy therapy sessions take place at Puri Garden Hotel and Hostel in Ubud. Image: Puri Garden Hotel and Hostel

Further information is available from Puri Garden Hotel and Hostel here.