It was a nice twist, being on the outer for NOT bringing your dog to an upmarket boutique resort, but owner Chris de Aboitiz insisted that four-legged friends were optional. That said, if dogs aren’t your cup of tea, you might want to think twice before booking, but after a few days spent at The Summit, I can honestly say that one of the great pleasures of being there was seeing so many dogs having an actual holiday – not just waiting
around while their owners had one! This is a dog’s paradise, no two ways about it, but you need only visit the twice-weekly sunset “dog run” on the 40-acre property to see that a holiday here is as much about human bonding as it is about getting to know your dogs better.
But while teaching dogs to feel comfortable on an ocean wave, Chris discovered that he also possessed an extraordinary ability to teach dogs a broad range of behavioural patterns and skills. In addition to first-rate accommodation and a wilderness experience close to the pleasures of the town, this is what he offers at The Summit.
So let’s get back to our dog-free stay in a cottage appropriately named “Wine Down”. We did. We surfed the point, paddled the estuary at 1770, walked the trails, and drove up the hill exhausted to sip a few wines on our private deck while watching the waters of Bustard Bay twinkling in the moonlight far below.
Never heard a dog yelp or yap, because they too were in paradise.