Products We Like

There are many wonderful products that Bichon FurKids friends and family have used that help us with our own bichons as well as the fur kids we rescue. These range from nutrition and grooming items to training products. Please feel free to check out the products below that have been recommended by our friends and family of bichon lovers.  If you have products you think we should add, please drop send an email to info@bichonfurkids.org


FOOD and TREATS

Here are some food options that we recommend.   Fresh food is best, but we’ve listed a dehydrated raw diet option also.  If you have to settle for a kibble, we’ve listed some of the better brands you should consider.

Most of these products are available at Petco, local pet stores and online.  If you are in the San Diego area, BFK family members get a nice discount at Wholesome Choice Pet Market in Rancho Bernardo.  At checkout, please tell them you are a Bichon FurKids member to receive your discount.


BEST:  My Perfect Pet — Fresh Frozen Real Food

Now you can enjoy the convenience of cooked food, while your pet benefits from the freshness and quality that only a fresh, frozen solution can deliver! For years the team at My Perfect Pet has worked with veterinarians, breeders, pet stores, and pet owners to create the perfect blend of all-natural, fresh, restaurant-quality ingredients that provide the maximum nutrition. Their human grade food is frozen immediately after cooking to avoid needing preservatives or additives of any kind.


Small Batch Pets- Raw Pet Food

SmallBatch makes raw food diets for cats and dogs using FRESH organic and FREE-RANGE ingredients grown and raised locally in California. SmallBatch uses only wholesome and human grade ingredients. Combining locally sourced meats with organic produce, organic oils, and organic/unrefined supplements to create a fresh, balanced diet for your pet. The meat used is pasture raised, hormone and antibiotic free and the fruits and vegetables are certified organic. It is all prepared in a certified USDA kitchen and is “made to order,” ensuring that what goes into your pet’s bowl is the freshest it can possibly be!


The Honest Kitchen — Dehydrated raw diet

The Honest Kitchen provides natural human-grade dehydrated raw pet food products including four completely gluten-free, grain-free diets and all their products are guaranteed 100% wheat free. Dehydration is an ancient form of food preservation, which removes only the moisture, and protects many of the natural enzymes, phyto-nutrients, vitamins and minerals in their raw ingredients. All their recipes are 100% free of chemical preservatives, by-products, fillers, salt, sugar, wheat, corn, soy, rice and beet pulp. Their natural pet food recipes are made in a human-food plant, to ensure the highest possible quality control and production standards.


Wellness


Solid Gold

  • Hund-n-Flocken Adult Dog (lamb): Ideal for moderately active adult dogs, to maintain total health.
  • Hundchen Flocken Puppy (lamb): Ideal for growing small and medium breed puppies, to maintain total health.
  • Just a Wee Bit Adult (bison) : Specially formulated for the high energy needs of small breed dogs, or those dogs that will be 20 pounds or less as adults. Just a Wee Bit is available in a very small kibble to accommodate small mouths.
  • Holistique Blendz Adult Dog (fish): Made with Oatmeal, Barley, Ocean Fish, and Potatoes. Ideal for less active adult or senior dogs, to maintain total health. Perfect for those dogs who require less protein and fat.
  • http://www.solidgoldhealth.com/

Treats for Training and Stuffing

Pet Greens Treats – Roasted Chicken Recipe for dogs by BellRock Growers All natural, 90% real meat recipe with organic Wheat Grass.  No wheat gluten. No grains or fillers. No artificial colors or flavors
Pet Greens Dog Treats — Roasted Chicken, 4.8 oz.

Solid Gold Turkey or Lamb Jerky

Solid Gold Lamb Jerky Treats, 1 Lb.
Solid Gold Turkey Jerky Treats, 1 Lb.

Zukes Mini Naturals – Chicken, Salmon or Peanut Butter flavors

Great for stuffing in Kong’s. Wheat-free, corn-free and soy-free.
Zuke’s Mini Naturals – Chicken, 6 oz.
Zuke’s Mini Naturals – Chicken, 1 Lb.
Zuke’s Mini Naturals – Salmon, 6 oz.
Zuke’s Mini Naturals – Salmon, 1 Lb.
Zuke’s Mini Naturals – Peanut Butter, 6 oz.
Zuke’s Mini Naturals – Peanut Butter, 1 Lb.

Wellness Pure Rewards

Pure Rewards® are highly flavorful, protein-packed jerky bits that are the ideal size for training and treating. More Than 90% meat, limited ingredients, grain free, wheat free and contains no meat by-products, artificial colors, flavors or preservatives.
Wellness Pure Rewards Chicken and Lamb Jerky Bits for Dogs, 6 oz
Wellness Pure Rewards Venison and Salmon Jerky Bits for Dogs, 6 oz
Wellness Pure Rewards Venison Jerky Bits for Dogs, 6 oz
Wellness Pure Rewards Turkey Jerky Bits For Dogs, 6 oz
Wellness WellBites Soft Dog Treats – lamb & salmon flavor, 8 oz
Wellness WellBites Soft Dog Treats – chicken & venison flavor, 8 oz
Wellness WellBites Soft Dog Treats – chicken & lamb flavor, 8 oz
Wellness WellBites Soft Dog Treats – duck & turkey flavor, 8 oz


Treats for chewing (digestible)

Mercola Healthy Pets Dog Dental Bones
Consistent dental care can make a huge difference in your dog’s health. Just one dental bone a day promotes clean teeth and fresher breath for your dog. Made of USDA certified brown rice, which is completely digestible. Order Small size for dogs up to 25lbs
Learn more about the product by clicking here.
BUY Healthy Pets Dog Dental Bone SMALL: 12 Bone Pack
BUY Healthy Pets Dog Dental Bone SMALL: 3-Pack (36 bones)
N-Bone Wheat Free Bone-A-Mints Dog Chew Treats (mini, 16-count bag.)
Edible, digestible and water soluble to help prevent obstruction of the esophagus and intestines. Bone-A-Mints Wheat Free removes plaque, tartar and freshens breath. Peppermint, parsley, fennel, dill and chlorophyll freshens breath while tricalcium phosphate is used to remove plaque and tartar during chewing. Now there is an everyday breath freshening treat for companions with allergies to wheat.
You can buy it here

N-Bone Wheat Free Twist Stix Dog Chew Treats (large 5.5-oz bag., then break in two)
Twistix will keep your furkid’s teeth healthy and sparkling between regularly scheduled veterinarian visits. The “Green” contains peppermint, parsley and chlorophyll while the “White” contains sodium hexametaphosphate, both of which provides excellent oral hygiene during chewing.
You can buy it here

Non-Digestible Things to Chew and Play With

Clever K-9 Treat-Release Dog Toy

Fun to stuff with treats and good for aggressive chewers. Give your pet a stimulating physical and mental workout with the Clever K-9 dog toy. Fill it with bite-size dog treats and your pet will instinctively try to solve this treat-release puzzle. Made in the USA. Clever K-9 Mini is for small dogs up to 15 lbs. For bigger dogs, order the regular/larger size.

Learn more about the product by clicking here.
BUY a MINI Clever K-9 Treat-Release Dog Toy
BUY a Regular/Large Clever K-9 Treat-Release Dog Toy


Kong

(most bichons would use the SMALL size)
Fun to stuff with treats and good for aggressive chewers.
You can buy it here

Nylabone Wishbone (petite)
Provides strong chewing resistance needed for important jaw exercise and effective help for teething. They help reduce dental problems by stimulating your pet’s teeth and gums. These chew toys are a great alternative for the pet owner who wants to give their pet something other than rawhide to chew.
You can buy it here


Talk To Me Treat Ball

(Small/Medium size)
This dispensing treat ball plays a message you’ve recorded for your dog.It keeps dogs busy and active for hours, and alleviates separation anxiety.
Buy a Talk To Me Treat Ball here

Kibble Nibble Feeder Ball
Make dogs work for their food or treats. This activity ball mentally and physically stimulates dogs by appealing to their natural prey and stalking drives.
Buy a Kibble Nibble Feeder Ball here


Brake-Fast Dog Food Bowls
Helps reduce the risk of Gastric Dilatation-Volvulus (GDV or ‘Bloat’). Slower eating makes an animal feel more full and reduces instances of ‘re-eating’. Veterinarian tested and recommended. Works with kibble or canned food. Durable, dishwasher safe plastic.
The Small bowl works well for Bichons, toy breeds, “flat-face” dogs, and cats. It works best for dogs up to 30 pounds. Holds 1.5 cups of food.
Brake-Fast Dog Food Bowl – Small
Brake Fast Blue Food Bowl – Medium
Brake-Fast Dog Food Bowl – Large

Vitamins and Supplements

NuVet Plus™ for Canines

 (Call 800-474-7044 and use order code 78817 for special pricing)
May combat the onslaught of free radicals in our companion pets. This unique formula consists of precise amounts of vitamins, minerals and high-potency antioxidants that when combined, create a synergistic and powerful boost to the immune system.
http://www.nuvet.com/nuvetplus.asp

Missing Link Canine Plus with Joint Support
Adding The Missing Link® Canine PLUS™ Formula to your dog’s food ensures they receive vital nutrients such as omega 3, 6, and 9 essential fatty acids, dietary fiber,  phyto (plant) nutrients that promote optimal health and well-being, AND vegetarian glucosamine for added joint support. Contains only the highest-quality, natural ingredients and no fillers, no preservatives and no artificial colorings or flavors.
Buy Missing Link Canine Plus with Joint Support (1 lb.)

Iceland Pure Salmon Oil
An excellent source of Omega 3 and 6 essential fatty acids. Use as a daily nutritional supplement to obtain the many benefits of essential fatty acids, including skin and coat health. Also adds moisture to dry, irritated skin. May be used to enhance your pet’s appetite by adding an appealing salmon flavor. Unlike plant-based Omega-3 supplements (such as flax seed), fish oil is readily processed by the digestive system, resulting in more available essential fatty acids per serving. A daily supplement of salmon oil is a must for any dog or cat with skin or coat issues, including those caused by allergies – but it will make a noticeable improvement in the coat of any animal, young or old. 100% Natural Product made with fish from Iceland and surrounding areas; No Preservatives, No Additives, No Artificial Flavorings, No Coloring, No MSG.
Buy Iceland Pure Salmon Oil, 8.75 oz.
Buy Iceland Pure Salmon Oil, 33 oz.

Nupro Joint Support for Dogs, 1 lb
NUPRO is an all natural supplement providing raw vitamins, minerals, enzymes, amino and fatty acids that are lacking in some diets supporting a healthy immune system for all ages. NUPRO JOINT SUPPORT ALL NATURAL DOG SUPPLEMENT has Glucosamine complex, MSM and Ester-C* , which enriches our original formula, especially for the active dog. Your dog now has the benefit of a scientifically balanced formula that is rich in vitamins, minerals, enzymes, amino acids and essential fatty acids along with the extra ingredients to support normal joint function.
Nupro for Dogs 1 lb Gold
Nupro Joint Support for Dogs, 1 lb Silver

Glyco Flex  — Joint Support Supplements
These all-natural formulas help to support joint health without side effects. This advanced series is a flexible life-changing program that meets the needs of the dog as well as the economic needs of the owner.  All of the new Glyco-Flex ® formulas contain 600mg of Perna and 100 mg of Dimethylglycine. In addition to that Glyco-Flex ® I contains 500mg of Glucosamine HCl. Glyco-Flex ® II contains 750 mg of Glucosamine, 500 mg of Methylsulfonylmethane, and Manganese. Glyco-Flex ® III contains 1,000 mg each of Methylsulfonylmethane and Glucosamine along with Vitamins E and C, Grape Seed Extract, Glutathione, Selenium, and Manganese for additional support.
Glyco Flex I – New Formula – Buy it here
Glyco-Flex I is recommended by Veterinarians for puppies, younger dogs or dogs predisposed to hip or joint dysfunction for the maintenance of optimal joint health.
Glyco Flex II – New Formula – Buy it here
Glyco-Flex II is for adult and mature dogs as well as sporting, hunting and working breeds who have stages of joint dysfunction or arthritis.
ALL NEW Glyco-Flex® III – Buy it here
It is part of the Vetri-Science® stage of life program. STAGE 3, RESTORE, for maximum support for joint dysfunction. Glyco-Flex® III helps alleviate severe discomfort and joint stiffness.

 

Danesco Stainless Steel Mortar and Pestle
Grinding vitamins and pills was never easier. Made of stainless steel with a non-slip bottom this stylish mortar and pestle is not only beautiful but a functional kitchen tool. 4-Inch in diameter. Dishwasher Safe
Buy a Danesco Stainless Steel Mortar and Pestle

 

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TEAR STAIN SOLUTIONS

Eye Envy Tear stains can be caused by bacteria, poor quality food and water, or excessive tearing due to eye irritations or allergens. Proper nutrition and daily cleaning of your dogs eyes can help reduce or eliminate tears stains. Several commercial products are available to help you get the problem under control and combined with possible nutritional changes you can possibly reduce or elliminate tear staining in the future.

Many of us recommend the use of Eye Envy, which is applied topically. rather than the other products that are added to food and contain antibiotics. Another recommendation is boiling chicken livers (then cooling them) and adding one tablespoon to your furkid’s food once a day. In time the staining ‘generally’ disappears.

 

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Dental and Hygiene Products

PetzLife Oral Care Gel works fast and naturally to help control plaque and tartar on dogs and cats. It also helps control bacteria and bad breath. The secret is a proprietary blend of Grapefruit Seed Extract and other all natural herbs and ingredients produces a safe and effective oral care maintenance program, especially for senior pets.
PetzLife Oral Care Gel Original – 4 oz
With Triple Pet Toothbrush, cleaning teeth is now easier and takes less time. Each stroke brushes all toothsurfaces and the surrounding gums. The side brushes are at a 45 degreeangle to properly clean the gum line. Like a train on a track, thebrush stays in the mouth even if the pet moves its head. Padded handlefor a firm grip.
Triple Pet Toothbrush
The Bamboo Quadbrush for Dogs with Holder (Small) is the ultimate pet toothbrush for your dog. Safe, complete and thorough cleaning for pets. Comfortable and fast for pet parents. Makes brushing your dog’s teeth fast, easy and safe! 3 bristle heads surround teeth to clean all 3 tooth surface areas in one motion. Patented 4th head helps “prop” mouth open, softens the bite and cleans the opposing tooth Comfort handle with grip reduces slipping during brushing Includes brush cover to keep toothbrush clean between uses.
Bamboo Quadbrush for Dogs with Holder (Small)
PlaqueOff is a natural product that counteracts plaque on the surface of the teeth. Plaque Off effectively fights bad breath, tartar and plaque in dogs and cats. Sprinkle on food. Dosage: Small dogs & cats up to 22lbs, use 1/2 scoop per day (should last about 1 year).
PlaqueOff – 60 grams
Micro Tek Pet Spray Micro Tek Pet Spray is a maximum strength topical, leave-on protection for damaged areas. Speeds healing. Stops licking and itching fast. Most effective product ever for bacterial and fungal conditions. Vet recommended for daily use. Will not sting open wounds.
Micro Tek Pet Spray – 16 oz
Sulfodene 3-Way Ointment for Dogs Use on cuts, scrapes, bites, abrasions, and skin irritations to prevent infection, help relieve pain, and provide a barrier against germs, water, and insects. Helps relieve topical conditions that may have a bacterial and/or fungal basis. Helps prevent infection. Aids in pain relief. Ointment form provides germ, water and fly barrier.
Sulfodene 3-Way Ointment for Dogs

 

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TRAINING and BEHAVIOR MODIFICATION TOOLS

Thundershirt is a proven solution for dog anxiety.
With its patent-pending design, Thundershirt’s gentle, constant pressure has a dramatic calming effect for most dogs if they are anxious, fearful or over-excited. Based on surveys completed by over two thousand customers, over 80% of dogs show significant improvement in symptoms when using Thundershirt. Thundershirt is already helping tens of thousands of dogs around the world, and is recommended by thousands of veterinarians and dog trainers.

Would you like to donate a Thundershirt to Bichon Furkids? Make a difference in the life of an adoptoptable dog; Donate a Thundershirt

BlackWing Farms – A Natural Approach For Animal Behavior
Separation Anxiety Disappears — Fear Is Replaced By Confidence — Stress Is Reduced — Panic Is Gone — Focus Increases — Co-operation Improves — Chronic Phobias Cease To Exist
Flower Essences have no side effects, no chemicals, only plant-based products. Remedies are extremely easy to use: A few drops in dogs, cats or horses’ drinking water, food, treats, on pets’ bedding, toys, crate, carriers, kennel or mist the animals’ environment — IT’S THAT EASY!
Veterinarians, trainers, groomers, competitors, rescue organizations, equine dentists, farriers, animal shelters and sanctuaries use BlackWing Farms’ products with incredible results helping modify behavior permanently.
http://www.bichonfurkids.org/shop

 

Malaseb Pledgets – 60 count (helps stop bacteria from growing and causing red saliva stains)
Combines antibacterial & antifungal agents with essential fatty acids & Vit. E for optimal therapeutic effectiveness. Use to clean areas where dog is licking and causing saliva stains (actually breeding bacteria).
You can buy it here

 

Bach Rescue Remedy – 20 ml bottle
Rescue® Remedy can be used for an immediate calming effect in any stressful situation, or when your pet needs help overcoming a variety of emotional or behavioral problems.
You can buy it here

 

White Flower Oil Analgesic Balm, 0.67 fl. oz. (can help with motion sickness)
White Flower Analgesic Balm is a unique combination of essential oils derived from menthol, wintergreen, camphor, eucalyptus, lavender and peppermint which can temporarily alleviate the minor aches and pains of muscles and joints in association with arthritis, simple backache and strains and has proven to be effective for relieving motion sickness. It is a potent herbal mixture that comes in a clear liquid form, not greasy, non-staining and it penetrates deeper, thus quickly relieving aches and pains.
You can buy it here

 

D.A.P. Dog Appeasing Pheromone Electric Diffuser (48 mL)
A behavior modification plug-in that reduces or completely stops stress related behavior in dogs including barking, urination and defecation, whimpering and whining, anxiety and chewing.
You can buy it here

 

Citronella Collar: Multivet Spray Commander Remote Control Trainer
Ideal when you want to control a variety of behaviors and you want control of when the beep or spray is initiated. The Spray Commander is a remote control activated spray training tool that works to train and eliminate problematic behaviors in your dog. It is painless and safe for your pet.

Belly Bands
Belly Bands are for male dogs who are “marking your home”, are incontinent or just need help with housetraining.  Our Belly Bands are made of excellent quality 100% cotton and flannel materials and wash and dry easily.  You use a ladies incontinent pad or panty liner attached to the inside of the band so you can dispose of the urine and re-use the belly band several times before needing to wash it.
http://www.bichonfurkids.org/shop

 

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TOYS FOR SMART FURKIDS

Dog Tornado
The plastic version of Nina Ottosson’s original wooden Dog Tornado is a puzzle consisting of four rotating bone shaped layers.  Three of these layers have recesses for concealing treats.  Your dog is required to rotate the bones with his paw or nose in order to reveal and retrieve his reward. This version also includes 1 plastic bone shell which can be used to increase the difficulty of the toy by adding an initial impediment. The plastic construction is light-weight and dishwasher safe.
Dog Brick
This puzzle is a clever and inventive plastic version of Nina Ottosson’s original  wooden Dog Brick which lets you hide your treats in recesses located under a series of interlocking sliding blocks. Since the blocks can not be removed, your dog is required to locate the treats by sliding the blocks with either his paw or his nose in order to retrieve his reward. This version also includes 4 plastic bone shells which can be used to increase the difficulty of the toy by adding an extra impediment. The plastic construction is light-weight and dishwasher safe.

Planet Blue Dog Toys  (lots of durable toys to choose from)

Consider the Salsa, shaggy toy, the Wachy Worm, tug toy and the Knotty Bones that my dogs absolutely love.
http://www.planetbluedog.com/collections/toys

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OTHER PRODUCTS WE’VE HEARD GOOD THINGS ABOUT

Hale Pet Door™ Add a Hale Pet Door™ to your “people door”. This is one of our best selling dog doors and is one of the easiest to install yourself. The Door Pet Door fits perfectly in wood doors, metal doors, hollow core doors, raised panel doors and even French doors. Wall and screen models are also available.

Quality, energy efficiency, safety, and security are priorities with Hale Pet Door. All of our door dog doors are rated highest in insulating and sealing, ensuring protection against wind, dust and insects.

New optional “raincap”: First of its kind in the pet door market! Hooks to the top edge of the outside frame and helps protect against water intrusion.

*Mention you adopted a rescued furkid and receive a 10 percent discount on the cost of your Hale Pet Door.

Walkin Wheels: A specially designed wheelchair for dogs can help your best friend run and play again, get the exercise he (or she) needs, and live a happy, healthy life. Unique wheelchair design adjust helps with animal’s hip and leg problems including degenerative myelopathy (DM), hip dysplasia, arthritis, paralysis, slipped disc, soreness, spinal and neurological problems, surgical recovery, and more.
WiggleLess.com: Great for pets that need extra back support.  When used as directed, the vet recommended and patented WiggleLess™ wrap is designed to stabilize the spinal column, curtail twisting, help relieve stress, and provide comfortable, firm, back support for dogs with back problems.
Neck Hug modeled by a Bichon Wag Tail Farms: Wag Tail Farms Neck Hug: An Alternative to E CollarsDesigned with your pet’s comfort in mind, the “Neck Hug” collar helps prevent access to surgical site and provides an ultra-soft pillow to encourage your pet to rest while recuperating.

While wearing the “Neck Hug” your pet will comfortably be able to:
► Eat & Drink
► Walk & Run
► Navigate through the house
► Use the doggie/kitty door
► Rest & Sleep (always having a pillow to rest their head)
► And Look Absolutely Adorable!

Clean up is quick, toss Neck Hugs into the washer and dryer with your normal wash load.

Use the coupon code BFK to receive a 5% discount on your purchase.

Wag Tail Farms
http://www.wagtailfarms.com/
wagtailfarms@yahoo.com
949/770-2436

HandicappedPets.com: Boots and other Products, Services and Support for Handicapped Pets. Makers of the Walkin’ Wheels wheelchairs. Wide variety of GREAT products for all types of handicapped pets. From wheelchairs to splints…to diapers…these folks have it all AND GREAT Customer Service!!
Anti-Icky-Poo
Anti-Icky-Poo is one of the best products available today to remove Pet Stains and Pet Odor from carpet and fabric. Removes stains and odor caused by Cat Urine, Dog Feces, Skunk Spray, or many others. Recommended by veterinarians, animal behaviorists, pet trainers, professional carpet cleaners, and many others.
Dr. Pitcairn’s New Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs and Cats (Paperback)by Richard H. Pitcairn (Author)
The definitive guide to a natural lifestyle for dogs and cats is now completely updated and revised. Veterinarian Richard H. Pitcairn and his wife Susan, noted specialists in chemical-free nutrition and natural healing for pets, show dog and cat owners how to provide the very best in companionship and lifelong care. They cover environmental matters, including pollutants both inside the home and out, as well as recent hot-button topics, such as Mad Cow disease, Lyme disease, and the West Nile virus. They’ve updated dozens of recipes for delicious and healthful pet food and treats. With a guide to handling emergencies and an in-depth Quick Reference section, they give specific instructions for preventing, diagnosing, and treating a wide range of animal diseases and disorderswith special attention to homeopathic, herbal, and nutritional remedies. Publisher: Rodale Books; 3rd edition (August 11, 2005)
Pup To Go Dog Carrier
Pup To Go is a unique, hands-free dog carrier that allows owners and their small dogs to have more adventures together. You’ll know right away how much attention to quality and detail went into designing the first high-end, legs out front dog carrier — Pup To Go. It’s extra comfortable for both you and your dog and is easy to use. Pup to Go legs out front carrier comes in small, medium, & large. To ensure the best fit, please be sure to take note of all the dimensions as well as weight recommendations.
HandsNPaws.com: The lifestyle destination for people and pets
Pet Toys, Pet Carriers, Pet Treats and Choices For the Ultimate Pet Owning Lifestyle. Since this is a specialty store, most of their items are handmade or made to order and the average ship time is about 1 to 3 weeks.
The Privileged Pooch; Luxury Travel With Your Pet In Southern California
Hitting the road with your dog(s) can be more cost effective and enjoyable than putting them in doggie daycare. Check out this book by a local author and bichon lover. You’ve find dog friendly Southern California hotels, bistros, fun-in-the-sun activities and trendy shops.