Thursday 6 January 2011

Five Red Carnation Hotels voted 'The Best Places To Stay in the World' in the Condé Nast Traveler's Gold List 2011

Readers of Condé Nast Traveler have honoured five Red Carnation Hotel Collection properties as "the best places in the world to stay". The Milestone Hotel, 41, and Egerton House Hotel in London; and The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa and Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve and Wellness Retreat in South Africa were all named on Condé Nast Traveler's Gold List for 2011. With three hotels listed in England, The Milestone ranked first for hotels with an impressive score of 95.8, which included a perfect score of 100 for Service. The Egerton House Hotel is proud to be added to the Gold List this year.

Red Carnation strives "to provide exceptional, memorable hospitality by meeting or exceeding guest expectations and creating an environment where guests, as well as employees, refer to the hotels as their "home away from home." "No request is too large, no detail too small" is the ethos that inspires this luxury collection, clearly reflected in the stellar ratings their hotels continue to receive year after year.

Situated in the heart of Kensington, the quiet and understated elegance of The Milestone is celebrated for its style, comfort, and exalted levels of personal service. This five-star hotel opposite Kensington Palace and Gardens has 56 individually designed rooms and suites, and six two-bedroom apartments, lavishly decorated with the finest fabrics and furnishings. Boasting 24-hour butler service, restaurants' offerings ranging from traditional afternoon tea to full course dinners, this exquisite hotel is a short stroll to the Royal Albert Hall, and in easy reach of Knightsbridge and the West End.

An intimately elegant townhouse, The Egerton House Hotel in Knightsbridge is a shopper's delight with Harrods and Harvey Nichols a short stroll away, and the West End's theatres ten minutes from the hotel. This luxury five-star hotel boasts 28 individually designed rooms and suites, breakfast dining room, and a 24-hour menu to enjoy in room, lounge or bar. Renowned for its impeccable levels of service, charm and attention to detail, it is the perfect place to stay while enjoying the best of London.

41 is a discreet, haven of style and comfort, residence only hotel overlooking The Royal Mews at Buckingham Palace. A chic black and white design scheme is complemented by the plentiful rich mahogany throughout the hotel, and the Executive Lounge where natural daylight floods in from the glass roof. This intimate club-like property offers the height of five-star luxury: 30 rooms and beautiful suites including two unique hospitality suites, butler service, 24-hour room service, the latest in-room technology, full concierge service, "plunder the pantry" whenever you wish, and an outstanding level of personal service.

The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa - a peaceful sanctuary nestled at the edge of the world, with staggering views of the majestic Twelve Apostles mountain range and the Atlantic Ocean. This five-star Cape Town hotel is only 5 minutes from Camps Bay and 15 minutes from the City Centre and V&A Waterfront. Guests can experience the best of both worlds - vibrant Cape Town, and a haven of natural beauty. Facilities include 70 sea and mountain facing bedrooms and suites including the Presidential Suite; two pools; the award-winning Sanctuary Spa; Azure restaurant; Café Grill; Leopard Bar; and a 16-seater private cinema.

Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve and Wellness Retreat - an extraordinary haven nestled in the foothills of the Cederberg Mountains in the Western Cape, just 270km from Cape Town - is the ideal spa retreat. Guests enjoy warm, caring service and hospitality, delicious organic cuisine, breathtaking dining venues, luxurious spa treatments, and superb facilities in a malaria and predator free setting. Luxury accommodations include the Lodge with 16 rooms and suites and the secluded Koro Lodge - a private villa that comfortably houses eight. This Natural Heritage Site is home to many exceptional sand rock art sites. Guests can discover the wonders of nature, choose from numerous outdoor activities, or just inhale and succumb to the beauty, peace and quiet.

The Red Carnation Hotel Collection is an award-winning collection of five and four star family-run boutique hotels in London, Dorset, Guernsey, Geneva and South Africa. Each property has its own individual character and unique location that reflects the local environment, culture and cuisine. They all share the qualities that win Red Carnation so many prestigious awards - splendid luxury, generous hospitality, inventive and traditional cuisine, private art collections, passionate service and loyal staff committed to creating richly rewarding experiences for all their guests.

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