Red Carnation

Red Carnation

When it comes to a refined collection of boutique hotels, Red Carnation Hotels top the list! With a passion for excellence, their service delivery and guest experiences are second to none! Each hotel is a landmark of history and tradition, with a peerless reputation for exquisite fine dining, leading spas and sumptuous surroundings.

The Oyster Box
This colonial style hotel has been voted the best hotel in South Africa and has earned its spot among the greats! With vast ocean views and the iconic Umhlanga lighthouse at your doorstep, you will have a view that will never fail to impress. Sublime cuisine, the freshest local ingredients and of course oysters will grace the menu to dazzle and delight even the most discerning palate. What sets this hotel apart from so many others is their exceptional Holiday Club for children between the ages of 4 and 12. If you desire some privacy, rest assured that your children will have a lot to keep them preoccupied and can even indulge in the private cinema with the latest film releases and a few classics for good measure.

The Twelve Apostles
Located on one of the most scenic drives in South Africa, you will find The Twelve Apostles. Poised above the Atlantic Ocean, this hotel is flanked by Table Mountain and Signal Hill and of course, the Twelve Apostles mountain range. If you’re seeking gastronomy heaven in harmonious surroundings, look no further than this prestigious hotel. You won’t have to worry about missing out on the genuine Cape Town experience as there are tours that The Twelve Apostles will take you on such as the Cape Town Big 7: Cape Point, City Walk, Groot Constantia, Kirstenbosch, Robben Island Museum, Table Mountain Cableway and V&A Waterfront. Out of all hotels in Africa and the Middle East, this hotel holds its number 6 spot with sheer pride!

Bushman’s Kloof Wilderness Reserve & Wellness Retreat
Nestled in the foothills of the Cederberg Mountains lies the ecological oasis within a roughly hewn and magical land. This number 3 top resort in Africa offers a distinctive wilderness experience among open plains and ancient sandstone formations, including over 130 sites of bush art paintings, some dating back as far as 10,000 years. Here you will discover the home of authentic Cape cuisine, being a Relais and Chateaux property, there are exceptionally high standards when it comes to cuisine. There are a variety of activities for you to treat yourself to, be it adventure or a relaxing day at the spa, you will revitalise mind, body and spirit.

The Rubens at the Palace
Just across the way from the Royal Mews of Buckingham Palace is this perfectly located hotel. Find aristocratic grandeur, serene comfort and traditional hospitality, combined with the latest technology. Enjoy a traditional afternoon tea in the Palace Lounge and dine in style or simply indulge at the Leopard Champagne Bar. Even though you’ll have her royal majesty the Queen as your neighbour, the family features at this hotel will make you truly feel at home. This was voted number 12 of the best hotels in London by the prestigious Condé Naste Traveler Readers Choice Awards.

The Chesterfield Mayfair
If you find yourself in London to do a little shopping, there is no better located hotel than The Chesterfield Mayfair yet, when you enter, you’re in what feels like a private Regency style club: Quiet, calm and efficient service blends with supreme comfort and luxury. To reassure you that you’re at one of the finest hotels in all of London, you can dine in the comfort of a leisurely brunch or have a grand banquet evening or simply have tea and scones during their world-famous high tea! This is also ranked within the top 25 hotels in all of London by the famous Condé Naste Traveler Readers Choice Awards.

Ashford Castle
Originally built as a stronghold by the Anglo-Norman de Burgo family, this incredible castle has transformed since its humble beginnings in 1228 to a luxurious hotel. Ashford is a gourmet delight with creative Irish cuisine that is inspired by the only the finest seasonal ingredients from West Ireland, accompanied by the phenomenal wines in the extensive wine cellar, this is fine dining at its best! It has also rightfully been voted as the number 1 Resort & Inn in Great Britain and Ireland!

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