Every year, Condé Nast Traveler sets the gold standard for international hotels, resorts and cruise lines with its prestigious “Readers’ Choice Awards.” More than 128,000 travelers rigorously screened and rated properties this year, the most in Condé Nast’s history. The Red Carnation Hotel Collection has been honored with 10 of their award-winning hotels chosen in nine different categories, including four inclusions in “The Best Hotels & Resorts in the World” category and four #1 placements in other categories. This year’s celebrated properties are:
Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve & Wellness Retreat
The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa
The Oyster Box
Summer Lodge Country House Hotel, Restaurant and Spa
The Egerton House Hotel
The Milestone Hotel
The Chesterfield Palm Beach
“These awards are a tribute to our staff’s commitment and devotion to maintaining the highest possible standards,” said Jonathan Raggett, managing director for The Red Carnation Hotel Collection. “We are grateful that the readers of Condé Nast Traveler recognize and appreciate our efforts to provide an extraordinary experience in our various properties.”
South Africa’s Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve & Wellness Retreat claimed the #1 spot in the “Top 12 Resorts in South Africa” category and was also listed the #3 “ Best Hotels & Resorts in the World.” This luxurious ecological oasis of 18,533 acres, nestled at the foothills of the breathtaking Cederberg mountains, is home to staggering rock formations, invigorating outdoor activities, luxurious accommodations, and an indulgent wellness experience deeply rooted in nature. Also in South Africa, The Oyster Box and The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa placed prominently as #2 and #4 in the “Top 25 Hotels in Africa ” category. The Oyster Box, standing majestically on Umhlanga’s beachfront overlooking the Indian Ocean and the iconic lighthouse, is renowned for its colonial charm and meticulous service. The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa is one of Cape Town’s most prominent five-star hotels, poised above the Atlantic Ocean and flanked by its namesake mountain range and the majestic Table Mountain.
Dorset’s picturesque Summer Lodge Country House Hotel, Restaurant and Spa was awarded placement in three different categories this year, including #1 in the “Top 10 Hotels in the United Kingdom (not including London),” the #2 “ Top 25 Hotels in Europe,” and #18 in “The Best Hotels & Resorts in the World.” This immaculately-restored Relais & Châteaux property is set in four acres of perfectly maintained gardens and has swiftly earned a reputation as England’s finest country house hotel.
Additionally, three of Red Carnation’s London properties were named among the “Top 30 Hotels in London.” The Egerton House Hotel, The Milestone Hotel, and Hotel ‘41’ received the #2, #6, and #7 placements, respectively. All three of these properties are celebrated for their unbeatable locations, exemplary service, and exquisitely luxurious boutique accommodations.
Set on the banks of Lake Geneva, Hotel d’Angleterre was awarded the #1 spot in the “Top 12 Hotels in Switzerland” category as well as the #4 “Top 25 Hotels in Europe”and the #24 “ Best Hotels & Resorts in the World.” Famed for its traditional charm and elegant style, guests are welcomed like family friends and receive the best modern amenities and a host of thoughtful personal touches throughout their stay.
Ireland’s magnificent Ashford Castle was listed as #4 in the “Top 30 Resorts in Europe” category and placed #100 in “The Best Hotels & Resorts in the World .” The former home of Ireland’s renowned Guinness family, this prominent property is located on the shores of Lake Corrib against a breathtaking mountainous backdrop. The property is distinguished by its gorgeous gardens and stunning grounds.
Finally, in North America, The Chesterfield Palm Beach was awarded the #9 spot in this year’s “Top 20 Hotels in Florida ” category. Located just steps from the Atlantic Ocean on Florida’s idyllic island of Palm Beach, the hotel is within walking distance of many attractions, including the world-famous Worth Avenue shopping district. Each of the property’s individually decorated rooms are dressed in lush fabrics and vivid colors that highlight the region’s clear warm days and breezy summer nights.