Every year, Condé Nast Traveler sets the gold standard for international hotels, resorts and cruise lines with its prestigious “ Readers’ Choice Awards 2014.” This year, properties were rigorously screened and rated by nearly 77,000 readers before a select few were awarded inclusion in the coveted list. The Red Carnation Hotel Collection is proud to announce that eight of their award-winning hotels have been chosen in seven different categories: Summer Lodge Country House Hotel, Restaurant and Spa; The Rubens at the Palace; ‘41’ Hotel; The Milestone Hotel; Ashford Castle; The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa; Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve & Wellness Retreat; and 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.”
Dorset’s picturesque Summer Lodge Country House Hotel, Restaurant and Spa is an immaculately-restored Relais & Châteaux property that has swiftly earned a reputation as England’s finest country house hotel, set in four acres of perfectly maintained gardens and boasting exemplary old-world service. This year, Summer Lodge was awarded the #1 spot in the “Best Hotels in the British Isles” category as well as #4 in the “Top 25 Hotels in Europe.” This celebrated property was also ranked #40 in the “Top 100 Hotels & Resorts in the World.”
The Rubens at the Palace is a majestic four-star luxury hotel overlooking Buckingham Palace’s Royal Mews. Guests enjoy iconic attractions at their doorsteps and an impressive array of 161 individually-decorated rooms and suites. Condé Nast readers voted The Rubens into the #5 slot for “Best Hotels in the British Isles.”
London’s exquisite ‘41’ Hotel is an intimate, club-like property directly opposite the Royal Mews, designed in chic black-and-white with accents of mahogany. It has been recognized as one of the city’s most distinguished and sought-after deluxe hotels, offering an outstanding level of personal service as staff outnumber guests two-to-one. This year, ‘41’ was awarded the #23 placement in the “Best Hotels in the British Isles” category.
Also in London, The Milestone Hotel is a magnificent 19th-century architectural treasure centrally located in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. This quintessential boutique hotel offers five-star luxury just minutes from the Royal Albert Hall, Knightsbridge, and the West End. The Milestone was ranked as the #30 choice in the “Best Hotels in the British Isles.”
Ireland’s magnificent Ashford Castle was listed as #2 in the “Top 10 Resorts in Europe” category and placed #97 in the “Top 100 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 and is distinguished by its gorgeous gardens and stunning grounds. Ashford Castle is currently in its third and final stage of refurbishment, and this process is expected to be completed by April 2015.
Poised above the Atlantic Ocean and flanked by majestic Table Mountain and its namesake mountain range, The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa is one of Cape Town’s most prominent five-star hotels. This year, the spectacular views and award-winning accommodations earned the hotel the #4 slot in the “Best Hotels in Africa” category.
Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve & Wellness Retreat is a luxurious ecological oasis of 18,533 acres nestled at the foothills of the breathtaking Cederberg mountains. Staggering rock formations, invigorating outdoor activities, luxurious accommodations, and a wellness experience deeply rooted in Nature combine to create an unforgettable wilderness adventure that is as fresh as it is indulgent. Condé Nast readers ranked Bushmans Kloof as #6 in the “Top 20 Safari Lodges & Camps in Africa” category and #41 in the “Top 100 Hotels & Resorts in the World.”
Finally, in North America, The Chesterfield Palm Beach sits 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, and each of its individually-decorated rooms are dressed in lush fabrics and vivid colors that highlight the region’s clear warm days and breezy summer nights. The Chesterfield was awarded the #9 spot for this year’s “Best Hotels in Florida” category.
(Source: The Red Carnation Hotel Collection)