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January 20, 2010

Three Red Carnation Properties Rate Gold With Conde Nast Traveler

By Pardhasaradhi Gonuguntla

LONDON, GREAT BRITAIN — Red Carnation, the luxury collection of five and four-star family-run boutique hotels, has found three hotels within its portfolio have received extremely high rankings on the Condé Nast Gold List in 2010.

Red Carnation’s winners:

The Milestone Hotel – This five-star luxury hotel in London’s Kensington, and member of Leading Hotels of the World features 57 individually designed rooms and suites and six luxury apartments, received four incredible rankings.

* No.1 Hotel in London in the ‘Best Places to Stay in the World’ category, with an overall score of 94.2
* No.1 Hotel in England UK for ‘Best Rooms’ in Europe, scoring 97.9
* No 2. Hotel in London for ‘Best Service’ in Europe, scoring 97.9
* No.1 Hotel in London for ‘Best Design’ in Europe, scoring 97.9

The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa – The newly refurbished five-star hotel in Cape Town boasting an eclectic mix of 70 contemporary African-style and classic European bedrooms and suites and one-of-a-kind Presidential Suite, was listed as one of the ‘Best places to stay in the World’ receiving an overall score of 88.6.

Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve and Wellness Retreat – This award-winning five-star Luxury South African Lodge is located in the Western Cape. With 16 luxurious African and European designed rooms and suites and the world’s largest open air art gallery with over 130 ancient Bushman rock art sites, this remarkable ecological oasis was listed as one of the ‘Best places to stay in the World’ receiving an overall score of 88.8.

Readers remarked the luxury South African lodge was “deeply enriching” and “beyond all expectations” where “Rooms fuse modern and African design”; “the Riverside Suite has an infinity pool”; “The service is impeccable on every level.” Makana does an afternoon tea that is “in a class of its own – pure confection.” The on-site heritage center displays Bushman artifacts. The Hotel is a member of Relais & Châteaux.

In a press release received by Elite Traveler, Jonathan Raggett, Managing Director of Red Carnation Hotels and winner of the ‘Hotelier of the Year’ at the Hotel Catey Awards 2009 in the UK, comments, “This is an outstanding achievement for the hotels and the collection. Mrs Bea Tollman, our Founder and President, and I are absolutely thrilled by these enormous accolades in such a prestigious award. It reflects the terrific effort made by every single member of the Red Carnation Team at each one of our thirteen hotels. We are a small family-run collection dedicated to going to that extra mile to live up to our promise – ‘No request is too large, no detail too small’. These awards are a testament to our dedicated and passionate teams.”

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