Source = Red Carnation The Red Carnation Hotel Collection, the celebrated luxury collection of family-run boutique hotels, is proud to announce that two of their five star hotels, The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa, Cape Town, South Africa and The Milestone Hotel, Kensington, London have been included in Travel + Leisure’s 500 Best Hotels readers poll for 2011. Both hotels achieved outstanding marks and were listed in the top 10 for their respective regions, Europe and Africa.The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa is a peaceful sanctuary that stands in a class of its own, showcasing splendid luxury, passionate service, generous hospitality and exceptional value. Nestled at the edge of the world, amongst indigenous flora and mountain trails, with staggering views of the majestic Twelve Apostles mountain range and the Atlantic Ocean, this five-star Cape Town property is recognised and awarded as the No.1 Hotel in Cape Town (Travel + Leisure magazine World’s Best hotels 2010) and voted No.1 Hotel in South Africa (Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Family Hotels Awards 2010). Only five minutes from Camps Bay and 15 minutes from the City Centre and 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; one sea and one mountain-facing pool; and the award-winning Sanctuary Spa. Dining facilities include the Azure restaurant, The Café Grill, and the Leopard Bar. Guests can spend a popcorn-eating evening at the hotel’s 16-seat private cinema. In addition to its own helipad, The Twelve Apostles offers complimentary shuttle transfers to and from the V&A Waterfront, and is an exceptional setting for special occasions, corporate events and spectacular weddings.Situated in the heart of Kensington, overlooking Kensington Palace and Gardens, the quiet and understated elegance of The Milestone is celebrated for its style, comfort, and exalted levels of personal service. This five star hotel in London offers 56 individually designed rooms and suites, and six two-bedroom apartments: each lavishly decorated with the finest fabrics and furnishings. The building is a showpiece of the Victorian era, having been restored to its former architectural splendour. Boasting 24-hour butler service, Cheneston’s fine dining Restaurant, Park Lounge for traditional afternoon tea, Stables bar and fitness centre with resistance pool and spa treatment, this exquisite hotel is a short stroll to the Royal Albert Hall, and in easy reach of Knightsbridge and the West End.”No request is too large, no detail too small” is the ethos that inspires this luxury collection of thirteen five and four star outstanding boutique hotels in London, Dorset, Guernsey, Geneva, Palm Beach 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.