Azure restaurant at the Twelve Apostles hotel and spa

Readers of Condé Nast Traveler have honoured five Red Carnation Hotel Collection properties as “the best places in the world to stay”. The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa and Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve and Wellness Retreat in South Africa and The Milestone Hotel, 41 and Egerton House Hotel in London were named on Condé Nast Traveler’s Gold List for 2011. With three hotels listed in England, The Milestone ranked first for hotels with a score of 95.8, which included a score of 100 for service. The Egerton House Hotel has been added to the Gold List this year.

The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa is only five minutes from Camps Bay and 15 minutes from the city centre and V&A Waterfront. Facilities include 70 sea- and mountain-facing bedrooms and suites, including the Presidential Suite, two pools, the Sanctuary Spa, Azure restaurant, Café Grill, Leopard Bar and a 16-seater private cinema.

Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve and Wellness Retreat, situated in the foothills of the Cederberg, just 270km from Cape Town offers guests organic cuisine, spa treatments and more in a malaria- and predator-free setting. Luxury accommodations include the Lodge with 16 rooms and suites and the secluded Koro Lodge. - Weekend Argus