Family-owned and run, Red Carnation Hotels knows very well the importance of setting the scene for lasting memories. Our worldwide properties go above and beyond to accommodate all ages with a diverse range of family-friendly activities and services, from putting on prime entertainment for our younger guests to arranging memorable excursions en famille. Here, we cherry pick Red Carnation Hotels’ most special stays for an unforgettable family vacation.
Best for adventures in the great outdoors
Flanked by the rugged Connemara Mountains and blanketed in ancient woodland, the Ashford Castle estate is ripe for outdoor pursuits. Sporty types can hike, bike or dive into a spectacular array of waterborne activities on the freshwater lough, while animal lovers can fly the estate’s sharp-eyed Harris’ Hawks or head out on horseback.
Ashford Castle & The Lodge at Ashford Castle, Ireland
With the Twelve Apostles and Table Mountain a dramatic backdrop, The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa is ideal for a family break in the great outdoors. Scale the heights of the mountain, marvel at the colourful residents of Butterfly World Zoo and take a dip at Boulders Beach, home to a colony of very endearing penguins.
The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa, South Africa
Best for accommodating the whole family
The Milestone’s interconnecting suites are ideal for accommodating a whole family—in fact, the hotel can host up to 10 guests in adjoining rooms. For even more privacy, a selection of two and three-bedroom residences offers families an exclusive home away from home.
The Milestone Hotel & Residences, London
Best for fabulous beach days
Smartly punctuating Umhlanga’s golden coastline, The Oyster Box is the ideal base for a beach break. Flanked by two swimming pools and subtropical gardens that teem with monkeys and birdlife, there’s plenty to do aside from lazing on the sand. Children under 12 are gifted with a backpack filled with holiday essentials—a fishing net, beach ball and colouring books, as well as a wristband entitling them to complimentary soft drinks, milkshakes and more.
The Oyster Box, South Africa
Guernsey’s best beaches are an easy wander from The Duke of Richmond Hotel. The hotel offers comfortable family accommodation and in-room treats for smaller guests, including games, child-sized bathrobes and slippers and an excellent programme of children’s movies.
The Duke of Richmond Hotel, Guernsey
Best for exploring prime English countryside
A family vacation at Summer Lodge in the chocolate-box village of Evershot offers easy access to rolling hills and farmland, dappled-shaded forests and verdant valleys. Back at the hotel, children can cosy up with books and games in the den while the grown-ups unwind at the spa.
Summer Lodge Country House Hotel, Restaurant and Spa, Dorset
Best for an exceptional city break
The concierge team at The Rubens at the Palace have their finger firmly on the London pulse, and are on hand to recommend exciting activities for families. The hotel’s Director of Fun and Adventure John Goncalves has been entertaining younger guests for 34 years—he’s always happy to share how many times he’s seen HM The Queen drive past.
The Rubens at the Palace, London
Make it an incredible family vacation to remember with Red Carnation Hotels.