Whether its ancient forests, rolling landscapes or glittering shores, each Red Carnation Hotels property is set in stunning surrounds with plenty to explore. From scaling Guernsey’s sea cliffs and stargazing beneath clear African skies to relaxing in the spa and simply admiring the view, there’s a wealth of things to do besides enjoying the prime hospitality. Here, we journey to the best Red Carnation Hotels for amazing activities.
Bushmans Kloof, South Africa
Whether seeking action and adventure or sheer relaxation, amazing activities abound at Bushmans Kloof. The retreat is tucked in the heart of the South African wilderness, offering a bounty of nature hikes and bike rides for outdoorsy types. There’s ample to captivate history buffs here, too, with more than 130 ancient cave art sites. Meanwhile, keen wildlife spotters can head out on safari to spot the Cape Mountain zebra and perhaps even glimpse the elusive Cape leopard. End the day with some stargazing to marvel at Africa’s immense skies.
Ashford Castle, Ireland
Set on a verdant estate in the Emerald Isle, with the glimmering Lough Corrib at its heart, there are activities to suit all stripes at Ashford Castle. Onsite activity centre Ashford Outdoors puts on guided cycle tours for all levels of ability. For something a little different, try your hand at archery or raise the pulse with an exhilarating off-road drive. Avid naturalists on the other hand can enjoy an introduction to the historic art of falconry at Ireland’s oldest falconry school.
The Old Government House Hotel & Spa, Guernsey
Scaling Guernsey’s cliffs with a rock climbing expedition is certainly a unique way of exploring the island. The Old Government House Hotel is within easy reach of the island’s most amazing activities, with fishing trips and surfing just a taste of what’s on offer. After a day of adventure, head back to the hotel and unwind with a wellness treatment.
Summer Lodge Country House Hotel, Restaurant and Spa, Dorset
Be it a sporting activity or healing therapy, the verdant Dorset countryside surrounding Summer Lodge is the perfect backdrop. Venture into the great outdoors, where a range of English country pursuits are the order of the day, whether it’s shooting, croquet or a relaxed family walk. Call on time-forgotten local villages or get creative with a woodwork or watercolour class for something a little different.
The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa, South Africa
Part of the pleasure at The Twelve Apostles is kicking back on the sun-lit terrace and simply gazing out to sea. But nature lovers have plenty more activities to entice. Cape Town’s 12 Apostles and Table Mountain are a stone’s throw away, both threaded with beautiful walking routes. Yet more thrills await, with the region’s wild coast perfect for outdoor adventures such as kitesurfing, whale watching and shark diving.
The Duke of Richmond Hotel, Guernsey
No stay at The Duke of Richmond Hotel is complete without a stroll along the island’s wild coast. But for something more adventurous, there’s plenty to inspire. Take the family sea kayaking or venture even further afield—regular ferries depart for the neighbouring Channel Islands, including the tiny outposts of Alderney and Herm, throughout the day.
The Chesterfield Palm Beach, Florida
Those looking to fine-tune their golf swing are in prime position at The Chesterfield Palm Beach—a plethora of first-rate courses are within easy reach. Alternatively, Florida’s beaches offer a wealth of aquatic adventures. There’s also plenty of opportunity to do your bit for the environment here, from beach clean-ups to festivals and events that support local marine-life.
Each of Red Carnation Hotels’ properties offers a range of amazing activities. Allow our helpful concierges to arrange your favourite pursuit.