The "Grand Ball" Returns To London To Celebrate The World's Best Venues In 2019
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18th March 2019, LONDON, UK

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The Prestigious Star Awards 2019 celebrated the world's best venues with a Grand Ball at One Whitehall Place in London on Friday 15th March.

18th March 2019
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SUMMARY

The Prestigious Star Awards Grand Ball took place on Friday evening at One Whitehall Place in London to celebrate the world’s best venues. In an evening that fizzed with energy, guests enjoyed captivating performances, glamorous dance troupes, enchanting foot jugglers, glittering musicians and ballroom dancing. London’s Grand Ball revived the elegant and timeless art of the ballroom dance in one of London's most beautiful ballrooms. Performing arts company City Academy gracefully demonstrated traditional ballroom dancing, which added a touch of magic to this opulent Ball. During the awards presentation, the 2019 winners were announced and winning venues included Palazzo Versace Dubai (UAE), Blenheim Palace (UK), Su Gologone (Italy), Hôtel Majestic Barriere (France), Unico 20 87 (Mexico), Hard Rock Hotel Davos (Switzerland), and more. The ‘World’s Best Events’ section of the evening was a showcase of exceptional events, selected among over 200 outstanding submissions, hosted at notable international venues including Lord’s Cricket Ground, Brocket Hall and Hotel Villa Diodoro. The winner was selected through a live audience vote that took place on the night. Hotel Villa Diodoro in Sicily enjoyed a decisive victory to win the 'World’s Best Event' trophy. The Prestigious Star Awards program celebrates the quality, performance and reputation of the world’s best venues qualified to host the most memorable events. It remains, the only global luxury venue recognition programme across the industry.

Building on the spectacular success of last year, guests at London's 2019 Grand Ball enjoyed a star-studded night filled with energy, captivating performances, glamorous dance troupes, enchanting foot jugglers, glittering musicians and ballroom dancing. The evening brought together distinguished individuals from the Prestigious Venues network, including senior representatives from leading international venues, corporate partners, prestigious event suppliers, and VIPs from a wide range of sectors.

In spectacular style, the evening revived the old-world tradition of ballroom dancing to classical ballroom pieces including Shostakovich’s Waltz No. 2. Set in motion by City Academy, this element of the awards evening was thoroughly enjoyed by all. Over the course of the evening, five lucky guests also won luxury weekend stays at some of the world’s most prestigious hotels.

Every year, the Prestigious Star Awards celebrates the world’s best event venues and unique spaces across the globe, spanning countries far and wide, from Mexico to Sardinia. Over a staggering 2,000 global venues and suppliers were assessed and reviewed in the past year, with only one winner selected in each of the 24 event categories. Awards categories included event based categories, such as Best Gala Dinner Venue, Best Film Location Venue, Best Event Supplier and the World’s Most Prestigious Venue. In 2019 an exciting new employee category was introduced, recognising the unbridled dedication of venue staff in driving the success of a venue.

Now in their tenth year, the Prestigious Star Awards celebrate the quality, performance and reputation of the world’s best venues and suppliers qualified to host the most memorable events. The awards program is run annually by Prestigious Venues. Venue performance in the awards is used to make recommendations and develop a series of international rankings, including ‘Top 100 Venues’ worldwide. Nominated venues were voted for by event bookers when 3 finalists were shortlisted in each category. After this, an in-depth review by Prestigious Venues global ambassadors, venue specialists and event planners led to the winners being selected.

Event partners included One Whitehall Place, Yellow Entertainment, Eclipse AV, Rupa Photography, Richard Birtchnell, Sportography, City Academy, and Libertine.

The 2019 Prestigious Star Awards Winners Are:

1. Best Gala Dinner Venue:

  • Winner: One Great George Street, UK
  • Highly Commended: Palazzo Versace Dubai, UAE

 

2. Best Conference Venue:

  • Winner: Sopwell House, UK
  • Highly Commended: Gloria Golf Club, Turkey

 

3. Best Meeting Venue:

  • Winner: Lucknam Park Hotel & Spa, UK
  • Highly Commended: The Langham Sydney, Australia

 

4. Best Christmas Party Venue:

  • Winner: Hard Rock Hotel Davos, Switzerland
  • Highly Commended: Cafe de Paris, UK

 

5. Best Private Dining Venue:

  • Winner: Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Highly Commended: Faro Capo-Spartivento, Italy

 

6. Best Reception Venue:

  • Winner: Gran Meliá Rome Villa Agrippina, Italy
  • Highly Commended: Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

 

7. Best Engagement Party Venue:

  • Winner: Su Gologone, Italy
  • Highly Commended: Hôtel Majestic Barriere, France

 

8. Best Wedding Venue:

  • Winner: Blenheim Palace, UK
  • Highly Commended: UNICO 20 87 Riviera Maya, Mexico

 

9. Best Romantic Venue:

  • Winner: Hotel Villa Diodoro, Italy
  • Highly Commended: Hotel TwentySeven, The Netherlands

 

10. Best Birthday Party Venue:

  • Winner: De L’Europe Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Highly Commended: Hotel Maiensee, Austria

 

11. Best Fashion Event Venue:

  • Winner: Cafe de Paris, UK
  • Highly Commended: Blenheim Palace, UK

 

12. Best Networking Event Venue:

  • Winner: Atlantis The Palm, Dubai, UAE
  • Highly Commended: The Royal Horseguards Hotel and One Whitehall Place, UK

 

13. Best Product Launch Venue:

  • Winner: Palazzo Versace Dubai, UAE
  • Highly Commended: Conservatorium Hotel, The Netherlands

 

14. Best Film Location Venue:

  • Winner: Blenheim Palace, UK
  • Highly Commended: Brocket Hall, UK

 

15. Best Press Conference Venue:

  • Winner: The Royal Horseguards Hotel and One Whitehall Place, UK
  • Highly Commended: One Great George Street, UK

 

16. Best Corporate Incentive Venue:

  • Winner: UNICO 20 87 Riviera Maya, Mexico
  • Highly Commended: Vila Monte, Portugal

 

17. Best Training Venue:

  • Winner: The Royal Horseguards Hotel and One Whitehall Place, UK
  • Highly Commended: The Roseate Reading, UK

 

18. Best Exhibition Venue:

  • Winner: Atlantis The Palm, Dubai, UAE
  • Highly Commended: Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya, Mexico

 

19. Best Sporting Venue:

  • Winner: Brocket Hall, UK
  • Highly Commended: Lord's Cricket Ground, UK

 

20. The World's Most Prestigious Venue:

  • Winner: Hôtel Majestic Barriere, France
  • Highly Commended: Brocket Hall, Italy

 

21. Best Venue in The Netherlands:

  • Winner: Sofitel Legend The Grand Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Highly Commended: Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam, The Netherlands

 

22. Best Venue in The UK:

  • Winner: Goodwood, UK
  • Highly Commended: The Grove, UK

 

23. Best Event Supplier:

  • Winner: Tropical Incentives, Mexico
  • Highly Commended: Potel & Chabot, France

 

24. Best Venue Staff:

  • Winner: Katie Hadley, One Great George Street, UK
  • Highly Commended: Silmiya Hendricks, Lucknam Park Hotel & Spa, UK

 

25. Best Event:

  • Winner: Hotel Villa Diodoro, Italy

Brief Facts

  • 2,000+ Venues - Over 2,000 venues reviewed across the globe each year
  • 200 Selected - Only 200 venues nominated worldwide
  • 3 Finalists - 3 Finalists in each of the 20 events based categories
  • 1 Highly Commended - 1 venue (the runner-up) is awarded the Highly Commended accolade
  • 1 Winner - 1 venue per category is awarded the STAR award - the most prestigious accolade in premium hospitality
  • 1 Annual Celebration - At one of London's most prestigious venue
  • 100 Guests - 100 industry leaders including venues and event bookers attend
  • Thought Leadership - Unique insights into the world's best events
  • New Categories - Recognising the best Event Suppliers and hospitality professionals behind the scenes
  • All Year Long - A 12 month program, filled with inspiration, recognition & celebration

WHAT IT IS
Now in their 10th year, the Prestigious Star Awards celebrate outstanding performance among the world’s best venues and event suppliers.

HOW IT WORKS
Nominations are open from April to November every year. During the voting period in October and November, event bookers from across the globe are invited to cast their votes to determine the three finalists in each category. Once voting ends, a panel of Prestigious Venues ambassadors then vote for the winners based on their performance over the previous 12-month period.

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2019 Winners and Highly Commended Venues
Prestigious Star Awards 2019 Winners' Trophies
Guests cheer in a live vote
The "Vienna Pose" before the ballroom dance
Welcome to London's Grand Ball 2019
Ballroom dance showcase by City Academy

About Prestigious Star Awards


We engage the foremost industry leaders to examine and promote excellence, to revive old-world values, to boost innovation, and to shape the future of premium hospitality.

The Prestigious Star Awards celebrate the quality, performance and reputation of the world’s best venues and suppliers qualified to host the most memorable events. As the only global luxury venue industry awards, every year the world’s leading venues and event suppliers are nominated. The program puts the nominees in front of the public, event bookers and Prestigious Venues ambassadors through online voting. The award of a ‘Prestigious Star’ is presented to one elected winner in each category at the awards evening that takes place at one of London's most prestigious venues every year. The Prestigious Star Awards are conducted by Prestigious Venues - the global venue platform enabling clients to benchmark and book distinguished event spaces across the world.

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Prestigious Venues

Prestigious Venues is a global consortium of venues, helping event bookers find and book the very best locations for their events. The platform makes the venue booking process fast and simple. Its free service is trusted by national and international brands, as well as private event bookers. As dedicated venue experts, Prestigious Venues ensures clients get the best value for their budget while hosting distinguished events.

Titanic Mardan Palace

Fairmont St Andrews

Costa Navarino

Atlantis The Palm, Dubai

The Hyde Bar

Goodwood

Sofitel Legend The Grand Amsterdam

Hotel Barrière Le Majestic Cannes

Brocket Hall

The Royal Horseguards Hotel

One Whitehall Place

UNICO 20 87 Riviera Maya

Palazzo Versace Dubai

Cafe de Paris

De L’Europe Amsterdam

Hotel Villa Diodoro

Su Gologone

Gran Melia Rome Villa Agrippina

Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam

Hard Rock Hotel Davos

Sopwell House

One Great George Street

Blenheim Palace

Buddha Bar Hotel Paris

Mahiki

Four Seasons Hotel Sydney

Forte Village Resort

The Langham Sydney

Gloria Golf Resort

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana

Hotel TwentySeven

Faro Capo Spartivento

Hotel Maiensee

Conservatorium Hotel

Vila Monte

The Roseate Reading

Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya

Lord’s Cricket Ground

The Grove

Sofitel Marrakech Palais Imperial

L’Andana

Hotel Imperial, Vienna

The Hurlingham Club

The Wallace Collection

Wellington Arch

Villa Pliniana

The Milestone Hotel

Tower Bridge

The Grand Hotel, Eastbourne

Sofitel Vienna Stephansdom

Sheraton Salzburg Hotel

Hotel Sans Souci Vienna

Hampton Court Palace

Burhill Golf Club

Baglioni Hotel

Aphrodite Hills Resort Hotel

Mandarin Oriental Pudong, Shanghai

L’Albereta

Farncombe Estate

Kenwood House

The Ritz-Carlton Bali

The Dorchester

The St. Regis Rome

Nobu Eden Roc

Royal Mansour Marrakech

Maxx Royal Belek Golf Resort

Hever Castle

Qasr Al Sarab

Palais Coburg Residenz

Gibson Hall

170 Queen’s Gate

The Royal Exchange

Ivy

Casa Fuzetta

Banyan Tree Bali

Auberge du Lac

Emirates Palace

Petroff Palace

Turandot

Hotel National

Schlosshotel Velden

Aqua London

Hotel Sacher Vienna

Conrad Bali

Armani Hotel Dubai

Vasse Felix

Bells at Killcare

Burj Al Arab, Dubai

Gleneagles

Donnafugata Golf Resort & Spa

Regina Hotel Baglioni

The Carlyle, New York

Summer Lodge, Dorset

Grand Hyatt Dubai

Penha Longa Resort

Silver Sturgeon

Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London

Necker Island

Dar Sabra Hotel Marrakech

Rushton Hall Hotel and Spa

COMO Shambhala Estate

Merchant Taylors’ Hall

Ranger’s House

Dusit Thani Maldives

ANA InterContinental Tokyo

The Peninsula New York

Cornelia Diamond Golf Resort & Spa

The Langham Melbourne

La Sultana Marrakech

Kensington Palace

Plaisterers’ Hall

Ashdown Park Hotel

OXO2

Royal Albert Hall

The Artillery Garden at the HAC

Lakesong Kumarakom

Kumarakom Lake Resort

qualia

Shangri-La Maldives

Vidago Palace Hotel

The Savoy

Tower of London

Hotel Plaza Athenee

The Westin Sydney

Thornbury Castle

Inverlochy Castle

Bingham Restaurant

Beji Villa, Bali

Banqueting House

58 Prince’s Gate

20 Cavendish Square

Corinthia Hotel London

Casa de Arte e Cultura Julieta de Serpa

Eynsham Hall

Hotel Bristol Salzburg

Hotel Bristol

Hamilton Island Yacht Club

Grand Hotel Lienz

Grand Hotel Amrath Amsterdam

InterContinental Amstel Amsterdam

Hotel Vila Gale Rio de Janeiro

Hotel Splendide Royal, Rome

Hotel Sacher Salzburg

Lajedo Casa de Festas

JW Marriott Hotel Rio de Janeiro

InterContinental Bali Resort

Lotte New York Palace

Raffles Dubai

Park Hyatt Melbourne

Palais Rhoul & Spa

Palais Hansen Kempinski Vienna

Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney

Round Hill

Sydney Opera House

The Langham London

The Zuri Kumarakom Kerala Resort & Spa

The Waldorf Astoria New York

Victoria & Albert Museum

Viceroy Bali

Belmond Copacabana Palace