The World's 10 Most Prestigious Venues Announced at the Prestigious Star Awards 2014



The only global luxury venue awards held at the Oriental Club on Friday 12th September

16th September 2014


10 venues were announced as the world's most prestigious venues in the Prestigious Star Awards 2014 on Friday evening at the Oriental Club in London. Hosted annually by Prestigious Venues, this is the only global awards program for luxury venues. The event celebrated the quality, performance and reputation of the world’s 10 best venues qualified to host the most memorable events. A mix of thought leadership, celebration and networking, the evening featured speakers from notable international venues including: Vidago Palace (Portugal), Necker Island (Virgin Limited Edition, British Virgin Islands), Gleneagles (Scotland), Sofitel Legend The Grand Amsterdam (The Netherlands) and more. Winning venues included Goodwood, Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park and InterContinental Bali Resort.

The invitation only awards evening brought together the Prestigious Venues Top 100, including senior representatives from distinguished international venues, selected clients, corporate partners, prestigious event suppliers, and Prestigious Members Club associates. Attendees included Gleneagles, Sofitel Luxury Hotels, Virgin Limited Edition, Vidago Palace, Guoman Hotels, InterContinental Hotels Group, Farncombe Estate, The Stafford London, Marriott, Imperial College, Landmark Hotel Group, Starwood Hotels & Resorts and more. Other attendees included Liberty Global, Ernst & Young, KPMG, Omnicom and Smiths Group.

The event was a mix of three elements; thought leadership, celebration and networking. The evening began with the 'Creative Platform' element where 9 selected venues presented a variety of their most successful corporate and private events. These included a luxurious 3-day wedding on Necker Island, Gleneagles' 90th Birthday Celebrations, a cocktail party with Conchita Wurst at Sofitel Legend The Grand Amsterdam, The XXVI Portugal-Spain Summit at Vidago Palace and The Kings College Summer Ball at Middle Temple Hall. Post the Creative Platform, guests enjoyed a drinks reception with entertainment by Urban Soul Orchestra and bespoke cupcakes with edible pictures of winning venues by Vanilla Orchid Bakery. The Awards Ceremony then crowned the 10 winning venues and the most prestigious event supplier.

Guest prizes for 'Best Dressed' and Best Use of the awards hashtag #PrestigiousStarAwards were also awarded as was a two night stay at InterContinental Aphrodite Hills Resort in Cyprus.

Prestigious Star Awards 2014 Winners:

Most Prestigious Gala Dinner Venue
Winner: Goodwood
Highly Commended: Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London

Most Prestigious Conference Venue
Winner: Gleneagles
Highly Commended: Burj Al Arab

Most Prestigious Meeting Venue
Winner: Sofitel Legend The Grand Amsterdam
Highly Commended: Gleneagles

Most Prestigious Christmas Venue
Winner: One Whitehall Place
Highly Commended: The Stafford London

Most Prestigious Private Dining Venue
Winner: Necker Island
Highly Commended: Armani Hotel Dubai

Most Prestigious Reception Venue
Winner: Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London
Highly Commended: Middle Temple Hall

Most Prestigious Engagement Party Venue
Winner: Antara Palace
Highly Commended: Waldorf Astoria New York

Most Prestigious Wedding Venue
Winner: Vidago Palace Hotel
Highly Commended: Goodwood

Most Prestigious Romantic Venue
Winner: InterContinental Bali Resort
Highly Commended: Hotel Maiensee

Most Prestigious Birthday Party Venue
Winner: Farncombe Estate
Highly Commended: The Roof Gardens

Most Prestigious Event Supplier
Winner: rhubarb
Highly Commended: LOLA Staffing


Event Partners: Oriental ClubUrban Soul OrchestraLOLA StaffingKim Rix Photography, Vanilla Orchid Bakery, Illuminate Design

Brief Facts

  • ✶ Over 2,000 selected venues reviewed
  • ✶ Only 200 venues nominated worldwide
  • ✶ 3 finalists recognised in each category
  • ✶ 30 venues & suppliers are highly commended
  • ✶ 30 of the best venues & suppliers crowned winners
  • ✶ Best performing venues ranked in Top 100 Venues
  • ✶ 140 luxury venues, suppliers & clients attend the ceremony
  • ✶ 1 award for the Best Event out of over 200 submissions
  • ✶ Worldwide venues represented
  • ✶ An insight into the world's best events
  • ✶ A 12 month program of inspiration, recognition & celebrations

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Sofitel Legend The Grand Amsterdam

Hotel Barrière Le Majestic Cannes

Brocket Hall

The Royal Horseguards Hotel

One Whitehall Place

UNICO 20 87 Riviera Maya

Atlantis The Palm, Dubai

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


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

The Hyde Bar


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


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


Casa Fuzetta

Banyan Tree Bali

Auberge du Lac

Emirates Palace

Petroff Palace


Hotel National

Schlosshotel Velden

Aqua London

Hotel Sacher Vienna

Conrad Bali

Armani Hotel Dubai

Vasse Felix

Bells at Killcare

Burj Al Arab, Dubai


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


Royal Albert Hall

The Artillery Garden at the HAC

Lakesong Kumarakom

Kumarakom Lake Resort


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