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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