World’s Biggest Review of Luxury Event Spaces Begins



Nominations are now open in the Prestigious Star Awards 2016 - celebrating the quality, performance and reputation of the world’s best venues

17th February 2016


Prestigious Venues has opened the nominations for the Prestigious Star Awards. Driven by the success of previous years, in 2016 the search will incorporate over 20 new destinations including India, Russia, China, Mexico, Brazil, South Africa, Singapore, Argentina, Spain and more.

Prestigious Venues has opened the nominations for the 2016 Prestigious Star Awards. Now in its seventh year, the program is the industry's only global luxury venue awards. Driven by the success of previous years, in 2016 the search will incorporate over 20 new destinations including India, Russia, China, Mexico, Brazil, South Africa, Singapore, Argentina, Germany, France, Spain and more. Over 2,000 reputable venues will be reviewed, leading to 200 nominees being shortlisted. Nominees are recognised and highlighted throughout the year for their respective event capabilities. 60 finalists are announced in August and 20 global winners are then celebrated at the awards ceremony on September 16th in London.

Venues invited to enter the awards include luxury hotels, private estates, royal palaces, castles, stately homes, villas, luxury resorts, fine dining restaurants, unique bars, members’ clubs, private islands, grand halls, galleries, gardens and other prestigious venues available for corporate and private events.

Venue entry applications are open:

  • Entry Deadline: – 30th June 2016
  • Voting Period: – 1st July – 31st July 2016
  • Finalists Announced: – August 2016
  • Awards Ceremony & The Creative Platform: – 16th September 2016
  • Awards Campaign Duration: – 12 months of recognition, pre and post the awards evening.

Venues that qualify the nominations process will be announced one by one on the Prestigious Star Awards website until nominations close in June. For more detail on the selection process, see the Awards Schedule Infographic.

Awards Categories

The Most Prestigious

  1. Gala Dinner Venue
  2. Conference Venue
  3. Meeting Venue
  4. Christmas Venue
  5. Private Dining Venue
  6. Reception Venue
  7. Engagement Party Venue
  8. Wedding Venue
  9. Romantic Venue
  10. Birthday Party Venue
  11. Fashion Event Venue
  12. Networking Event Venue
  13. Product Launch Venue
  14. Film Location Venue
  15. Press Conference Venue
  16. Corporate Incentive Venue
  17. Training Venue
  18. Exhibition Venue
  19. Sporting Venue
  20. The World's Most Prestigious Venue
  • An additional award for the Best Event presented during the Creative Platform
  • An additional award for the Most Prestigious Event Supplier
  • Audience prizes throughout the program

The awards feature a thought-leadership element known as The Creative Platform - named by event bookers as “the Cannes Lions of luxury events.” Selected venues will be invited to provide a brief 5 minute glimpse into one of their recent most successful events. In 2015, some of the world's best venues presented case studies that included a star studded tennis tournament on Necker Island, a full scale mini music festival at Farncombe Estate in the Cotswolds and The Global Education Forum held at Atlantis The Palm, Dubai.

Nominations: Venue representatives can apply for their venue to be nominated via the awards website:

Press/Media: Journalists and media receive a free invitation to the ceremony on the 16th September and qualify for guest prizes, including luxury weekend stays at prestigious venues.

Note: All venues are carefully reviewed by the Prestigious Venues ambassadors upon application to enter the awards.



"The team at Hampton Court Palace are thrilled to have been recognised as the ‘The World’s Most Prestigious Gala Dinner Venue’. We were up against some tough opposition with both the Hurlingham Club and Plaisterers' Hall shortlisted alongside us, but we are delighted to have come out on top." - Liz Young, Head of Events & Commercial Services, Historic Royal Palaces

"It was great collaborating with this exclusive program and a pleasure to be part of the success of the awards as well as also being a winner. It shows that in addition to a great location, service excellence and luxury, the success of Gran Melia Rome is made also by the people who work hard to deliver an excellent service and to make every event unforgettable." - Romina Lupattelli, Senior International Sales Manager, Gran Melia Rome Villa Agrippina

"We are honoured to win the award for The World’s Most Prestigious Networking Event Venue in 2015. We’d like to thank everyone who voted for us and we’re delighted to win. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the entire team at Atlantis The Palm for their dedication in providing first class service and amazing experiences to our guests and clients." - Serge Zaalof, President and Managing Director, Atlantis The Palm, Dubai

"We wanted to reposition as Sydney’s luxury, celebrity and fashion hotel and this global award absolutely acknowledges our efforts this year with very high profile media events." - Sonia Lefevre, General Manager, The Langham, Sydney

"The Hotel Plaza Athénée New York is thrilled to have been selected as The Most Prestigious Film Location Venue. Our “picture perfect” hotel is the impeccable setting for our enthusiastic team. Thank you very much for this honor and recognition!" - Pamela Feick, Director of Sales & Marketing, Hotel Plaza Athénée New York

"We are honoured Necker Island won The World’s Most Prestigious Venue in 2015. This was a wonderful surprise and truly appreciated. We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who voted for us and to Prestigious Venues for a fantastic evening." - Katherine Beach, Sales Executive, Virgin Limited Edition

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