World’s Top 20 Venues Announced at the Prestigious Star Awards 2016



The results of the Prestigious Star Awards 2016 were announced on Friday 16th September at 20 Cavendish Square in London

19th September 2016


20 venues from across the world were announced as winners in the Prestigious Star Awards 2016 on Friday evening at 20 Cavendish Square in London. Winning venues included Hampton Court Palace, The Waldorf Astoria New York, Dusit Thani Maldives, Gran Meliá Rome, Royal Mansour Marrakech and more. The awards ceremony was a mix of thought leadership and celebration, featuring speakers from notable international venues: Petroff Palace Moscow, Sofitel Legend The Grand Amsterdam, Kensington Palace, Hard Rock Hotels and Cornelia Hotels. As the only global luxury venue awards, every year the program celebrates the quality, performance and reputation of the world’s best venues qualified to host the most memorable events.

The 20 winning venues in the Prestigious Star Awards 2016 were announced at 20 Cavendish Square on Friday 16th September in London. From a shortlist of 2,000 global venues reviewed throughout the year, 200 were nominated in the awards and only 20 were crowned as winners. Nominated venues were voted for by event bookers in July when 3 finalist venues were shortlisted in each category. An in-depth review by Prestigious Venues global ambassadors, venue specialists and event planners in August then led to 20 winning venues.

The invitation-only awards evening on the 16th September brought together the Prestigious Venues Top 100, including senior representatives from distinguished international venues, selected clients, corporate partners, prestigious event suppliers, and VIPs from the Prestigious Venues network. The Prestigious Star Awards celebrate the quality, performance and reputation of the world’s best venues qualified to host the most memorable events. Now in their seventh year, the program remains the only global luxury venue industry awards - renowned for identifying the world's most distinguished venues.

The 2016 winners are:

1. Most Prestigious Gala Dinner Venue

Winner: Royal Mansour Marrakech (Morocco)

Highly Commended: Banqueting House (UK)


2. Most Prestigious Conference Venue

Winner: Burj Al Arab, Dubai (UAE)

Highly Commended: Conrad Bali (Bali)


3. Most Prestigious Meeting Venue

Winner: Sofitel Legend The Grand Amsterdam (Netherlands)

Highly Commended: Corinthia Hotel London (UK)


4. Most Prestigious Christmas Venue

Winner: Royal Albert Hall (UK)

Highly Commended: Hotel Maiensee (Austria)


5. Most Prestigious Private Dining Venue

Winner: Hampton Court Palace (UK)

Highly Commended: ANA InterContinental Tokyo (Japan)


6. Most Prestigious Reception Venue

Winner: Banqueting House (UK)

Highly Commended: Turandot (Russia)


7. Most Prestigious Engagement Party Venue

Winner: The Savoy (UK)

Highly Commended: Palais Coburg Residenz (Austria)


8. Most Prestigious Wedding Venue

Winner: Dusit Thani Maldives (Maldives)

Highly Commended: Palais Rhoul & Spa (Morocco)


9. Most Prestigious Romantic Venue

Winner: Farncombe Estate (UK)

Highly Commended: Round Hill (Jamaica)


10. Most Prestigious Birthday Party Venue

Winner: Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya (Mexico)

Highly Commended: Albergo Villa Casanova (Italy)


11. Most Prestigious Fashion Event Venue

Winner: Petroff Palace (Russia)

Highly Commended: Victoria and Albert Museum (UK)


12. Most Prestigious Networking Event Venue

Winner: Hotel Plaza Athenee (USA)

Highly Commended: The Langham, Sydney (Australia)


13. Most Prestigious Product Launch Venue

Winner: Gran Meliá Rome Villa Agrippina (Italy)

Highly Commended: Armani Hotel Dubai (UAE)


14. Most Prestigious Film Location Venue

Winner: One Great George Street (UK)

Highly Commended: Hotel Sacher Vienna (Austria)


15. Most Prestigious Press Conference Venue

Winner: The Waldorf Astoria New York (USA)

Highly Commended: Raffles Dubai (UAE)


16. Most Prestigious Corporate Incentive Venue

Winner: Cornelia Diamond Golf Resort & Spa (Turkey)

Highly Commended: Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana (Dominican Republic)


17. Most Prestigious Training Venue

Winner: Hotel Bristol Salzburg (Austria)

Highly Commended: 20 Cavendish Square (UK)


18. Most Prestigious Exhibition Venue

Winner: Atlantis The Palm, Dubai (UAE)

Highly Commended: Merchant Taylors’ Hall (UK)


19. Most Prestigious Sporting Venue

Winner: Gloria Golf Resort (Turkey)

Highly Commended: Goodwood (UK)


20. The World's Most Prestigious Venue

Winner: Kensington Palace (UK)

Highly Commended: Royal Mansour Marrakech (Morocco)


Additional Categories included:


Most Prestigious Event Supplier

Winner: Urban Soul Orchestra (UK)

Highly Commended: Vanilla Orchid Bakery (UK)


The Creative Platform award - "Best Event"

Winner: Kensington Palace (UK)


The Event Organiser was Prestigious Venues.


Headline Event Sponsors included the premium English sparkling wine brand Wiston Estate Winery and private jet brand Air Partner.


Event partners included 20 Cavendish Square, Wheathill Music, Eclectic Sax Quartet, Purling London, Vanilla Orchid Bakery, Charlotte Armitage, Rupa Photography, LOLA Staffing, Wildabout Flowers, Mahiki and EMS Events Design.


Nominations: Venue representatives can apply for their venue to be nominated in 2017 via the awards website:

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

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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