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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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