World's Top 3 Venues in 20 Categories



Event bookers have voted for the world's best venues across 20 categories and the finalists have now been announced

17th August 2017


The top 3 venues and suppliers in each of the Prestigious Star Awards categories have now been announced. Nominees were voted for by event bookers during the online voting period taking place in July. There will be an in-depth review and election by the Prestigious Venues global ambassadors before the 30 winners are announced at the awards ceremony in London on the 16th of March 2018.

The finalists in the Prestigious Star Awards 2017 were announced today in London. Every year, venues and event suppliers are nominated for excellence across a range of event specific categories. More than 2,000 venues and suppliers are reviewed but only 200 are nominated. The top 3 venues in each category have now been revealed based on votes from event bookers gathered during July.

The next stage in the process is an in-depth review and election by the Prestigious Venues global ambassadors panel. Winners will then be announced at the annual awards ceremony and grand ball on the 16th March 2018 at One Whitehall Place in London.

This year, as well as the global venue categories, new national categories were included such as, 'Best Venue in the UK,' 'Best Venue in the UAE' and 'Best Venue in Italy.' In addition, new categories for event suppliers were also introduced, including 'Best Event Entertainment' and 'Best Event Florist' amongst others.

Now in its eighth year, the awards program will be celebrated with a grand ball to be held at The Royal Horseguards & One Whitehall Place on Friday, 16th March 2018.

The awards celebration element has moved from September to March so that winners have a full year to celebrate their accolades. In this transition year, the awards program will recognise winners in 2017 and 2018.


1. Most Prestigious Gala Dinner Venue

  • Emirates Palace
  • Royal Mansour Marrakech
  • The Wallace Collection

2. Most Prestigious Conference Venue

  • Four Seasons Hotel, Sydney
  • Mandarin Oriental Pudong, Shanghai
  • Maxx Royal Belek Golf Resort

3. Most Prestigious Meeting Venue

  • Conrad Bali
  • One Great George Street
  • Sofitel Legend The Grand Amsterdam

4. Most Prestigious Christmas Venue

  • Cafe de Paris
  • Hotel Maiensee
  • The Royal Horseguards Hotel and One Whitehall Place

5. Most Prestigious Private Dining Venue

  • Auberge du Lac
  • L'Albereta
  • Vila Monte

6. Most Prestigious Reception Venue

  • Aqua London
  • Cafe de Paris
  • Petroff Palace

7. Most Prestigious Engagement Party Venue

  • Conservatorium Hotel
  • Hotel Sacher Vienna
  • The Forbury Hotel

8. Most Prestigious Wedding Venue

  • Hever Castle
  • L'Andana
  • Vila Monte

9. Most Prestigious Romantic Venue

  • Banyan Tree Bali
  • Farncombe Estate
  • UNICO 20 87 Riviera Maya

10. Most Prestigious Birthday Party Venue

  • Casa Fuzetta
  • Kenwood House
  • The Roof Gardens

11. Most Prestigious Fashion Event Venue

  • Ivy
  • Ritz Carlton Bali
  • Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam

12. Most Prestigious Networking Event Venue

  • 170 Queen's Gate
  • The Dorchester
  • The Royal Exchange

13. Most Prestigious Product Launch Venue

  • Armani Hotel Dubai
  • Tower Bridge
  • Nobu Eden Roc

14. Most Prestigious Film Location Venue

  • Gibson Hall
  • The Royal Horseguards Hotel and One Whitehall Place
  • The St. Regis Rome

15. Most Prestigious Press Conference Venue

  • Atlantis The Palm, Dubai
  • One Great George Street
  • The Langham, Sydney

16. Most Prestigious Corporate Incentive Venue

  • Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana
  • Schlosshotel Velden
  • UNICO 20 87 Riviera Maya

17. Most Prestigious Training Venue

  • The Langham, Melbourne
  • The Savoy
  • Rushton Hall Hotel and Spa

18. Most Prestigious Exhibition Venue

  • Emirates Palace
  • Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya
  • Sheraton Salzburg Hotel

19. Most Prestigious Sporting Venue

  • Burhill Golf Club
  • Goodwood
  • Hotel Maiensee

20. The World's Most Prestigious Venue

  • Emirates Palace
  • Royal Mansour Marrakech
  • Tower Bridge



21. The Best Venue in The Netherlands

  • Landgoed Duin & Kruidberg
  • Sofitel Legend The Grand Amsterdam
  • Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam

22. The Best Venue in the UK

  • Blenheim Palace
  • Natural History Museum
  • The Royal Horseguards Hotel and One Whitehall Place

23. The Best Venue in Italy

  • Belmond Hotel Splendido
  • L'Andana
  • The St. Regis Rome

24. The Best Venue in Austria

  • Hotel Sacher Vienna
  • Hotel Salzburgerhof
  • Palais Coburg Residenz

25. The Best Venue in the UAE

  • Atlantis The Palm, Dubai
  • The Palace Downtown Dubai
  • Qasr Al Sarab

26. The Best Venue in Russia

  • Hotel National
  • Petroff Palace
  • Turandot



27. The Best Event Supplier

  • Air Partner
  • Rupa Photography
  • Wiston Estate Winery

28. The Best Event Florist

  • Hayford & Rhodes
  • Pinstripes & Peonies
  • Wildabout Flowers

29. The Best Event Entertainment

  • Urban Soul Orchestra
  • Wheathill
  • Yellow Entertainment

"The World's Best Event"

The awards ceremony includes a thought-leadership element designed to inspire event bookers. Known as BestEvents.World, this feature has been named as “the Cannes Lions of luxury events.” Venues have the option to present one of their recent most successful events in pictures, within a 3 minute slot on stage. Last year, events presented included an exclusive night of opera at a Russian palace, a grand dinner in honour of the Dutch King and a charity concert co-hosted by HRH Prince Harry. 1 winner will be revealed on the night and awarded the title of 'Best Event.'

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 & celebration

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7Pines Kempinski Ibiza

Vila Monte

116 Pall Mall

Hotel Grad Otočec

Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam

InterContinental Fujairah Resort

Raffles Hotel Singapore

The Westin La Quinta Golf Resort & Spa

The Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort & Spa

Regent Porto Montenegro

The Westin Palace, Madrid

Shangri-La Hotel, Paris

Intercontinental Bordeaux Le Grand Hôtel

Bürgenstock Hotel

Trianon Palace

Emerald Palace Kempinski Dubai

The Royal Myconian

Hôtel Royal Savoy Lausanne

The St. Regis Shanghai Jingan

The St. Regis New York

Château D’Agassac

Westminster Abbey

Titanic Mardan Palace

Sunborn Gibraltar

Hôtel Barrière L’Hôtel du Golf

The Royal Bled

Palacio Estoril

Sofitel Legend The Grand Amsterdam

The Royal Horseguards Hotel and One Whitehall Place

One Moorgate Place

Fairmont St Andrews

Costa Navarino

Atlantis The Palm, Dubai

The Hyde Bar


Hotel Barrière Le Majestic Cannes

Brocket Hall

UNICO 20 87 Riviera Maya

Palazzo Versace Dubai

Cafe de Paris

De L’Europe Amsterdam

Hotel Villa Diodoro

Su Gologone

Gran Melia Rome Villa Agrippina

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

The Roseate Reading

Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya

Lord’s Cricket Ground

The Grove

Sofitel Marrakech Palais Imperial


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