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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