World’s Top 20 Venues Announced at the Prestigious Star Awards 2015

The results of the Prestigious Star Awards 2015 were announced on Friday 18th September at the Oriental Club in London

21 SEPTEMBER 2015, LONDON
Summary
20 venues from across the world were announced as winners in the Prestigious Star Awards 2015 on Friday evening at the Oriental Club in London. As the only global luxury venue awards, the program celebrates the quality, performance and reputation of the world’s best venues qualified to host the most memorable events. The awards ceremony was a mix of thought leadership and celebration, featuring speakers from notable international venues including: Atlantis The Palm Dubai, Necker Island, Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park London, Sofitel Legend The Grand Amsterdam, Historic Royal Palaces, Vidago Palace Hotel and more. Winning venues included Goodwood, The Waldorf Astoria New York, Shangri-La Maldives, The Langham Sydney, Atlantis The Palm Dubai and more.

The 20 winning venues in the Prestigious Star Awards 2015 were announced at the Oriental Club on Friday 18th September in London. From a long list of over 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 and election by the Prestigious Venues global ambassadors in August then led to 20 winning venues.

The invitation-only awards evening on the 18th September brought together the Prestigious Venues Top 100, including senior representatives from distinguished international venues, selected clients, corporate partners, prestigious event suppliers, and Prestigious Members Club associates. Venue attendees included Gleneagles, Sofitel Luxury Hotels, Virgin Limited Edition, Atlantis The Palm Dubai, Vidago Palace, Guoman Hotels, Mandarin Oriental, Farncombe Estate, NH Hotels, Rosewood Hotels, Fairmont and more. Other attendees included Google, Barclays, EY, PwC, Simmons & Simmons, Tesco Group, Arena International, Pollard Thomas Edwards, rhubarb and more.

The event was a mix of three elements; thought leadership, celebration and networking. The evening began with the 'Creative Platform' where selected venues presented one of their most successful corporate or private events. These included a star studded tennis tournament on Necker Island, a full scale mini music festival at Farncombe Estate in the Cotswolds, a 24 hour team building session at Thornbury Castle and The Global Education Forum held at Atlantis The Palm, Dubai. The celebrations were amplified with a live orchestra, pop up vintage stage performances, as well as awards cupcakes and a full size edible awards trophy.

The 2015 winners are:

1. Most Prestigious Gala Dinner Venue
Winner: Hampton Court Palace
Highly Commended: The Hurlingham Club

2. Most Prestigious Conference Venue
Winner: One Great George Street
Highly Commended: The Savoy

3. Most Prestigious Meeting Venue
Winner: Sofitel Legend The Grand Amsterdam
Highly Commended: Gleneagles

4. Most Prestigious Christmas Venue
Winner: One Whitehall Place
Highly Commended: Gibson Hall

5. Most Prestigious Private Dining Venue
Winner: Royal Albert Hall
Highly Commended: Necker Island

6. Most Prestigious Reception Venue
Winner: Gran Meliá Rome Villa Agrippina
Highly Commended: Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London

7. Most Prestigious Engagement Party Venue
Winner: The Waldorf Astoria New York
Highly Commended: Farncombe Estate

8. Most Prestigious Wedding Venue
Winner: Vidago Palace Hotel
Highly Commended: Kensington Palace

9. Most Prestigious Romantic Venue
Winner: Shangri-La Maldives
Highly Commended: Eynsham Hall

10. Most Prestigious Birthday Party Venue
Winner: The Roof Gardens
Highly Commended: Albergo Villa Casanova

11. Most Prestigious Fashion Event Venue
Winner: Victoria and Albert Museum
Highly Commended: The St. Regis Hotel, Rome

12. Most Prestigious Networking Event Venue
Winner: Atlantis The Palm, Dubai
Highly Commended: The Wallace Collection

13. Most Prestigious Product Launch Venue
Winner: Thornbury Castle
Highly Commended: qualia

14. Most Prestigious Film Location Venue
Winner: Hotel Plaza Athenee
Highly Commended: The Royal Exchange

15. Most Prestigious Press Conference Venue
Winner: The Langham, Sydney
Highly Commended: Raffles Dubai

16. Most Prestigious Corporate Incentive Venue
Winner: Donnafugata Golf Resort & Spa
Highly Commended: Hotel Maiensee

17. Most Prestigious Training Venue
Winner: Ashdown Park Hotel
Highly Commended: London Capital Club

18. Most Prestigious Exhibition Venue
Winner: The Hurlingham Club
Highly Commended: The Grand Hotel, Eastbourne

19. Most Prestigious Sporting Venue
Winner: Goodwood
Highly Commended: Gleneagles

20. The World's Most Prestigious Venue
Winner: Necker Island
Highly Commended: Burj Al Arab

PSA - Event Supplier
Winner: LOLA Staffing
Highly Commended: rhubarb

The Creative Platform award - "Best Event"
Winner: Farncombe Estate

Event suppliers included Vanilla Orchid Bakery, Beyond The Box Films, Kim Rix Photography, LOLA Staffing, Urban Soul Orchestra, Elle & The Pocket Belles and Illuminate Design.

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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 sixth year, the program remains the only global luxury venue industry awards - renowned for identifying the world's most distinguished venues.

For more, see the awards website.

Press Contact: Jessamie Dunton-Rose

Tel: +44 203 397 8399

Email: jessamie@prestigiousvenues.com

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"The 2015 awards have been a phenomenal success and the ceremony on Friday evening was a great way to celebrate the world's best venues. The competition is tougher than ever and we're constantly scanning the globe for venues that demonstrate quality, performance and reputation in hosting events. Clients who book events at these venues play a huge role during voting and this year we had an overwhelming response. So the venues that made it as finalists are truly special and we'll be celebrating them in the year ahead. " Habib Amir, Global Managing Director, Prestigious Venues
"One Great George Street is honoured to have been recognised as ‘The World’s Most Prestigious Conference Venue’ up against over 2000 applicants and tough competition from our fellow finalists The Savoy and Dubai’s Burj Al Arab. As a venue, we are very fortunate to boast a prestigious address, a stunning historic building and state-of-the-art facilities ideal for conferences. However, as is often the case; it is something far more personal to which we owe this award. Our people. And I’d like to take this opportunity to thank both the people who have experienced our services and taken the time to vote, and our internal team at One Great George Street who strive to exceed expectations every day! Thank you – this award’s for you." Katie McCarthy, Marketing Manager, One Great George Street
"We were delighted to be nominated and hope to be short listed again next year. Congratulations to all the winners especially Shangri-La Maldives for winning the Most Prestigious Romantic Venue category." Shaun Bowles, General Manager, Eynsham Hall
"We would like to take this opportunity to thank Prestigious Venues and for everyone that voted for The Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel. We are honored to have been nominated for the Prestigious Star Awards, and be among finalists that are the top in our industry. The hospitality world is a very dynamic field and we work very hard every day to make our guests happy, while also continuously trying to evolve, not only as a property but as a brand." Tatiana Bermeo, Marketing & Public Relations Coordinator, The Carlyle 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
"It was great collaborating with this exclusive program and a pleasure to be part of the award's success 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
"LOLA Staffing are delighted to have been recognised as the ‘Most Prestigious Event Supplier’ at the Prestigious Star Awards 2015! Every day we provide hospitality staff to hundreds of prestigious venues and hotels, helping our clients provide excellent service to their guests. We would like to take this opportunity to thank our staff for their hard work and our clients for placing their trust in LOLA. Also a big thank you to Prestigious Venues for hosting a great Awards evening and to everyone who voted for us!" Paula Juskiewicz, Marketing Manager, LOLA Staffing
"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. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the entire team at Hampton Court Palace who continue to provide a first-class service to all of our guests and clients that matches the prestigious nature of the venue. I would also like to thank everyone who voted for Hampton Court Palace and the team at Prestigious Venues for a wonderful evening!" Liz Young, Head of Events & Commercial Services, Historic Royal Palaces
"The team at One Whitehall Place & The Royal Horseguards Hotel are absolutely delighted to have won "The Worlds Most Prestigious Christmas Party Venue" award for a second year in a row! The setting of One Whitehall Place lends itself brilliantly to the festive season, with its magnificent surroundings and special views across the River Thames and London Eye. This year we are aiming even higher, with our Mission in Whitehall & Dickensian Christmas party events and we don't stop there! We continue our festivities with a Family Festive Feast with Father Christmas on Christmas Day and a sensational Black Tie Dinner Dance taking place on New Years Eve, completed with views over London's fireworks from the London Eye. We look forward to creating amazing experiences and memories for all of our guests again this year." Sally Kefford, Deputy VCGM, The Royal Horseguards Hotel and One Whitehall Place
"We are honoured to have won a Prestigious Star Awards 2015. It’s a fantastic reward for the team of people who have made our hotel the Most Prestigious Meeting Venue 2015, it demonstrates our top position in the luxury hotel business." Kees Hogetoorn, Director of Sales & Marketing, Sofitel Legend The Grand Amsterdam
"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
"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 whole team at Thornbury Castle is honoured to have won the award for Most Prestigious Product Launch Venue. It was a wonderful surprise and we would like to thank Prestigious Venues for hosting such an amazing event." Tracy Tennant, General Manager, Thornbury Castle
"The Hotel Plaza Athénée New York is thrilled to have been selected as The Most Prestigious Film Location Venue. Our ideal location on Manhattan’s Upper East Side overlooks a charming tree lined street and is steps from Madison Avenue and Central Park, the epicenter of New York. Our “picture perfect” hotel is the impeccable setting for our enthusiastic team. We are dedicated to the genuine care of our guests and look forward to welcoming each one of them back to their “home away from home”. Thank you very much for this honor and recognition! " Pamela Feick, Director of Sales & Marketing, Hotel Plaza Athénée New York
"We are delighted to have been recognised amongst the crème de la crème of the world’s most prestigious venues. This award is a testimony to our first-class team who go above and beyond to create the most memorable occasions. The Hurlingham Club has been recognised as a world-class exhibition venue, where our guests can enjoy a game of cricket, croquet or tennis, followed by a casual outdoor garden party, sit down dinner for 800 or a formal reception for up to 1200. Our venue is unique and we are very proud of the heritage we bring to London." Mark Scholfield, Catering Executive, The Hurlingham Club
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