The World's 10 Most Prestigious Venues Announced at the Prestigious Star Awards 2014

The only global luxury venue awards held at the Oriental Club on Friday 12th September

10 venues were announced as the world's most prestigious venues in the Prestigious Star Awards 2014 on Friday evening at the Oriental Club in London. Hosted annually by Prestigious Venues, this is the only global awards program for luxury venues. The event celebrated the quality, performance and reputation of the world’s 10 best venues qualified to host the most memorable events. A mix of thought leadership, celebration and networking, the evening featured speakers from notable international venues including: Vidago Palace (Portugal), Necker Island (Virgin Limited Edition, British Virgin Islands), Gleneagles (Scotland), Sofitel Legend The Grand Amsterdam (The Netherlands) and more. Winning venues included Goodwood, Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park and InterContinental Bali Resort.

The invitation only awards evening 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. Attendees included Gleneagles, Sofitel Luxury Hotels, Virgin Limited Edition, Vidago Palace, Guoman Hotels, InterContinental Hotels Group, Farncombe Estate, The Stafford London, Marriott, Imperial College, Landmark Hotel Group, Starwood Hotels & Resorts and more. Other attendees included Liberty Global, Ernst & Young, KPMG, Omnicom and Smiths Group.

The event was a mix of three elements; thought leadership, celebration and networking. The evening began with the 'Creative Platform' element where 9 selected venues presented a variety of their most successful corporate and private events. These included a luxurious 3-day wedding on Necker Island, Gleneagles' 90th Birthday Celebrations, a cocktail party with Conchita Wurst at Sofitel Legend The Grand Amsterdam, The XXVI Portugal-Spain Summit at Vidago Palace and The Kings College Summer Ball at Middle Temple Hall. Post the Creative Platform, guests enjoyed a drinks reception with entertainment by Urban Soul Orchestra and bespoke cupcakes with edible pictures of winning venues by Vanilla Orchid Bakery. The Awards Ceremony then crowned the 10 winning venues and the most prestigious event supplier.

Guest prizes for 'Best Dressed' and Best Use of the awards hashtag #PrestigiousStarAwards were also awarded as was a two night stay at InterContinental Aphrodite Hills Resort in Cyprus.

Prestigious Star Awards 2014 Winners:

Most Prestigious Gala Dinner Venue
Winner: Goodwood
Highly Commended: Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London

Most Prestigious Conference Venue
Winner: Gleneagles
Highly Commended: Burj Al Arab

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

Most Prestigious Christmas Venue
Winner: One Whitehall Place
Highly Commended: The Stafford London

Most Prestigious Private Dining Venue
Winner: Necker Island
Highly Commended: Armani Hotel Dubai

Most Prestigious Reception Venue
Winner: Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London
Highly Commended: Middle Temple Hall

Most Prestigious Engagement Party Venue
Winner: Antara Palace
Highly Commended: Waldorf Astoria New York

Most Prestigious Wedding Venue
Winner: Vidago Palace Hotel
Highly Commended: Goodwood

Most Prestigious Romantic Venue
Winner: InterContinental Bali Resort
Highly Commended: Hotel Maiensee

Most Prestigious Birthday Party Venue
Winner: Farncombe Estate
Highly Commended: The Roof Gardens

Most Prestigious Event Supplier
Winner: rhubarb
Highly Commended: LOLA Staffing

Event Partners: Oriental Club, Urban Soul Orchestra, LOLA Staffing, Kim Rix Photography, Vanilla Orchid Bakery, Illuminate Design

About Prestigious Star Awards

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

Over 1,000 international venues are reviewed each year and only 10 are crowned as winners in this global venue excellence recognition program. This year, 33 venues were announced as finalists in August across 10 event related categories. Nominees were voted for by the public, during an 8 week online voting period spanning June and July. The winning venues have gone through an in-depth review and voting process by the Prestigious Venues global ambassadors panel.

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For more information, please contact Jessamie Dunton-Rose at Prestigious Venues. 


Call: 0203 397 8399

About Prestigious Venues

Prestigious Venues is the world's leading luxury venue network, connecting the best venues with the right clients. As the preferred online destination for corporate event bookers, the platform improves awareness, recognition and event sales for its member venues worldwide. From corporate conferences and gala dinners to private parties and anniversaries, Prestigious Venues places distinguished client events at the world’s best venues.

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