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Sunborn awarded ‘Best Birthday Venue’ by Prestigious Venues

By | 20 March, 2024 | 0 comments



17th March 2024






London’s Grand Ball 2024 was held on Friday evening at One Great George Street in London. In celebration of the Prestigious Star Awards, 25 outstanding venues and suppliers from around the globe were announced as winners. Winning venues included the National Maritime Museum (UK), Lujo Hotel Bodrum (Turkey), W Algarve (Portugal), Royal Mansour Marrakech (Morocco), and Hôtel Royal Savoy Lausanne (Switzerland), among others. The event, held in grand black-tie style, honoured excellence in hospitality and embraced the timeless tradition of ballroom dancing with a graceful performance of Johann Strauss’s enchanting Blue Danube Waltz, by Urban Soul Orchestra and a Ballroom dance class with City Academy. Another of the evening’s highlights was the ‘Best Events’ segment, which showcased extraordinary events. Three remarkable finalists were chosen from a pool of exceptional submissions. The ultimate winner was determined through a live audience vote on the night, with Pine Cliffs Resort in Portugal securing a resounding victory to claim the coveted ‘Best Event’ trophy. This program not only celebrates the quality, performance, and prestige of the world’s finest venues capable of hosting unforgettable events but also stands as the sole global luxury venue awards program of its kind.

London’s Grand Ball 2024 and Prestigious Star Awards ceremony was held at One Great George Street on Friday, March 15th, in London. Selected from a comprehensive shortlist of over 2,000 global venues, 200 nominees vied for recognition, with only 25 emerging triumphant. These nominees underwent rigorous scrutiny as event bookers cast their votes in July, leading to the selection of three finalists in each category. The deserving winners were chosen after a meticulous evaluation by Prestigious Venues global ambassadors, venue specialists, and event planners in August.

The awards ceremony on March 15th brought together 140 distinguished individuals from the Prestigious Venues network. Among the attendees were senior representatives from leading international venues, esteemed corporate partners, prestigious event suppliers, and VIP clients. This illustrious black-tie evening featured enchanting musical performances by Urban Soul Orchestra, captivating sleight of hand magic by Sky Magician, dazzling show performers by Scarlett Entertainment, and an engaging ballroom dance class led by City Academy. Guests were treated to extravagant prizes and impeccable hospitality from One Great George Street throughout the evening.

A highlight of the event was the revival of the old-world tradition of ballroom dancing, set to the enchanting Blue Danube Waltz by Johann Strauss. Orchestrated by City Academy, this segment of the awards ceremony allowed guests to experience ballroom dance in the majestic setting of the Great Hall. The element was thoroughly enjoyed by all and remains a cherished aspect of the Prestigious Star Awards.

Now in its fourteenth year, the Prestigious Star Awards continue to celebrate the quality, performance, and reputation of the world’s premier venues capable of hosting unforgettable events. This annual awards program, organised by Prestigious Venues, not only recognises excellence but also serves as a benchmark for venue recommendations and the development of international rankings, including the ‘Top 100 Venues’ worldwide.

The event’s success was made possible through the collaboration of esteemed partners, including Amie TrueCity AcademyEclipseHigh Society StaffingScarlett EntertainmentSky MagicianUrban Soul OrchestraXander Casey Photography, and TBR Floral Design.

The 2019 Prestigious Star Awards Winners Are:

1. Best Gala Dinner Venue:

  • Winner: National Maritime Museum (UK)
  • Highly Commended: Tower of London (UK)


2. Best Conference Venue:

  • Winner: Fairmont Windsor Park (UK)
  • Highly Commended: Church House (UK)


3. Best Meeting Venue:

  • Winner: Lujo Hotel Bodrum (Turkey)
  • Highly Commended: Vila Monte (Portugal)


4. Best Christmas Party Venue:

  • Winner: Cutty Sark (UK)
  • Highly Commended: Kimpton Fitzroy London (UK)


5. Best Private Dining Venue:

  • Winner: Gaucho Piccadilly (UK)
  • Highly Commended: Highly Commended: Harrods (UK)


6. Best Reception Venue:

  • Winner: W Algarve (Portugal)
  • Highly Commended: CVK Park Bosphorus Hotel (Turkey)


7. Best Wedding Venue:

  • Winner: Royal Mansour Marrakech (Morocco)
  • Highly Commended: Renaissance Amsterdam Hotel (Netherlands)


8. Best Summer Party Venue:

  • Winner: Pine Cliffs Resort (Portugal)
  • Highly Commended: Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park (UK)


9. Best Birthday Party Venue:

  • Winner: Sunborn Gibraltar (Gibraltar)
  • Highly Commended: Queen’s House (UK)


10. Best Fashion Event Venue:

  • Winner: Blenheim Palace (UK)
  • Highly Commended: The Waldorf Hilton (UK)


11. Best Networking Event Venue:

  • Winner: The Savoy Hotel (UK)
  • Highly Commended: Penha Longa Resort (Portugal)


12. Best Product Launch Venue:

  • Winner: The Dorchester (UK)
  • Highly Commended: W Verbier (Switzerland)


13. Best Film Location Venue:

  • Winner: One Great George Street (UK)
  • Highly Commended: Sofitel Legend The Grand Amsterdam (Netherlands)


14. Best Press Conference Venue:

  • Winner: The Randolph Hotel (UK)
  • Highly Commended: IET London: Savoy Place (UK)


15. Press Corporate Incentive Venue:

  • Winner: SO/ Sotogrande (Spain)
  • Highly Commended: Savoy Palace (Portugal)


16. Best Training Venue:

  • Winner: Hôtel Royal Savoy Lausanne (Switzerland)
  • Highly Commended: Pan Pacific London (UK)


17. Best Exhibition Venue:

  • Winner: Forte Village Resort (Italy)
  • Highly Commended: Costa Navarino (Greece)


18. Best Sporting Venue:

  • Winner: Silverstone (UK)
  • Highly Commended: Onyria Quinta da Marinha Hotel (Portugal)


19. Best Golf Day Venue:

  • Winner: Penha Longa Resort (Portugal)
  • Highly Commended: Fairmont St Andrews (UK)


20. Most Prestigious Venue 2024:

  • Winner: Raffles London at The OWO (UK)
  • Highly Commended: Kensington Palace (UK)


21. Best Venue in The UK:

  • Winner: Goodwood (UK)
  • Highly Commended: Frameless (UK)


22. Best Venue People:

  • Winner: J.P. Coelho from Onyria Quinta da Marinha (Portugal)
  • Highly Commended: Sofitel Legend The Grand (Netherlands)


23. Best Events People:

  • Winner: C.Torrent, Hotel Camiral (Spain)
  • Highly Commended: C. Araujo, Lord’s Cricket Ground (UK)


24. Best Event Supplier:

  • Winner: Urban Soul Orchestra
  • Highly Commended: Sky Magician


25. Best Event:

  • Winner: Pine Cliffs Resort (Spain)
  • Highly Commended: Camiral (Portugal)

Best Events
Each year, the awards ceremony features a thought-provoking segment aimed at inspiring event planners and creators. The top 3 selected events are showcased through images accompanied by brief descriptions. This year’s finalists included a corporate incentive and summer party at Pine Cliffs Resort in Portugal, the ISPS Handa World Invitational Golf event hosted at Galgorm in Ireland, and a VIP Client Showcase held at Camiral in Spain. The winner was determined by a live audience vote, with Pine Cliffs Resort emerging as the victor, earning the prestigious ‘Best Event’ trophy.


  • ✶ Over 2,000 selected venues reviewed
  • ✶ Only 200 venues nominated worldwide
  • ✶ 3 Finalists recognised in each category
  • ✶ 25 venues & suppliers are highly commended
  • ✶ 25 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 100s of submissions
  • ✶ Worldwide venues represented
  • ✶ An insight into the world’s best events
  • ✶ A 12 month program of inspiration, recognition & celebration

Now in their 14th year, the Prestigious Star Awards celebrate outstanding performance among the world’s best venues and event suppliers.

Nominations are open from April to November every year. During the voting period in October and November, event bookers from across the globe are invited to cast their votes to determine the three finalists in each category – announced each year in January. Once voting ends, a panel of Prestigious Venues ambassadors then vote for the winners based on their performance over the previous 12-month period.

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