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The 2016 Seven Stars Luxury Hospitality and Lifestyle Awards Ceremony

The 2016 Seven Stars Luxury Hospitality and Lifestyle Awards Ceremony

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The world of Luxury Hospitality and Lifestyle was set ablaze by a glittering ceremony on the night of October 15th. The Villa Padierna Palace Hotel hosted the incredible 4th Annual Seven Stars Luxury Hospitality and Lifestyle Awards.

Image Courtesy of Villa Padierna Palace Hotel, Marbella
Image Courtesy of Villa Padierna Palace Hotel, Marbella

An unrivalled list of attendees gathered to witness the distribution of the most exclusive award in the industry: the Signum Virtutis, or, the seal of excellence.  The award is designed to identify the best of the best by bestowing the Signum Virtutis upon the most exceptional luxury Hospitality and Lifestyle properties or products worldwide.

Seven Stars Luxury and Hospitality and Lifestyle Award, the Signum Virtutis, the seal of excellence
Seven Stars Luxury and Hospitality and Lifestyle Award, the Signum Virtutis, the seal of excellence

Luxury Panel Members in attendance were: His Serene Highness Prince Massimiliano della Torre e Tasso, Her Serene Highness Princess Costanza della Torre e Tasso, Her Royal Highness Nathalie Princess of Hohenzollern, Princess Bhargavi Kumari Mewar, Kenelm Jenour, Jean Christophe Rousseau, Thanos Liontos, Andreas Lindner, Bernie Hawkins, and Alexander Jovanovic.

Cocktail Reception of the 2016 Seven Stars Luxury Hospitality and Lifestyle Awards
Cocktail Reception of the 2016 Seven Stars Luxury Hospitality and Lifestyle Awards

The cocktail reception was filled with media and photographers and also featured the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony of the World’s first International Hospitality Hall of Fame by Princess Bhargavi Kumari Mewar and Mr Frank M Pfaller-President/Founder of The International Hospitality Hall of Fame and Honorary Chairman of the Seven Stars Luxury Hospitality and Lifestyle Awards.

Princess Bhargavi Kumari Mewar and Mr Frank M Pfaller-President/Founder of the International Hospitality Hall of Fame and Honorary Chairman of the Seven Stars Luxury Hospitality and Lifestyle Awards.
International Hospitality Hall of Fame located at Villa Padierna Palace Hotel in Marbella, Spain
International Hospitality Hall of Fame located at Villa Padierna Palace Hotel in Marbella, Spain
International Hospitality Hall of Fame located at Villa Padierna Palace Hotel in Marbella, Spain
International Hospitality Hall of Fame located at Villa Padierna Palace Hotel in Marbella, Spain

Guests were ushered to the stunning Amphitheatre to begin the winners presentations. The incredible Arina Domski opened the Ceremony with a fantastic performance of “Nessun dorma” which ended in a wave of roaring applause.

Arina Domski Opera Singer at the Opening Ceremony of the 2016 Seven Stars Luxury Hospitality and Lifestyle Awards
Arina Domski Opera Singer at the Opening Ceremony of the 2016 Seven Stars Luxury Hospitality and Lifestyle Awards

The presentations saw legendary and exclusive properties such as Byblos St Tropez, The Peninsula Paris, Castadiva Resort & Spa, Grand Resort Bad Ragaz, Tschuggen Bergoase and many more, all of which received the Signum Virtutis, seal of excellence.

Khalil El-Mouelhy , Chairman President/Founder of the Seven Stars luxury Hospitality and Lifestyle Awards presenting the award to Princess Bhargavi Kumari Mewar for the Shiv Niwas Palace
Khalil El-Mouelhy , Chairman President/Founder of the Seven Stars luxury Hospitality and Lifestyle Awards presenting the award to Princess Bhargavi Kumari Mewar for the Shiv Niwas Palace

Special Awards on the night were presented to some very special individuals such as the Lifetime Achievement Award for the legendary Sol Kerzner, Seven Stars Woman of the Year for Ms Regine Sixt, and the Seven Star CEO of the Year to Valentine Ozigbo. Other Special Awards presented were the Seven Star Hospitality Network to Hospitality Leaders, Seven Star Development to Tala Bay, The Seven Star 1st Class Lounge to Qatar Airways Al Safwa, 1st Class Lounge at Hamad International Airport, the Seven Star Boutique Hotel Award to Hanging Gardens of Bali, The Seven Stars Yacht Charter to Sovereign Seas Hermes , the Seven Star Villa was snatched up by Villa Alegria in Mykonos and the always popular Despina Miraraki received the Seven Star Carpet Gallery Award. Other Special Awards included Seven Star Real Estate Services for Ideal Mykonos and the Seven Stars Luxury Lifestyle Spa Brand to Ligne St Barth.

Her Royal Highness Nathalie Princess of Hohenzollern presenting the award to Valentin Ozigbo, CEO of Transcorp Hilton
Her Royal Highness Nathalie Princess of Hohenzollern presenting the award to Valentin Ozigbo, CEO of Transcorp Hilton

The Seven Star Commitment to Excellence in the Thermal Spa Sector went to VAMED/Vitality-World.

The Seven Star Experience saw Maharajas Express triumph for the second year running and Oman Air positioned itself as the Seven Star Airline for Middle East, Europe and Africa.

Mrs Nicola El-Mouelhy, CEO/Founder of Seven Stars Luxury Hospitality and Lifestyle Awards presenting the Seven Star Airline award to Rogier de Jager Regional Vice President - Europe Oman Air
Mrs Nicola El-Mouelhy, CEO/Founder of Seven Stars Luxury Hospitality and Lifestyle Awards presenting the Seven Star Airline award to Rogier de Jager
Regional Vice President – Europe Oman Air
The 2016 Seven Stars Luxury Hospitality and Lifestyle Awards Winners Photo
The 2016 Seven Stars Luxury Hospitality and Lifestyle Awards Winners Photo

Seven Stars Luxury Hospitality and Lifestyle Awards would like to thank its partners: Ligne St Barth, Gold Emotion, Bulldog Gin, Negroni, SV Hotels & Resorts, The Luxury Choice, Hoteliers Guild, Adria Exclusive, International Hospitality Hall of Fame, Worldwide Kids, Fofolles World, Hospitality Leaders, Messika and The Best Of The World.

Peter Grein, Managing Director of Ligne St Barthat the Seven Stars Luxury Hospitality and Lifestyle Awards
Peter Grein, Managing Director of Ligne St Barth at the Seven Stars Luxury Hospitality and Lifestyle Awards
Bulldog Gin display at the 2016 Seven Stars Luxury Hospitality and Lifestyle Awards
Bulldog Gin display at the 2016 Seven Stars Luxury Hospitality and Lifestyle Awards

As well as media partners: FTN News, I-Marbella, Essential Magazine, Ogee Design Magazine, Horizon & Beyond, The Top Tier, E global Travel Media, Home & Lifestyle Magazine, Marbella Rocks, Eye of Riyadh, Eye of Dubai, Voyagers World, Carmen’s Luxury Travel, Highend-Traveller, Maldives Hotels, On TV Channel, Luxepitality and Ifiniti Style.

Carmen Edelson, Founder of Carmen's Luxury Travel, and Media Partner of the Seven Star Luxury Hospitality and Lifestyle Awards
Carmen Edelson, Founder of Carmen’s Luxury Travel, and Media Partner of the Seven Star Luxury Hospitality and Lifestyle Awards

Chairman, President/Founder Khalil El-Mouelhy said: “ We are delighted with the outcome and reaction of our winners to the event. Tonight we showcased the absolute best from within the luxury hospitality industry and Villa Padierna was the perfect setting for such a night of acknowledgement, recognition and awards. I would like to personally congratulate all our winners worldwide and thank all the exceptional individuals that graced our ceremony with their presence and helped to make it such a special evening. A special thanks to Mr Frank M Pfaller, Mr Ricardo Arranz and the team at Villa Padierna Palace Hotel for all their support and their efforts, making this an unforgettable event.”

 

About the author

Carmen Edelson is the Founder and Senior Editor of Carmen's Luxury Travel. Carmen has been traveling the world for over a decade. Our travels allows her the opportunity to pursuit her itch to travel to the best luxury destinations, and experience those first class tastes from around the world.

44 Comments

  1. Annie
    October 22, 2016 at 3:57 pm
    Reply

    Oh my, did you actually get to meet a princess?? It looks like such a glamorous event!

    • Carmen Edelson
      October 22, 2016 at 4:14 pm

      Yes, I actually meet two of them, and a prince who was in attendance at the gala.

  2. Carol from Wayfaring Views
    October 22, 2016 at 4:23 pm
    Reply

    Your pic (on the top) of the Palace hotel makes it look like an absolute Palace. Great place for a luxury event

    • Carmen Edelson
      October 23, 2016 at 6:43 am

      It’s a gorgeous property was built to look like a Tuscan palace. It was the perfect place to host the gala.

  3. Mike Cotton
    October 23, 2016 at 1:06 am
    Reply

    This award ceremony looked beyond luxurious in itself. Great job on being a media partner, that is a great achievement.

    • Carmen Edelson
      October 23, 2016 at 6:45 am

      It was probably one of the most luxurious ceremonies that I have attended with luxury panel members from throughout the world.

  4. What a treat to be able to attend such an event! Just the name “Seven Stars” invokes a sense of over-the-top luxury. You look beautiful, and your dress is gorgeous as well!
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    • Carmen Edelson
      October 26, 2016 at 5:57 am

      Thank you Beth! Yes, they aren’t many 7 star hotels in the world to be exact, but we did see many 5 star hotels from all over the world at the event.

  5. Sarah Stierch
    October 23, 2016 at 12:44 pm
    Reply

    Well that was such a nice gig to attend huh? Love that you sponsored it also – always great to see other women owned businesses, and bloggers/writers, support events like this. Cheers!
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    • Carmen Edelson
      October 26, 2016 at 6:00 am

      It’s nice to be in a room surrounded with the owners and general managers of the best hotels in the world. Being a woman in business definitely has its challenges.

  6. Rachel Pearson
    October 23, 2016 at 1:23 pm
    Reply

    Oh wow, this looks incredible! So glamorous, I hope you had a great time! Also how amazing is Khalil El-Mouelhy’s dress! Thanks for sharing!

    • Carmen Edelson
      October 26, 2016 at 9:25 am

      You mean the dress of Princess Bhargavi Kumari Mewar which is in the middle. It was a gorgeous event.

  7. Chrysoula
    October 23, 2016 at 2:42 pm
    Reply

    It seems you had a nice time! What a great event to go!I love your dress by the way!

    • Carmen Edelson
      October 26, 2016 at 9:27 am

      Yes, it was an amazing evening. I really enjoyed meeting everyone at the event and staying at such an amazing hotel.

  8. Karla
    October 23, 2016 at 8:03 pm
    Reply

    What a glamorous event, I would have loved to witness it. It does show luxury and all that.

    • Carmen Edelson
      October 26, 2016 at 9:30 am

      It was a very special evening, and I thoroughly enjoyed the gala. They went all out for the event.

  9. Arzo Travels
    October 23, 2016 at 8:04 pm
    Reply

    I had not even known about that award but that is so cool. Envy you that you were able to attend.
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    • Carmen Edelson
      October 29, 2016 at 7:46 am

      I found out about the awards about two years ago. They award the best hotels and spas with the oscars of luxury travel.

  10. Jennifer Melroy
    October 24, 2016 at 12:45 am
    Reply

    That is really cool. I love how your logo is on the red carpet thingy. Also I love your dress.
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    • Carmen Edelson
      October 29, 2016 at 7:47 am

      Most ladies wear black dresses to these events. I wanted to stand out a little, so I went with red instead. It was very nice to see my logo on the red carpet banner. 🙂

  11. Erika Bisbocci
    October 24, 2016 at 1:16 am
    Reply

    I’ve never heard of this ceremony before, but it looks really glamorous. The guest list seems to be quite exclusive, so it must have been an incredible experience to attend! You look fabulous in your red dress, by the way 🙂
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    • Carmen Edelson
      October 29, 2016 at 7:52 am

      The list of gala attendees was quite impressive. It’s only the most exceptional luxury hotel properties that are awarded the Signum Virtutis, or, the seal of excellence.

  12. Mar Pages
    October 24, 2016 at 2:32 am
    Reply

    7 stars sounds incredibly luxurious, thought maximum was 5?? Congratulations on being up there, must have been quite an experience and you look very glamorous in that dress!
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    • Carmen Edelson
      October 29, 2016 at 8:00 am

      Only a few hotels in the world are considered a 7 star hotel. The Emirate Palace, Burj Khalifa, and the Burj Al Arab in UAE are just a few of them.

  13. John Morris
    October 24, 2016 at 2:35 am
    Reply

    Interesting to hear that Oman Air took home an award – with so many luxury air carriers in the Middle East, I’m surprised. Makes me want to try them out even more. Definitely not surprised by Qatar’s lounge winning, though.

    • Carmen Edelson
      October 29, 2016 at 8:07 am

      The airline was voted winner for the best airline in the Middle East, Africa and Europe. They won over some of the leading international airlines from around the world.

  14. Kavey
    November 5, 2016 at 6:46 am
    Reply

    What a glittering and glamourous event! Sounds like there were some amazing people there, and being recognised by the awards.
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    • Carmen Edelson
      November 5, 2016 at 1:58 pm

      Yes, the attendees ranged from princes to hotel owners from around the world. It was an amazing evening.

  15. Vicki Louise
    November 5, 2016 at 9:41 am
    Reply

    What an amazing venue for what sounds like the ultimate luxury event. The guest list looked really exclusive – congrats on getting invited!
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    • Carmen Edelson
      November 15, 2016 at 5:11 pm

      Thanks Vicki! The guest list is quite impressive and so was the turn out. I’m happy to be part of it.

  16. Holly
    November 5, 2016 at 2:24 pm
    Reply

    What a nice event. Beautiful venue. Amazing that you got this opportunity.
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    • Carmen Edelson
      November 15, 2016 at 5:12 pm

      I can’t wait to see where they will host the event next year. Fingers crossed that it’s somewhere I haven’t been too yet.

  17. Natasha Amar
    November 6, 2016 at 4:31 am
    Reply

    Such a glamorous event, and you look simply gorgeous in that photo! I’m surprised about Oman Air though, with tough competition from airlines such as Emirates, Etihad and Qatar Airways. I haven’t flown with them in years, I’m curious to try them out sometime soon.

    • Carmen Edelson
      November 9, 2016 at 5:25 pm

      Thank you so much!

  18. Christina
    November 6, 2016 at 8:39 am
    Reply

    Wow, you drank champagne with royalty. What a life, Carmen. Let me know when the next one is on and I’m in!
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    • Carmen Edelson
      November 9, 2016 at 5:24 pm

      I’m feeling very lucky and honored, it was certainly one for the books.

  19. Marlene Marques
    November 6, 2016 at 10:14 am
    Reply

    Beautiful ceremony. So full of glamour. There must be such a tough competition in this sector. So, winning an award like this must be super important. Thanks for taking us with your post into an event like this. 🙂

    • Carmen Edelson
      November 9, 2016 at 5:22 pm

      It’s very presitigous, the winners truly deserved their awards. Cheers!

  20. Loredana
    November 6, 2016 at 3:42 pm
    Reply

    I read a while ago about this event – so I’m happy to see now how it unfolded. Congratulations for being the media partner of such a luxurious event. It looks like it was an amazing night – and I’m happy to see the winners mentioned as well:)
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    • Carmen Edelson
      November 9, 2016 at 5:21 pm

      It was an incredible night and very well-organized. Thank you so much, it was a great honor.

  21. Aileen Adalid
    November 8, 2016 at 11:25 am
    Reply

    Wow, it is so amazing that you have been able to attend an event like this. It looks so magnificently lavish! I would absolutely love to attend affairs like this. 😀
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    • Carmen Edelson
      November 9, 2016 at 5:18 pm

      It was such an amazing privilege, I was deepy honored and awed.

  22. Jennifer
    November 12, 2016 at 5:48 am
    Reply

    Your dress is beautiful, Carmen! What an exciting event to not only attend but be a media partner for.

    I haven’t attended a glamorous awards show in about 15 years now, but I love getting dressed up for things like this .
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    • Carmen Edelson
      November 12, 2016 at 1:17 pm

      I love getting dressed up for events. Especially, this one since I was a part of it. The awards is going on its fifth year, and very year it gets bigger and better. I can’t wait to see where they are going to host it next year.

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