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The 2017 Seven Stars Luxury Hospitality and Lifestyle Awards Celebrated in Athens, Greece

The 2017 Seven Stars Luxury Hospitality and Lifestyle Awards Celebrated in Athens, Greece

GREECE, LIFESTYLE, LUXURY TRAVEL

The Greek skies were illuminated by the leading lights of the luxury hospitality and lifestyle industry on the 5th anniversary of the Seven Stars Luxury Hospitality and Lifestyle Awards held at the exclusive “The Ecali Club” on September 23, 2017. The night was a roaring success and so much fun for all who attended, including myself! 

An unrivaled list of attendees were present at the gala, in order to collect the highest, most exclusive award in the industry:  Signum Virtutis, the seal of excellence.

Khalil El-Mouelhy, Chairman, President & Founder of SSLHLA and his beautiful wife CEO & CO Founder Nicola Brookes El-Mouelhy Dressed by Christos Costarellos. On the right Turkish Celebrity and TV Star Ece Vagapoglu
Khalil El-Mouelhy, Chairman, President & Founder of SSLHLA and his beautiful wife CEO & CO Founder Nicola Brookes El-Mouelhy Dressed by Christos Costarellos. On the right Turkish Celebrity and TV Star Ece Vagapoglu

Luxury Panel Members in attendance included His Serene Highness Prince Massimiliano della Torre e Tasso, Her Serene Highness Costanza della Torre e Tasso, Her Royal Highness Nathalie Princess of Hohenzollern, Spa Expert Miriam Seferian, Kenelm Jenour, Jean-Christophe Rousseau, Carmen Edelson, Thanos Liontos and Veti Nikolopoulou.  I had the pleasure of attending as a luxury panelist this year and was honored to sit next to Her Royal Highness Nathalie Princess of Hohenzollern and Kenelm Jenour.

Luxury Panel Members Her Royal Highness Nathalie Princess of Hohenzollern, Carmen Edelson Founder of Carmen's Luxury Travel and Kenelm Jenour
Luxury Panel Members Her Royal Highness Nathalie Princess of Hohenzollern, Carmen Edelson Founder of Carmen’s Luxury Travel and Kenelm Jenour

Winners in attendance hailed from all over the world, including China, Turkey, Maldives, Seychelles, South Africa, Greece, Austria, Italy, Thailand, Fiji and more.

After a cocktail reception filled with media and photographers, the ceremony was opened by the beautiful and talented celebrity presenter Ece Vahapoglu. Greek sensation Nina Lotsari also entertained the audience with a spectacular performance accompanied by live music.

Nina Lotsari on stage performing for the event Dressed by Talented Designer Anna Veneti
Nina Lotsari on stage performing for the event Dressed by Talented Designer Anna Veneti

Special Awards were also handed out on the night to companies which outclassed their rivals in particular sectors. Included in these special awards were Deer Jet, Mantis Collection, Hanging Gardens of Bali, Green, The Ecali Club, Italian Hospitality Collection, The Greek Villas, Despina Miraraki, Super Strom Vatsinas and Transcorp Hilton Abuja.  These companies embody luxury, sophistication, and five-star service in every way.

Prince Massimiliano della torre e Tasso and Khalil El Mouthy presenting the award to John Georgakakis CEO of the Ecali Club SA
Prince Massimiliano della torre e Tasso and Khalil El Mouthy presenting the award to John Georgakakis CEO of the Ecali Club SA
Her Royal Highness Nathalie Princess of Hohenzollern presenting the award to Nir Peretz, the Owner of Hanging Gardens of Bali
Her Royal Highness Nathalie Princess of Hohenzollern presenting the award to Nir Peretz, the Owner of Hanging Gardens of Bali
Her Royal Highness Nathalie Princess of Hohenzollern presenting the award to Despina Miraraki
Her Royal Highness Nathalie Princess of Hohenzollern presenting the award to Despina Miraraki
Prince Massimiliano della torre e Tasso and Khalil El Mouthy presenting the award to Deer Jet
Prince Massimiliano della torre e Tasso and Khalil El Mouthy presenting the award to Deer Jet

The SSLHLA Gala Ceremony was a first for Greece and saw CEO’s, Presidents, Managing Directors, Owners and GM’s, Royalty and celebrities from around the globe in attendance for the special night!

Luxury Panel Member Carmen Edelson presenting the award to Nicolas Konig - General Manager Melia Zanzibar
Luxury Panel Member Carmen Edelson presenting the award to Nicolas Konig – General Manager Melia Zanzibar

Seven Stars Luxury Hospitality and Lifestyle Awards would like to thank its partners: Gold Emotion, Costarellos, Ligne St Barth, Solaris Botanicals, CHORA Art Home & Design, Thesauri Caviar, The Luxury Choice, Adria Exclusive, Wyndham Grand Athens, Zeus International and KSM Human Resources.

Gold Emotions proud sponsor of the 2017 Seven Stars Luxury and Hospitality Awards
Gold Emotions sponsor of the 2017 Seven Stars Luxury and Hospitality Awards
SolarisTea official partner of the 2017 Seven Stars Luxury Hospitality and Lifestyle Awards presenting this lovely tea box to each of the winners. Pictured Layana Resort and Spa, Thailand holding his tea box
SolarisTea official partner of the 2017 Seven Stars Luxury Hospitality and Lifestyle Awards presenting this lovely tea box to each of the winners. Pictured Layana Resort and Spa, Thailand holding his tea box
The Luxury Choice and Ligne St Barth official sponsors of the 2017 Seven Stars Luxury Hospitality and Lifestyle Awards

SSLHLA would also like to thank its media partners: FTN NEWS, Tornos News, Hip Greece, e global Travel media, Eye of Riyadh, Eye of Dubai, Top Hotels, Horizon & Beyond, Carmen’s Luxury Travel, The Top Tier, i-Marbella, and Ogee Design Magazine.

Marco Zanolari GM of Grand Resort Bad Ragaz holding the Signum Virtutis Award
Marco Zanolari GM of Grand Resort Bad Ragaz holding the Signum Virtutis Award

Khalil El-Mouelhy Chairman, President & Founder commented “Today marked the 5th anniversary of the Seven Stars Luxury Hospitality and Lifestyle Awards and we feel honoured to have been able to celebrate this very special evening here in Greece and to have had the privilege to work with such an elite and distinguished organization like The Ecali Club. I would like to express my appreciation for the winners for making this a global celebration and I would like thank The CEO of the Ecali Club, John Georgakakis, and the members of his team for their input, efficiency and unwavering dedication to excellence”

Valentin Ozigbo, CEO of Transcorp Hilton with John Georgakakis CEO of the Ecali Club SA and Khalil El-Mouelhy, Chairman, President & Founder of SSLHLA
Valentin Ozigbo, CEO of Transcorp Hilton with John Georgakakis CEO of the Ecali Club SA and Khalil El-Mouelhy, Chairman, President & Founder of SSLHLA

Mr. Georgakakis, the CEO of Ecali S.A. commented that “the Ecali Club is famous in Greece for the high-profile events that took place in its premises in the past. Tonight we are deeply honoured to have been chosen to host the unique awards ceremony of the internationally recognized organization “Seven Stars Luxury Hospitality and Lifestyle Awards”.  These awards represent true excellence, just like the Ecali Club, which represents the concept of eclectic living in luxurious hospitality”.

It was a certainly a fabulous night that I will remember for many years to come, and I cannot what to see what next year has in store!  Congratulations to all the winners and big thanks to Seven Stars Luxury Hospitality and Lifestyle Awards for partnering with Carmen’s Luxury Travel.

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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.

20 Comments

  1. Tam Warner Minton
    October 8, 2017 at 4:25 pm
    Reply

    Hm! And how would I get invited to this?? It looks like you had an incredible time!

    • Carmen Edelson
      October 10, 2017 at 7:55 pm

      You would have to be involved with hospitality and luxury travel 🙂 And it was a great time, thanks!

  2. Helene D'Souza
    October 9, 2017 at 3:45 am
    Reply

    Looks like you had a great time. And then too such a great location to celebrate the winners of the luxury awards. 🙂

    • Carmen Edelson
      October 10, 2017 at 7:56 pm

      It was a magical evening! Thanks, Helene 🙂

  3. Carol Colborn
    October 9, 2017 at 7:15 pm
    Reply

    Are the awards for 7-star hospitality and lifestyle properties? Is the Empire Hotel and Country Club in Brunei considered 7-stars? They claimed so!

    • Carmen Edelson
      October 10, 2017 at 7:57 pm

      I have never been there so I can’t say from personal experience!

  4. Elaine
    October 9, 2017 at 8:02 pm
    Reply

    Wow. That looks like an amazing event. I am glad that you enjoyed it.

    • Carmen Edelson
      October 10, 2017 at 7:57 pm

      Thank you so much! It was a fabulous night in Athens.

  5. Skye
    October 10, 2017 at 2:15 am
    Reply

    Wow this looks like a fun night! Congrats for being on the panel. What a great honour. I hope you got the Bentley for your time 😉

    • Carmen Edelson
      October 10, 2017 at 7:57 pm

      Ha! I will suggest that to them next year 😉

  6. melody pittman
    October 10, 2017 at 3:39 pm
    Reply

    What a fascinating event and girl…you rock the red carpet with Hollywood style each and every year! Congrats! I am very happy for you!

    • Carmen Edelson
      October 10, 2017 at 7:58 pm

      Thank you so much, Melody! I really appreciate all the support.

  7. Tami
    October 11, 2017 at 1:16 am
    Reply

    Must have been a wonderful event…fun to see the beautiful gowns, hear about the awards given out, and also to learn you got to be on the panel! Athens is truly a special place!

    • Carmen Edelson
      October 16, 2017 at 1:43 pm

      Athens is wonderful! It was a truly memorable night 🙂

  8. Amy
    October 12, 2017 at 11:32 am
    Reply

    Wow, Carmen! A true testament to your hard work and dedication to the luxury travel lifestyle. Well earned spot on that panel….what an experience!

    • Carmen Edelson
      October 16, 2017 at 1:43 pm

      Thank you very much, Amy!

  9. Melody Pittman
    October 12, 2017 at 10:06 pm
    Reply

    Wow! What an incredible event. And how lucky that you go to go! Everyone looked so beautiful! I am sure this is a night that you will never forget, especially since you go to be on the panel. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

    • Carmen Edelson
      October 16, 2017 at 1:44 pm

      Thank you for reading, Melody! It was a fabulous and memorable event 🙂

  10. Nicola Hilditch-Short
    October 15, 2017 at 9:42 pm
    Reply

    Looks like a great and prestigious event to be invited to and I am sure there were many interesting people to meet there. Too posh for me though!! ha ha

    • Carmen Edelson
      October 16, 2017 at 1:46 pm

      Hah! You just need a ball gown, that’s all 😉

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