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.

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.”

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