Seven Stars Luxury Hospitality & Lifestyle Award Winners 2015 – Bali

The 3rd Annual Seven Stars Luxury Hospitality and Lifestyle Awards shone bright in Bali on 19 September 2015. The Seven Stars Luxury Hospitality and Lifestyle Awards is the highest, most exclusive award for the Luxury Hospitality and Lifestyle Industry. Luxury Columnist were one of the official media partners and we had the pleasure of attending the star-studded ceremony at the luxurious Trans Resort Bali.

Trans Bali hotel
The leading lights of the luxury hospitality and lifestyle industry were treated to a spectacular evening which kicked off in style with a saxophone backed cocktail reception accompanied by a selection of mouth-watering canapes.

Seven Stars awards
We were then ushered to the grand ballroom to begin the celebrations before enjoying a delicious five course meal during which the winners were announced. Each award winner was rewarded with one of the highest accolades in the world of luxury hospitality and lifestyle, the Signum Virtutis seal of excellence.

Seven Star Awards winner
The 2015 award winners included a wide variety of sectors: hotels and resorts, spas, and aviation. Numerous winners from all over the world, such as Katara Hospitality, Al Marjan Island, Emirates Palace, HRH Group of Hotels, Spirit Hotel, Melia Zanzibar, Hanging Gardens of Bali, Villa Padierna Hotels & Resorts and many more attended the star studded ceremony.

During the awards, we were treated to a spectacular laser light show, and fashion designer Paul Ropp provided for excitement with his first fashion show since 2012 and a prize for 2 lucky winners.

The Gala Ceremony saw the launch of  The International Hospitality Hall of Fame, headed by Mr Frank Pfaller, the President and Founder of Hoteliers Guild and Honorary Chairman of the Seven Stars Luxury Hospitality & Lifestyle Awards. In addition, the torch was passed to the Villa Padierna Palace Hotel in Marbella Spain to host the 2016 Seven Stars Luxury Hospitality and Lifestyle Awards.

Luxury panel Members in attendance included HSH Prince Massimiliano della Torre e Tasso, Frank M Pfaller, Khalil El-Mouelhy, Nicola El-Mouelhy, Karine Lackner, Mohammed Riyaz, Marina Noble, Dr Andreas Lindner, Thanos Liontos and Ms Ece Vahapoglu, the well known Turkish television host and journalist who is also the official presenter of the Seven Stars Luxury Hospitality and Lifestyle Awards.

Seven Stars winnersSpecial Awards were also presented. These awards included the “Outstanding furniture design for luxury hospitality”, which was collected by Serkan Yildirim of DSIGN Furniture, The Award for “Remarkable and exceptional achievements in luxury hospitality” which was presented to Katara Hospitality, The Seven Stars Travel Technology Award which was collected by Illusions Online, the award for “the preservation and promotion of heritage and heritage Hospitality”, which was presented to HRH Hotel Group and the Seven Star development award which was presented to Al Marjan Island. Poshberry also received the special award for Seven Star luxury flight booking service by providing customers with exceptional rates of first and business class travel. Maharajas Express, Bali Food Safari and Ayung Resort Ubud collected the award for Seven Star experience presented by luxury panel member Karine Lackner.

The event concluded with a group picture on the Stage and an after party at the trendy 18th, the Trans Resort Bali’s very own open air roof top bar.

TransBali18thKhalil El-Mouelhy, Chairman President & Founder commented:
“I am truly impressed with the hospitality and uniqueness of the Trans Resort Bali and we are delighted with the turnout for our 3rd event. Mr Alexander Jovanovic and his team did a fantastic job and ensured that guests had an exceptional stay. The facilities of the Trans Resort Bali are exceptional and the quality of the resort and its accommodation are second to none. I look forward to working with Mr Jovanovic again in the very near future. It was a great pleasure working with the team at the Trans Resort Bali, their awards are very well deserved and knowing Mr Jovanovic, things will just keep getting better. The next stop for the Seven Stars Luxury Hospitality and Lifestyle Awards will be the stunning Villa Padierna Palace Hotel in October 2016 and we are all very excited!”

Frank M Pfaller, President-Hoteliers Guild, Hon.Chairman Seven Stars Luxury Hospitality & Lifestyle Awards and President/Founder- The International Hospitality Hall of Fame commented:
Following the rousing success of the Seven Stars Luxury Hospitality & Lifestyle Awards gala at the Trans Resort Bali in Bali, we are now very much looking forward to welcome our international colleagues to next year’s event at the Vila Padierna Palace Hotel in Marbella, Spain. I am convinced that SSHLA will go from strength to strength and firmly establish itself as the industry’s most coveted recognition accolade”

Alexander Jovanovic Director Development-Hotels & Resorts CT Corp and GM of the Trans Resort Bali added:
“We are extremely proud that The Trans Resort Bali has been recognized on an international level as one of the most outstanding properties worldwide. I would like to thank all of our staff for helping make this event a great success. To be awarded on such a level is a testament to the exceptional standards and unique level of service that CT Corp represents in the luxury Hospitality industry.”

The Trans Resort itself was a very convenient location for the awards, situated a few minutes walk away from “Eat Street” aka Jalan Laksmana. It has 194 spacious guest rooms and suites, all with air-conditioning, a flat-screen cable TV, an iPod dock, wardrobe, personal safe, minibar, an electric kettle and a pool view from the balcony. Many of the rooms also feature a jacuzzi bath and a daybed on the balcony.

TransBali-CelebritySuiteWe were particularly impressed with the attention to detail, apparent in the luxurious Aqua di Parma toiletries, goose-down pillows and supersoft bathrobes. The staff were exceptionally polite and friendly – at one point I misplaced my iPhone and they looked everywhere for it. Families in particular will love the outdoor swimming pool with its own beach, whereas adults will enjoy the spa centre. The quality of the restaurant cuisine is very high and the choice at breakfast is impressive with Balinese, Indonesian, Chinese, Western, healthy and many more buffet stations. The hotel also provides free access to renowned Mosaic Beach Club which is definitely worth a visit. There are also 16 stunning villas, each with a private pool.

Trans Bali villaMedia Partners
Seven Stars Luxury Hospitality and Lifestyle Awards would like to thank the 2015 Media partners: Trans TV, NY International Times, Indonesia Design, The Lux Traveller, Cyprus Traveller, FTN News, Global Travel Media, Horizon & Beyond, The Top Tier, Luxury Columnist, ELUXE MAGAZINE, Voyagers World,, Best of The World, The Yak, FRV, The Beat, Bali Plus, Bali Update, TVRI.

SevenStar-TransBanner-001Winners in Attendance:
Emirates Palace; Ayada Maldives; Park Hyatt Chennai; HRH Group of Hotels; Katara Hospitality; Spirit Hotel; Trans Luxury Hotel; Layana Resort & Spa; Villa Padierna Palace Hotel; Illusions Online; Hanging Gardens of Bali; Ayung Resort Bandung; Maya Ubud; Ayana Resort; Melia Zanzibar; Maldives; Maharajas Express; Shiv Niwas Palace; Poshberry; Los Flamingos Golf; Te Manava; Pacific Resort Aitutaki; Pullman Timi Ama; Pik Palace; Park Chalet Shahdag; Bali Food Safari; Lagacio Mountain Residence; Marinis on 57; The Mulia; La Veranda; Thermas de Carratraca; Medical Wellness Centre Villa Padierna Palace Hotel; The SPA, Trans Luxury Hotel Bandung; Dsign; Ritz Carlton Sharq Village; BANYAN Tree Mayakoba; Banyan Tree Shanghai; Sofitel The Palm Dubai.

Seven Star BaliFor the full list of winners and more information: Seven Stars Luxury Hospitality and Lifestyle Awards. I’m giving a special award to Mr Luxe for all his help with technical matters and some of the photos that you see on the site!

Luxury Columnist Seven StarsRead my Beginner’s Guide to Bali here.

  • It really is a beautiful place. Like paradise really. No wonder tourists love to visit and revisit.
    You look lovely. Like a doll. 🙂

    Congrats to you both. 🙂

  • Oh wow that room looks luxurious!

    Candice | Beauty Candy Loves

    • The rooms were so spacious and I loved the outdoor hot air tub

  • Congratulations!
    The venue is absolutely amazing 🙂

    Lu |

  • Verrrrry slick, Suze! Looking gorgeous too – is that an Emilio Pucci dress I spy? x

    Jasiminne | Posh, Broke, & Bored

    • Well spotted Jasiminne, I thought it had a certain island chic vibe!

  • Love your dress – really beautiful!

  • It looks like it was a fabulous event Suze. You looked stunning in your dress. I’m sad that I missed it this year, but looking forward to attending next years awards ceremony. btw- you forgot to include me in the media partners list. 😉

    • Hi Carmen, exciting that you can make it next year – the list of media partners is from Khalil and just those that took part this year, you’ll definitely be included next time

      • Suze, who can be media partner for those awards? Could I attend it?

        • Normally you have to be invited by the organisers, I’ll mention it to them and they’ll get in touch if looking for additional partners

          • Please, do so, I would love to participate…

  • You look gorgeous! I can’t wait to read about your stay in Bali! I loved it 🙂 BTW: great event!

    • Bali is great isn’t it, wish we could have stayed longer. I really enjoyed reading about it on your site Pati. The event itself was a lot of fun

  • Danielle

    You look really pretty in that dress. Love its colors! I’m looking forward to more photos of your stay in Bali. I always enjoy looking at beautiful places. Have a nice day!

    • Thanks so much Danielle – Bali is gorgeous and I can’t wait to get the other posts up once I’m back from my next trip to a friend’s wedding in Italy

  • What an amazing thing to be part of! Looks like it was incredible 🙂

  • Angie SilverSpoon

    What an amazing event and you look stunning!! What a gorgeous dress.

    Lots of love,

    SilverSpoon London

    • Thanks very much Angie, the joy of that dress is you can wear it for day or night – very handy!

  • Loved your dress, lady! What a cool event, too. 🙂

    Le Stylo Rouge

  • What an exciting event to attend! Hopefully I will also one day get the chance to visit Bali.

    • I hope that you do, Anouk – it’s a stunning country and there’s lots to see

  • Wow… Looks like such an amazing event and so much fun! That place is simply beautiful. You look so pretty in that dress!

    • It was a wonderful event and great fun – the venue was lovely too!

  • This looks absolutely fabulous – your dress is amazing! What an amazing event, too!

    Erin Islandbell xx

    • We really enjoyed the event and meeting so many interesting award winners!

  • Suze you look so glamorous – you’ll be on the red carpet in Hollywood next! Well done on your involvement – so exciting! ☺

    • Ha ha, I wish! Thanks very much Shikha, it’s a great event to be involved in

  • Serene Kurd

    How luxurious and gorgeous is the resort in Bali, the views are breathtaking <3 You also look amazing Suze! I love your ensemble!

    Serene | I Am Serene L

    • That’s very kind Serene, and you’re right that the views in the Trans Resort are fantastic

  • Paola

    Wow, fab meeting and Great location!!!
    You look so chic in your long dress!!!
    xo Paola
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  • Catherine Lux

    So glad you had a great time, it sounds like a very fun evening! You look beautiful!!

    C x | Lux Life

    • The evening was brilliant, Catherine – really interesting to meet the hoteliers and the expats too

  • Ah, you lucky thing! This event would have been right up my street, it look amazing! Hope you have some great memories from the day 🙂 x Jersey Girl x

    • I know, so lucky! We have some brilliant memories and I’d love to return to Bali

  • Lovely dress! Looks like a fun evening. Bali is beautiful, so I can’t wait to read more about your visit!

    • I can’t wait to start posting about it once I’m back from Italy – busy travel month! Hope everything is going well with you Char

  • stylentonic Constantinos

    You look gorgeous in this dress!

  • Ellie Adams

    What an incredible opportunity Suze, this must have been so much fun. I’ve always wanted to go to Bali!


    • The event was fantastic and the Balinese people are so friendly – really worth a visit

  • Wow such a great opportunity, fabulous pics!

    • You’re right, it was a brilliant opportunity and I loved every moment

  • K.

    Work it girl… love that dress. And I love everything about this hotel as well. It’s just luxurious as can be. That bed is just calling me right now lol. Okay I’m a bit tired so of course it is lol. Love this post.

    Kia / KTS

    • The day bed in the villa overlooking the private pool looked particularly enticing!

  • I love your dress! You look fab! So jealous that you are in Bali, I am dying to go there!

    Ash | Liakada

    • I’m back from Bali now and feeling the cold! Thankfully going to Italy for a friend’s wedding very soon. You’d love Bali, Ash

  • Wow, this looks like it was such a wonderful event! I love your dress!

    • Thanks Valerie, it was a fantastic event and I felt very relaxed in that dress

  • Mlle Coconath

    Great post!


    Mademoiselle Coconath

  • Elle berman

    Congratulations on this achievement! What a wonderful place to be, literally and figuratively! I love your print gown! I want to pack amy bags and call my travel agent!!

    xx, Elle

    • I can really recommend Bali, it’s such an exceptional place Elle

  • Congratulations on being a media partner! What a fabulous night it was, and you looked stunning in your dress 🙂

    • It was brilliant, Jean and so lovely to visit Bali – I can see why you liked it so much

  • What a great event to attend, in wonderful settings and hospitality. Your dress is stunning I hope you are both having a wonderful time Lucy x

    • It was amazing Lucy and a few days after we got back, we went to a friend’s wedding in Italy

  • Ellese Launer

    Wow!! This all of the photos are absolutely stunning. The event looked and sounded spectacular. Thanks for sharing!! Xo, Ellese

    • Thanks for stopping by Ellese, glad you enjoyed reading and looking forward to checking out your blog


    Let me tell you, how gorgeous you looked at this event, Suze!!! Beautiful dress and so perfect for Bali! Happy Monday, Suze!

    xoxo Ira

    • That’s so kind Ira, the dress was pretty handy as it was so lightweight


        I’m sure of it! Definitely the right one for the heat over there.
        Thank you for your reply, Suze!

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  • Wow you looked beautiful in these photos! And what a stunning event! Lucky you for being their official partner!

  • I love your dress you look absolutely stunning suze! xx

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  • @SecretRetreats

    Stunning line up of winners.. Look forward for 2017 event and hopefully would hear Bali Best spots and places announced as the winners again… Cheers!

  • Melbtravel

    Wow this looks stunning.