The Meetings Star Award has been awarded for the past thirteen years by the editorial board of Kongres Magazine and Conventa to the best destinations, meeting hotels and convention centres. The gala ceremony for the winners will take place during Conventa, taking place between 1 and 2 February 2023 in Ljubljana.

Since its inception, the Meetings Star Award has become a recognised accolade by event organisers and the industry. It is considered one of the rare awards based on comprehensive criteria and standards. The evaluated hotels and destinations are assessed by hidden congress guests. They are industry professionals with rich experience in event organising and extensive knowledge in the hotel business. Furthermore, the assessors have verified references in ensuring the quality of their work in the meetings industry, thus ensuring clients get objective insight and the reliability of the methodology. Our hidden guest assessors strive for objectivity and aim to be fair, meticulous, reliable, well-organised and pay attention to detail. The evaluation matrix comprises over 500 tangible criteria, divided into various categories. Further information regarding the evaluation can be found at

Before the award ceremony in February, it is our honour to present the best hotels in the fourth category – SPA MEETING HOTELS.

The offer of spa meeting hotels is highly diversified and original. Our assessment has shown that spa hotels have a quality, congress-guest-focused offer. Compared to similar resort hotels, the final mark is slightly lower because of the four-star hotels that dominate the category. Moreover, spa meeting hotels are less accessible compared to hotels in more developed tourist destinations.

Among all spa meeting hotels, the hidden guest assessors marked the following segments of the offer as best:

4.81 Employee Attitude
4.78 Additional Offer
4.74 Reception
4.73 First Impression
4.72 Hotel Bed

Categories that received lower marks in this year’s evaluation, on the other hand, were the following:

4.31 Accessibility
4.56 Location
4.65 Lobby
4.67 Hotel Breakfast
4.69 Hotel Room
4.69 Bathroom and Restroom

Photo Credit: Maritim Hotel Paradise Blue Albena


Final Mark: 4.88

The Southern Styria wine region is an excellent example of a land that lives and breathes wine tourism. With the addition of the design hotel Loisium, the region now offers a holistic congress offer. The reasons behind Loisium winning in its category are fourfold. Firstly, the exceptional architecture places it among the leading hotels in all evaluation categories. Secondly, the local-infused cuisine is tasteful and seasonal. Thirdly, the golden thread of the hotel is the wine story that astonishes congress guests. Lastly, the wine spa centre differentiates the hotel from its competition. The congress centre is the hotel’s centrepiece, elevated by the elegant outdoor surface suitable for hosting events. Loisium Wine & Spa Hotel Ehrenhause stands out from the crowd because it prioritises organising events. It is no wonder that hotel guests and, more importantly, event organisers have become enchanted by the hotel that has earned itself the top spot in our evaluation of best spa hotels. Simplified, the combination of the words Langelois and Elysium from Greek mythology means paradise. That is what the team at Loisium strives for.

Read the full Hidden Guest evaluation here.

Photo Credit: Loisium Wine & Spa Resort South Styria


1. Loisium Wine & Spa Hotel, Ehrenhausen, Austria – final mark: 4.88
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2. Hotel Arte Spa & Park, Velingrad, Bulgaria – final mark: 4.87
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3. Maritim Hotel Paradise Blue, Albena, Bulgaria – final mark: 4.84
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3. Wellness Hotel Sotelia, Podčetrtek, Slovenia– final mark: 4.84
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4. Hotel Krallerhof, Leogang, Austria – final mark: 4.83
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5. X Bionic Hotel, Šamorin, Slovakia – final mark: 4.82
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6. Terme Tuhelj Hotel Well, Tuhelj, Croatia – final mark: 4.78
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7. Esplanade Ensana Health Spa Hotel, Piestany, Slovakia – final mark: 4.75
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7. Loisium Wine & Spa Resort, Langenlois, Austria – final mark: 4.75
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8. Wellness Hotel Livada Prestige, Moravci, Slovenia – final mark: 4.74
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9. Falkensteiner Hotel & Spa, Jesolo, Italy – final mark: 4.72
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10. MJUS World Resort & Thermal Park, Kormend, Hungary – final mark: 4.70
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We sincerely congratulate the best hotels and wish them a successful congress year in 2023.

On the day of the gala award ceremony, taking place during Conventa, we will award the winners with prestigious accolades. Furthermore, all Meeting Star certificate recipients will be announced for 2022. In the category of spa hotels, the following certificates, divided into three sub-categories on the premise of achieved points in the hidden guest evaluation, will be announced:

6 GOLD certificates – final score from 4.81 to 5.00
11 SILVER certificates – final score from 4.61 to 4.80
6 BRONZE certificates – final score from 4.41 to 4.60

All certificate recipients can be found in Kongres Magazine’s venue and hotel finder FIND VENUES at You can seek hotels according to the certificate or final mark.


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