Hello, We are back to another new blog post! So, this one is dedicated to airport lounges. To all those lounges and airlines that go an extra mile to make our travel a comfortable one. To all those lounges that come to our rescue us from those flight delays and cancellations. From marble-lined shower suites to snooze rooms, beer-pouring robots and golf simulators, these lounges have them all! Read through to get a taste of few of the world’s best airport lounges.
Emirates lounges, Dubai International Airport
At Dubai International airport one can find seven Emirates lounges across Concourses A, B and C. Out of these, the first class lounge comes fully loaded. We’re talking designer showers and bathrooms, premium wines and spirits, day spa, beauty salon, meeting rooms, iMacs and charging stations. Lounges were previously only open to higher-tier frequent flyer members and first-class travelers. But Emirates has now opened its lounges to all passengers.
Best part: You have to love the fact that you can board your flight directly through the lounge, which is very convenient.
If you’ve visited Emirates’ business class lounge in Dubai, what was your experience like?
British Airways Concorde Room, London Heathrow Airport
The Concorde room is the epitome of sophistication and style, available at Heathrow Terminal 5. This unique home away from home offers you intimate dining in private cabanas, thus ensuring the privacy you wish for. The lounge also offers work & entertainment zones so you can continue to work throughout your time at the airport. Pre-flight dining is also available for those departing from London Heathrow after 8pm.
Best part: The best part of the lounge is its terrace, which looks out over the terminal and is “open air”.
If you’ve visited the British Airways Concorde Room in London, what was your experience like?
Qantas First Class lounge, Sydney Airport
The architecture and interiors of the Qantas lounge in Sydney are the most talked about. It has dramatic wooden ceiling spars cambered like the inside of an airplane wing. To add to its beauty, the lounge has a wall completely covered with plants- yes they’re real! There are also two meeting rooms with their own iMac, printer/copier, landline telephone, sofa and even a large flat-screen TV. The Qantas spa offers facials, massages, even foot and leg wraps – lasting from 30 minutes to 50 minutes, all performed by trained professionals in lush private rooms with their own shower. Unlike many other lounges, this lounge also has a library set aside for avid readers.
Best part: The best part about this lounge is that the restaurant meals and spa treatments are free for all! It doesn’t matter if you’re a Qantas Frequent Flyer Platinum cardholder or booked on the cheapest economy seat.
If you’ve visited the Qantas first class lounge in Sydney, what was your experience like?
Etihad Diamond First Class Lounge, Abu Dhabi Airport
The Etihad Diamond lounge has classic and luxurious interiors what Etihad describes as “the ultimate expression of 21st-century Arabian modernism.” Its facilities for all include the spa, salon, fitness center, children’s room, dining, bar, and seating area. A separate, private facility is present for customers of The Residence, Etihad’s ultra-premium product available only onboard A380s. At the end of the dining area is located the cigar lounge that offers high-class cigars and Cohibas for free. The Etihad spa offers a complimentary shave/ hair-trim to first class customers. They are also given the choice of a free 15-minute spa or nail treatment. Between the spa and salon is a gym for those who love gymming and a play area for tiny tots.
Best part: The Etihad Lounge has on-staff nannies to watch the kids while their parents have a good time in the lounge. This definitely makes it the best part of the first class lounge!
If you’ve visited the Etihad Diamond first class lounge in Abu Dhabi, what was your experience like?
Cathay Pacific First Class lounge, Hong Kong Airport
Among all the lounges listed in this blog, Cathay Pacifics First class lounge wins the title of the ‘lounge with the classiest entryway’. The lounge has about a dozen private rooms, called The Retreat. The views from these rooms are marvelous, especially for aviation geeks. There is also a business center with iMacs and other types of equipment. The lounge also offers complimentary 10-minute foot massages and shoulder/neck treatments. When it comes to food, all Cathay Pacific’s lounges out do themselves. Whether it is the snacks or the main course, these lounges set themselves apart from many others in the world.
Best part: The best part is definitely the restaurant-style ‘Noodle Bar’ where one can order freshly made bowls of dan noodles at any hour.
If you’ve visited the Cathay Pacific first class lounge in Hong Kong, what was your experience like?