Ah, who doesn’t love a little pampering before their flight? If you’re going to dish out for access to an airport lounge, then you’d better make sure it’s a good one. You can’t go wrong with these luxurious spaces, the perfect way to unwind… just don’t miss your flight![middle_ad kw=”first class flights”]
Airport lounges have really outdone themselves in recent years. You can expect a lot more than just plasma TVs, leather sofas, open bar and free Wi-Fi. That was so ten years ago. How about a sleep pod, to catch some extra shut-eye in between flights, a pre-boarding manicure or a session in a full-body massage chair? Airport lounges are no longer just a place to kill time while you’ve got an unwanted stopover. They are destinations in themselves!
Upper Class Clubhouse, London Heathrow – Virgin Atlantic
Where: Heathrow Airport, Terminal 3
As you might expect, this huge lounge has the best in entertainment facilities including a pool table, retro video game consoles with the best games and a full-out cinema room with all the fixings! For the more serious types there is an office, library, work stations, Wi-Fi… Check out the observation deck and enjoy a cocktail out in the roof-top garden. There is also a spa and hair salon in the lounge so that you look good when you board your next flight.
The Pier, Hong Kong – Cathay Pacific
Where: Hong Kong Airport, Gates 62-66, NW Concourse
This is one of two of Cathay Pacific’s premium lounges. It offers “day-break” rooms which are perfect for lounging in plush leather armchairs. LCD TVs with on-demand programming as well as waiters attentive to your every need, including a wake-up call so that you don’t miss your flight. Alternatively you can get some work done with free Wi-Fi, showers and a few different dining areas, everything from fine dining to noodle bars.
Concorde Room, London – British Airways
Where: Heathrow Airport, Terminal 5
This relatively new lounge for First Class passengers opens right up onto the runway with floor to ceiling glass walls. The restaurant offers cosy booths for a dinner alone or with your travelling partner, with all-day dining which is most suitable for jet-lagged travellers looking forward to a steak dinner at 9am. There are three private cabana rooms which are great for napping but these must be reserved in advance. Spa services and more…
Emirates Lounge, NYC/JFK – Emirates
Where: JFK Airport, Terminal 4
Curl up and relax in this lounge… it has enough cream-leather sofas and armchairs to go around. Watch TV in the viewing area, head to the business centre to use their state-of-the-art computers or bring your own and make use of the free Wi-Fi. It’s open to First and Business Class passengers and offers every touch of luxury.
First Class Lounge, Frankfurt – Lufthansa
Where: Frankfurt Airport, Terminal 1
The lounge isn’t in Terminal 1 but next to it, in its own building. This 12,000 square-foot lounge has a cigar room, a bar stocked with 80 different types of whiskey, private work stations, rest-area with leather day-beds, alarm clocks so you don’t over-sleep, bathrooms and showers as well. The dining area is open from 5:30am until 11:30pm. Once it’s time to head to your boarding gate, passengers are driven in either a Mercedes or Porsche right to their aircraft. Now that’s service!
Flagship Lounge, New York – American Airlines
Where: JFK Airport, Concourse B, Terminal 8
American Airlines, you’ve really outdone ourself this time. This lounge is a whopping 7,000 square-feet. Bonus points go for all of that meticulously piled fruit… and for the guy that takes the bottom orange and sends it all tumbling. Here you have access to a quiet work space or a chatty and more social cyber café. There are showers, food, wines and liquors, DirecTV on flat-screen TVs… the works. Access is however restricted to First Class passengers on international or transcontinental flights.
L’Espace Premiere Lounge, Paris – Air France
If you’re stopping in Charles de Gaulle Airport, get yourself to Terminal 2E pronto! Passengers flying First Class are escorted into the lounge, whose décor matches the in-flight cabin. Red carpet, overstuffed leather armchairs just calling out to you… “sit in me, forget all your worries.” What else is in the lounge? Work area with free Wi-Fi, relaxation area with reclining lounge chairs, showers, massages, food, wine, champagne. Once you’re ready to board you flight, you are personally escorted in a Mercedes… ow!
Have you ever used an airport lounge, which one?