Booking flight and hotel accommodation, planning the itinerary, packing suitcases, arriving at the airport, checking-in, going through immigration and customs – kind of exhausting, isn’t it?! Travel is meant to be an exciting and rewarding experience but unfortunately, just getting ready is already quite tiring…
During the past decade, airport lounges have evolved and airlines are upgrading their lounges to a next level of luxury, so take a break before embarking on your exciting journey, here are the world’s top 5 airport lounges.
Emirates First Class Lounge, Dubai International Airport
Spanning the entire length of the terminal, the Emirates First Class Lounge accommodates a range of own luxury storefronts such as Tiffany & Co. and Mont Blanc and offers an á la carte menu and expansive buffets. Complimentary shoe shining, as well as treatments like a back massage, foot rub, manicure, haircut, or blow dry are also on offer, with the first service free of charge. Otherwise, travellers can have a good time the cigar bar or wine cellar.
Qantas First Lounge, Sydney Airport
Showcasing a 98-foot, 8,400-plant vertical garden, Qantas first-class lounge has an in-house spa that offers travellers complimentary specialised spa treatments, massages, facials and hand and foot therapies. The lounge restaurant also features dishes designed by acclaimed Australian chef Neil Perry.
SWISS First Lounge, Zürich Airport
Located in Terminal E, this first-class lounge by SWISS houses two hotel rooms with Bvlgari amenities and floor-to-ceiling windows, three shower suites, private seating zones, a workstation for conferences, as well as a Champagne bar. Travellers can also enjoy a meal with choices ranging from American-style to fondue or raclette while savouring the view of the Alps.
The Pier, Business, Hong Kong International Airport
The Pier, Business by Cathay Pacific has recently gone through a face life. The newly remodelled lounge gives business travellers an experience on the ‘fast’ and ‘slow’ lanes. Entering the fast lane, travellers will find an array of food and beverage offerings from the self-service kiosks in The Food Hall and The Noodle Bar, and freshly brewed coffee prepared by professional baristas. The slow lane features extensive lounge seating with views out of the big glass windows and glazed timber screens.
Virgin Atlantic JFK Clubhouse, John F. Kennedy International Airport
The Virgin Atlantic JFK Clubhouse has been described as an Austin Powers–meets–uptown mod cocktail lounge, complete with a red leather sofa and purple lighting. The lounge offers everything from spa services such as massages, facials and foot treatments (featuring Dr. Hauschka products), a haircut from Bumble and Bumble salon to a game of pool in the entertainment zone.