Air France l’Espace Premiere Lounge
Air France, Charles de Gaulle Airport
Upon your arrival at Paris-Charles de Gaulle airport, you embark on a privileged experience, specially designed for you by Air France. Privileged welcome and services: an attendant welcomes you outside of Terminal 2E, takes any baggage you have, and escorts you to the check-in lounge. Make yourself comfortable in its relaxing ambiance as our La Première staff checks in both you and your baggage. You are then personally accompanied to the La Première lounge, your smooth passage ensured by dedicated security check lanes. While you may not be able to see the Eiffel Tower from its windows, you will be able to relax in seats that fold out into real two-meter-long beds, enjoy delectable French cuisine prepared by famous Parisian chef Guy Martin and indulge in as much wine and champagne as your gut can take.
Malaysia Airlines, Kuala Lumpur International
While it may not be the most modern of airport lounges, with its most recent renovation being back in 2005, the Golden Lounge at Kuala Lumpur International is the only lounge with its own putting green. Enjoy a round or two right before takeoff! Indulge in best airport buffet ever that offers 10 types of sandwiches, 22 different kinds of bread and 55 beverage choices. If you are on a business, feel free to get down to work at the business center, which gives travelers access to the internet as well as fax and copy machines. There’s also a dedicated Relaxation Room with massage chairs and foot massagers for those who need to wind down before they go up.
Lufthansa First Class Lounge
Lufthansa, Frankfurt Airport
Lufthansa First Class Lounge at Frankfurt Airport is located in a bright freestanding building outside of the main airport terminal. Ultra-spacious, at 12,000 square-feet, the lounge is built for peace and quiet with an Old World cigar lounge, a bar serving 80 varieties of whiskey, private glass-door offices, and a rest area with slick leather daybeds, alarm clocks, wardrobes, mirrors, and monsoon showers. If that’s not enough, passengers leaving the comfort of the lounge can be chauffeured directly to their awaiting plane in executive style via a Mercedes or Porsche limousine.
Emirates, JFK International Airport
As demanding of a city as New York, JFK’s Emirates Lounge is an ideal fit for astute traveler with plush leather sofas, massage chairs, plasma screen TVs and an array of international magazines and newspapers to indulge in. There’s also a business center with complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access and private bedrooms stocked with only the very best toiletries. Enjoy a complimentary full bar service and large buffet, featuring a selection of fresh, healthy, wholesome food produced with the finest seasonal ingredients., which will help revive you.
Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse
Virgin Atlantic, London Heathrow
The 8,000 square-foot Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse at London Heathrow is more like a private members’ club than a place to wait while you’re waiting for your flight. Catering for travelers’ can be described as an understatement; there’s a cocktail bar, brasserie and deli for those wanting a bite to eat, and an office and library for those who are working on deadlines. If you have a time, take advantage of an on-site spa with a spa pool, steam rooms and tanning booth. After a few hours recharging your batteries here, you’ll wonder whether you need that holiday after all.
The Royal Orchid
Thai Airways, Bangkok Airport
As if being whisked across the tarmac in one of the airline’s fleet of Mercedes cars isn’t luxurious enough, visitors to Thai Airways’ Royal Orchid lounge can expect traditional Thai hospitality at its very best. In a contemporary style with authentic Asian flare, the lounge is everything any first-class passenger could ever possibly need, with private corners, an a la carte dining room, a business center with Wi-Fi internet, slumber rooms and, of course, shower suites. Complimentary Thai massage and gourmet cuisine help earn the Royal Orchid its rightful place on this list.
Cathay Pacific, Hong Kong International Airport
The Wing is Cathay Pacific’s flagship lounge at Hong Kong International Airport spread over 43,000 square-feet. It set a new standard in airline ground service when it launched in 1998. The Wing completed its final phase of renovation in February 213. One of the highlights of the lounge is the 80-foot Long Bar, which looks more like the bar of a trendy city restaurant than that of an airport lounge. There are also four restaurants and a full-service day spa, along with private cabins complete with showers, oversize beds and Jacuzzi tubs. And if execs can’t tear themselves away from the office long enough for a spot of pampering, then they can always knuckle down courtesy of the free Wi-Fi in the executive office suites.
Qantas International Lounge
Qantas, Sydney International Airport
Designed by Qantas Creative Director Marc Newson, Qantas First Lounge at Sydney International Airport will certainly take the sting out of your delay. Having teamed up with hotel group Sofitel, the lounge ensures that all guests benefit from the kind of hospitality afforded at five-star resorts. This includes a concierge who is happy to call ahead and make plans at your final destination (car rentals, restaurant reservations, flowers in your room, etc.), a day spa that provides beauty treatments, shower suites and essential toiletry items such as shaving kits, as well as a restaurant with master chef Neil Perry heading the show. There is also a well-stocked bar and an equally well-stocked library, in addition to a business area complete with complimentary desktop computers and wireless Internet access.
Qatar Airways, Doha International Airport
Exclusive to First and Business Class customers, the unique award-winning Premium Terminal is a memorable and breathtaking experience even for seasoned travellers. From the time you arrive you will immediately feel welcomed—personal chauffeur driven luxury transportation to and from your plane. Just like checking into a hotel, at Doha International Airport’s Premium Terminal you’re greeted by a porter who’ll take your bags before you chat with the concierge who’ll tell you about all the luxuries on offer inside. Once you’ve got all the information you can begin to enjoy all the five-star amenities; whether you want to indulge in a massage in the world-class spa or have a game or two on one of the Nintendo Wii consoles available, your flight delay will go by in no time at all. There is also an excellent restaurant, a business center with everything you need to work away from the office (wireless internet access is available throughout the entire building), a duty-free shop where you can stock up on tax-free goodies with the best of them, and a nursery where on-site nannies are there to look after your children.
Terminal 5 Galleries
British Airways, London Heathrow
Comprising six lounges and an Elemis Travel Spa, the Galleries at London Heathrow’s new Terminal 5 building make up the most luxurious, expensive first class lounge complex in the world. Appointed exclusively for British Airways first- and business-class passengers, the complex was designed by interior superstars Davies+Baron and mimics the style and ambiance of a modern boutique hotel. The Galleries includes The Silver Bar, Wine Gallery, Work and Entertainment Zones, Show Suite and Kids Zone. The Gallery is covered with Swarovski crystal chandeliers, paintings from BA’s collection of 1,500 artworks, faux fireplaces and four quirky life-size wooden horses with heads crowned by lamps.