With delays a common feature of airports across the globe, it is not surprising that the number of airport lounges has been on the rise over the last decade. Nowadays, airport lounges have become more than just places to rest before departure.
Five-star restaurants, classic day spas, art galleries, observation decks, chic furnishings and entertainment systems are all part and parcel of modern airport lounges. However, where are the world’s coolest airport lounges? What do they boast that places them above the rest?
Malaysia Airlines Lounge @ Kuala Lumpur International Airport
The Malaysia Airlines Lounge at Kuala Lumpur International Airport is among the finest airport lounges in Asia. Where else can passengers wait for departure beside a flowing, indoor river? Patrons of the lounge can also spend time in the fitness centre or playing computer games, or away from the kids with the use of the lounge’s babysitting nursery.
Virgin Atlantic’s Clubhouse @ San Francisco International Airport
Some of the most beautiful views of San Francisco Bay are found at Virgin Atlantic’s Clubhouse, in San Francisco International Airport. Passengers can experience a great digital art exhibition within the lounge, not to mention an awesome display of snacks and entrees 24 hours. The lounge is not just for business and first-class passengers, so anybody who is willing to pay the lounge fee is welcome.
British Airways’ Terraces Lounge @ JFK International Airport
British Airways’ Terraces Lounge is found within JFK International Airport. Just walking through this famous lounge is enough to take passengers away from the hectic chaos of the airport. A rejuvenating ambiance exists within Terraces Lounge, complete with the scent of freshly cut grass, water fountains, reclining lounge chairs, massage services and hydrotherapy. Terraces is truly a magnificent rest area that is worth every penny of the expensive entrance fee.
Cathay Pacific’s The Wing @ Hong Kong International Airport
There’s no airport lounge in the world like The Wing, operated by Cathay Pacific in Hong Kong International Airport. Spanning over a massive 4,000 square metres and two floors, The Wing welcomes first class and business class passengers. Four restaurants dot the lounge, including one which is set aside only for first-class ticket holders. However, it’s the daybeds, the 24-metre Long Bar, the two dozen IT work stations and the relaxing spa that put this lounge above the rest.
Virgin Atlantic’s Clubhouse @ Heathrow Airport
The Clubhouse (Virgin Atlantic) of Heathrow Airport is one of the coolest and trendiest airport lounges in the world. Feel like a haircut? How about a game of billiards before flying? The Clubhouse has the facilities to accommodate. Found in Terminal 3 of Heathrow Airport, Virgin Atlantic’s lounge also boasts a rooftop garden that gives stunning views of the runway, fantastic business facilities and spa amenities, yet a casual atmosphere.
Qantas First Class Lounge @ Sydney International Airport
The main feature that sets the Qantas First Class Lounge at Sydney International Airport apart from others is its spectacular tropical garden, boasting more than 8,400 refreshing plants. The lounge also contains a few other exciting facilities, too. These include an entertainment corner filled with play stations and a selection of movies, a famous day spand great views of the beautiful Sydney skyline. The lounge is renowned for its A380-like design, complete with an open kitchen.
Etihad’s Diamong First Class Lounge @ Aby Dhabi International Airport
Etihad’s Diamond First Class Lounge at Abu Dhabi International Airport is a 24-hour lounge that provides an unbeatable waiting experience for passengers. Okay, so it is primarily designed for first class passengers. However, there is a business class section that includes an art gallery and cocktail bar. The Diamond Lounge is particularly renowned for its chef’s table, which offers diners a huge selection of food. It isn’t a coincidence that stopovers and delays are becoming much more desirable these days!