By Abdul Rawuf
Some airlines go the extra mile when it comes to their lounge offering, making the airport experience a truly special one
A second home to affluent frequent flyers, First Class airport lounges are designed to make you feel like a VIP, whilst amenities and services should help you relax before, or in between flights.
Some airlines go the extra mile when it comes to their lounge offering, making the airport experience a truly special one, with little extravagant benefits for the discerned traveller.
The following first class lounges from top airlines show how hospitality and travel go hand in hand and special service makes all the difference, when choosing a carrier for an upper class flight.
Lufthansa First Class Lounge, Frankfurt
Sit back, relax and enjoy some gourmet cuisine at the in-lounge restaurant, where your meal is served to the table, while you wait for your flight to board. Once it is time to go, you will be escorted to the tarmac and driven straight to your aircraft in a Porsche or Mercedes, to make sure you board in style.
Qatar al Safwa Lounge, Doha
Stepping into Qatar Airways’ First Class Lounge at Doha airport will make you feel like you have entered a museum of modern Islamic art. Decorations and design features are mesmerising and the sheer magnitude of the lounge will have you awestruck.
Delicious a la carte dining, a full spa offering and a state-of-the-art business centre make your stay in this lounge convenient and comfortable, but it’s the nap rooms that will make your lounge experience a truly special one. Equipped with real beds for your rest in between flights, this lounge will make any airport hotel look average in comparison.
Qantas First Class Lounge, Sydney
What makes the Qantas First Class Lounge in Sydney stand out are spa rooms that are so beautifully designed, that they can easily compete with the most luxurious spa concepts from around the world.
Passengers can enjoy a free 20-minute treatment in a room fitted out with lush greenery.
The walls are actually covered with plants to let you breathe in some fresh air during your session. First class passengers departing from Sydney on Qantas are also called ahead of their flight, so they can book a spa session in advance.
Thai Airways First Class Lounge, Bangkok
Enjoy some quiet downtime ahead of your flight in one of the semi-private rooms in Thai Airways’ First Class Lounge at BKK.
Fully equipped with sofas, TVs and an ultra comfortable lounge chairs, you can relax and indulge in the outstanding thai cuisine without having to mingle with others.
The warm and welcoming Thai hospitality will make your visit to the Thai Airways First Class Lounge a great one, and the complimentary hour-long massage is the blissful icing on the cake.
Emirates First Class Lounge, Dubai
The Emirates First Class Lounge at DXB is so massive, it will make you feel like the entire airport caters to upper class passengers. Seemingly endless seating options line the way, so you will never have a hard time finding a quiet spot for yourself.
Order food from anywhere and have it delivered to you, or take a seat in one of the dining areas and enjoy a menu consisting of international and local gourmet cuisine.
What sets the Emirates First Class Lounge in Dubai apart are two things, an in-lounge Duty-Free boutique with a designated luxury offering and exclusive areas for families and children. A mother and child care room, play area and tailor-made kids menu make a journey with the little ones a breeze.
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