Top airport lounges around the world

No one likes a long layover after a lengthy overnight flight. That’s why many airports around the world offer the use of their lounges to certain travellers which provide a space to relax and unwind. With many luxury and exclusive amenities on offer which include a lot more than just showers, day beds and restaurants, many of these luxury lounges are an experience and destination in themselves. The next time you’re facing a long stopover, take advantage of everything these exclusive airport lounges have to offer and you’ll be wishing you had more time before your connecting flight.

Here are some of the top international airport lounges around the world which are worth a stopover:

Heathrow Airport: Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse

You’ll want your flight to be delayed so that you could spend as much time as possible in these 750 square metres of luxury space. The Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse is one of the most highly rated luxury airport lounges in the world, boasting many first class amenities to help you pass the time like a cocktail bar, brasserie and deli, multi-screen cinema, office and library, pool table, and video game consoles. There are plenty of ways to relax and rejuvenate too, thanks to the power showers, hairdressing salon, and luxury on-site spa complete with a spa pool, steam rooms and tanning booth.

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Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse, London, photo courtesy of telegraph.co.uk

Visit their website for more information.

Hong Kong International Airport: Cathay Pacific’s The Wing Lounge

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Cathay Pacific’s The Wing Lounge, Hong Kong International Airport, photo courtesy of thedesignair.files.wordpress.com

Hong Kong International Airport boasts five luxury lounges run by Cathay Pacific, with The Wing being the biggest, with 4000 square metres of space. A lot of thought has gone into its tasteful minimalist design featuring open ceilings, contrasting black and white marble floors with natural Eucalyptus wood walls, and contemporary furniture. There’s a champagne bar in the reception area and a glamorous 80-foot-long Long Bar, as well as four restaurants to choose from and a popular noodle bar. But the highlight is the exclusive Cabanas which have full-sized Jacuzzi bath tubs, spacious showers, and huge day beds. What better way to relax and rewind before your connecting flight?

For more information, visit their website.

Doha International Airport: Al Mourjan Business Lounge

The Al Mourjan Business Lounge in the newly renovated premium terminal at Doha’s Hamad International Airport is a destination in itself. Reserved for 1st class and business passengers, there’s a host of five-star amenities available, including a world-class spa, shower facilities, private workstations with complimentary wifi, widescreen TVs and leather couches, quiet rooms to catch some sleep in, game rooms with Nintendo Wii consoles and a Formula 1 simulator. Parents will appreciate the private family rooms and children’s nursery with nannies available to entertain the kids while mom and dad relax in the spa.

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Al Mourjan Business Lounge, Doha International Airport, photo courtesy of 4.bp.blogspot.com

Visit their website for more information.

Sydney International Airport: Qantas First Lounge

Sydney International Airport’s swankiest lounge features Italian marble floors, Swiss quartzite walls, modern furniture and a breathtaking 180-degree view over the city’s spectacular Botany Bay.

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Qantas First Lounge, Sydney International Airport, photo courtesy of wikimedia.org

Operated under the hotel group Sofitel, visitors can enjoy the complimentary spa treatments and make use of the luxury shower suites, as well as the private business rooms. A concierge is on hand to make any required bookings and organise all details of your arrival at your destination.

Visit their website for more information.

Frankfurt Airport: Lufthansa First Class Lounge

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Lufthansa First Class Lounge, Frankfurt Airport, photo courtesy of viefromthewing on photobucket.com

Lufthansa’s First Class Lounge has its own separate building, just outside the main terminal building, spread over 1800 square metres on two floors. A personal assistant is available to take care of any details of your journey and assist you with security and the check-in for connecting flights. A newly opened spa is available in the lounge offering a variety of spa treatments lasting from 15 to 90 minutes – the perfect way to freshen up after a long-haul flight. Other amenities you can expect from a luxury lounge include rest areas with comfortable daybeds and luxury showers, private offices, a whiskey bar and cigar lounge.

For more information, visit their site.

 

By Isabel Putinja, Travel Writer

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