When you’re flying on a commercial flight, even when you’re in first or business class, it can be a painstaking experience. There are often long lines, flight delays, badly behaved passengers, worrying about making your connection and the list goes on.
There is a way, however, to make flying commercially a whole lot less stressful – spending waiting time in places with spas, butlers, world-class mixologists, wine rooms, shower suites lined with marble and even world-class cigar bars? High-end airport lounges, in their glorious splendor, await weary elite travelers.
Here are seven of the most elite places for respite when your next commercial flight to these locales has you frazzled:
Emirates, Dubai International Airport
Emirates has six lounges for its passengers in Dubai – three each for first class and business class. When you’re flying first class with Emirates, the Dubai lounge is the cream of the crop with Italian leather sofas, marble floors, and designer showers and bathrooms. If you are an oenophile, this lounge also has a wine cellar giving you the chance to taste a number of wines from around the world and to purchase them as well.
Qantas, Sydney International Airport
CNN says Qantas’s first class lounge at Sydney International Airport was designed using Feng shui principles of free energy flow with no corners but for floor-to-ceiling windows. The space also features more than 8,500 ferns and moss. First class and platinum-level passengers are allowed access to the lounge area encompassing more CNN says Qantas’s first class lounge at Sydney International Airport was designed using Feng shui principles of free energy flow with no corners but for floor-to-ceiling windows. The space also features more than 8,500 ferns and moss. First class and platinum-level passengers are allowed access to the lounge area encompassing more than 23,000 square feet of space. Every amenity includes European oak sculptures providing a peaceful ambiance.
British Airways, Heathrow Airport
Heathrow’s terminal 5 is where you’ll find British Airways’ first class lounge with its contemporary British design. In the Concorde room, you can experience a 15-minute detox treatment by Elemis Spa. You’ll find private cabins with day beds and ensuite bathrooms, dining booths with exclusive waiter services and an elite à la carte menu designed by Executive Head Chefs Frank Coughlin and Errol Figueroa.
Etihad Airways, Abu Dhabi International Airport
You have your choice of 16 areas here to relax and reenergize. Etihad Airways’ first class lounge features a fitness room, an à la carte restaurant, a showcase bar, a cigar lounge, a TV room, a secluded relaxation room, and a children’s playroom. Along with The Six Senses Spa, it has a nail bar and style and shave barbers.
Sensational Penthouse William
Having a luxurious place to relax at Heathrow Airport is conducive to a positive travel experience as is having a private and luscious place to stay while in London. When it comes to London luxury accommodations, Penthouse William is the icing on the cake! This five-bedroom residence has room for up to 10 guests. In the coveted St. James neighborhood, Penthouse William has stellar views of some of London’s most prestigious landmarks: Buckingham Palace, The Shard, The London Eye, Green Park, The Palace of Westminster, and Big Ben. A light-filled atrium presents a monumental staircase and hallway, while a private elevator navigates nearly 8,000 square feet of lavish living space between two floors. In addition to having full services and support, you will also have a cinema room, library, massage room, bar and a rooftop terrace for lounging and exemplary outdoor dining.
Thai Airways, Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport
Thai Airways at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport offers first class passengers extensive seating with a lot of private corners including a computer workstation, a sofa, private shower suites and nap rooms. There is also a dining room and buffet, two VIP rooms, and à la carte dining. The most remarkable part of Thai Airways is the Royal Orchid Spa where passengers can relax their minds and bodies with oil massages in a tranquil setting.
Air France, Charles De Gaulle Airport
Your first class travel experience with Air France includes relaxing moments in the La Première Lounge. The best part of the lounge is the restaurant, where you can choose from a list of wines and menu items selected by Chef Alain Ducasse and enjoy a fine dining experience with the carrier’s elegant table service. At the La Première Sisley beauty institute, you can relax and recharge for 30 minutes with a complimentary spa treatment, including special facials and body treatments meeting the needs of frequent travelers.
United, Los Angeles International Airport
The United Polaris Lounge in Terminal 7 at LAX offers an extraordinary atmosphere and selection of amenities. Its sleek design features stylish dark furniture, marble walls, floor-to-ceiling windows facing the runway and an expansive space of more than 12,000 square feet. The lounge includes luxurious amenities such as quiet suites offering private daybeds and rainfall-style showers. An extensive buffet in the spacious dining room and full-service bar ensure you can choose pre-flight dining options best tailored to your travel needs. High-speed WiFi is also available. The lounge is open to United Polaris business class fliers and long-haul international first class and business class fliers on an Star Alliance member airline.
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