There was a time when the flash of a winning smile, or discrete handshake with a paper-lined palm would get you through the door of any airport lounge. The kind chaps at the Concorde Room would usher you in with a knowing nod and glass of champagne. But no more! Sky lounges are the new nightclubs, but connections and cleavage wont get you past these clipboards.
Here are our favourite airport lounges and how to get yourself in.
Virgin Atlantic JFK Clubhouse
Just like every Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse, there’s no mistaking which city it lives in. This is a space that oozes Uptown style and sensibilities. The moment you walk in from the distinctive reception area, you’ll be transported into a world of graceful elegance, with cascading, shimmering golden ceilings of lighting, and soft, decadent textures. And in true New York style, the front of house team will make you feel right at home, naturally pre-empting your needs before your flight.
British Airways Concorde Room, Heathrow (Terminal 5)
The Concorde Room encompasses everything that is old world England. Glamour without the gaudiness, privacy without pretence and rather delightful finger sandwiches. Personal cabanas make you feel like you’re in a mini hotel, and easy access to the Elemis Travel Spa make it one of the best.
Finnair Lounge, Helsinki Airport
The new stylish designed Finnair Lounge just beside the Finnair Spa and Saunas offers for 250 quests. It offers for example hight quality wine cellar, a selection of complimentary drinks and buffet restaurant, showers so that your transfer time in Helsinki Airport would be more pleasurable and relaxing than on any other airport
Lufthansa First Class Terminal, Frankfurt Airport
‘Flying First Class means enjoying the highest standard of travel – even before you take off. Deciding for yourself how to spend your time. Enjoying valuable moments of peace and quiet – and the privacy to do so – in the midst of a busy airport. And starting every flight with that ‘First Class’ feeling.
Swiss Lounge, EuroAirport Basel Mulhouse Freiburg
Guests of the Swiss Lounge can sun themselves under an enormous glass dome, surrounded by bright, simple materials — like chrome and wood — rather than some of the richer, upholstered surfaces found in other first class lounges. The architecture is open, the greenery is plentiful and the staff at the welcome desk is attentive.
United Arab Emirates
Etihad Diamond First Class Lounge, Abu Dhabi International Airport
To enter Etihad’s first-class lounge is a dangerous game of choose-your-own-indulgence. Leave the kids at the door. Staff nannies keep little ones busy in the kids’ retreat among colorful beanbags and toys; parents head to the Six Senses Spa for a complimentary treatment.
Qatar Airways Premium Terminal, Doha International Airport
Leave it to the Qataris to take plans for an airport lounge and turn it into a full-service luxe-fest terminal complete with massage chairs, spa, boutique shopping, stylish suites and endless restaurants, bars and cafes. Oh and it’s not only for the First Class flyers – Business travelers are warmly welcomed as well.
The much-anticipated Qantas First Lounges are now open at Sydney and Melbourne international airports.Designed by Qantas Creative Director Marc Newson, the Lounges are exceptional retreats offering unsurpassed levels of comfort, service and luxury, complete with day spa, restaurant, library, private work suites and concierge service.