Want that ‘still on holiday’ or ‘am at work’ feeling even when you’re at the airport? Looking for the perfect way to relax or work before a flight? Here is a list of the world’s top them most amazing airport lounges that not only offer comfortable seating and beverages but much more! In today’s day and age, along with plasma screens and WI-FI connectivity, these lounges are offering amenities like full-fledged spas, private nap rooms, and meals catered by celebrity chefs. Topping the list is the
1) Air France l’Espace Premiere lounge, Paris (Charles de Gaulle Airport, Terminal 2E) – After being welcomed at a private, dedicated check-in area, first-class Air France travelers are escorted to this lounge where the décor matches Air France’s l’Espace Premiere in-flight cabins that feature a plush red carpet, oversized leather armchairs. The amenities here include a work area with free Internet access; a relaxation area with reclining chaise lounges, showers, and Clarins massages; and meals, wines, and champagne. At departure, an agent accompanies travelers to a dedicated boarding gate, and a private Mercedes sedan then takes them to their plane. Vive la difference!
2) American Airlines Flagship Lounge, New York (John F. Kennedy International Airport, Concourse B Admirals Club lounge, Terminal 8) This 7,000-square-foot lounge contains a business center and cyber-café; a special service lets travelers submit print jobs via e-mail or Web-page upload from any location and retrieve them in the lounge. There are shower facilities, meal selections, a wide choice of wines and liquors, and flat-panel TVs with DirecTV programming. Access to the lounge is available to first-class passengers on international or transcontinental flights.
3) British Airways Concorde Room, London (Heathrow Airport, Terminal 5) – Opening in March 2008, this lounge for first-class flyers includes a bar with floor-to-ceiling glass walls overlooking the airport (the better to gloat over less-fortunate travelers), and a restaurant with intimate booths offering all-day dining. Three private cabana rooms with beds and ensuite bathrooms can be reserved in advance; a wide range of spa services will also be available at the adjacent Elemis travel spa. Staff at the lounge’s dedicated concierge desk will do everything from booking theater tickets and calling taxis to changing flight reservations (in case you want to stay a little longer).
4) Cathay Pacific The Pier, Hong Kong (Gates 62-66, Northwest Concourse, Hong Kong International Airport)
5) Emirates Airlines Lounge, New York (John F. Kennedy International Airport, Terminal 4)
6) Lufthansa First-Class Lounge, Frankfurt (Frankfurt Airport, next to Terminal 1)
7) Qantas First-Class Lounge, Sydney (Sydney Airport, International Terminal)
8) Qatar Airways Premium Terminal, Doha (Doha International Airport, near Main Departures Building)
9) South African Airways Cycad First Class Lounge, Johannesburg (Johannesburg International Airport, Upper Mezzanine Level, International Departures Terminal)
10) Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse, London (Heathrow Airport, Terminal 3)
Although these over-the-top lounges are the exception, not the rule, the real estate is simply unavailable at most airports.