Would you enjoy your next airport layover if it included a massage and a martini? While it might sound like a traveller’s fantasy, luxury airport lounges do exist at aviation centers all over the world, providing a stress-free ambiance for worldly jet-setters. While the lounges are not all VIP-only, some do have special requirements of eligibility.
Instead of scrambling between your flight connections, put down your carry-on bags and relax in one of these airport lounges:
The Concorde Room
The British Airways Concorde Room at London Heathrow Airport is a premier stop for business travellers. Featuring computers, printers, fax machines and complimentary Internet access, the Concorde Room allows businesspeople to catch up on their work in a tailor-made environment. The lounge also offers private cabanas for those looking to take a quick yet quiet nap. However, the Concorde Room is not all work and no play. An entertainment area is equipped with televisions, while an outdoor terrace provides stunning views of the entire airport. Accessed by either purchasing a first-class British Airways ticket or accumulating more than 5,000 Tier Points, a Concorde Room is not only open at Heathrow Airport, but also at the John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York.
Qantas First Lounge
Now open at the international airports in Sydney and Melbourne, the Qantas First Lounges are luxurious retreats that boast day spas, high-quality restaurants and full-service bars. Sydney’s lounge also features a beautiful 30-metre vertical garden composed of nearly 8,000 plants. For business travellers, private rooms and work stations are available, while gamers can have some fun with video consoles before unwinding with a complementary massage or facial at the day spa. Those with a first class ticket or who are members of the Qantas Frequent Flyer club are eligible to enter the lounge.
Lufthansa First Class Lounge
Frankfurt’s Lufthansa First Class Lounge is so luxurious that it gets its own separate terminal. Totaling more than 3,650 metres, the lounge includes private rooms with day beds for napping and hot tubs to soothe your aching, flying-all-day muscles. If you’re in the mood for socializing, the whiskey bar features more than 80 selections of the grain liquor, while the cigar room allows you to relax with your favorite tobacco. The special treatment begins before you even reach the expansive terminal - a valet parks your car once you drive up, and a personal assistant helps you with your baggage and check-in. The Lufthansa First Class Lounge is only accessible if you purchase a first-class ticket for a Lufthansa flight.