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Ranking Business and First Class Lounges
Top Business and First Class Lounges around the World
One of the many advantages of flying Business or First Class is access to the lounges. Several airlines have gone above and beyond to provide luxurious amenities.
Ten of the best airport lounges
Let’s take a closer look at some of the most well-appointed lounges throughout the world:
Qantas – Sydney (SYD)
Well-regarded as the best facilities in the world, Qantas delivers quality and style. The flagship lounge of the quintessential Australian airline was designed by the renowned Marc Newson. The large square footage is compartmentalized to provide private spaces for ultimate relaxation. Luxurious amenities include a spa offering massages, facials, and hand and foot treatments. You can also partake of a world-class restaurant serving a menu created by celebrity chef Neil Perry, famous for his Rockpool restaurant.
Cathay Pacific – Hong Kong (HKG)
When privacy and refreshment are your primary objectives. With a first class ticket on Cathay Pacific, you have access to an exclusive area of “The Wing” lounge. Within this luxurious oasis are separate zones for relaxation, work, and dining. A champagne bar and Jurlique toiletries count among the perks. The highlight, however, is the five private cabanas outfitted with a full-size bathtub, rain shower, daybed, desk, wardrobe, and vanity.
Virgin Atlantic – London-Heathrow (LHR)
Experience the finest spa treatments with a touch of class. While Virgin Atlantic may be well known for its stylish Clubhouse lounges throughout the world, only a few offer a Cowshed-branded spa. In the flagship Heathrow Clubhouse you can have a cut and style with Bumble & Bumble products, enjoy a Truefitt & Hill wet shave, and receive a Dr. Hauschka facial. The lounge also offers a wet room with hot tub, sauna, steam room, and showers.
British Airways – London-Heathrow (LHR)
Classic premium service and amenities await. The British Airways Concorde lounge offers premium services and facilities exclusively for first class passengers. There is a fine dining restaurant with an extensive menu and wine list. Cabana-style rooms are also available with beds and ensuite facilities for your convenience. When flying first class, you are also given access to the full-service Elemis spa, part of the larger lounge area.
Thai Airways – Bangkok (BKK)
If you are looking to be pampered in an exotic location, look no further than Thai Airways. As a first class passenger, you are privy to complimentary one hour treatments at the Royal Orchid Spa. Options include the signature “Touch of Silk” full-body oil massage. The spa offers suites complete with massage tables, changing rooms and soaking tubs as well as saunas and steam rooms.
Lufthansa – Frankfurt (FRA)
Exceptional service and efficiency are the name of the game for Lufthansa. When you fly first class out of Frankfurt on Lufthansa Airlines you will experience the great benefit of complimentary entry to a premium terminal. This perk comes with private immigration and customs clearance along with a luxury car transfer across the tarmac to your plane. The private terminal also provides restroom suites outfitted with daybeds, showers Etro brand toiletries, and a soaking tub.
China Airlines – Taipei (TPE)
Class and culture will dictate your experience here. Extensive thought went into the design of China Airlines’ new VIP lounge. The design aesthetic was influenced by the Song Dynasty and emulates a “Southern China” style garden. Inside you will find 222 seats in a large lounge area and a dedicated zone for the most esteemed flyers. Amenities include an internet and office space, quiet rest area equipped with day beds, and a large dining area with a tea bar.
Finnair – Helsinki (HEL)
Sleek contemporary relaxation rules this lounge. Much like the airlines’ inflight experience, the Premium lounge for Finnair serves as a decadent example of Scandinavian design and superiority. Located next to the business class lounge, the private first class lounge features three distinct areas and boasts a children’s play space, a wall of Apple computers, a staffed bar, and a real Finnish sauna.
Japan Airlines – Tokyo (HND)
Look no further for a contemporary adult hideaway. Within the first class wing of the Tokyo Haneda airport, you will find JAL’s new adult lounge, RED Suite. Designed as a space for adults to relax and ignore the fact that they are in an airport for a few hours, the lounge mixes a classic Gentleman’s club vibe with a modern twist. Here you will find bowler hat lighting, a shoe-shine butler, ping-pongs tables, a champagne room, and vintage maps as wall decor.
Qatar Airways – Doha (DOH)
Qatar Airways’ flagship lounge is lavish and spacious, encompassing 10,000 square meters over two stories and able to accommodate up to 1,000 people at a time. Within both the business and first class lounges are a wealth of amenities including a hotel, spa, squash courts, and even a Formula 1 simulator. This space exudes luxury and modernity.
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