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Going on long trips and can be an exhilarating adventure. You get to visit foreign lands, see sights only a few get to see, and create memories and experiences with those you love. But sometimes, not every aspect of travelling is a barrel of fun. Getting to your destination can be stressful and uncomfortable, with many an airport leaving bad memories for travellers.
If you’re stuck in a long layover or waiting for delayed flight, chances are you’ll find yourself fighting for uncomfortable seats near charging stations, dealing with shoddy Wifi, and crowding into an overpriced airport restaurant with other stressed and uncomfortable passengers. Luckily, many airlines and airports feature passenger lounges, which are little slices of passenger heaven right inside the terminal. Here are some of the best business lounges from around the world.
The Qantas International First Lounge, located in Sydney, is the epitome of luxury when it comes to airport lounges. It features two conference rooms for meetings and calls when groups travel together, a business centre, and even a library of books in case you finished yours on the flight. It also features a chic and trendy restaurant. If you’re a Qantas’ first class passenger, expect a call the day before your flight, asking if you’d like a complimentary treatment in the attached spa. There’s nothing better than a relaxing massage in between long flights.
This lounge is all about the three R’s: relaxing, recharging, and refreshing. It features a barber to provide a nice shave when you need to clear up any lingering 5 o’clock shadows after a red-eye flight. It also provides shoe shines and a clothes pressing service to make sure everything looks and feels right for that big meeting. And let's not forget the international buffet that’s sure to serve up a favourite. Plus, for the ultimate refresher, you can clean off the sweat of travelling in one of their individual shower stalls.
The first thing travellers notice about this lounge is its size. This monstrosity is the biggest lounge in the world, and has amenities and comforts to fill all that space. It features two restaurants with international eats to savour, as well as several self-serve food areas. There’s a cigar bar for those feeling like socialising, plus several nap rooms to stretch out after sitting in a cramped airplane seat. Another nice touch is you can board your flight right from the lounge, as it has several exits leading to all the gates in the terminal.
One of the most convenient features of this lounge is it has its own private customs and immigration area, so you don’t have to wait in long lines. It also has luxury restroom suites, with both showers and a tub for soaking those sore muscles. You can even take a complimentary rubber duck as a keepsake! This suite also has a bed for napping, and the visitors to the lounge are eligible for tarmac car service, which whisks passengers right to their planes doors.
Treat yourself to some amazing gourmet traditional Chinese food at the restaurant in this lounge. It also features day suites, which are like hotel rooms, so you can fully recharge in private on long layovers. The suites also feature showers and day beds, for those with shorter layovers. When you arrive, you’ll probably want to pamper yourself right away with a free foot massage.
To get to this lounge, you don’t even need to walk! Thai Airways wants their first class passengers to have nothing to worry about; the experience starts with a drive from check-in in a golf cart, which directly takes you to the lounge. Once there, you can relax in one of their semi-private living rooms with a TV and a couch, along with bottle and food service. The selection of Thai food is amazing, and the staff will cater to your every need. And as if that’s not enough, this lounge offers a complimentary, full body, hour-long massage. After you’re finished being pampered and ready to depart, the golf cart will drive you right up to your gate for boarding.
Travelling can be busy, stressful, and even sweaty, especially when the trip includes long flights and even longer layovers. Luckily, there are many airlines out there who want to offer their passengers as much luxury as they possibly can. Airport lounges offer the best layover experiences you can imagine. So next time you take a trip, consider indulging in one of these lounges, and make your airport adventure one to remember for good reasons.