Commuting is great when everything runs smoothly and on time, but sometimes it doesn’t. You can still make the best of your time thanks to the brilliant insight and sensitivities of great architects who have gone to great lengths to design comfortable, luxurious airport lounge. Follow the experience.
Lufthansa First Class Lounge, Frankfurt Airport
Germans know service. Lufthansa’s first class lounge is everything first class should be, complete with a PA to welcome and collect you for your flight aboard a private car service to the plane. Seating areas are cozy and comfortable alongside the Wining & Dining area, featuring a hot and cold buffet and an a la carte menu. There’s more: a Cigar Lounge, two quiet rooms with daybeds, work cubicles, shower rooms with jet tubs – and rubber duckies as a souvenir of course.
Air France La Premiere First Class Lounge, Charles de Gaulle Airport
Air France presents modern French décor, soft lighting and plenty of comfortable seating space. The dining room is the highlight with an impressive wine list and food menu catered to by Alain Ducasse. You won’t feel like you’re in an airport. Add to that, complimentary 30 minute spa treatments (massage or facial) by Biologique Recherche. And of course, workspaces, daybeds, traditional library with books and magazines, including digital access free of charge. Finally, at boarding time, you’ll be driven to the gate.
Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse (Business Class), London Heathrow Airport
Whether you choose to hang out in The Den, The Loft of the Viewing Deck, Sir Richard Branson proves no dream is too wild. Different décor means different moods, so you can sit and work, dream, play, read or mingle with other travelers at the Grey Goose Loft Bar. The Cowshed Spa offers some great treatments, otherwise, enjoy the a la carte or an afternoon English tea.
Turkish Airlines CIP Business Class Lounge, Istanbul Ataturk Airport
While it stands at the crossroads linking East to West, the Turkish have got European style on their list and got it right. This airport lounge boasts impressive architecture, starting from arched doorways. There’s a library, pool table, movie screening area, showers, private rooms for nocturnal dreaming and excellent Middle Eastern foods – fresh bread, pasta, grilled meat, cheese, snacks and desserts.
Business Lounge, London Gatwick Airport
This is the first business lounge at Gatwick’s South Terminal, offering business travelers great facilities including a Regus offering on-the-go that includes meeting rooms, quiet co-working areas, free Wi-Fi, a good selection of snacks and shower facilities. It’s a great initiative considering the fact that one in five passengers travel for business and transit through Gatwick.