My visit to the highly acclaimed Qantas First Class Lounge was in June 2012 on a Qantas Flight to Bangkok in First Class.
A very pleasant entrance experience leads me to the second floor, where the main lounge is located. There is a person checking your boarding pass and credentials at the entrance.
The entrance to the main floor was impressive, elegant and very grand! It is comparable to a 5 star hotel lobby or theatre entrance.
The lounge is not overly crowded at 10am. I settle myself down at the very end section of the lounge with a good view of everything.
The First Class lounge boasts a commanding view of ramp activity, dominated by Qantas on the Eastern international pier.
After settling down, I walked down to the food area and a waitress sited me straight away and took my breakfast order.
The food came within 15 minutes. It looks café style but all the produce used was fresh. I enjoyed my late breakfast and it was perfectly cooked to my liking of course.
I took some photos of the sit up bar and drinks counter. I was surrounded by white marble everywhere!
After the meal, I went to the day spa area. Much to my disappointment I can only secure a 15 minutes back massage. Everything was fully booked. The attendant told me I should have received a call the day before I fly for spa scheduling but I didn’t. May be I have given a different phone number during booking of my ticket. I still enjoy the private treatment room. The masseuse was pleasant enough trying to be interested in every passenger. The quick treatment does have the effect to let you freshen up and feel rejuvenated.
After the spa, I settled down at the back of the lounge and ordered a light lunch. This time, I ordered a soup and Paris café style steak. Surprisingly, the soup came cold and I returned it. The waitress was more than apologetic. I think everyone makes mistakes and it doesn’t bother me at all. I continue enjoy my time in the lounge by making few greeting and farewell phone calls, sipping the signature drink “Pablo” cocktail and watch Qantas planes underneath push back one after another.
The rear section is much less crowded and have a much private feel.
The old school “split flap” departure display also caught my attention from time to time when it changes. I love the retro feel. It does bring back some luster feeling of travel.
I really enjoyed my time at Qantas First Class lounge. The warm décor created a sense of “at home” feeling yet the lounge maintain its elegant flare and cosiness. I have previously been to few other first class lounges such as the Emirates First Class lounge in Dubai, Thai Royal First lounge in Bangkok, Singapore Airlines Private Room, Cathay First lounge at Wing/Pier in Hong Kong, Lufthansa First Terminal in Frankfurt etc…… But I have discovered the Qantas first lounge is probably one of the best lounge I have visited out of a bunch of already very high quality lounge. I am not sure whether I am biased but the atmosphere was the best in this lounge. It wasn’t overly decorated or too minimistic. It has the right balance of things. The lounge offered unsurpassed levels of comfort, service and luxury, complete with day spa, restaurant, workstation and a library. I simply can’t wait for my next visit.