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December 17, 2015

Review: Qatar Airways Al Safwa First Class Lounge

Qatar Airways Al Safwa First Class Lounge

This is one of the best First Class Lounge I’ve been to!

It was opened in late October 2015.

Anyone with a First Class boarding pass can access this lounge; however, One World Emerald and Qatar Airways Platinum card holders cannot gain access.

The lounge entrance is located near the duty free area with clear signs. Qatar Airways staff members check your boarding pass for access.

The Lounge

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The lounge is extremely spacious, open and quiet.

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This water fountain is the centerpiece art of the lounge.

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The water fountain created a smoothing, tranquil atmosphere, relaxing guests between flights.

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The lounge also boost a nice collection of art and antique.

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Dining

Next is the open dining area. There is no buffet available, food is on a la carte basis and a waiter/waitress will serve you.

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A sample of all day dining menu below:

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Adjacent bar area

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Krug, Pol Roger or Billecart Salmon all available.

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Spa and Quiet Area

Next is the amazing Spa and Quiet area

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Beautiful water sliding wall walkway towards Spa area

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Spa entrance with water ways…

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Unlike other airlines, Qatar Airways does not offer free spa treatments.  Instead, it offers premium treatments in either 30 or 60 minute blocks.

There is an extensive menu of treatments to choose from. Passengers can also choose between a male or female masseuse.

One of many treatment rooms.

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This is the Chinese treatment room

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Pedicure and Manicure room

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Spa relax area with water fountain sliding down from the glass wall.

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There is also a double jacuzzi on offer. It will cost 200 QAR, but it is included if you purchase any one of the spa treatments available.

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Changing room

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Shower room

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After visiting the Spa area, there are hotel rooms in the Quiet Area for those who want to catch up on some sleep.

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Ensuite facility inside the Quiet Room

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There is also a quiet family area in case the rooms are full

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Buffet area in the quiet rest area

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Boarding Direct from Lounge

Another great feature of this lounge is that if your flight departs from a remote stand, you can simply walk downstairs to the lobby and board a mini-bus that will take you directly to the plane, which means no more walking a long distance, giving you a lot of extra time to relax in the lounge.

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I think this is one of the BEST First Class lounge I’ve ever visited. It offers a great sense of tranquility, surrealness and relaxation. Its open design never makes you feel like you’re in a crowded space. There is plenty of seating to sit on and relax. Food and beverage is on par with most other First Class lounges. The Spa and Quiet area are certainly a value added bonus. It even has a dedicated duty free area!

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