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July 20, 2016

Best Airline Lounge in the World

After giving my, Top 10 Airlines Review.  I will now share with you my Top 5 Airline Lounges.

These rankings are based on my own extensive air travel experiences and personal preferences.

Coming from the point of view of an aviation geek and frequent traveller; I am looking at the whole package, including: the lounge access, features of the lounge, overall comfort and feel of the lounge, food and beverage on offer, amenities and level of customer service provided.

I do not receive any benefit/goodwill/commission by compiling this list.

 

No 5. Qantas First Class Lounge, Sydney

The design is simply amazing in The Qantas First Class Lounge.  It has a great natural light balance from the ceiling to floor windows; the lounge boasts a commanding view of the ramp activity (Great for plane spotting!) Not to mention its amazing rock pool, inspired dining and a beautiful spa area.

Qantas First Class Lounge entrance

Qantas First Class Lounge entrance

 
Qantas First Class Lounge

Qantas First Class Lounge

 

To read further about the Qantas First Class Lounge, please click here.

 

No 4. Cathay Pacific First Class Lounge, The Pier, Hong Kong

The Pier re-opened in June 2015 after some extensive renovation.  The standard has been raised again to an even higher level! It now has a top end hotel lobby feel instead of being just an airline lounge.  It offers excellent all day dining, however my favourite feature has to be the "Retreat Area" which consists of many day beds with amazing apron views!

Cathay Pacific The Pier First Class Lounge entrance

Cathay Pacific The Pier First Class Lounge entrance

 
Cathay Pacific The Pier First Class Lounge Day Room

Cathay Pacific The Pier First Class Lounge Day Room

 

To read more about the The Pier First Class Lounge, please click here.

 

No 3. Lufthansa First Class Terminal, Frankfurt

The Lufthansa First Class Terminal in Frankfurt is a destination all of its own! It is a private terminal for First Class passengers! The terminal offers every detail of an exclusive traveling experience.  I have never seen such a well-stocked bar as the one in this lounge.  Not to mention that you are taken directly to your plane from the lounge, in a beautiful Mercedes Benz or Porsche Cayenne!

Lufthansa First Class Terminal Bar

Lufthansa First Class Terminal Bar

 
Lufthansa First Class Terminal Transfer

Lufthansa First Class Terminal Transfer

 

To read more about the Lufthansa First Class Terminal, please click here.

 

No 2. Qatar Airways Al Safwa First Class Lounge, Doha

Upon entering the lounge, the soaring ceiling immediately takes your breath away...

The lounge’s artwork and minimalist design creates the ambience of that of a modern art museum; this will impress even the most discerning of frequent flyers and travellers alike. There are waterfalls on the walls and an impressive water fountain as the centrepiece of the lounge.

It is extremely spacious, with amazing facilities such as: restaurant style dining, a pay to use elegant spa, hotel style day rooms and a private family area.

There is also a nice collection of Middle East Antiques and fine art paintings on display inside the lounge!

Qatar Airways Al Safwa First Class Lounge

Qatar Airways Al Safwa First Class Lounge

 
Qatar Airways Al Safwa First Class Lounge Display

Qatar Airways Al Safwa First Class Lounge Display

 
Qatar Airways Al Safwa First Class Lounge Spa Jacuzzi

Qatar Airways Al Safwa First Class Lounge Spa Jacuzzi

 
Qatar Airways Al Safwa First Class Lounge Day Room

Qatar Airways Al Safwa First Class Lounge Day Room

 

To read more about the Qatar Airways Al Safwa First Class lounge, please click here.

 

No 1. Air France Salon La Premiere, Paris CDG

The Salon La Premiere provides unrivalled and unmatched exclusivity out of all the First Class Lounges that I have visited.  The seamless and hassle free plane to plane transfer, the attentive lounge attendants, the amazing food and a beautiful relaxation area make this lounge also a destination of its own!

The lounge is just the right size, it is not mega huge nor does it feel crowded.  The best part though is the dining experience.  You are served with exquisite French cuisine created by a Michelin Star Chef and paired with excellent wines. The lobster I had was one of the finest anywhere....

Everything is so well taken care of; the lounge experience starts from the moment you arrive. There could not be a more carefree experience....I cannot wait to go back again!

Air France Salon La Premiere Dining Area

Air France Salon La Premiere Dining Area

 
Air France Salon La Premiere Dining Lobster

Air France Salon La Premiere Dining Lobster

 
Air France Salon La Premiere Bar

Air France Salon La Premiere Bar

 
Air France Salon La Premiere Relax area

Air France Salon La Premiere Relax area

 
Air France Salon La Premiere Private Transfer

Air France Salon La Premiere Private Transfer

 

To read more about the Air France Salon La Premiere, please click here.

 

Best Spa Lounge

Thai Airways Royal First Class Lounge and Spa, Bangkok

While all of the top 5 lounges in my list provide a spa treatment; for the perfect spa treatment before a flight I do not think anyone can look beyond Thai Airways Royal Spa Lounge.  First Class Ticket holders receive a full complimentary spa treatment for 60 minutes, whilst Business Class Passengers receive a 30 minute treatment of foot or back massage.

Thai Airways Royal Spa Lounge Spa Suite

Thai Airways Royal Spa Lounge Spa Suite

 

What are your favourite airline lounge? Do you agree/disagree with my ranking?

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