When choosing an airline, there are several deciding factors to consider, such as flight timings, customer service (both onboard and on the ground), food options, track record — especially in light of recent events — and the quality of the business class lounges. The latter comes in particularly handy in the (annoying) event of a flight delay, which, let’s be honest, happens quite regularly.
The amenities and services of a business class lounge can make or break your pre-flight experience. You’d definitely want to treat yourself to scrumptious grub, a comfortable private pod, and shower facilities, especially before getting on a long-haul flight to your destination. These also allow you to relax a little, ahead of the many business meetings you’ll have to rush to upon arrival.
From Los Angeles to Istanbul, here are 5 of the best business class lounges in the world’s leading airports. They provide tranquillity, privacy, a range of dining options, and first-class amenities that rival five-star hotels, so you can be certain you’re well taken care of, before boarding your flight. Not only will these fantastic lounges make your flight experience better (by miles,) you may even find yourself turning up at the airport much earlier to enjoy their various facilities.
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The Al Mourjan Business Lounge at the Hamad International Airport is designed to mirror a five-star resort, with its high ceilings and bronze walls featuring traditional Arabian calligraphy.
The 10,000-sqm business lounge offers amenities such as conference rooms, business centres, private workstations, shower and restroom facilities, as well as multiple dining options. There’s even a bar serving up pre-flight tipples.
Soak up Southern California’s famous sunshine at the Star Alliance Lounge, managed by Air New Zealand in collaboration with its Star Alliance partners. The Star Alliance Lounge at Los Angeles International Airport features an outdoor terrace, where you get to enjoy views over the airfield and distant Hollywood hills.
The lounge features impressive amenities such as a serviced bar with complimentary cocktails and refreshments, shower suites, as well as a separate First Class Lounge available exclusively for First Class fliers.
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The newly refurbished Turkish Airlines Lounge at Istanbul Airport has added another 2,400 sqm to its existing 3,500-sqm space, doubling its capacity to hold over 1,000 guests at a time.
Here, you can savour Turkish dishes and international offering such as freshly prepared pastries from Vienna’s famous pastry shop Demel. The Turkish Airlines Lounge also offers a range of facilities to keep you entertained while waiting for your flight, such as a library, massage room, golf simulator and billiards room. Maybe a flight delay isn’t such a bad thing after all.
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Singapore Airline’s premier business class lounge in Singapore is designed specifically to make customers feel like they are at home. Here, fliers can luxuriate in comfort due to the new ‘home’ concept — where unique spaces are modelled after living, dining rooms and kitchens that feature tastefully selected art pieces.
Amenities include specially designed productivity pods for fliers to work in privacy, signature Singapore Airlines armchairs, shower amenities, as well as a wide variety of food and beverages — with a selection of vegetarian cuisine, western dishes, pastas, and local delights such as carrot cake, fried noodles, and chicken rice.
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Etihad Airways’ premium lounges at Terminal 1 and Terminal 3 of Abu Dhabi airport offer a plethora of services and facilities, such as a Six Senses Spa, Style and Shave salon (for last-minute haircuts or manicures), business centre, dens with individual television pods, shower facilities, and dining options.
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