Airlines are in constant battle – who is the best? And who will get the best traveler reviews? The lounge is where the first opinion about the airline is made. And as in life, there are no second first impressions, therefore airlines are trying hard to start with their best.
The journey of these airlines starts not on the plane, but a few hours before, right at the arrival at the airport. Best Business and first Class airlines start to create the whole flight experience by offering the selected wines, a la carte menus, and some other features which are available only for premium passengers.
Let’s take a look at what are the best airport lounges around the world and see what do they offer as no others do.
Who has it’s best – the design, meals, entertainment and some extras? We created the list of the Top 10 World’s best lounges across the world, you will definitely want to visit soon.
Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse in New York
The clubhouse is a unique lounge concept used by Virgin Atlantic. There is no other airline that does that.
Young, fresh, and funky, the Virgin Atlantic lounge in JFK surely will be a bright spot in your memory after the trip. A place with unique uptown style, Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse is not like other airport lounges. Those are luxurious private lounges, located all around the world (to be precise, 10 for now). According to the Virgin Atlantic website, each has a cocktail hour, phenomenal food, and sensational spas.
With soothing light and luxurious furnishings, the Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse lounge in JFK will make sure that you have everything you need before your flight.
Delicious a la carte menu with five-star dining, famous Clubhouse burger, and tapas-style dishes to savor your taste buds.
Signature cocktails and other compliments of the house can be enjoyed by the guests.
Virgin Atlantic’s JFK Clubhouse makes flying Upper Class to Europe a more appealing choice. Pros: incredible staff, fantastic food and drinks, complimentary spa treatments for Virgin customers. Cons: sluggish Wi-Fi, confusing shower, so-so massage.
The entertainment zone has an iconic red ball sofa, where most of the Instagrammable content is made.
There is also a SPA zone with great services to choose from, where each customer gets a 15-minute free treatment.
Find a review here: https://thepointsguy.com/reviews/virgin-atlantic-clubhouse-jfk/
Location: in the A-Concourse and above boarding gates A4 and A5.
Open Hours: Every weekday from 4:15 am – 7:15 am / 2:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Star Alliance in Los Angeles
The stunning Star Alliance lounge in Los Angeles, you will regret to leave. It offers quite impressive facilities and services: an outdoor terrace with a view of the Hollywood hills.
Special service bar with drinks and refreshments. The numerous and spacious areas of the lounge allow guests to relax, work and dine before the flight. Shower suites are also there for those who wish to freshen up. Overall, the whole lounge set up will make you feel like at a 5-Star hotel, rather than at the airport.
Want to sneak inside for free? Take a virtual walk through the award-winning lounge!
Opening Hours: Every Day from 07:00 – 01:00
Location: Tom Bradley International Terminal
6th Floor, Level 6 – Central atrium area. The elevator at the clock tower.
Air France Lounge in Paris
Recently rebuilt Air France lounge in Paris, has it all, French meals, refreshments, and sophisticated French design touch to every detail you will find there.
Let’s start with the main point of the lounge you can’t miss – La Balcon – a meeting point with bar and view, designed by designer Mathieu Lehanneur. This space includes a central bar with surrounded seats. And also there is something that you haven’t seen in any of the lounges before – LED screen depicting the sky.
France is known for wine, and Air France Lounge in Paris is the place to reveal the wine magic. With a piece of professional sommelier advice, you will try out the best wine selection and champagnes. For those who wish to stay healthy and care about their well-being during the travel, the Wellness Area is there for you. Private sauna, showers, detox bar, SPA facial treatments, etc. will make you feel relaxed and prepared for the upcoming trip. French cuisine and meals will awe you. A unique “gourmet table” where a chef prepares dishes and a self-service table with hot and cold seasonal treats. Kids are also welcome at the Air France lounge. Children from 4 to 12 years old can have fun in a kids area with different sorts of entertainments.
located in Hall L of Terminal 2E
openings hours from 05:30 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.
How to access: You must be flying Air France first class same day, or select Business Class passengers can buy access to the lounge.
Turkish Airlines Business Class Lounge in Istanbul
Opened on April 6, 2019, Turkish Airlines offers a space with private suits and a large area of 5,757 sqm with the Modern Art Museum.
Having space for 765 guests and with 13 private suites with showers, Turkish Airlines Business Class lounge in Istanbul is not surprisingly included in this list.
Have you ever seen a piano in the lounge area? Well in Turkish Airlines lounges have one. It’s located right at the entrance of the seating area and if all of a sudden someone will feel like playing it, no one will stop you from that!
The dining area has a Mediterranean style and Turkish-style tables and chairs, where the best Turkish coffee and tea can be enjoyed.
After having a meal, tea and coffee, you will find yourself comfortable at the library of the lounge, or in quiet areas with recliners for those who want to take a nap.
Coming to the meals options, Turkish Airlines has a variety of options. Choose between a continental or oriental brasserie, a global deli, and patisserie. Additionally, salad bad, fresh pasta, grilling station, and desserts stations are available. Beverage stations and soft drinks can be poured and enjoyed with the view at Turkish Airlines lounge.
If you wish to discover: here is the Istanbul Modern collection description.
You will also find the golf simulator and PlayStations to entertain yourself before the departure. Also, mobile masseur service is there for you to enjoy.
One level up from the main departure hall, near E1
Opening hours: 24 hours per day
Open to all Star Alliance business class passengers.
Qatar Airways Al Mourjan Business Lounge in Doha
Rated and reviews as the best lounge by the opinions of many, Qatar Airways’s lounges at Hamad International Airport are simply stunning from the outside and inside.
High ceilings, marble adornment, designer furniture, bronze walls, will make you spend a few hours discovering the whole lounge.
Extensive buffet with business centers, private workstations, and personal display screens, shower rooms, and game rooms.
Moreover, you can enjoy a signature drink in a garden resort area, or have a quick nap in one of the quiet rooms.
Qatar Airways and one world First Class passengers can access this lounge at no additional cost.
Located on the third level Duty-Free Plaza South of Hamad International Airport.
Singapore Airlines Private Room in Singapore
The private rooms by its name already promise more privacy as none like others. With Singapore Airlines’ first-class boarding pass, you can enter the private room. And behind the door, there is a lounge within the lounge. Call it as you want, but world travelers have chosen Singapore Airlines Private room lounge in Singapore to be the best one.
The private room is divided into a dining room and sitting area with couches. Exceptionally quiet, relaxing, and cozy, the private rooms are a separate area in the First Class section of the Singapore Airlines SilverKris Lounge. The lounge has plenty of seating, comfortable sofas, and a huge TV placed in the center of the lounge. There are also small private rooms, where to take the rest. You won’t find online many images of this private lounge rather real reviews from the travelers, who stayed there.
While Changi Airport is the best airport in the world and Singapore Airlines – the best airline, their lounges are also considered undoubtedly to be the best ones.
Finnoy Travel | December 7, 2020
Majority of travellers. Like me, are flying via smaller airport. No chance to visit the best lounges, but I just happy for any peaceful one.