This summer Etihad, a flag carrier and the second-largest airline of the United Arab Emirates, has opened its upgraded Etihad First Class Lounge and Spa in Abu Dhabi’s International Airport Terminal 3. As Peter Baumgartner, Etihad Airways’ Chief Executive Officer, says in their press release:
“Our new First Class Lounge & Spa is the jewel in the crown of our new lounge offerings worldwide and represents the best of our home city of Abu Dhabi. It is a showcase of intelligent product design, innovation, and superlative hospitality and service. This is not just a lounge but the ultimate airline hospitality experience and one which perfectly mirrors Etihad Airways’ evolution into the best airline in the world.”
Etihad First Class lounge offers:
The lounge features 16 zones designed for different purposes. Etihad Lounge zone includes an à la carte restaurant, showcase bar, fitness room, cigar lounge, Six Senses Spa, Style & Shave barbers, nail bar, TV room, secluded relaxation room, prayer room, and children’s playroom ensure that all guests receive premium quality service and enjoy their stay.
The Total Lounge Space
Space accounts for 1,700 m² with 209 seats, from custom-made Poltrona Frau Italian leather armchairs and sofas to bar stools. Moreover, all the facilities are open for the exclusive use of guests of The Residence, Etihad First Class, Etihad Guest Exclusive, Etihad Guest Platinum members (plus one guest), Etihad Airways Partner (EAP) airline First Class guests, EAP ‘Invitation only’ members (plus two guests) and EAP equivalent Platinum members (plus one guest).
The Lounge Facilities
Also, in this place, everything was made in order to let the visitors indulge themselves and enjoy every moment. For example, for relaxation, there is a cigar smoking room stuffed with Hoyo de Monterrey, Cohiba, Bolivar, Montecristo, Arturo Fuente and Romeo cigars. In addition, each has been expertly matched with a number of whiskeys and cognacs. After all, get entertained, in the TV room with 11 x 2m panoramic video wall, made out of 27 individual screens. Among other things, high-speed wi-fi connection is available across the whole Lounge.
The Six Senses Spa
The Spa comprises three treatment areas with shower rooms, stuffed with Acqua di Parma products. Therefore, Etihad First Class guests can enjoy a complimentary treatment, while guests in The Residence are offered two complimentary treatments. The distinguishing feature of this Lounge is its own fitness room, which makes Abu Dhabi Lounge to be the very first one with own gym facilities. Therefore, the fitness room is equipped Technogym treadmills and cross trainers, male and female washrooms and showers available as well. Besides, the Style & Shave area is staffed by talented barbers offering a series of hair and shave services, including one complimentary express treatment and a shoe shine service. Further, the nail bar provides hair and nail services, including nail art, and one complimentary express treatment.
The Showcase Bar
In addition the showcase bare is stocked with 75 premium spirits, champagne, and aperitifs, like Veuve Clicquot or Hennessy. in particular, the cocktail menu has been specially developed in partnership with leading London-based beverage consultancy Fluid Movement. The signature mocktail drink is the Abu Dhabi, which uses Middle-Eastern flavors such as aromatic cold brew coffee infused with cardamom and sprayed with delicate rose water. Most importantly, almost all mocktails and cocktails featured on the menu are one-of-a-kind and have been named after Etihad’s leading destinations including New York, Melbourne, Shanghai, Paris, Mumbai, Sydney, and London. So by using ingredients inspired by these cities, cocktails and mocktails are all hand-created by specially trained mixologists, so using syrups and garnishes such as candy floss and dehydrated rhubarb. Also, the bar also offers a selection of ‘modern classics’, such as the Mach 10 Mojito.
A la Carte Dine
Moreover, A la carte dining is available as well as snack options. The Executive Chef implied his professional experience from a long career with leading hotel brands including Ritz Carlton, Shangri-La, and Intercontinental. Also, his team of skilled Sous Chefs, Demi Chefs, and Chef de Partie create superior haute cuisine dining served at an à la carte dining area. Menus are changed frequently and feature a choice of Arabian, Indian and international cuisine made to order at any time of day.
In conclusion, to serve the visitors, there would be 160 employees, including concierge maître d’hotel, Savoy-trained butlers and nannies to fulfill every customer’s needs. Moreover, all the staff were trained at London’s Norland College.
Etihad First Class Abu Dhabi Lounge adds to the airline’s expanding collection of 14 Premium Lounges including New York, Melbourne, Frankfurt, London, Manchester, Dublin, Paris, Washington DC., and Sydney. Finally, a new First and Business Class Lounge at Los Angeles LAX airport will follow in the coming months.
You can learn more about the new lounge on the official website.
Also, don’t forget to check out our detailed review on Business Class with Etihad Airways
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