Departures magazine, published by American Express, has an article this month on their top ten airport lounges.
Instead of feeling like the wrong side of a quarantine—and serving decidedly lack-luster food (everyone’s had a run-in with those dreaded airport “panini”)—these lounges are oases offering first-rate amenities, privacy and calm. It’s all so good, in fact, you might even want to get to the airport early. Consider how much improved an airport experience would be if you had an entire terminal to yourself, as at the Premium Terminal at Doha International, which is operated by Qatar Airways. A nearly 100-foot-tall vertical garden (not to mention a Payot Paris day spa) greets passengers at Qantas’s First Lounge at Sydney Airport, and thoughtful elements (noise-dampening felt walls, Marimekko tableware, elegant Finnish and Nordic furniture designs) mark the Finnair Lounge at Helsinki Airport. Freshly made Japanese noodles or a true fine-dining experience at restaurant Haven can be had at The Pier at Hong Kong International Airport.
Their list includes:
- Virgin Atlantic JFK Clubhouse
- British Airways Concorde Room Heathrow
- Etihad Diamond First Class Lounge – Abu Dhabi
- Finnair Lounge – Helsinki
- Lufthansa First Class – Frankfurt
- The Pier, Hong Kong
- Qantas First Lounge – Sydney
- Qatar Premium Termina – Doha
- Singapore SilverKris Lounges, Singapore Changi
- Swiss Lounge – EuroAirport Basel Mulhouse Freiburg
Full descriptions of the lounges, their services, and accompanying pictures can be found in the article slideshow.
Thoughts? Any amazing lounges that are missing? Honorable mention to the Emirates First Class Lounge in Dubai? What’s your favorite airport lounge?