Trip Report – Emirates A380 First Class LAX – Dubai (DXB) w/ Shower Spa Part 2

by Adam

This is part four of a fifteen part trip report from my travels to the Maldives and Dubai. This picture report covers the second part of an Emirates A380 w/ shower spa trip report from LAX – Dubai (DXB). There were so many amenities on the flight besides the shower that I need two posts to cover everything…

So, picking up where the last post left off (see – Trip Report – Emirates A380 First Class LAX – Dubai (DXB) w/ Shower Spa Part 1), let’s get to the food, bed, and shower!

Food – Now, the cool thing about dining in Emirates First is that you can customize your meal and mix and match between all the different choices. Let’s say you want the cod but you like the veggies and sides that are included with the lamb, you can swap those out. With a la carte / any time dining you can choose between all the different courses and meal types and order them at any time. Eggs from the breakfast menu and steak from the dinner, you’re good to go! On our flight there was a breakfast menu, appetizer menu, soup menu, main course dinner menu, dessert menu, and light bites menu. That was in addition to the extensive liquor and beverage menu. Oh, and the liquor selection is pretty impressive – Chivas Regal Royal Salute 21 Years, Old Johnnie Walker Blue Label, Glenfiddich 21 Years, Cuvee Dom Perignon 2000. All presented in a leather bound menu holder of course.

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I started with the canapés and some some Dom…

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Normally, I’m not a caviar fan but how could I pass on my chance to have some in Emirates First Class? The chilled caviar was presented with chopped onion, boiled egg, sour cream, lemon, melba toast, and soft blini pancakes. I have to say, it was all quite delicious, really enjoyed it!

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For dinner I went with the salad of roast cod – seasonal mesclun leaves topped with steamed fingerling potato slices, flaked cod and a warm cherry tomato and caper vinaigrette. Also delicious, five star restaurant quality, the fish was perfectly cooked.

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For dessert ,some roast fig and caramelized pecan pie with classic vanilla sauce.

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Snack 1 – traditional local Arabic mezze – of course, as it’s Emirates you can order just the ones you like.

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Fresh banana smoothie…

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Snack 2 – Omeltte

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Overall the food was simply amazing and the flight attendants were always happy to prepare any dish the way you wanted it. It almost seemed more expected on their part that customers would be customizing the dishes…a huge change to the attitude from flight staff on most airlines.

Time for some rest…

No matter how luxurious or comfy the lie-flat bed is on a flight, I almost never sleep. However, that all changed on the Emirates A380. I’m not sure if it had to do with the really comfy mattress pad and duvet, the double pillows, or the enclosed suite (most likely), but I am happy to report that I slept for several hours.

When you are ready to get some rest the flight attendant is very happy to transform your seat into a great lie-flat bed. They suggest going to change into your PJs and then upon returning your bed is all ready. I got to see the mattress pad they used and was quite impressed with just how padded it was, not the normal thin layered one used on most flights. The duvet was top quality as well. The bed was extremely long, giving me more than enough room to stretch out. I found the width to be generous as well.

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The view with the suite doors closed…

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When I woke up it was time for a shower (sort of love writing that in reference to a flight). As mentioned in the first post, you are asked to select a shower time at the beginning of the flight. When it’s your turn the spa attendant comes to bring you to the shower. You are given 25 minutes in the “spa” but only five minutes of hot water. The shower is on a timer and can be stopped, allowing you to conserve your water and extend your time in the shower (ie. turn off the water when you are lathering up). The 5 minute rule is meant to ensure enough water for all first class guests, however on our flight there was only one family of three besides ourselves which may have allowed the crew to be a bit lenient. Without naming any names, someone I might have traveled with used their 5 minutes of water and then somehow got 5 minutes more from the spa staff!

In any case, I can’t tell you how nice and refreshing it was showering over Baghdad 14+ hours into the flight. It felt great!

Keep in mind, this is the first class bathroom as well. It was the largest in-flight bathroom I’ve ever seen and bigger than some of my hotel room bathrooms. TV with moving map included of course.

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When you’re done with your shower, the first class bar is transformed into a “blissful spa” area with aloe vera juices. A fruit platter is also waiting for you back at your seat.

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Just prior to landing you’ll be presented with a Fast Track pass for Dubai security and immigration clearance.

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To sum it up, believe the hype. The Emirates A380 First Class experience was fantastic. Amazing food, great service, comfy bed and private suite, and refreshing in-flight shower 38,000 feet up in the air. Comparing to my recent First Class Singapore Airlines and Cathay Pacific flights, I think I’d pick Emirates as my favorite. The experience is only enhanced by the services on the ground, and you’ll see in the next report why the First Class Lounge at the A380 Terminal  – Concourse A in Dubai is unlike any other lounge in the world…it spans the entire terminal!

Did you miss part one? Check it out here – Trip Report – Emirates A380 First Class LAX – Dubai (DXB) w/ Shower Spa Part 1

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SINJim February 11, 2014 - 11:58 am

Did you determine how the 5-minute water timer is reset?

Brooke February 11, 2014 - 12:24 pm

@SINJim – On my A380 flight the water time was reset from outside the bathroom. I had the pleasure of taking a shower on the Emirates A380 myself recently and had to have the timer reset. The flight attendant reset it from somewhere outside of the bathroom (I was in the bathroom when she timer was reset).

Dennis DeSousa February 11, 2014 - 5:20 pm

That is so awesome! Quick question- can I get to Maldives first class from U.S. on Emirates? I have lots of AA miles and MR points. Trying to plan for next year.


adam February 11, 2014 - 5:36 pm

@Dennis -you can use your AA miles on Qatar. They too have fantastic service!

Chad February 24, 2014 - 1:16 pm

It’s pretty ironic the toiletries are “Timeless Spa” given the time limit

Thea June 29, 2014 - 6:42 pm

What does the spa attendants look like? I mean their uniform, is it different from the cabin crews? What are they wearing? I am somehow interested in joing their team.

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