Airport Lounges You Won't Want To Leave

In travel, as in life, the journey is often better than the final destination. Here's a look inside some of the comfiest, most relaxing lounges in the world. Careful you don't miss your flight though.
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The Cathay Pacific Pier, Hong Kong International Airport

Featuring day spa services, four restaurants, a dedicated library as well as a Playstation equipped GameZone, the Wing is 14,764 square feet (4500 square metres) of premium personal luxury. Spread over levels six and seven at Hong Kong international airport, expect the usual work ware as well as Personal Living Spaces where you can get your head down before that big meeting.

Premium Terminal – Qatar Airways, Doha International Airport

Opened in 2006 at a cost of $90 million, Qatar Airways Premium Terminal takes first class travel to a whole new level. From the moment you arrive and are met by a baggage porter and doorman, your waiting experience becomes something far more akin to a luxury hotel stay than an airport lounge. Kick back and enjoy exclusive duty free shopping, spa treatments, massages or a soak in a Jacuzzi before you fly. You may be having too much fun to want to leave.

Golden Lounge - Malaysia Airlines, Kuala Lumpur Airport

Dedicated to the needs of the international business traveller, of course you will find the pre-requisite level of executive toys in the form of meeting rooms, Wi-Fi, phone and fax. What you won’t be expecting is the river that runs through the centre of the airport lounge.

First Class Lounge - Lufthansa Frankfurt Airport

This terminal maintains 200 staff for around 300 passengers per day, and offers individualised security and customs clearance so there’s no waiting in line. A cigar room and private bubble baths just add to the experience, but for the coup de grace, passengers are driven from the terminal to their aircraft by chauffeured Mercedes-Benz S-Class or Porsche Panamera.

Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse – Virgin Airlines, London-Heathrow

Virgin’s Clubhouse at Heathrow must be among the world’s best designed airport lounges. Get your suit pressed and your shoes cleaned while you relax in the Cowshed Spa’s Jacuzzi, or pop up to the open roof terrace to catch some rays and a great drink before you fly.

What you won’t be expecting is the river that runs through the centre of the airport lounge.

L’Espace Premiere – Air France, Charles de Gaulle, Paris

Massages by Clarins set the tone for the Gallic charm of Air France’s flagship lounge. The food and wine lists are as good as you would hope and the chauffeur driven ride to your plane caps of the whole experience.

British Airways, JFK International Airport USA

Hydrotherapy showers and a dedicated massage spa complement water fountains and taped nature sounds to get that outdoors feel, inside, for the British Airways first class lounge in New York’s JFK. But the smell of freshly cut grass added throughout is the kind of attention to detail that makes BA great.

Admirals Lounge - American Airlines, JFK International Airport USA

Private Plasma TVs so you can watch what you [Itals] want come as standard in the Admirals Lounge at JFK, but that is the least of this business centre concept that almost makes leaving the airport redundant. Simply book a fully equipped private office, hold your meeting here and then fly home in time for dinner.

First Class Lounge – Qantas, Sydney International Airport

180° views of Botany Bay bring a new perspective to airport lounging, as does the complimentary concierge service offered by Qantas, here at Sydney International Airport. The day spa and private library just put the icing on top.

The Royal Orchid - Thai Airways, Bangkok Airport, Thailand

Music room, Private Corners bar, à la cartedining, business centre, library, cigar rooms, bed rooms, shower suites and nanny service. Seriously, what more could any frequent flyer ask for?

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