100 BEST AIR­PORT LOUNGES

This ex­ten­sive list has got you cov­ered for your next lay­over

Business Traveller (Asia-Pacific) - - CONTENTS - WORDS GUY DIMOND

Ear­lier this year, we asked Busi­ness Trav­eller’s on­line Fo­rum users to rec­om­mend their favourite air­port lounges to fel­low trav­ellers. This elicited many well-in­formed re­sponses – al­most as en­thu­si­as­tic as the sug­ges­tions for the worst air­port lounges (which can be read on­line at the ad­dress be­low). Along­side your sug­ges­tions, we have added the best lounges we at BT have vis­ited, and in­cluded “pay-toen­ter” lounges as well as air­line ones. This list isn’t de­fin­i­tive, but it’s a start. Feel free to let us and other read­ers know which ones we have missed via the Fo­rum. When it comes to rec­om­men­da­tions, we’d rather have a list of 200 than 100. busi­nesstrav­eller.com/fo­rum

UK & EUROPE LON­DON HEATHROW BRI­TISH AIR­WAYS CON­CORDE ROOM, T5

Re­freshed in Novem­ber 2017, the Con­corde Room is for BA’s first class pas­sen­gers and Gold Guest List mem­bers. There’s an à la carte restau­rant for din­ing and a bar ser­vice.

EMI­RATES, T3

Re­viewed by BT last year (Novem­ber 2017), this well-equipped lounge has plenty of se­cluded spots to work and re­lax, and has the ad­van­tage of di­rect board­ing of the plane from the lounge.

ETI­HAD AIR­WAYS, T4

This lounge has free spa treat­ments (al­beit in 15-minute ap­point­ments), good food and a buzzy at­mos­phere. It’s for first and busi­ness class pas­sen­gers com­bined.

LUFTHANSA SEN­A­TOR, T2

Lufthansa has more than one lounge at Heathrow, one in the main Ter­mi­nal 2 and one in Ter­mi­nal 2B. The Sen­a­tor lounge is for first class pas­sen­gers and Star Al­liance Gold Card hold­ers.

MALAYSIA AIR­LINES GOLDEN LOUNGE, T4

Both first and busi­ness class share a di­vided space. Ser­vice is per­son­alised and at­ten­tive, and the food of­fer­ing var­ied and of ex­cel­lent qual­ity.

NO1 HEATHROW, T3

Re­viewed by BT in March 2017, this pay-for-en­try lounge has “lots of ameni­ties, con­tem­po­rary dé­cor and good food”, and costs from £36 (US$49) for three hours if booked on­line. Show­ers cost an ex­tra £10 (US$13.5); “sleep pods” from £60 (US$81) for three hours.

PLAZA PRE­MIUM, T4

Plaza Pre­mium has a strong pres­ence at Heathrow, and many of its six lounges are im­pres­sive. For ex­am­ple, the T4 ar­rivals-side lounge has 25 lux­u­ri­ous show­ers (US$18 for 30 min­utes’ use – prices are charged in US dol­lars), with lounge use start­ing at US$37 for one hour.

QAN­TAS, T3

Opened in Novem­ber 2017, this has Neil Perry’s Aussie-style dishes, a cock­tail bar, six shower suites, work­sta­tions and more be­sides. For first and busi­ness class pas­sen­gers com­bined.

QATAR AIR­WAYS PRE­MIUM, T4

BT Fo­rum user Amanda says this is the best at Heathrow: “Has to be the Qatar lounge at LHR – ser­vice, food, fa­cil­i­ties are all top notch.” It’s open to Oneworld first and busi­ness pas­sen­gers too.

UNITED AIR­LINES CLUB, T2B

One of the three Star Al­liance air­line lounges in Ter­mi­nal 2B, the United lounge has good views, a lovely at­mos­phere and a long bar with good ser­vice and a wide se­lec­tion of drinks.

VIR­GIN AT­LANTIC CLUB­HOUSE, T3

There have been re­cent changes in­clud­ing los­ing the spa bath, but this is still one of the top lounges in the world, and a great ad­ver­tise­ment for the dif­fer­en­ti­a­tion the Vir­gin brand has brought to fly­ing.

LON­DON GATWICK BRI­TISH AIR­WAYS CLUB AND FIRST, GATWICK SOUTH

With good views, a choice of wines and food and a mez­za­nine level in the Club lounge, these two newish lounges have been warmly wel­comed by BA pas­sen­gers.

51ST & GREEN, DUBLIN

This is the pre-clear­ance busi­ness lounge for flights to the US. You can pay for ac­cess €35 (US$42) per per­son on­line or €39 (US$46.5) at re­cep­tion, though it is com­pli­men­tary to busi­ness class ticket hold­ers.

AIR FRANCE LA PRE­MIERE, PARIS CHARLES DE GAULLE

Opin­ions dif­fer about Air France, but there is a con­sen­sus about this classy lounge with its Clarins spa, top wines and serene, peace­ful at­mos­phere.

AIR FRANCE BUSI­NESS HALL L, PARIS CHARLES DE GAULLE

One of sev­eral re­fur­bished or rein­vented Air France lounges opened in Jan­uary 2018, this also has a Clarins spa as part of the first phase; part two will fol­low in July 2018.

AS­PIRE APHRODITE, LARNACA, CYPRUS

Open to all trav­ellers from £27.99 (US$38) per head. “Good food and drink, plenty of space, com­fort­able seat­ing, nice views, good in­ter­net and lovely staff,” says BT Fo­rum user ASK1945.

AS­PIRE, ZURICH TER­MI­NAL E

As­pire has two lounges at Zurich. This one is that rare phe­nom­e­non – a lounge with an out­door ter­race, plus views of the apron, run­way and the main ter­mi­nal. It’s a pay-to-en­ter lounge and costs SFr35 (US$35) per visit.

THE LOFT, BRUSSELS AIR­LINES, BRUSSELS

“Lar­gish with great tar­mac views and su­per comfy arm­chairs by the win­dows with power. De­cent food, drink and wifi and a nice feel gen­er­ally,” says BT Fo­rum user Alex_F.

ARIKLASSI (BUSI­NESS), TALLINN

Pas­sen­gers gain ac­cess for €30 (US$36); some busi­ness trav­ellers get in for free. “Good se­lec­tion of food, quiet, out­door ter­race over­look­ing the aprons,” says BT Fo­rum user rferguson.

CALPE LOUNGE, GI­BRAL­TAR

A Pri­or­ity Pass lounge run by Lounge Club; you can get ac­cess from US$29. The views of the Rock are mag­nif­i­cent, and “You could sit out­side on the so­fas!” says BT Fo­rum user Bath_VIP.

CIBELES VIP, MADRID

For non-Schen­gen pas­sen­gers, this lounge is open to any­one for €30.60 (US$36.5). “Nice large space with great apron views and rea­son­able food se­lec­tion,” says BT Fo­rum user trav­els­for­fun.

EVENTYR, COPEN­HAGEN KASTRUP

Usu­ally Dkr250 (US$40) to get into, this lounge also per­mits BA, Emi­rates, Delta and Nor­we­gian fly­ers with the right sta­tus. It has show­ers and “su­perb views”, says BT Fo­rum user Bath_VIP.

FINNAIR PRE­MIUM, HELSINKI

Great “for the Fin­nish de­sign, food and sauna”, says BT Fo­rum user trav­els­for­fun. Ex­clu­sively for Finnair Plus Plat­inum and Gold mem­bers, or Oneworld Emer­ald card­hold­ers.

FINNAIR SCHEN­GEN BUSI­NESS, HELSINKI

The Schen­gen lounge has good buf­fet food, and is “bright with plenty of seat­ing”, says BT Fo­rum user Blan­icka. You can buy en­try for €48 (US$57).

A new op­tion (opened De­cem­ber 2017) in Ter­mi­nal A, this small lounge serves lo­cal Greek dishes such as spinach pie, plus Greek wines, but lacks hot food op­tions.

KLM CROWN, AM­S­TER­DAM SCHIPHOL

This lounge for in­ter­con­ti­nen­tal busi­ness pas­sen­gers is un­der­go­ing an up­grade, but is still open; com­ple­tion is planned for 2019. LUFTHANSA FIRST CLASS, FRANK­FURT

This en­tire first class ter­mi­nal is “sim­ply amaz­ing and re­mains my most mem­o­rable lounge ex­pe­ri­ence,” says BT Fo­rum user Mar­tynSin­clair. Lufthansa and Swiss fre­quent fly­ers are wel­come.

VIP LOUNGE FRANK­FURT

A lux­u­ri­ous VIP area with limou­sine ser­vice, restau­rant, pri­vate rooms/suites and cigar lounge. Pre­mium ser­vices – at pre­mium prices, start­ing from around €330 (US$394) per per­son.

LUFTHANSA FIRST CLASS, MU­NICH

Cigar lounge, gourmet restau­rant, show­ers and baths, and limou­sine ser­vice to the air­craft. Very mod­ern, with views over the air­craft. Open to Lufthansa and Swiss fre­quent fly­ers. AEGEAN AIR­LINES NON SCHEN­GEN, ATHENS

MARCO POLO CLUB, VENICE

En­try is €40 (US$48). “Sev­eral very nice spa­ces in­clud­ing small out­door se­lec­tion,” says BT Fo­rum user trav­els­for­fun. Pri­or­ity Pass mem­bers, Din­ers Club and a few oth­ers get in for free.

SWISS FIRST, ZURICH TER­MI­NAL A

This lounge re­opened in March 2018 with great food, bed­rooms and an out­side ter­race in the sum­mer. It’s widely con­sid­ered to be one of the best lounges in the world.

SWISS FIRST, ZURICH TER­MI­NAL E

Not as new as the Ter­mi­nal A lounge but just as lux­u­ri­ous fea­tur­ing bed­rooms, cham­pagne bar and two restau­rants, plus an out­side ter­race.

TURK­ISH AIR­LINES, IS­TAN­BUL

It may be crowded, but this lounge is “mind­blow­ing for a long stay, loads of things to eat and spa­ces to sit [and] fab drinks se­lec­tion too,” as BT Fo­rum user nor­bert2008 puts it.

MID­DLE EAST & AFRICA BID­VEST PRE­MIER, CAPE TOWN

“A good se­lec­tion of ripe fruit, cooked break­fasts, good espresso, in­ter­ested staff and a qui­eter up­stairs sec­tion af­ford­ing a lovely view,” says BT Fo­rum user bar­na­cles.

BRI­TISH AIR­WAYS GAL­LERIES/FIRST, JOHANNESBURG OR TAMBO

BA’s First and Club lounges in Johannesburg have a “great se­lec­tion of fresh food… free mas­sages, good wine se­lec­tion, good cof­fee, lovely staff,” says BT Fo­rum user min­ing­guy.

BRI­TISH AIR­WAYS, DUBAI

A new ad­di­tion to the BA net­work, this one is split into two dis­tinct spa­ces, one be­ing a small Con­corde Bar which is ac­cessed by a key card from the main busi­ness class lounge.

EMI­RATES FIRST CLASS, DUBAI

The two Emi­rates lounges had a US$11 mil­lion re­fur­bish­ment com­pleted in 2016. Paid-for ac­cess used to be for Emi­rates pas­sen­gers, but you can now (since 2017) buy your way into first class for US$200, while the busi­ness class lounge costs around half that price.

ETI­HAD AIR­WAYS FIRST, ABU DHABI

BT re­viewed it in Oc­to­ber 2016 and found the ser­vice, food and drink first-rate. You can take a quick work­out or spruce up at the bar­bers or spa be­fore the flight. You can pay to get in (from US$200 for first class, US$100 for busi­ness).

OMAN AIR BUSI­NESS, MUS­CAT

Day beds, show­ers, com­pli­men­tary mas­sage and more be­sides. “Full din­ing op­tion – food is good. Nice bar area. Help­ful busi­ness cen­tre,” says BT Fo­rum user cwood­ward.

QATAR AIR­WAYS AL MOURJAN, DOHA

One of five Qatar lounges in the main ter­mi­nal, all sump­tu­ous, this one has “sheer space and va­ri­ety”, says BT Fo­rum user In­quis­i­tive.

QATAR AIR­WAYS AL SAFWA, DOHA

Not con­tent with hav­ing just one im­pres­sive first class lounge, Qatar has two. The Al Safwa, how­ever, is ex­clu­sively for first class ticket hold­ers fly­ing with Qatar Air­ways.

SAU­DIA ALFURSAN GOLDEN, JED­DAH

For first and busi­ness pas­sen­gers in the busiest air­port in Saudi Ara­bia. The in­ter­na­tional lounge is open to any­one for SAR189 (US$50).

SAU­DIA ALFURSAN GOLDEN, RIYADH

Both first and busi­ness un­der one roof, with first class more se­cluded. There’s a good buf­fet, show­ers and Ap­ple com­put­ers to use.

SLOW, CAPE TOWN

For do­mes­tic flights, in­clud­ing BA flights op­er­ated by Co­mair. A fab­u­lous lounge with a huge se­lec­tion of food and drink over two lev­els, two bars in­clud­ing a cock­tail bar and the fa­mous “Loo with a view”.

ASIA ALL NIPPON AIR­WAYS FIRST CLASS, TOKYO HANEDA

For first class ANA or Star Al­liance guests. “Amaz­ing! At 6.50am they were run­ning around of­fer­ing peo­ple cham­pagne and Hibiki Japanese whisky,” says BT fo­rum user K1ngston.

AMER­I­CAN EX­PRESS THE CEN­TU­RION, HONG KONG

For Amex Plat­inum Card and Cen­tu­rion mem­bers. The Cen­tu­rion area fea­tures a menu by chef Lau Yiu Fai of the Miche­lin-starred Yan Toh Heen at the In­ter­con­ti­nen­tal Hong Kong.

BLUE RIB­BON, BANGKOK AIR­WAYS, KOH SAMUI, THAI­LAND

A small but de­light­ful lounge on this Thai is­land. “The most charm­ing and re­lax­ing place. Mostly open-sided thatched ca­banas. Well ap­pointed and run,” says BT Fo­rum user cwood­ward.

CATHAY PA­CIFIC THE DECK, HONG KONG

Opened in March 2018, this re­places the Cabin lounge. It’s for Cathay’s first and busi­ness class pas­sen­gers, Marco Polo Club Sil­ver mem­bers, plus Oneworld Emer­ald and Sap­phire mem­bers.

CATHAY PA­CIFIC THE PIER FIRST, HONG KONG

Cathay Pa­cific has a num­ber of lounges at Hong Kong: The Wing, The Cabin, The Bridge and The Pier. The Pier was re­fur­bished in 2015, and the BT re­view in 2016 called it “su­perb”.

CATHAY PA­CIFIC THE WING FIRST, HONG KONG

Twenty-three shower rooms, work­sta­tions, plus a noo­dle bar. “While the Pier is cosier, this one has pri­vate ca­banas with baths… This alone wins it for me,” says BT Fo­rum user ThomasCox.

CATHAY PA­CIFIC FIRST/BUSI­NESS, MANILA

Opened in 2015, this well-de­signed lounge is the “small sis­ter to The Pier at Hong Kong. Good bar and food. Very com­fort­able, even for a few hours,” says BT Fo­rum user cwood­ward.

CATHAY PA­CIFIC, BANGKOK SUVARNABHUMI

Opened in 2015, re­viewed by BT in June 2017, for first and busi­ness pas­sen­gers. “Very com­fort­able,” says BT Fo­rum user Mar­tynSin­clair.

CATHAY PA­CIFIC, SIN­GA­PORE CHANGI T4

Opened in 2017, this is one of the dis­tinc­tive Stu­dioilse-de­signed lounges which are be­com­ing Cathay trade­marks. Fa­cil­i­ties in­clude a noo­dle sta­tion, but no show­ers or tended bar.

CATHAY PA­CIFIC, TOKYO HANEDA

Cathay uses Stu­dioilse to cre­ate its dis­tinc­tive lounge de­signs, and this early re­vamp formed the tem­plate. The made-to-or­der noo­dles, hip looks and at­trac­tive wood sur­faces are all there.

CATHAY PA­CIFIC, SHANG­HAI PUDONG

The Cathay Pa­cific and Cathay Dragon lounge is for first or busi­ness trav­ellers plus one guest; or for Oneworld busi­ness class pas­sen­gers.

CHINA AIR­LINES, TAIPEI TAOYUAN

An im­pres­sive, sur­pris­ingly large and stylish busi­ness lounge with ex­ten­sive food op­tions, show­ers, work­sta­tions and more. The buf­fet has a mix of Chi­nese and Western dishes.

GVK, MUM­BAI

Re­viewed by BT in Novem­ber 2016, this is “a well-equipped lounge to recharge and work”. Ac­cess is free for busi­ness and first class pas­sen­gers of the many part­ner air­lines.

HONG KONG AIR­LINES CLUB AUTUS, HONG KONG

Opened in 2017 at a cost of more than US$4 mil­lion, there are show­ers, a huge buf­fet and great views of the bridge to Ma­cau. It’s free for first and busi­ness class pas­sen­gers, or you can pay HK$350 (US$44.5) for en­try.

JAL FIRST, TOKYO NARITA

The first class lounge for Oneworld Emer­ald mem­bers (the Sakura lounge is for busi­ness class). It’s small, with a buf­fet sec­tion of Japanese and Western food, plus show­ers.

MALAYSIA AIR­LINES GOLDEN, KUALA LUMPUR

Opened in March 2018, this smart lounge in the in­ter­na­tional ter­mi­nal is a show­case for Malaysian food, with tra­di­tional Malay, In­di­anMalay and Sino-Malay dishes, plus Western food.

MIR­A­CLE, BANGKOK

Part of the Pri­or­ity Pass group. “Big space, nicely di­vided into ar­eas and rarely seems busy… spa­cious and im­mac­u­lately clean,” is the verdict of BT Fo­rum user Trav­el­ling4Fun.

OMAN AIR, BANGKOK

“Fresh dates, won­der­ful ap­pe­tiser-sized dishes of hum­mus, hot dishes for main cour­ses, and ‘au­then­tic’ Ara­bic cof­fee,” says BT Fo­rum user bar­na­cles. For first and busi­ness class.

PLAZA PRE­MIUM EAST HALL, HONG KONG

This lounge takes pay­ing guests, and also busi­ness class for air­lines with­out their own

lounges at the air­port. BT re­viewed it in March 2017. There’s a twin lounge in the West Hall.

SATS PRE­MIER T1, SIN­GA­PORE CHANGI T1

Open to Pri­or­ity Pass hold­ers, this lounge has a buf­fet, show­ers and se­cluded booths where you can work in rel­a­tive com­fort. It’s a busy lounge though, and used by many re­gional air­lines.

SKYTEAM, HONG KONG

Of­ten busy, but a high­light here is the “on de­mand” noo­dle bar, which pro­vides three types of Chi­nese noo­dles that are cooked on or­der.

SIN­GA­PORE AIR­LINES SIL­VERKRIS, SIN­GA­PORE CHANGI T2

There are two Sil­verkris lounges in Ter­mi­nal 2B at Changi Air­port – left for first class, right for busi­ness. “[Busi­ness] beats some first class lounges,” said Lady Lon­don on the BT Fo­rum.

SIN­GA­PORE AIR­LINES SIL­VERKRIS FIRST CLASS, SIN­GA­PORE CHANGI T2

BT re­viewed this first class lounge in March 2018, and found it had good ser­vice and ev­ery­thing you need. “Dis­creet lux­ury”, as BT Fo­rum user In­quis­i­tive put it.

THAI AIR­WAYS ROYAL FIRST, BANGKOK

The feel is calm and friendly, and you can have a com­pli­men­tary one-hour full body mas­sage. Just make sure you don’t miss the plane.

VIET­NAM AIR­LINES LO­TUS, HO CHI MINH CITY

A Skyteam lounge with good fa­cil­i­ties, de­cent wifi speed (for Viet­nam) and even a “pet lounge”, be­cause Viet­nam Air­lines al­lows do­mes­tic pas­sen­gers to carry their dogs on board.

THE AMER­I­CAS AIR CANADA SIG­NA­TURE SUITE, TORONTO

Very chic, with a full-ser­vice restau­rant that in­cludes a pri­vate din­ing room for small groups or fam­i­lies. Ex­em­plary food and beau­ti­ful use of maple wood, but no show­ers.

AMER­I­CAN AIR­LINES FLAG­SHIP, MI­AMI

For first and busi­ness class, Oneworld Emer­ald and Sap­phire fly­ers. “Very spa­cious with good food and drink,” says the BT Fo­rum user who (pre­sum­ably im­mod­estly) calls him­self “christ”.

AMER­I­CAN AIR­LINES FLAG­SHIP, NEW YORK JFK T8

Ac­cord­ing to BT Fo­rum user ThomasCox, “Never felt crowded. Comfy lounge chairs by the huge floor-to-ceil­ing win­dows. There’s also a sep­a­rate First Din­ing Room for gen­uine first class tick­ets.”

AMER­I­CAN AIR­LINES FLAG­SHIP, CHICAGO

“A cosy, com­fort­able space, es­pe­cially charm­ing and help­ful staff and a de­cent food dis­play,” says BT Fo­rum user trav­els­for­fun.

AMER­I­CAN AIR­LINES FLAG­SHIP, LOS AN­GE­LES

The First Din­ing Room is a stand­out with its im­pres­sive à la carte menu. There are cur­rently four Flag­ship lounges from AA – the oth­ers are Dal­las/Fort Worth, Heathrow and Philadel­phia.

AMER­I­CAN EX­PRESS THE CEN­TU­RION, HOUS­TON GE­ORGE BUSH

Re­viewed in De­cem­ber 2017 by BT, “a pleas­ant sur­prise from start to fin­ish, a sim­ply ex­cel­lent lounge – and an im­pres­sive ben­e­fit for Plat­inum card hold­ers (and Cen­tu­rion ones).”

AMER­I­CAN EX­PRESS THE CEN­TU­RION, MI­AMI

This lounge is cur­rently un­der­go­ing ex­pan­sion, and will get new ameni­ties in­clud­ing a wine bar plus pri­vate phone rooms. But even while parts of it are un­der wraps, it’s still very good.

BRI­TISH AIR­WAYS, BOS­TON LO­GAN

BA is cur­rently in­vest­ing £88 mil­lion (US$119 mil­lion) into its US lounges. The Con­corde Din­ing restau­rant is one of the vis­i­ble high­lights of this in­vest­ment, and it opened in 2017.

BRI­TISH AIR­WAYS CON­CORDE ROOM, NEW YORK JFK T7

For first class BA pas­sen­gers. It’s “com­fort­able, ex­clu­sive, spa­cious with friendly staff and ex­cel­lent wine,” says BT Fo­rum user ThomasCox.

BRI­TISH AIR­WAYS CLUB/FIRST, CHICAGO

Ac­cess to First lounge is for Emer­ald mem­bers or those trav­el­ling in first class. “While small, has lovely staff,” says BT Fo­rum user ThomasCox.

BRI­TISH AIR­WAYS CLUB/FIRST, HOUS­TON

Also open to Emer­ald mem­bers and first class pas­sen­gers. “Staff es­cort you to en­sure you’re first to board,” says BT Fo­rum user ThomasCox.

BRI­TISH AIR­WAYS GAL­LERIES, WASH­ING­TON

When re­viewed by BT, we noted “you can only go into the Con­corde Din­ing [room] if you are fly­ing First. Gold or Emer­ald Card won’t help.”

DELTA SKY CLUB, SEATTLE TA­COMA SOUTH

This 2016 lounge has “de­cent food and a view of Mount Rainier,” says BT Fo­rum user trav­els­for­fun. Non-Delta en­try costs US$59 per per­son.

DELTA SKY CLUB, NEW YORK JFK T4

Pri­mar­ily aimed at Delta Sky Club mem­bers, any­one can get in for US$50. This lounge boasts an out­door pa­tio in warm weather, and there are ap­peal­ing shower fa­cil­i­ties too.

ONEWORLD BUSI­NESS, LOS AN­GE­LES

Cus­tomers can choose from eclec­tic and in­ter­na­tional menus cre­ated by renowned Aus­tralian fusion chef Neil Perry. There’s also a cock­tail bar and 16 shower suites.

ONEWORLD, SAO PAULO

Re­viewed by BT in Au­gust 2015, when “the staff kept the buf­fet re­plen­ished and the place tidy. There were at least three at­ten­dants just look­ing af­ter the six show­ers.”

QAN­TAS BUSI­NESS, LOS AN­GE­LES

This Marc New­son-de­signed space is “a mod­ern lounge with great à la carte food choices, and – as ever – great wine,” says BT’s Ju­lian Gre­gory.

STAR AL­LIANCE, LOS AN­GE­LES

One of the best lounges in the US, with an “Open ter­race, ramp views, good food, wine – what’s not to like?” as BT Fo­rum user tri­dent3 opined.

STAR AL­LIANCE, RIO DE JANEIRO

Brazil­ian de­sign is show­cased at this at­trac­tive lounge, run by the Plaza Pre­mium Group. It’s open to Star Al­liance Gold sta­tus pas­sen­gers as well as busi­ness and first class ticket hold­ers.

UNITED POLARIS, CHICAGO

This is United’s flag­ship while more Polaris lounges are un­der con­struc­tion. There are show­ers, daybeds, good food and cock­tails.

VIR­GIN AT­LANTIC CLUB­HOUSE, NEW YORK JFK T4

BT Fo­rum user De­f­con5 likes the “craft beer and tapas”. It also has a spa, good work­sta­tions with print­ers and Bri­tish food on the menu.

VIR­GIN AT­LANTIC CLUB­HOUSE, LOS AN­GE­LES

Re­viewed by BT in 2015, this US$3.4 mil­lion Club­house “has also got the ba­sics right – and enough food so that you can get on the flight and sleep all the way home if you wish.”

AUS­TRALIA & NEW ZEALAND AIR NEW ZEALAND IN­TER­NA­TIONAL, AUCK­LAND

Opened in 2015, the ANZ flag­ship lounge is for ANZ busi­ness class pas­sen­gers and trav­ellers with a lot of Air­points. “Com­fort­able – very good food and even bet­ter wine… close to all gates, good IT,” says BT Fo­rum user cwood­ward.

ETI­HAD AIR­WAYS FIRST AND BUSI­NESS, MEL­BOURNE

You can now (since Jan­uary 2018) buy walk-in ac­cess to this lounge for US$75; or for an ad­di­tional US$40, you can get the VIP room and live out your Bond vil­lain fan­tasies sit­ting on the chic fur­ni­ture (Blofeld white cat not sup­plied).

QAN­TAS FIRST, SYDNEY

“Hands down the most com­fort­able, most spa­cious lounge with a great view, the best/ friendli­est ser­vice and the tasti­est food,” says BT Fo­rum user ThomasCox.

QAN­TAS FIRST, BRIS­BANE

Qan­tas started out in Queens­land nearly 100 years ago, so their Bris­bane lounge is spe­cial with lots of nat­u­ral light and smart de­sign.

QAN­TAS FIRST, MEL­BOURNE

“Many peo­ple men­tion the QF First Lounge in Sydney. I rather like its smaller cousin in Mel­bourne, which is qui­eter but of­fers the same ser­vice,” says BT Fo­rum user Tom­inS­cot­land.

QAN­TAS IN­TER­NA­TIONAL TRAN­SIT, PERTH

With the in­tro­duc­tion of Qan­tas’s non-stop flights from Lon­don, this lounge fo­cuses on “well­ness” with whole­some food, yoga classes, “bright light ther­apy” and other jet lag­coun­ter­ing ideas for those on long-haul flights.

VIR­GIN AUS­TRALIA, BRIS­BANE

Like the Vir­gin Aus­tralia lounges in the big­ger cities, there’s a ded­i­cated espresso and wine bar in the cen­tre of this lounge. The wifi is fast.

VIR­GIN AUS­TRALIA, SYDNEY

The sig­na­ture espresso and wine bar lies in the cen­tre of the room, but there are also meet­ing rooms, and a huge range of read­ing ma­te­rial.

Amer­i­can Air­lines Flag­ship lounge, New York JFK

Lufthansa first class lounge, Frank­furt

RIGHT: Qatar Air­ways Al Mourjan lounge, Doha BE­LOW: Slow lounge, Cape Town

Cathay Pa­cific The Pier first class lounge, Hong Kong

BE­LOW: China Air­lines lounge, Taipei

ABOVE LEFT:

Air Canada Sig­na­ture Suite, Toronto

ABOVE: Bri­tish Air­ways Gal­leries lounge, Wash­ing­ton Dulles

ABOVE: Eti­had Air­ways first and busi­ness lounge, Mel­bourne RIGHT: Vir­gin Aus­tralia lounge, Bris­bane

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