The Weekend Australian - Travel - - TRAVEL & INDULGENCE -

Weary pas­sen­gers pre­par­ing for an overnight flight from Hong Kong may find Qan­tas’s air­port lounge so en­tic­ing they forget to board. The lounge, for first and busi­ness class, is on Level 7, above the air­line’s de­par­ture gates, be­neath the ter­mi­nal’s soar­ing cara­pace. With views across the tar­mac, the lounge is di­vided into cosy zones and seats 300 in stylish arm­chairs and ban­quettes. Neil Perry has de­signed the menus, in­clud­ing those served at the long bar, a favourite of fre­quent fly­ers, where bar­be­cued ducks hang among the bot­tles and an ex­pert team mixes cock­tails and rus­tles up espres­sos. A gen­er­ous buf­fet — think beef ragout, but­ter-roasted spuds and a large se­lec­tion of sal­ads and pud­dings, in­clud­ing a sig­na­ture salted caramel cheese­cake — is aug­mented by a la carte plates. And just when you thought you couldn’t eat any more, out come the yum cha trol­leys groan­ing with dumplings. Grab some ex­er­cise by walking briskly back and forth the con­sid­er­able length of the lounge, check­ing the Aussie footy scores at ei­ther end on the huge TVs. Then a hot shower in one of 12 large bath­rooms and you’re ready to sleep all the way to your des­ti­na­tion. More: qan­


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