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Th­ese lounges are not new nor have they re­cently un­der­gone re­fur­bish­ment, yet they’ve stood the test of time and are still fa­vorites among fre­quent trav­el­ers.


Heathrow Air­port LO­CA­TION: Within Ter­mi­nal 5A, which is ded­i­cated to Bri­tish Air­ways and con­sists of a to­tal of six Gal­leries lounges. THE FEEL: This lounge is the largest of the Gal­leries in T5 (spa­cious enough for 830 pas­sen­gers), and is part of a three-lounge com­plex that also in­cludes the Con­corde Room (at the top of the lounge hi­er­ar­chy) and Gal­leries First. The Gal­leries Club lounge may be at the bot­tom of the hi­er­ar­chy but it is no less im­pres­sive, boast­ing such ameni­ties as a quiet area for snooz­ing, a 20-seat movie theatre, a chil­dren’s play area, 20 shower suites, two sep­a­rate work ar­eas at each end of the lounge, univer­sal power sock­ets and free WiFi In­ter­net ac­cess through­out. The large Gal­leries com­plex also sports an Elemis Spa for First and Club World pas­sen­gers and Gold Ex­ec­u­tive Club mem­bers, with some com­pli­men­tary treat­ments. There is one main food bar – dubbed Chef’s Theatre – as well as a small café and a Sil­ver Bar with a Swarovski crys­tal chan­de­lier. STAND­OUT FEA­TURE: The cin­ema. AC­CESS: First and Club World (busi­ness) class pas­sen­gers as well as Gold and Sil­ver Ex­ec­u­tive club mem­bers.

LUFTHANSA NAME OF LOUNGE AND AIR­PORT: Lufthansa First Class Ter­mi­nal,

Frank­furt Air­port LO­CA­TION: The ded­i­cated ter­mi­nal is lo­cated close to Ter­mi­nal 1 THE FEEL: The en­tire fa­cil­ity takes lux­ury to a whole new level, of­fer­ing rst class pas­sen­gers ex­clu­sive fa­cil­i­ties and ser­vices. The ter­mi­nal has its own check-in desks, se­cu­rity checks, a duty-free store and even a per­sonal as­sis­tant who takes care of im­mi­gra­tion, en­sur­ing that dis­creet-minded pas­sen­gers can go from their own car into the lounge, then on to the air­craft by chauf­feur-driven car, with­out hav­ing to pass through the main ter­mi­nal at all.

The lounge, lo­cated within this ter­mi­nal, of­fers guests a quiet es­cape with daybeds, pri­vate shower fa­cil­i­ties (inclusive of bath­tub), a cigar lounge and work sta­tions as well as free WiFi through­out. There is a sep­a­rate area that serves ne wines, hot and cold dishes from a buffet, or an à la carte menu. Also, a bar of­fers a se­lec­tion of more than 86 whiskeys. STAND­OUT FEA­TURE: The en­tire con­cept of a ded­i­cated ter­mi­nal. AC­CESS: Ex­clu­sively for First Class pas­sen­gers and HON Cir­cle mem­bers.

QAN­TAS NAME OF LOUNGE AND AIR­PORT: Qan­tas First Lounge, Syd­ney

Air­port LO­CA­TION: Ter­mi­nal 1, past im­mi­gra­tion on Level 4 THE FEEL: This lounge, de­signed by the renowned Marc New­son, brings to­gether con­tem­po­rary el­e­gance and a re­laxed am­bi­ence. Even be­fore en­ter­ing, guests are greeted by a re­fresh­ing “rain­for­est wall” set against stark white in­te­ri­ors, while in­side the lounge is dec­o­rated in Ital­ian mar­ble, oak wood and funky pat­terned car­pets.

Ded­i­cated concierge ser­vices are of­fered in part­ner­ship with So tel Ho­tels, which can help guests with tasks such as mak­ing a restau­rant reser­va­tion or or­der­ing a car pick-up at their des­ti­na­tion. Other fa­cil­i­ties in­clude a spa (also fea­tur­ing the “rain­for­est wall” to cre­ate a sense of tran­quil­lity) with com­pli­men­tary ser­vices, a fully equipped busi­ness cen­ter, a li­brary with board games, shower suites and com­pli­men­tary WiFi ac­cess.

The lounge serves an à la carte menu cre­ated by celebrity chef Neil Perry, along­side ne wines and a self-serve buffet. It also has a bar where guests can or­der dishes from the à la carte menu. STAND­OUT FEA­TURES: The concierge ser­vice and spa. AC­CESS: The lounge is open to rst class pas­sen­gers on Qan­tas, Bri­tish Air­ways or other oneworld ights, Fre­quent Flyer Plat­inum level mem­bers or oneworld Emer­ald tier mem­bers and above.

Bri­tish Air­ways Gal­leries Club Lounge

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