The Weekend Australian - Travel - - TRAVEL & INDULGENCE -

Way out west in Perth the loung­ing is easy thanks to Vir­gin Aus­tralia’s su­per-smart pas­sen­ger fa­cil­ity in the air­line’s stylish T1 Do­mes­tic Ter­mi­nal, which opened a year ago. The open-plan lounge is a smidge over 1700sq m, and very user-friendly, kit­ted out in Vir­gin’s trade­mark mauve and soft grey. De­signed by Tim Greer of Tonkin Zu­laikha Greer Ar­chi­tects, the lounge is flooded with nat­u­ral light and seats up to 400 in comfy tub chairs ar­ranged into pri­vate zones. Bar stools set at high ta­bles are the per­fect spot to catch up on emails while tuck­ing into a bowl of mine­strone or a DIY toastie. The smart es­presso and wine bar is staffed by a friendly barista; there are marsh­mal­lows for your hot cho­co­late while boil­ing wa­ter for the Madame Flavour teas is dis­pensed from coun­ter­top taps (very con­ve­nient once you get the hang of it). A fridge stocked with small bot­tles of sparkling min­eral wa­ter is a nice touch. The black­tiled bath­rooms are very chic, with full-size dis­pensers of sweet-smelling Grown Al­chemist hand cream along­side the hand-dryer. There’s free Wi-Fi and meet­ing rooms are avail­able for busi­ness on the fly. More: vir­gin­aus­


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