For those longing to peer behind the glass sliding doors, here are some of the world's best premium airline lounges.
Concorde Room London - British Airways
The exclusive Concorde Room at British Airways’ new Terminal 5 takes dining to the next level with private booths and full waiter service. There are private cabanas, a hotel-style room with day bed and ensuite, for those who need a rest, along with a spectacular terrace and viewing area. Elemis Day Spa has a range of treatments specially designed for British Airways customers.
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Premium Terminal Doha - Qatar Airways
Qatar Airways has a reputation for unparalleled luxury. More than just a lounge, Qatar has a whole Premium Terminal at your disposal. It boasts tranquil seating, superb business services, high-class duty free shops, and fabulous fine dining options ranging from quick snacks to haute cuisine.
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First Class Lounge Abu Dhabi - Etihad
It all starts when you arrive at your own private airport entrance, which could easily double as the front of a luxury hotel. Complete with gold porter's luggage trolleys and your own concierge, whisk away to the exclusive First Class check-in area before being escorted through security, immigration and into the increddible lounge. Aside from the al la carte dining area, guests can delve into a complimentary spa treatment at world-class Six Senses Spa, sip some of the finest bubbly at the champagne bar, and even puff on cigars in a dedicated cigar lounge. A family room comes complete with qualified nannies - if only you could take them on the plane with you afterwards.
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London Heathrow Clubhouse - Virgin Atlantic
Escape the hustle and bustle of Heathrow Airport and retreat to the oasis of the Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse. You can go all out with a last minute trim, a lush facial at the Cowshed Spa or a Bellini from the Cocktail Bar. Or kick back on a chaise longue with a bite to eat as you check emails.
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Royal First Lounge Suvarnabhumi Bangkok - Thai Airways
Royal First Class passengers in Bangkok are provided with a personal porter service from curbside and escorted to the Royal First Class Check-in Lounge, where check-in is handled by staff. There is also an a la carte dining option, spa with sauna and yoga facilities, and private meeting areas.
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SilverKris Lounge Changi - Singapore Airlines
The SilverKris Lounge at Changi Airport is Singapore Airlines’ exclusive haven where you can enjoy fabulous buffet dining, freshen up with a quick shower, kick back in the lounge or catch up on business with the free internet access.
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First Class Lounge Sydney - Qantas
Designed by Qantas Creative Director Marc Newson, Sydney’s International First Class Lounge is a tranquil space where you can relax in style before setting off on your long journey. With a luxurious day spa, restaurant, library, private work suites and concierge service, this lounge has it all.
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Platinum Suite Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia Airlines
The Platinum Suite is a private lounge within the lounge. Reserved exclusively for the highest tier of the Malaysia Airlines frequent flyer programme, guests can sup on vintage champagne, practice on a putting green, unwind in the Santai Spa, and dine on sumptuous meals prepared fresh.
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First Class Lounge Frankfurt - Lufthansa
More than just a space to rest between flights, Lufthansa’s First Class Lounge has a day spa offering invigorating treatments from facials and hot stone massage to manicures and make-up. The restaurant includes a la carte dining and a cold buffet, with an extensive wine list also available.
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First Class Lounge Dubai - Emirates
The Emirates Lounge at Dubai International Airport is a lavish affair. Here you can enjoy 24hr gourmet buffet dining featuring Arabic, Far Eastern, Western or Vegetarian cuisine; full bar service; a dedicated business centre with free wi-fi access; and private shower facilities.
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First Class Lounge - JAL
JAL's First Class Lounge at Narita Airport is a relaxing space where you can enjoy buffet hot Western and Japanese meals, a fine selection of international wines and sake, shower room facilities, a massage service (be sure to reserve a space early), massage chairs and a business centre.
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The Wing Hong Kong - Cathay Pacific
The Wing is Cathay Pacific’s flagship lounge at the Hong Kong International Airport. Just reopened after an extensive renovation, the lounge features The Champagne Bar; The Haven, an a la carte restaurant and buffet serving both western and Asian-style dishes; and five relaxing Cabanas, which each feature a spacious shower, a full-sized bath and a comfortable day bed.
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