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5 Topnotch Airport Lounges

Features & Advice Cherese Weekes July 21, 2014

5 Topnotch Airport Lounges

PHOTO: The Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse in Heathrow Airport. (Courtesy of Wikipedia)

Looking for that break away from waiting by the gate?  Well look no further as each of the following five airport lounges luxuriously cater to their guests’ highest demands with lavish amenities. Therefore, take an exclusive step behind the velvet rope and let your boarding pass be your golden ticket to experience a world-class preflight environment in these revolutionary lounges.

Istanbul Ataturk Airport: Turkish Airlines’ International CIP Lounge

If you’re at the Istanbul Ataturk Airport and holding a first or business class ticket for a Star Alliance flight in your hand, a Star Alliance Gold member or a Miles and Smile elite member make your way to the departure level of Turkey’s Istanbul Ataturk Airport.

Blessed with two levels decked out in a contemporary Turkish style, passengers are not only invited to delve into its culinary masterpieces, but enjoy the showers and plush amenities that make this airport lounge rival the best hotels of the world. If you’re traveling with kids, that’s not a problem since it provides a spacious playroom as well as a private area for infants. Whether for relaxation or play, all of its 3,000 square meters is dedicated to improving the wait for your next flight.

Dubai International Airport: Emirates First Class Lounge

When Dubai puts a luxurious spin on its experiences, travelers can expect the best. For proof, look no further than the Emirates First Class Lounge. Skywards Gold members and first-class passengers are treated to a lavish world at Terminal 3-Departure Level-Concourse B of Dubai International Airport.

Feeling a little hungry?  Gourmet dining is there to tantalize your palate.  And if you’re looking for a peaceful escape to drown out the noises of the airport, disappear underneath the soothing treatments of the Timeless Spa.  The Emirates First Class Lounge offers round-the-clock service for its most loyal customers from the moment they walk through its doors.

Heathrow Airport, London: Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse

You’ll never want your flight to arrive if you’re waiting for it here. That’s because the Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse provides every amenity impossible to ensure every guest is stress-free. That includes a den decked in the newest game systems displayed on multiscreen TVs, a viewing deck perfect for watching planes depart and arrive, bars well-stocked with topnotch spirits and computers for the business traveler.

Designed to make every passenger forget their in an airport, there’s no reason your preflight jitters shouldn’t be chased away by delicious cuisine or a facial.  So make your way to Terminal 3 to be wined and dined in Virgin Atlantic’s flagship lounge.

Los Angeles International: The Star Alliance Lounge

Does the thought of traveling make your nerves jump like crazy? Are you dreading having to pay for Wi-Fi or tugging your carry-on all over the airport in search of an outlet to plug in your phone?

Your airport experience doesn’t have to be a disaster, especially with spacious areas like the Star Alliance Lounge in LAX in the Tom Bradley International Terminal on level 6 making the process smoother.  Along with a modern look, the lounge is divided into two areas (one for first-class flyers and the other for business class as well as Star Alliance gold status members) that come complete with TVs, delicious foods and exclusive areas for relaxing. And if passengers are feeling a bit cooped up indoors, an al fresco terrace with a waterfall allows guests to bask in the cool breezes of California as well as the old mountain charm of the Hollywood Hills.

Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport: China Southern Airlines Sky Pearl international VIP Lounge

As the largest VIP lounge in China, China Southern Airlines Sky Pearl International VIP Lounge does not disappoint.  Especially with every inch of this 1,400 square meter lounge dipped in classic Chinese style with touches of modernity pleasantly interspersed.

Its five-star quality caters to every desire with luxurious amenities ranging from an elegant reading space and exquisite showers to a playroom for children and the maternal and infant area.  Quietly nestled in the No. 1 East Corridor of the airport, you won’t hear a peep of its chaos echoed here. In fact, you’ll be so relaxed and settled into its superb amenities you might just forget you have a flight to catch.