Most people dread layovers. But, if you are one of the lucky ones with access to a lounge, your layover becomes much easier to survive. With comfortable furniture, fancy cocktails, and savory foods, airline lounges offer the perfect getaway from the bustling departure terminals. These are some of the best airline lounges around the world.
Qatar Airlines: Hamad International Airport (Doha)
In 2016, Skytrax name the Qatar Airline business lounge at Hamad International Airport, the best in the world. The lounge is designed more like a resort, with a relaxing atmoshpere. The Al Mourjan Lounge is over 10,000 square meters and features everything you could every need. The lounge is composed of high ceilings, bronze walls and designer furniture. Whether you are craving a light snack or gourmet meal, the lounge has multiple options to satisfy your tastebuds. Choose between aa continental or oriental brasserie, a global deli and a patisserie, or just enjoy a drink at the bar. Finally, if you need to release some tension from that long flight, there are soothing spa treatments.
Turkish Airlines: Ataturk Airport (Istanbul)
The Turkish Airlines lounge at Ataturk Airport recently expanded, adding an extra 1,000-square-meters their their lounge. The expansion allows for over 1,000 guest capacity and added even more amenities. The lounge hires world class chefs to cook the most amazing Turkish delicacies and offers freshly prepared pastries from Vienna’s famous pastry shop Demel. If the food is not enough, there is plenty of entertainment. The lounge boasts a billiard room, massages, golf simulator, playroom for children, and cinema.
Virgin Atlantic: London Heathrow Airport (London)
Whether you have a short or long layover, Virgin Atlantic’s London Heathrow Clubhouse has an option for you. The clubhouse has a range of dining options from items a la carte to gourmet meals with produce sourced from local and international suppliers. Guests can also freshen-up at the lounge’s showers with complimentary spa products. If you have the time, take advantage of the variety of spa treatments including manicures or a haircut. The section known as “The Den” is full of entertainment options. Play in pool tournament or on retro video game consoles. If you just need some space, visit “The loft.” Watch planes take off through large windows with the London skyline backdrop.