This article will take you through our top luxury Airport Lounges found across the globe, offering guests exquisite dining, stunning locations and first-class experiences the world-over.
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Picture the scene; you’re escaping the blustery weather of Britain by jetting off to sunnier climes, but gale force winds cause your flight to be delayed. No problemo! Why not start the holiday early by ditching the boring waiting rooms, and bag yourself entry into one of the following first class airport lounges for a spot of high-end dining and pampering?
With top-notch services such as complimentary cocktails, world-class cuisine, and indulgent massages, these lavish lounges will have you secretly wishing for delayed flights!
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Qantas First Class Lounge, Sydney Airport
Airport lounge or magical rainforest? At the Qantas First Class Lounge in Sydney Airport, it’s hard to tell. Designed by tropical botanist Patrick Blanc, the lounge’s stunning entrance is adorned with 8400 plants to emulate a blissful and organic oasis in the midst of all the chaos.
A spacious and peaceful aura permeates the rest of the lounge, which is dotted with light and airy spaces to relax in. Modern oak sculptures, leather lounge chairs, marble-lined shower suites, and dramatic views of the tarmac and runway ensure this is one of the most coveted airport lounges in the world.
Travel With: Briggs & Riley’s Sympatico International Carryon Spinner, £459.00
The scrumptious caramel and cream shades of this Briggs & Riley’s Sympatico Case will look oh so chic amongst the natural greenery of Qantas’s First Class Lounge. Plus, its 25% expansion system allows you to pack in loads of goodies to keep you entertained if your flight is delayed.
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Emirates First Class Lounge, Dubai International Airport
Boasting an old-school, glamorous cigar bar and well-stocked wine cellar, Emirate’s First Class Lounge at Dubai International Airport prolongs the holiday vibes just that little bit longer. As the world’s largest first-class airport lounge, it is fittingly dripping in extravagance; the lounge is adorned with glitzy chandeliers, mahogany tables, Italian leather wingback furnishings, and ornate marble floors to create a decadent yet comfortable rest area.
If smoking cigars and drinking exquisite wine isn’t your thing, then the plush quiet areas entice you with graceful chaise longues, comfortable blankets, and sumptuous pillows. A plethora of restaurants offering globally inspired food and drink options are perfect for refuelling before your next flight, giving you the time and space to be a calmer, refreshed version of you before your next take off.
Travel With: Rimowa’s Salsa Air Multiwheel Large Cabin Case, £379.00
The regal purple tones of Rimowa’s Salsa Air Cabin Case elegantly complement the deep reds of Emirates First Class Lounge Cigar Bar. Luxuriously styled and practically lightweight, this covetable case ensures a chic and comfortable trip from departures to arrivals.
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British Airways First Lounge, Heathrow Airport
The epitome of simple British elegance, the First Lounge at Heathrow Airport exudes charm and class as easily as the planes leaving the runway outside. Sophisticated surroundings provide the most sumptuous sanctuary thanks to a fusion of luxe furnishings, textures and colours that stimulate the senses after a dreary long-haul flight. Jewel-tone shades, rich velvets, and classically tailored herringbone set the tone for this quintessentially British lounge.
For the elite first-class experience, check your ‘6’, and head through the ‘Millionaires Door’ into the Concord Lounge. Inspired by classic 5-star boutique hotels, this lounge-within-a-lounge is decked out with stunning chandeliers, iconic artwork, and private dining suites and cabanas which give you the time to relax and recuperate like royalty, or continue building your empire in one of their state of the art business suites.
Travel With: Jekyll & Hide’s Oxford Leather Four-Wheel Business Trolley, £585.00
Channel traditional, English vintage glamour with this handsome Oxford Business Trolley by Jekyll & Hide. Authentically crafted using only the finest leather, the tobacco-hued case oozes a retro charm that transitions perfectly from casual to corporate. Surprisingly modern and functional on the inside, the Oxford is essential for the discerning first class business traveller.
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Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse, John F. Kennedy International Airport
Reflecting Virgin’s young, fresh and funky vibe, this cool clubhouse at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York is the ultimate lounge to revitalise in between flights. The main attraction has to be the vibrant entertainment zone, which is decked out with an oversized, red leather ball sofa and features pool tables and fun games to keep your mind off the onset delays.
For a more refined airport lounge experience, indulge yourself with an a la carte meal and delicious dessert in the brasserie dining area, then wash it all down with a complimentary cocktail in the glitzy, Manhattan-inspired uptown bar. Vibrant, spacious and certainly unique, this Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse is definitely one to visit on your All-American trip.
Travel With: Rimowa’s Salsa Air Multiwheel Large Cabin Case, £379.00
Rock up to the trendy Virgin Clubhouse with Rimowa’s Salsa Air in Guard’s Red. The hip case’s bold shade will fit seamlessly in with the statement cherry red Virgin décor, whilst Rimowa’s iconic design is the epitome of first-class travel for those who like to blend their work and play.
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Qatar Airways Al Mourjan Business Lounge, Hamad International Airport
Be left speechless by the magnificent Al Mourjan Business Lounge at Hamad International Airport in Qatar; you immediately feel like you’ve entered a 5-star Arabian resort thanks to the sheer opulence of its design. The size of an Olympic swimming pool, this Arabian oasis is decked out with shimmering, reflective walls, calligraphy artwork, marble adornments, and handcrafted accents to create an artistic, textured and authentic atmosphere.
The floor to ceiling chandelier dangling over the central pool is truly captivating, truly making this one of the most stunning airport lounges on the globe. World class restaurants, an enchanting garden area, serene quiet rooms, and comfortable family areas are just a few of the designer spaces to relax in, in this magical Middle-Eastern lounge.
Travel With: Briggs & Riley’s Sympatico International Four-Wheel Expandable Cabin Case, £429.00
This Marine Blue Sympatico Case by Briggs & Riley offers a striking yet complementary contrast against the silver décor of the Al Mourjan Business Lounge. ‘Light as a feather’ construction and four 360-degree wheels allow you to glide through this captivating lounge with pride, elegance and ease.
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EVA Air Infinity Lounge, Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport
With rooms named ‘The Star’, ‘The Garden’, and ‘Infinity’, the EVA Air Lounge at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport is one of the world’s most impressive airport lounges. Be dazzled by the colorful futuristic centrepiece in the Infinity lounge, freshen up in their modern shower facilities or head to The Club to sample a selection of exquisite Chinese or Western hot and cold food dishes.
With chill-out spaces that replicate the feeling of the great outdoors - such as sunrise and sunset lighting at The Star, and lashings of greenery and foliage in The Garden - you certainly won’t be getting cabin fever in this magnificent lounge.
Travel With: Rimowa’s Pilot Four-Multiwheel, £619.00
The space-age silver style and modern aesthetic of Rimowa’s Pilot Case works wonderfully with the Infinity Lounge’s futuristic atmosphere. Originally designed for pilots, this durable and eye-catching design ensures you travel like an absolute pro.
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Cathay Pacific Pier First Lounge, Hong Kong International Airport
The ultimate sanctuary from the hectic airport crowds, Cathay Pacific’s Pier First Lounge in Hong Kong is an absolute treat for your senses. Lavender, bamboo, green tea and jasmine aromas greet you whilst journeying through the enigmatic Tea House and wellness area, whilst warm, ambient lighting softly illuminates the lounge to promote a tranquil and cosy vibe.
Designed by former ELLE Magazine editor and interior design pioneer Ilse Crawford, she and her team created a sophisticated yet muted Asian retreat using green onyx, limestone, brass finishings and wood to combine Asian simplicity and function with the warmth of luxury that we all so crave after a 10-hour flight.
For a touch of quiet time, retreat to one of the eight sumptuous day-suites available, and sprawl out on a feather-soft daybed to watch planes silently zoom by.
Surely one of the most blissful airport lounges in the world.
Travel With: Bric’s Bellagio Four-Wheel Cabin Case, £445.00
Bric’s beautiful Bellagio Cabin Case emulates an iconic retro style that is essential for first-class travel. The deep olive shade and tan accents promise to work in harmony with Pier’s nature-inspired aesthetic, and convey an ‘old world colonial’ style that never looks old.
Four durable Japanese Hinomoto wheels roll silently alongside you without interrupting the peaceful Zen atmosphere of the Cathay Pacific Lounge, allowing you to enjoy your time and soak up the atmosphere in this utopic airport retreat.
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Turkish Airlines Lounge Istanbul, Ataturk International Airport
Lounge Istanbul, at Ataturk International Airport in Turkey, is one of the most wonderful airport lounges to layover at thanks to its sophisticated hotel-inspired suites. Rest your eyes and your head in one of the uber-comfortable bedroom suites, or freshen up in the adjoining decadent marble-walled shower room, designed to make you feel like royalty at the start of your journey.
Once you’ve relaxed and recharged, be sure to explore the lounge’s countless entertainment areas which include a cinema, children’s playroom, golf simulator, library and more. Even if you choose to simply relax in the lounge’s chill out area, a top-tier masseuse is on hand to offer you a complimentary massage, should you wish to properly unwind.
Travel With: Rimowa’s Topas Titanium Multiwheel Large Cabin Case, £849.00
Rimowa’s Topas Cabin Case is sure to dazzle bystanders and onlookers as you glide through Lounge Istanbul. Sporting a stunning muted metallic hue and super-sleek styling, the Topas beautifully reflects the modernity, magic and enchantment so renowned of the breathtaking city it sits within.
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Star Alliance International Lounge, Los Angeles International Airport
Stopping over at the Star Alliance International Lounge at Los Angeles International Airport is like a holiday in itself. Sip on complimentary cocktails in the lounge’s spectacular outdoor terrace and soak up the sun whilst you’re waiting for your next flight. Stunning views of the LA skyline and Hollywood Hills are sure to make you feel like a rising-star, along with the warm and minimally sophisticated decor.
If the weather is dull, the interior lounge space oozes true California style, with its mid-century modern furnishings designed by Charles and Ray Eames. A la carte dining options are available in the first class areas, whilst luxurious shower suites allow business and first-class passengers to freshen up before the next stretch of their journey.
Travel With: Ted Baker’s Evillie Metallic Trim Small Suitcase, £225.00
The exquisite Evillie Small Suitcase by Ted Baker is guaranteed to look perfectly at home in this luxurious LA lounge. Metallic button wheels and rose gold detailing are understatedly pretty, whilst an exotic blue butterfly print lining results in a case that is gorgeous on the inside as well as the out.
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Swiss First Lounge, Zurich Airport
The Swiss First Lounge at Zurich Airport is the epitome of understated chic. With over 1000 bottles of wine to choose from, the enticing wine humidor is bound to keep you busy between flights, and is certainly a sight to behold as you enter the lounge. If you fancy something a little stronger however, the Senator Lounge boasts its very own whiskey bar where you can kick back and enjoy a mature tipple whilst you watch the planes glide by.
All the lounge’s meals are available at any time of the day – perfect for those running on opposing time zones – and are prepared expertly at your table. Fancy a snooze? Also not a problem; simply head to one of the lounge’s two luxury hotel rooms for some rest and relaxation in complete comfort and bliss.
Travel With: Rimowa’s Salsa Deluxe Hybrid Four-Wheel IATA Cabin Case, £699.00
The vibrant aesthetic of Rimowa’s Salsa Deluxe Hybrid is sure to pop amongst the natural oak furniture and décor of the Swiss First Lounge. A fusion of tough polycarbonate and robust fabric, this statement red case is sure to turn heads wherever it rolls, embodying the chic Swiss style and functionality of its surroundings.
Are you ready to go to the next level with these indulgent airport lounges? Travelling the world, meeting new people and experiencing rich cultures brings with it a host of eye-opening, elaborate and simply beautiful experiences, but getting there is sometimes a mission in itself! Global Luggage has years of experience getting travellers from point A to point B smoothly and in style, and we know that wherever there’s a luxury airport lounge, there’s Global Luggage customer there, relaxing proudly next to their case. Because these airport lounges aren’t just somewhere to wait for your next flight, they’re the first step on your break away from reality.
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