When you’re flying first class the treatment doesn’t start or end on the tarmac – it’s a rock-star experience from the moment you step into your chauffeur-driven service to the airport right until you’re whisked through customs at your final destination.
In fact, first class travellers are probably the only ones that don’t mind hearing the ‘we apologise but your flight has been delayed’ message over the intercom.
How does a pre-flight spa and massage sound? Or what about a bar that only serves French Champagne? These perks and more will await you if you hold a golden (and worth more than it’s weight in gold) ticket.
So grab your best incognito sunglasses, pack your Louis Vuitton luggage and check out our pick of the world’s most amazing airline lounges.
British Airways, The Concorde Room, London Heathrow
In amongst the busy realms of Heathrow Terminal 5 you’ll find an oasis that is The Concorde Room. With a complimentary spa treatment menu, private cabanas (with en suite bathrooms of course) and free-flowing champagne, British Airways’ first class lounge is a holiday in itself.
Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse
As you’d expect from the trendy airline, Virgin Atlantic’s first class ‘clubhouse’ is a funky blend of space-age chic, retro glamour and modern luxury.
Challenge yourself or a fellow traveller to an old-school games console game or watch the latest news or live television in the multi-screen cinema. Or, lie back and relax on your own chaise longue with a Bellini cocktail in hand.
And of course there are state-of-the-art business facilities – but that would be a waste, wouldn’t it?
German airline, Lufthansa, boasts five luxurious lounges – the largest being in Frankfurt. Backlit walls with forest motifs (see image) are realistic enough to make you feel like you’re world’s away from an enclosed airport.
Contemporary designs with clean lines and a stylish European feel make Lufthansa’s first class lounges some of the coolest around.
With a cigar room, bath facilities, relaxation rooms and a fully-stocked bar, you’ll have to be dragged onto your flight.
Thai Airways, Bangkok International Airport
With one of the most extensive and luxurious ranges of spa treatments on offer, Thai Airways Royal First Lounge at Bangkok airport is the perfect place to unwind. As if the a-la-carte dining room, VIP areas and ‘slumber rooms’ weren’t enough, how does a 60 minute Touch of Silk massage sound? Pretty damn good if you ask me.
Qatar Airways, Doha International Airport
With a blend of Middle Eastern grandeur and European elegance, Qatar Airways’ first class lounge at Doha airport is an extravagant way to relax before your flight.
Bring out your inner James Bond with a choice of expertly-mixed martinis and keep your tootsies nice and warm (not that that’s a problem in Qatar) with heated floors in your own private shower.
How does access to a delicatessen sound? Just pick your favourite fresh ingredients and the chefs will create your own choice of meal in front of your eyes. Neat!