Airline lounges - who has the best?
Wednesday 06 October 2010
Last week, Hong Kong-flag carrier Cathay Pacific unveiled its new lounge at Hong Kong International airport, promising a "new level of comfort and convenience."
Called "The Cabin," Cathay Pacific's latest lounge is spread across 1,339 square meters and designed by Foster and Partners to be "contemporary, refreshing and dynamic."
Passengers can choose between five zones designed for different purposes, including The Reception, The IT Zone, The Deli, The Health Bar, and The Relaxing Zone.
Highlights include playing with iMacs and iPads in The IT Zone, enjoying made-to-order sandwiches in The Deli, sipping on freshly squeezed juices and Chinese herbal teas in The Health Bar or reclining in Norman Foster-designed chairs in The Relaxing Zone.
While The Cabin sounds great, it's up against some serious competition in terms of premium travel luxury - Virgin Atlantic provides a full-on spa in its London Heathrow Clubhouse, while Lufthansa's First Class Lounge at Frankfurt Airport offers a Cigar Lounge stocked with cigars and 75 types of whisky.
For passengers looking to book an infrequent trip for the luxury experience, the guidance of business travellers, who arguably use these facilities the most, could provide some pointers.
In September, the UK's Business Traveller magazine published the winners of its Business Traveller Awards 2010, voted for by the magazine's readers - and surprise surprise, Virgin Atlantic came out on top.
Best Airport Lounge
1 Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse, London Heathrow
2 British Airways, London Heathrow T5
3 Cathay Pacific, Hong Kong
4 Singapore Airlines SilverKris Lounge, Singapore
Voted for by readers of Business Traveller magazine - http://www.businesstraveller.com/
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