Australian Business Traveller lists top five lounges

Australian Business Traveller lists top five lounges

In a new article, writers at Australian Business Traveller profiled their five favorite airport lounges at major hubs around the world.

The top-ranking lounge on the magazine's list was Cathay Pacific's "The Wing" facility at Hong Kong International Airport - one of three premium lounges the carrier operates at the Asian air hub. This refuge is open to both first and business class passengers, although it features separate areas for each class of traveler. Situated near Gate 2, The Wing opens at 4:30 a.m. and remains open until the last Cathay Pacific flight of the day departs Hong Kong.

First class passengers in The Wing can enjoy hotel-style bathrooms with soaking tubs and rainfall showerheads, while they can dine in style at The Haven, a premium sit-down restaurant. They are also able to unwind in The Library, a quiet spot perfect for relaxing. Business class visitors to the lounge can take advantage of a noodle bar, a food bar, a drinks bar and showers.

Coming in second place on Australian Business Traveller's list was the Clubhouse, which is operated at London Heathrow Airport by Virgin Atlantic. This business class lounge is unlike any other in the world, featuring wine and cocktail bars, relaxation areas, massages, facials, a hairdresser and - befitting its status as a business class facility - plenty of space to spread out and work.

Calling it a "hidden and unexpected gem," the source gave the number three spot on the list to Malaysia Airlines' Golden Lounge in the Satellite Building at Kuala Lumpur International Airport. The first class area of the facility offers a hot buffet, sleeping rooms, massage chairs, a sauna and more. Meanwhile, the lounge's business class area has a business center, a spa with showers, a children's area and a putting green. Best of all, the lounge is frequently empty, so visitors get a better feeling of exclusivity.

Lufthansa's First Class Lounge in Munich, which took fourth place in the ranking, has a restaurant with table service, buffet and bar areas, office cubicles, a cigar lounge, massages and hotel-style bathrooms with jacuzzis. Visitors can also be taken directly to their plane using a chauffeured Mercedes or Porsche.

Lastly, the International Lounges at Tokyo Haneda Airport came in at number five, earning accolades for the big buffet, open bar, shower rooms, free massages and more.

By Arnold Meyer

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