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Top 10 airline lounges in the world

First class and business class might be getting bigger, brasher and bolder by the day, but it is the airline lounges that they offer access to which are getting all the attention of late. Privileged travellers enjoy a plethora of luxuries such as Michelin standard dining, superb spas, flat beds, luxurious settings and a wonderful ambience even before they leave the tarmac. The airport lounges that offer these luxuries have transformed the way the world looks at international travel. Travellers no longer need to wait in those cramped up and sweaty waiting rooms and can get access to world class luxuries instead. So which of these lounges are worth your time and money? Here is the list of the top 10 airport lounges in the world.

10. SilverKris, Changi Airport

The SilverKris lounge lives up to the First Class and Business Class brand of Singapore Airlines. The popularity of the lounge can only be understood by travellers who have experienced the luxurious surroundings, wireless business centers, leather recliners, cocktail bars, gourmet cuisines, and glamorous styles that the lounge offers.

09. Lufthansa First Class Lounge, Frankfurt Airport

The Lufthansa First Class Lounge helps tourists block out the hustle bustle of the Frankfurt Airport, one of the busiest airports in the world. The lounge is situated in a separate building located outside the main terminal. It offers travellers with an extremely luxurious 12000 sq. ft. lounge which is an oasis of peace, tranquility, luxury and calm. The world famous Old World Cigar lounge which is present here offers more than 80 varieties of whiskeys. The lounge also consists of daybeds, wardrobes, monsoon showers and private offices for business meetings. The best part about the lounge is that passengers will be chauffeured to their aeroplanes in Porche or Mercedes limousines.

08. Air France líEscape Premier Lounge, Charles de Gaulle Airport

The dedicated check in areas are simply the first step that reveals the untold luxuries that lie beyond the check in point for all Air France travellers at the Charles de Gaulle Airport. Unfortunately, a view of the Eiffel Tower is not available. However, you can get access to huge comfortable beds, unlimited champagne and wine, private work areas and on site Clarins massages.

07. Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse, London Heathrow

The Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse offers travellers with an extremely comfortable 8000 sq. ft. private lounge which is a lot more than just a place to crash before you board your flights. The lounge caters to all your whims and fancies in its cocktail bar, the deli, the brasserie, private offices, the library, multiscreen movie theatres, pool tables, video gaming consoles, spa pools, on site spas, steam rooms and tanning booths. No wonder travellers prefer to have a long connection time whenever their itinerary connects to the London Heathrow.

06. The Wing, Cathay Pacific, Hong Kong International Airport

A recent entrant into the list of the top 10 airline lounges in the world, the 43000 sq. ft. lounge offered by Cathay Pacific at the Hong Kong International Airport is something to watch out for. One of the main highlights of this lounge is its 80ft long bar, full service spas, luxurious beds, private cabins with showers, four restaurants, Jacuzzis, WiFi and executive office suites. Who needs hotels when you have the Wing at your disposal.

05. Emirates Lounge, JFK International Airport

A city like New York needs international standard lounges such as the Emirates Lounge. The lounge is famous for its comfortable sofas, pinkish decors, massage chairs, plasma TVs, a vast array of international magazines, WiFi, business centers, private bedrooms and complimentary food and drinks.

04. The Royal Orchid, Bangkok Airways, Bangkok Airport

If driving right up to the flight in a luxurious Mercedes isinít luxurious enough for you, you can always indulge in the very best of traditional hospitality that Thailand has to offer. The Royal Orchid has been created and designed in a traditional Asian flare and offers all sorts of luxuries and world class comforts that any passenger could ever need. Some of the highlights of the lounge include, a la carte dining rooms, private corners, WiFi, business center, sleeping rooms, shower suites, gourmet cuisines and complimentary Thai massages.

03. Premium Terminal, Qatar Airways, Doha International Airport

The experience of the Premium Terminal at the Doha International Airport is quite similar to entering a 5 star hotel. Passengers are greeted by porters who carry your bags and take you to the concierge who in turn explains the variety of luxuries on offer. Once you come to know what the Premium Terminal offers, itís just a matter of picking and choosing the activities that you like. Donít worry, there is more than enough to do to keep you entertained for the entire day. Some of the main amenities offered by the lounge include a world class spa, gaming consoles, restaurant facilities, business centers, duty free shopping and an on site nursery where nannies can take care of your infants while you enjoy yourself at the airport. Who needs a destination to go to in the Middle East. The Premium Terminal is worthy of being called a destination it itself.

02. Qantas First Lounge, Sydney International Airport

The Qantas First Lounge has been designed by Marc Newson. It boasts of all the latest modern luxuries and comforts. Having teamed up with Sofitel, the lounge ensures that guests have access to the best creature comforts which is equivalent to the kind of hospitality and service offered by any major 5 star hotel around the world. Some of the main facilities offered by the lounge include concierge services, spas that offer Payot treatments, toiletry items, shower suites, a world class restaurant headed by Master Chef Niel Perry, a bar, libraries, business areas, WiFi and desktop computers. The lounge is also famous for its 180 degree views of the gorgeous Bontay Bay.

01. Terminal 5 Galleries, British Airways, London Heathrow

Topping the list of the top 10 airline lounges in the world is the Terminal 5 Galleries at the London Heathrow. It is known to be the best and the most luxurious first class lounge in the world. The entire complex has been designed by Davies+Baron and it copies the styles found in a modern day boutique hotel. The lounge boasts of everything that a modern day traveller could possibly want. The various facilities offered by the range from the Wine Gallery and the Silver Bar to entertainment zones, kid zones, work areas and show suites. The entire lounge has been decorated with more than 1500 mesmerizing paintings, Swarovski chandeliers, life size wooden horses and faux fireplaces.

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