There are many perks of business class travel – access to your airline’s lounge is one of them! While passengers on economy dread waiting at airports, first and business class travelers look forward to it! Who wouldn’t love to enjoy full-body massages, meals prepared by Michelin starred chefs, and being driven to the plane in a BMW or a Porsche! Some airlines set the bar higher than others. Here’s a list of some of the best airline lounges in the world along with their pros and cons:

Qatar Airways:

Qatar Airways has consistently been rated number one for its services, including offering the best lounge experience. Most of their lounges are known for their over-the-top luxury; be it the high ceilings at the Al Safwa Doha (first class) lounge, or the subtle references to its Arabic heritage at the Al Mourjan lounge.

Pros:

  • Private sit-down check-in
  • Comfortable private lounge seating
  • Refreshment station (with water, soft drinks and more)
  • Fully staffed restaurant
  • Snack Bar (with sushi, salad and dessert room)
  • TV Room
  • Business Center
  • Duty-free shop
  • Nap room
  • Spa (with hot tub)

Cons:

  • Too much space
  • Minimalist to a fault

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Emirates:

Did you know that you can board your flight directly from the Emirates Dubai lounge? Yes, they have a dedicated gate for every flight! And before you leave, don’t forget to get a complimentary spa treatment. The lounge is very spacious, with several nap rooms, a couple of restaurants, and several duty-free shops as well.

Pros:

  • Shower spas (with towels, toiletries and hairdryers)
  • Cigar bar
  • Dedicated quiet areas
  • Duty-free boutique
  • Business center
  • Wine cellar (with staffed sommeliers)
  • Complimentary WiFi
  • Expansive restaurant menu

Cons:

  • Can be overwhelming (it’s MASSIVE)
  • Can be pricey

Etihad Airways:

Besides a la carte meals and complimentary spa treatments, Etihad Airways offers several facilities for business class travelers. Guests get to enjoy access to free WiFi and a wide range of international magazines. The Dubai business lounge is one of the finest examples of Etihad luxury – chic décor, ample amenities, and children’s play areas staffed with nannies being a few of them.

Pros:

  • Quick check-in process
  • Duty-free shopping
  • Attentive lounge personnel
  • Multi-cultural buffet selection with salad and dessert options
  • Six Senses spa
  • Style & shave salon

Cons:

  • Shortage of power outlets

 

Turkish Airlines:

Turkish Airline lounges across the world are a perfect blend of modern and traditional décor. The Istanbul lounge, for example, covers around 6000 sq. meters and can seat around one thousand people. Some of the traditional foods you’ll find here are rarely ever found anywhere else.

Pros:

  • Wide open spaces
  • Nap nooks
  • Television room
  • Kids area
  • Manned cooking stations

Cons:

  • Not quite as charming as the former lounge
  • The Decor doesn’t always feel top-notch
  • Getting wi-fi access can be problematic
  • Below-average wine selection

Cathay Pacific:

Cathay Pacific’s Hong Kong’s lounge is the ultimate in business class luxury. The lounge is complete with Carrara marbles and black granite where guests get to sample a la carte meals at their leisure before their comfortable flight.

Pros:

  • Champagne bar
  • Noodle bar
  • Business center
  • Big, comfy chairs
  • Private nap rooms
  • Complimentary foot massages

Cons:

  • No real cons to speak of

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