No waiting in busy lines at crowded, noisy gates, no uncomfortable layovers in plastic seats, no noxious food served by harried waiters, no ear-shattering announcements in an airport? Sounds like a first-class airport experience.
If you’re a savvy, upscale traveler, you can find peace and many other amenities not available to other travelers. Los Angeles Luxury Mansion Rentals searched the aviation world to find the best airport lounges for the discerning traveler. These lounges make flying a pleasure, not a marathon of elbows and lines fueled by plastic-wrapped snacks.
1. Etihad Residence Lounge
Location: Abu Dhabi Airport, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
The Etihad Residence Lounges, which include the services of a butler, are private, elegant spaces you can reach by private elevator. You can watch movies from a flat screen HDTV surrounded by Poltrona Frau lounge furnishings. Or you can sit at a dining table, waiting to be attended by the executive chef who will explain dining options and create a special menu for you. If you want alcoholic drinks, coffee, tea, and snacks, they are available at all times.
The residence also includes a private prayer room and a marble bathroom with luxury bath products and bathrobes. The butler will arrange complimentary haircuts, shaves, and spa treatments in the Residence Lounge or in the first class lounge’s spa. You will arrive at your plane in golf carts, greeted by another butler who will attend to you during the flight.
Travelers with First Class Lounge & Spa entrance can book these exclusive rooms for an additional $100 or 11,500 Etihad guest miles.
2. Lufthansa First Class Terminal
Location: Frankfurt Airport, Frankfurt, Germany
You can drive to Lufthansa First Class Terminal and drop your car at the valet. Then, you whisk through check-in and security—never lines—with a whisper. You can wait at several seating areas with comfortable chairs, some with flat-screen TVs on low volume. For longer stays, you can use the lounge’s nap rooms, shower suites, bathtub suites, bars, and cigar lounge. Or, if waiting works up an appetite, you can dine ala cart or feast at the buffet, enjoying cuisine by Michelin-starred chefs. As soon as your departure time approaches, an attendant notifies and ushers you into a Porsche or Mercedes for a ride to your flight.
First class passengers and HON Circle members have access to this exclusive terminal and all-lounge privileges. For use during layovers, you must arrive on a Lufthansa first class ticket and depart on a Lufthansa, Swiss, or Austrian flight.
3. Qatar Airways’ Al Safwa Lounge
Location: Hamad International Airport, Doha, Qatar
You will be escorted from the premium-check-in area, through security, and then to the Arabian grandeur of the high-ceilinged Qatar Airways’ Al Safwa Lounge. The hallways feature art and a soothing water wall. The lounge has a prayer room, spa, nap rooms (for guests with a layover of six hours or more), a duty-free shop, a family area, and a business center with attractive workstations.
The triangular central seating area, ranging from comfortable to ultra stylish, has an eye-catching fountain. The restaurant, whose cuisine is international and Arabic, has an open kitchen, buffet stations, and waiters available if you prefer to order from a menu. The signature, freshly prepared à la carte dishes are made with local ingredients.
This lounge is restricted to Qatar Airways and Oneworld first-class passengers.
4. La Première Lounge
Location: Charles de Gaulle Airport, Paris, France
Porters and escorts, handling your luggage, will greet you at a special airport entry point and take you to La Première Lounge. The lounge is decorated in a sophisticated red-and-white palette with several cozy seating areas and a sultry bar. Work desks are semi-private and include loaner tablets. An app for tablets lets you download your favorite newspapers and magazines at no extra charge to read in the lounge and throughout your flight.
The lounge also includes a library and offers tasty snacks and fine dining with elegant table service. Wines and menu items are selected by French superstar chef Alain Ducasse.
The sleeping area has stylish, comfortable loungers and privacy screens. Shower suites are available. A complimentary 30-minute massage or facial may be followed by other spa treatments such as their signature two-hour massage-facial combo that includes a lifting and firming treatment.
At boarding time, you are chauffeured to the plane in a private Air France’s cars.
Entry requires elite status with Air France/KLM or a first-class ticket booked with Amex Membership Rewards, Chase Ultimate Rewards, Citi ThankYou Rewards, or Starwood Preferred Guest.
These lounges and their services take the frenzy and fuss out of flying with personal service, superb food and accommodations, and all of the amenities of five-star hotels. We hope you will consider adding first class lounge experiences to your vacation plans.