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Eight Great Airport Lounges

Saturday May 21, 2011
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Whether it’s a layover between flights or a delay due to weather, the airport is only a friendly place for about an hour or two.

How does one make the most of getting stuck in an airport?

TheDailyMeal, recently shared their views on the eight greatest airport lounges around the world.

Here are editor Nicole Campoy-Leffler’s Top Four:

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Feeling competitive after fighting for your right to use that arm rest? Why not play a game of pool or try your hand at some vintage arcade games?

  • Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse: Heathrow Airport, London: Hate to miss afternoon tea? Head to the quiet viewing area for classic English tea time with mini sandwiches, teacakes, and scones. Feeling competitive after fighting for your right to use that arm rest? Why not play a game of pool or try your hand at some vintage arcade games? They serve a full menu of dishes from breakfast to dessert and a full spa menu at Cowshed, which offers you a place to unwind and shower after a long day of flying.

  • Lufthansa First Class Lounge: Frankfurt International Airport, Germany: Lufthansa has long been known for maintaining lush services in the air and on the ground. Not that it was necessary, but in 2009, they revamped their first-class lounge at Frankfurt airport. The posh digs now include a cigar lounge, bathrooms complete with soaking tubs, a full kitchen with an extensive wine list, a full spa, well-stocked business center, and a sleek new bar. Order an antipasti plate, Thai soup, or panna cotta while you wait. Reserved only for first-class passengers, the lounge is a 12,000 square-foot is perfect for pleasure and business travelers.

  • British Airways’ Concorde Room: Kennedy International Airport, New York: Few restaurants and hotels (even outside an airport) manage to muster the kind of deluxe amenities of British Airways’ Concorde Room at JFK. Between the complimentary Champagne, private dining booths with a full wait staff, and cabanas in which you can rest your weary head, you will not mind some pesky weather delay as you order another round. On the menu, you’ll find fresh smoothies, a sautéed mushroom and tomato baguette, and prawn salad all before you make it to their dessert and cheese selections. Their Elemis Travel Spa offers complimentary treatments from the "Stress-Away Shoulder to Scalp" to their custom flying facial alongside a shower suite to freshen up.

  • Cathay Pacific’s The Pier: Hong Kong International Airport-Spacious and tranquil, Cathay Pacific’s new-ish The Pier lounge for business and first class flyers, is decked out to create an un-crowded atmosphere in which unwinding and refueling is inevitable. Their noodle bar, afternoon tea service, full bar, ice cream bar, and freshly baked pastries are all part of the experience with plush fabrics and the inkling of privacy. With calming wood accents, white marble, and clean lines throughout, it is easy to forget about hating layovers here.


    For the full list of lush airport lounges visit: http://www.thedailymeal.com/8-great-airport-lounges-around-world.

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