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These six luxury airport lounges make waiting for your flight a treat.

Skyscanner knows that being stuck in an airport is not the most rewarding use of our precious travel time, even on the best of days, and having your flight delayed just exacerbates this. However, all of those negative feelings melt away the instant you are ushered into one of these amazing luxury lounges at some of the world's busiest international airports and transit hubs. One glimpse inside and you'll see exactly why it pays to be a member.

1. Turkish Airlines’ CIP airport lounge in Istanbul Atatürk Airport

Comfortable seats in white retro domes of Turkish Airlines' CIP lounge
Turkish Airlines’ CIP lounge is redefining airport luxury. Photo credit: Turkish Airlines

This stunning retro-future space, a 3000 square metre retreat consisting of elegant arches and all the amenities any weary traveller could ask for, is redefining what airport luxury lounges should be. Private quarters are available for VIP and VVIP travellers, and Star Alliance Gold members along with Miles and Smiles elite members can also invite one guest along to enjoy the experience. The domed lounge spaces are cosy and comfortable without being claustrophobic; workstations equipped with iMacs and complimentary Wi-Fi are available for the working traveller, or those who are just looking to check in back home.

For entertainment, there is a stunning variety of activities to choose from, such as a full-sized billiards table, reading room and library, play zones for junior travellers, and even a golf simulator to get some swing practice in. Be sure to sample the lounge’s dining options, as gourmet caterers Do & Co. always have something mouthwatering on offer.

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2. Cathay Pacific’s The Pier in Hong Kong International Airport

Two men sitting at the classy bar of The Pier in Hong Kong International Airport in front of a bar tender
The sumptuous renovations make the new Pier First Class Lounge in Hong Kong feel like home. Photo credit: The Design Air

Cathay Pacific Airways has recently reopened The Pier First Class Lounge at Hong Kong’s international airport to the excitement of frequent travellers. The lounge is a stunner, evoking the tasteful minimalism of a comfortable luxury apartment, and feels like a home away from home. However, unlike the Pier, not many homes come with complimentary massages provided by professional masseurs. The lounge also includes eight suites with daybeds, and fourteen shower suites, sure to rejuvenate your senses. The dining room has an all-day menu, and is equipped with a full-service bar to quench the thirst of a parched traveller. Lounge access is available to anyone travelling first-class on any Oneworld airline, as well as Emerald members travelling with Oneworld.

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3. Virgin Atlantic Club, John F. Kennedy Airport, New York City

Space-age chic seating with gold lighting in the ceiling of Virgin Atlantic Club of John F. Kennedy Airport
Virgin Atlantic has outdone itself with its new lounge at JFK in NYC. Photo credit: Luxury Club Lounge

At nearly 1000 square metres, this oasis of cool stylish comfort in the heart of New York’s busiest airport provides travellers with world-class service before the next leg of their trip. The interior really compliments the space age chic of the Eero Saarinen-designed airport, and the amenities are above and beyond what you’d expect from a first-class lounge. Stop by for a glass of champagne, and stretch out in one of the cocoon-esque lounge chairs. If you’ve got more time, come in for a meal in the dining area, or head to the Clubhouse Spa for some grooming and pampering. Hunker down with some complimentary technology and catch up on work, or play a round of billiards in the Entertainment Zone.

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4. British Airways Concorde Room, Heathrow Airport

Beige sofas line the left side of this sleek fully-carpeted British Airways lounge
Understated English elegance on beautiful display in Heathrow’s Concorde Room. Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons

If you’re flying through London, you’ll appreciate the opportunity to get comfortable in British Airways’ Concorde Room. Replete with a spa, a dining area and more, a traveller desiring some quiet time alone could even book a cabana in advance, with food delivery, a shower and an entertainment system too. Massages are available onsite (book in advance), and the terrace provides passengers seeking a break beautiful vistas of the airport.

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5. JAL first class lounge at Haneda airport

The reception area of JAL's lounge in black and white welcomes passengers with elegance and simplicity

This well-appointed space in Tokyo’s most central airport will be a welcome sight for tired eyes, and sojourners can forget the rigours of the journey with a wide variety of comfortable seating, a pleasant meal no matter when you turn up, digital connectivity and showers. For breakfast and dinner, a teppanyaki chef will be on site to whip up a scrumptious Japanese feast. Award-winning French-style bakery Maison Kayser is also an option for travellers seeking something lighter to tide them over until their next flight. This lounge is accessible by all first-class passengers travelling internationally on JAL or a partner airline.

Enjoy Japanese omotenashi hospitality and service at JAL’s First Class Lounge

Nomura Design. Photo credit: Nomura Design

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6. SATS Premier Lounges and Blossom Lounge at Changi Airport

SATS_Blossom airport Lounge

Changi Airport has won the Best Airport consecutively for the 6th times under Skytrax survey. Adding to the fame of Changi airport, these 24-hour lounges offer award-winning facilities such as massage chairs and shower facilities to freshen up before the next flight. For food and drink option, the lounges provide sumptuous buffet spread from local to international delicacies including signature Laksa, Chicken Rice and gourmet light-bites, desserts, wines, liquors and beers. Complimentary high-speed WiFi is also available at the communal and private workstations for working and dining. Grab the lounge access down with the promo code below now!


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