Luxebook September 2023

The best airport lounges in the world AIRPORT LOUNGES T ravelling inevitably involves a lot of waiting around for flights. However, these uber-luxe airport lounges will make arriving early at the airport more than worth it. Premium airport lounges are redefining luxury, offering plenty of world-class services and amenities that will leave you impressed. Today, first- and business-class airport lounges are more than a place to catch a buffet and work with a great Wi-Fi connection. From spas to exclusive menus crafted by Michelin-starred chefs, cigar rooms, and yoga studios to grand decor, luxury airport lounges are being designed to cater to the crème de la crème of travellers. As travel surges, airlines and credit card companies are competing for customer loyalty, adding perks for frequent flyers. The flourishing industry (with a vast market) is on the rise. Lounges are working hard to bring extreme comfort and luxury to frequent fliers. Air France La Première Lounge, Paris Air France’s La Première cabin is one of the most stylish and luxurious first-class flying experiences in the world. It offers top-notch services like a chauffeur, Michelin-star quality cuisine, and a luxurious experience from the moment you leave for the airport until you arrive at your destination. After a major renovation, the airline has reopened its flagship firstclass lounge at Charles de Gaulle, featuring a refreshed bar, semi-private relaxation spaces and new artwork. The dining room still serves cuisine crafted by renowned chef Alain Ducasse. Access: If you are fortunate enough to be flying in Air France’s La Première cabin departing from or connecting through Paris, you are in for a treat. Alternatively, if you are travelling on a lengthy Air France or Delta flight that lacks La Première cabins, you can purchase access to the lounge for 500 euros ($600) or 75,000 of the airline’s Flying Blue frequent flier miles per person. The lounge is intended to provide an exclusive experience and is accessible for free to Air France first-class passengers. Cathay Pacific The Pier First Class Lounge, Hong Kong Premium cabin flight bookings and airline elite status can provide access to exclusive airline lounges at airports around the world, which many points and miles enthusiasts aspire to visit. Cathay Pacific operates two first-class lounges at Hong Emirates First Class Lounge, Dubai Al Mourjan Lounge, The Garden, Hamad International Airport, Qatar From Paris to Sydney and Doha, these are the most luxurious airport lounges to travel in style. BY ARUSHI SAKHUJA 6|LUXEBOOK|SEPTEMBER 2023 SEPTEMBER 2023 |LUXEBOOK|7

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