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Private Butlers And Bubble Baths: The Most Luxe Airport Lounges Around The World

From their offering of bubble baths to private butlers and fine dining, these are the world's most luxurious airport lounges.

Airport lounges are often noisy, overcrowded and have a serious lack of power points. Suffice to say, they’re often not much better than airport cafés and bars.

But then there are the lounges that offer up true VIP luxury experiences. With all their bells and whistles, there’s a very good chance you might even forget you’re in an airport. From their offering of bubble baths to private butlers and fine dining, these are the best airport lounges.

Etihad Residence Lounge, Abu Dhabi International Airport

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Dine from a bespoke menu at the dedicated Residence Lounge at Abu Dhabi International Airport. Image: supplied

The airline recently launched The Residence on their fleet of A380s, sparking travel goals around the globe. The private three-room suite is available on many of their routes including their Abu Dhabi to Sydney service. The Residence gives you access to your own private butler who can organise anything from a cocktail to a spa treatment or haircut – complimentary, of course.

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Dine from a bespoke menu created by an acclaimed chef or relax in The Residence Lounge’s ensuite luxury bathroom. Image: supplied

However, The Residence experience starts well before you board. The dedicated Residence Lounge at Abu Dhabi International Airport offers a private suite, accessible by private elevator, where you can relax in the ensuite luxury bathroom or dine from a bespoke menu created by an executive chef who will consult with you on your preferences beforehand.

When it’s time for your flight, you’ll be escorted to the plane where the opulence continues. If you can’t go the full Residence experience – and not many can – Etihad does allow for passengers to upgrade for access to a private lounge with a pared-down service.

Qantas Lounge, Perth International Airport

Last year when Qantas announced their long-haul 17-hour flights to London via Perth, they no doubt realised the need to create a way for passengers to stretch out and unwind. Hence the dedicated yoga studio in the Qantas Lounge at Perth Interational Airport open to those travelling Business or First Class, as well as OneWorld Emerald or Sapphire members.

It’s the ideal spot to clear your brain and recharge, complete with a private yoga instructor and swanky shower facilities to freshen up post-yoga and pre-flight.

Qantas First Class Lounge, Kingsford Smith International Airport Sydney

Following a recent multi-million-dollar renovation that included a botanical refurbishment by tropical botanist Patrick Blanc, Qantas First Class Lounge at Sydney Airport now boasts a fresh and welcoming lounge with marble shower suites and a Chef Neil Perry dining experience. The dining menu has proved so popular that it’s not unheard of for passengers to arrive extra early to enjoy multiple meals. Easy to do when breakfast is served until 11am.

The restaurant’s menu changes seasonally and a wide range of accompanying beverages showcase a variety of Australian producers. Champagne lovers won’t be disappointed with four non-vintage including one Rosé on offer from Champagne houses such as Perrier-Jouet, Pommery, Taittinger, and G.H Mumm.

Passengers flying in Qantas First Class, as well as those with Oneworld partners and Emirates First Class metal can access via the frosted doors as can Oneworld Emerald members and Emirates Platinum Skywards members. Qantas Frequent Flyer members with a Platinum membership tier (even when flying Qantas business class or economy, or Jetstar can also access.

The Wing First Class Lounge Cathay Pacific, Hong Kong International Airport

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Take a bubble bath before snuggling into your own private nap room between flights at The Wing First Class Lounge. Image: supplied

It’s the ultimate indulgence when you can take a bubble bath before snuggling into your own private nap room between flights, but at The Wing First Class Lounge at Hong Kong International Airport, it’s the norm. Here you’ll find plenty of plush offerings but none quite so luxurious as the private cabana suites. There are five available with a rain shower, full size bath and plenty of room to stretch out and relax.

There are also private rooms for napping and the food and beverage offering here is top quality. To get inside you’ll just need to be a OneWorld Emerald member traveling on a OneWorld operated flight, or flying First Class on a OneWorld airline.

American Express Centurion Lounge, San Francisco International Airport 

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A Napa Valley wine experience with the best wines of the Bay Area is offered at Amex’s Centurion Lounge. Image: supplied

Wine lovers may not want to board their flight once they step inside Amex’s Centurion Lounge at San Francisco International Airport. Designed especially for American Express premium card holders, you’ll need an elite Centurion or Platinum card to gain access and can only bring up to two guests.

Once inside, the lounge offers spacious work areas and shower suites. A Napa Valley wine experience allows you to sip your way through a generous selection of the best wines of the Bay Area, hand-picked by ‘Wine Wise Guy’ and one of the world’s leading wine experts Anthony Giglio.

(Lead image: The Wing First Class Lounge Cathay Pacific / supplied)

Published 11 February, 2019