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Lounging Around: World-Class Airline Lounges

16th May 2019

Waiting around for your flight isn’t always fun but with these world-class airport lounges, you’ll be keen to get to the airport early. Take a look at some of our favourite lounges across the globe.


Featuring an ultra-modern design, this is the perfect place for travellers to relax and refresh before they fly.

Location: Past The Loop Duty Free, up the escalator
Open: Daily from 4:30am until the last departure

Comfort & Style

Air New Zealand’s flagship lounge in New Zealand boasts a mix of tailored seating zones to meet the different needs of all travellers. This elegant space overlooks the runway and features a covered outdoor terrace and fireplace offering a year-round outdoor area.


This spacious airport lounge offers showers, towels and hairdryers to freshen up while in transit. Feel free to make the most of the complimentary WiFi and business desk, as well as laptops and printing facilities upon request.


The lounge boasts a food theatre which offers buffet meals to tantalize your taste buds. Delicious light refreshments and barista coffee are available should you feel like a light bite to eat. The bar is also at your service, offering many different choices of beers, wines or spirits for a pre-flight nip.


United Polaris business class lounge in LA is an oasis of thoughtful design and furnishings perfect for rest and relaxation pre-flight.

Location: Terminal 7 between Gates 73 and 75A
Open: 24 hours

Comfort & Style

A distinctive eight-sided chandelier greets visitors upon arrival to the brand new United Polaris lounge at Los Angeles, setting the tone for the unforgettable experience that awaits them. A variety of seating options meets the needs of visitors, including signature seating that feature an oversized chair, integrated work table, privacy dividers and personal side lamp.


The lounge boasts comfortable relaxation areas, rest pods and shower facilities that help you arrive at your destination looking and feeling your best. The lounge covers 12,122 square feet and includes 140 seats, 12 work spaces, multiple power receptacles and USB ports.


Personalise your dining experience with multi-course meals and a variety of a la carte snack offerings. Visitors can look forward to a culinary journey that includes a buffet, perfect for those who want to grab a quick bite to eat before boarding their long-haul flight. Visitors can also settle in for a full meal in the private dining space, which seats up to 16 people. The menu at this lounge was created by L.A. native Tritia Gestuvo, and blends international comfort foods, regional favourites and staples like the United Polaris burger.


Emirates’ lavish Business Class Airport Lounge is refined and totally decadent in every way.

Location: Terminal 3, Concourse B.
Open: 24 hours

Comfort & Style

Lots of natural light filters through this enormous, contemporary-designed lounge, containing a huge range of seating options, including day beds and private sleeping quarters. The lounge can comfortably accommodate over 1,500 guests throughout its 900 square metres


There are numerous bathrooms and showers to freshen up, complete with towels and toiletries. International-style AC outlets are scattered throughout the space, and there’s also a charging station for your devices while you wander through the lounge. There’s a cigar bar for dad, a user-pays day spa for mum, and a children’s playroom for the little ones. And if you need to catch up on work, there’s a large business zone complete with dedicated workspaces and printing facilities on site


Multiple buffet counters serving a variety of gourmet canapes, hot food and healthy snacks are located throughout the lounge. There’s a dedicated ‘health hub’ stocked with a variety of fresh fruit. Guests can also indulge in a range of premium beers, wines and spirits from the tended bars, or just help themselves at the self-serve beverage counters. There is also the option to recharge on fresh, barista-brewed coffee at the Costa Coffee counter located near the main entrance

Travel Adviser Review

“Having lounge access when you fly does make a world of difference to your overall flying experience especially on those long haul flights. When you are a Gold tier member on Emirates Skywards membership like myself or flying Business Class, then you have access to all their business lounges around the world and have the added benefit of being able to bring in one guest. Emirates Business Class lounges allow you to sip Moët & Chandon champagne and taste your way around the globe from the great array of gourmet food always available no matter what time of day it is. In the Dubai Business Class lounge they have a health hub were you can treat yourself to a yummy healthy snack. I personally also love the fruit infused VOSS water available which adds that touch of difference! The lounge has dedicated no-noise zones which is great if you would like some peace and quiet before taking advantage of direct gate boarding from the lounge also.

Another added bonus when you are a gold member or flying business class, and you feel like treating yourself, is you can pay $100 USD per person to upgrade to the first class lounge. This is an experience in itself and one which you must do at least once! In the Dubai First Class lounges, they offer their own duty free boutique where you can splash out on that something special and while you’re doing this, why not get one of the knowledgeable wine sommeliers to pick you a wine of your liking from the first class lounge’s very own wine cellar. With Emirates you really do fly better!”

Alex Hannagan, Hannagan & Greive Travel Associates, Dunedin