Forget everything you've ever known about basic waiting rooms when you're waiting to take off. Nowadays, airlines are taking lounge experiences to the next level via massage therapy shower stalls, private wine cellars, and gaming stations. So naturally #airportgoals are no longer associated with making it to your gate on time with mere seconds to spare. Here, the best of the best.More
If you're in it to win it when it comes to the culinary experience offered at a lounge, not just the spa, we'd have to go with 's numerous options at HKIA. Just ask Si-Yeon Kim, Chief Compliance and Risk Officer at . Kim considers herself a true pro when it comes to lounge life (she once missed a flight out of Istanbul because she was having such a killer time) and CP's happen to be some of her faves.
"Whether you're in the first class Wing or Pier lounges, or the Bridge or Cabin in business, they have the best food and beverage hands down," she says. " restaurant at The Wing has everything from dandan noodles to pappardelle with truffles, plus the ultimate cheese selection—all catered by the Peninsula Hotel. To top it off, they also have a gorgeous champagne bar with lacquered wood panels (that resembles the ), which serves Moët & Chandon Rosé and Veuve Clicquot. The Cabin is great as well, with custom smoothies, fresh juices, and the best grilled cheese sandwiches found in Asia."
Designed by big deal architect Didier Lefort (AKA the guy who did the ), this mega lounge is the epitome of French chic. has featured works of art by Jeff Koons and Keith Haring, gastronomic delights made specifically for Air France by Alain Ducasse, and a relaxation center by Biologique Recherche, with specialized health and beauty treatments that are complimentary for the first thirty minutes. Even the waiters wear white uniforms with gold epaulettes to pay homage to the ones worn in the 1950s. (Nice.)
Selections from the Air France wine cellar are also available and you can take a fancy chauffeured luxury car to or from the airport, but that's only after a private porter carries your bags over to said car. There's also a library stocked with every newspaper, book, and magazine (oh hey, Marie Claire) imaginable, just in case you grow bored inside this wonderland.