The world's top 10 airport lounges
Relaxing spas, fine-dining and unlimited champagne: these are the best airport lounges in the worldPeter Iantorno December 2, 2014
It doesn't matter which airline you fly with, at some point or another, you're bound to experience a delay at the airport.
However, if you've got access to one of these amazing lounges, your reaction to the delay will most likely be a smile of content as you sit back in your comfortable leather sofa, order another glass of champagne and decide whether to watch a film or go for a spa.
Here are our top 10 airport lounges in the world:
Virgin Atlantic JKF Clubhouse, New York (also main image)
People have genuinely had less fun in some swanky New York bars than you'll have in this lounge. Celebrating the city's famous hedonistic nightlife, the Clubhouse is centered around an upscale cocktail bar serving all your favourite tipples. But if you're not a party animal then the relaxing spa, complete with separate Bumble & Bumble salon, should do the trick.
Air France La Première Lounge, Paris-Charles De Gaulle
This offering in the French capital has to be one of the most stylish lounges around. With a sleek decor that's almost as sophisticated as the extensive wine menu that's been personally chosen by chef Alain Ducasse, you know you're in Paris when you're relaxing in this lounge.
British Airways Concord Room, London Heathrow
Are you in the airport or the study of a gentleman's country home? You're never quite sure when it comes to this classically British lounge from BA. But with private hotel-style suites, full waiter service and complimentary champagne, all that is for certain is you won't want to leave.
Cathay Pacific The Wing, Hong Kong
If the champagne bar and fine-dining restaurant in Cathay Pacific's flagship lounge doesn't impress you, then the spacious cabanas, private shower rooms and full-sized baths surely will. And for the workaholic there's a devoted computer zone.
Emirates First Class Lounge, Dubai
Decadence of the highest order, there was no way Emirates was going to disappoint on its own patch. With a private high street for discreet duty-free shopping, a staff of world-class sommeliers on hand to recommend the airline's own limited-release wines and a cigar bar complete with classic Chesterfield sofas, a trip to this lounge will live long in the memory.
Etihad First Class Lounge, Abu Dhabi
The Abu Dhabi airline's First Class lounge is all about unbridled luxury. With a Six Senses Spa, champagne bar, cigar lounge and even staff nannies to take care of your little ones while you relax, they really have thought of everything.
Lufthansa First Class Terminal, Frankfurt
We don't mean to stereotype here, but the German carrier's First Class accommodation is perhaps the most efficiently run in the world. Saving its most prized passengers the hassle of navigating through the riffraff, Lufthansa decided to go for a First Class terminal, offering valet parking, private sleeping rooms and even limousine rides to the plane itself.
Qantas First Lounge, Sydney
We bet you've never seen this in a departure lounge before - or anywhere for that matter. The Qantas First Lounge in Sydney is home to an almost 100-foot vertical garden. Couple that with private spa rooms and a sumptuous food menu and you have pretty much the perfect place to relax before you fly.
Qatar Airways Premium Terminal, Doha
We've all had a layover in Doha, but with the Qatar Premium Terminal for First and Business Class passengers, the stop becomes something to look forward to. With an Elemis spa complete with jacuzzi and sauna, plus loads of restaurants and cafes serving high-end cuisine, it's well worth adding a few hours on to your journey for.
Thai Airways Royal First Lounge, Bangkok
Any airport lounge that offers complementary Thai massages gets a big thumbs-up from us. After your massage you can hit the private shower rooms before dining from the extensive a-la-carte menu.