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The world's best airline lounges

Featured Guide
Most airlines provide lounge access for their premium customers. Some are going a step further, with exclusive areas and additional services for their most valuable customers. Some of these can also be accessed for a fee. Here's my guide to the best of them around the world.
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    Like arriving in a five-star hotel. Qatar Airways' first major lounge investment outside its home hub of Doha is a standard setter for comfort, decor and pre-flight dining.... more
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    Qantas has given its Singapore lounge a a facelift, replacing the previous separate first and business class lounges it jointly operated with British Airways. The new combined... more
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    Smaller than its big brother in Frankfurt but offering broadly the same standards and ambience. I always make a point of booking a longer layover when arriving into Munich from a... more
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    One of the top Gulf carriers has really pulled out the stops at its home hub of Abu Dhabi (AUH) airport. After a relaxed arrival from the courtesy car they send to wherever... more
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    This lounge has got to deserve a special mention. Originally established as a facility for private jet charters from VC Bird Airport, it's now open to departing or... more
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    Flagship lounge for Finnair at its home hub in Helsinki, reserved for use by its premium passengers and eligible frequent flyers - though other passengers may use it after paying a... more
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    The best of contemporary Dutch design showcased at this lounge complex, formerly reserved exclusively for use by the Dutch Royal Family, government officials, diplomats and... more
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    Spacious lounge for passengers departing in first class on a Thai or Star Alliance-operated flight. Full service restaurant, spa treatments and a golf cart to your flight, when... more
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    Lounge reserved for Air France first class (l'Espace) passengers at the airline's home hub in Paris. There's somewhere to eat, Clarins massages are available... more
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    Separate terminal reserved for the exclusive use of Qatar Airways first and business class passengers. There's a full service restaurant, bedrooms for resting between... more
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    Inner sanctum of Singapore Airlines' first class lounge at its home hub in Singapore, reserved exclusively for those flying on its own metal in first class (passengers... more
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    Lounge reserved for Qantas and OneWorld first class passengers departing on international flights. Fabulous, quirky interior by Marc Newson. Terrific restaurant and... more
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    One of two BA Concorde Rooms (the other is at London Heathrow), an area reserved for the airlines first class passengers. This one feels more spacious than its London counterpart,... more
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    Dedicated private terminal for Lufthansa first class passengers. A personal assistant meets you in the lobby to deal with check-in formalities. Within a couple of minutes... more
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    Following its merger with Brazilian carrier TAM, Chile's LAN is giving its lounges a refresh - this is the first of three in South America (with Miami also planned) to get the... more
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    Spacious and luxurious waiting room for TAM and Star Alliance first class passengers, covering around 130 square metres. Choose from a buffet or a full meal from a menu conceived... more
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    Not quite as luxurious as the Lufthansa First Class Terminal in Frankfurt, but a pleasant and tranquil space to wait before your flight. There's a full service restaurant... more
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    The main lounge for Cathay Pacific first and business class passengers (and One World Sapphire & Emerald tier members) at its Hong Kong home hub. The lounge is arranged over... more
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    Private terminal which may be accessed for a fee. Facilities include snacks and light refreshments, a business centre and an outdoor area if you need to smoke. Additional... more
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    One of the real pluses of flying business class (Upper Class) on Virgin Atlantic is this facility at its London home hub. A driver will meet you from your designated point of pick up... more
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    A sanctum within Malaysia Airlines' International Golden Lounge wing reserved for its own top tier frequent flyers or those flying first class with the airline. It's... more
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    Not especially exclusive - Alitalia business class and qualifying SkyTeam elites can get access, as well as anyone willing to pay EUR 35 - but this is such a great showcase for... more
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    As one of the British Foreign & Commonwealth Office's cost-saving measures, it has handed over the running of the VIP suites at London's Heathrow airport to the... more
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    Lounge reserved for British Airways first class passengers, conveniently bypassing all of the terminal shops, on your right as you exit Terminal 5 south security. Features an... more