A long-haul flight is the bane of many a working gentleman’s life. Taking to the skies for 13+ hours is never fun for anyone, so it pays to sort yourself out before you set foot onto the plane’s pearly gates. Here, gentlemen are the first class lounges that will turn into a one-stop shop for the most luxurious pitstop a gentleman could ever need.
The Concorde Room at Heathrow
If you’re looking for the perfect place to relax and unwind before you step onto your next flight, here it is. A cross between your own living room and a five-star hotel, the Concorde Room at Heathrow is one of the most luxurious lounges ever established. With the design inspired by boutique five-star hotels from all over the world, the aim here is to create a home away from home. Whether you’re looking for privacy (you can book at private cabana with a day bed and an en-suite) and or a coffee on the sofa, the Concorde room is guaranteed to make your jaw drop and relax you before you fly.
Cathay Pacific, Hong Kong International Airport
Perfect for the businessman, this incredible lounge has everything you need and more. With 8 day suites perfect for catching up on sleep or working uninterrupted, peace is at the forefront of one of the most luxurious first class lounges in the world. Upon entering through the Tea House, a sanctuary developed for visitors to escape from the outside world, passengers are then welcomed to a serious of luxurious rooms – so there’s something for everyone. There are 14 shower suites and a relaxation room so if an overnight stay in the airport is on the cards, you can do it in style.
GVK Lounge by TFS Performa
Recently voted the most opulent first class lounge in the world, this incredible extravaganza is a cut above the rest. Located at Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport in Mumbai in India, it has more the feel of the most luxurious hotel you’ve ever stayed in than an airport lounge. Relaxation is the name of the game here, and the with some of the finest à la carte food that you’ll ever eat, the state-of-the-art spa treatments and the exclusive relaxation rooms, your going to find it hard to board your next flight.
Turkish Airlines CIP Lounge, Istanbul
With more the feel of an exclusive boutique hotel than an airport lounge, this incredible (and recently renovated space) in Istanbul is guaranteed to feast the senses in every single way. From its unique aesthetic through the Ottoman-style rooms, to a business area with in-house iMacs, there’s something for everyone. The plantlife has been purposefully placed to help give an outdoor-indoor feeling, which is particularly helpful for those who’ve been cooped-up indoors and on planes for days on end.
Japan Airlines First Class Lounge, Tokyo
Japanese design is notoriously some of the best in the world, as this airport lounge is no exception. Slick, clean and with functionality (and a hefty pinch of style) at its heart, you’ll feel genuinely at home here. Whether you’re looking to get your hands on the famous Teriyaki burgers made right in front you or to head straight to the spa for a traditional Japanese treatment, you’ll be raring to go for your next flight as soon as you’ve relaxed in style.
Star Alliance Lounge, São Paulo
The aim of this stunning first class lounge is to make passengers feel as if they are still in the deepest depths of Brazil, where the team behind it (Indio da Costa A.U.D.T. Studio) have used incredible amounts of indigenous woods, natural rope and other local materials for an authentic. Everything from the shower suites to the food is made to feel traditionally Brazilian and whether you’re visiting the country for business or pleasure, you’re going to have a taste of authentic Brazil until the very end of your trip.