AS a business traveler, your experience at the airport can determine how the rest of your trip pans out.
It can mean the difference between arriving at your destination ready and raring to go or bleary-eyed and tired.
To pave the way for a more pleasurable journey and help you avoid a travel nightmare, we have compiled a list of the best airport lounges for business-class passengers.
Cathay Pacific – The Pier Business Lounge, Hong Kong International Airport
Following recent renovation work, The Pier at Hong Kong International Airport is now the largest Cathay Pacific business lounge in the world. It covers over 3,000sq m and can comfortably accommodate 550 people without being overcrowded.
With a focus on well-being, passengers can rest and recharge on a comfy day bed in the peaceful relaxation area or freshen up in one of the modern shower rooms.
In contrast, the high-tech business facility – “The Bureau” – offers guests strong WiFi, iMac computers and specially designed chairs that provide a private workspace.
The lounge also features a noodle bar, which serves fresh soup and dim sum, and a teahouse where guests can delight in dainty pastries and specialty teas.
Qatar Airways – Al Mourjan Business Lounge, Doha Hamad International Airport
As Qatar Airways’ flagship lounge, the Al Mourjan resembles a five-star resort both in terms of its sheer size (10,000sq m) and its state-of-the-art interior.
Passengers are spoilt for choice with a number of dining options including a la carte, a global deli, patisserie and two brasseries.
This variety also extends to its business services that range from meeting rooms and co-working space to solo workstations with inbuilt personal display screens.
EVA Air – The Infinity Lounge, Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport
EVA Air has four facilities at Taiwan airport, but the futuristic Infinity Lounge is arguably the most unique.
With plug points near each chair and the promise of super-fast WiFi throughout the seating areas, passengers can choose to work or simply immerse themselves in the luminescent surroundings.
There is even the opportunity to sample some delicious Asian cuisine in the well-stocked food hall.
Singapore Airlines – SilverKris Business Class Lounge, Changi Airport
The expansive lounge combines a sleek, contemporary design with a range of home comforts to ensure a relaxing experience.
Guests can ready themselves for the journey ahead in the luxury washrooms, which include self-contained shower cubicles and complimentary toiletries. Passengers can also enjoy a range of hot and cold refreshments from the dining hall or a traditional afternoon tea as they unwind in one of the snug seating areas.
For those that need to prepare or work unhindered, there is a designated business zone that benefits from Internet access and a stretch of computer workstations.
Qantas – Brisbane International Lounge, Brisbane Airport
The Qantas Brisbane International lounge reopened last year and was the first to showcase a substantial revamp as part of a multi-million dollar upgrade project. The open-plan layout extends across two levels and now combines the First and Business Class areas, making it 30 percent bigger than before.
The spacious lounge incorporates modern amenities like Apple computers, WiFi and plenty of power points with an organic design that reflects Queensland’s natural landscape. This includes a huge abstract installation by artist Jenna Lee.
The “homegrown” theme continues in the dining areas. Passengers can expect seasonally inspired menus, healthy dishes made with local produce and a broad range of non-alcoholic drinks courtesy of the new Quench Bar.