Review – Etihad Airways First Class Lounge

As you might of seen from my previous posts Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi First Class Lounge To Open May 1? and I’m going to Abu Dhabi for a day! I was headed to Abu Dhabi to review the much anticipated first class lounge.

Originally I was supposed to be flying business both ways but decided last minute to use some velocity points for a first award. Sadly today Virgin Australia have added big fees for Etihad redemptions in all classes.

Etihad currently use a dedicated area for its First and Business class passengers at the end of T3.

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The whole area has been renovated and made to look a lot more modern. Etihad have done a great job creating an inviting and beautiful area.

DSC00100.jpgFirst class check in

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DSC00102.jpgWaiting area

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DSC00103.jpgFast track security which also now include smart gates.

Directly after exiting security is the entry for the lounge.

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IMG_3480Partner airlines that can access the lounge. Have to be elite or platinum equivelent

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IMG_3520Main dinning area

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Etihad have created a speical menu dedicated to Emirati cusine. They have partnered with the Emirates palace making this possible. It is a 5 course meal with traditional arabic taste and flare.

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IMG_3562Date with chami

IMG_3566Chicken and barley soup

IMG_3567Scallops mughrabia

IMG_3570Sorbet

IMG_3571Lamb medfoun

IMG_3572Batheatha

IMG_3529Bar for dining area

IMG_3524Ciagar lounge with congac

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IMG_3518Secondary dining area

IMG_3516Bar identical to JFK and MEL lounges.

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IMG_3488TV room

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IMG_3494Relax and recline room

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IMG_3499Self serve buffet

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IMG_3511Dining for the buffet

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IMG_3553Six senses spa

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IMG_3548.jpgFitness room

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IMG_3538Washrooms for the fitness room

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IMG_3550Washrooms

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After spending 3 hours in the lounge I fell in love with it, it’s stylish, modern, staff are extremely friendly and the food is amazing!

I would have to say this is my new favourite lounge and I cannot wait to return.

What do you think about the new first lounge? 

 

 

 

 

Review – The Pier Cathay Pacific First Class Lounge

After my time in the Wing I was very excited to try the Pier. I had heard so many good things about the lounge that I had to try it for myself!

Like the Wing the Pier has both a first and business class lounge avaliable. At the time of visiting the business class lounge was being renevated so I wasnt able to get a few photos sadly.

IMG_3059The entry to the Pier business lounge

IMG_3053Entry to the Pier first lounge

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Interestingly there is a small note saying the max time for using the day suite is 1 1/2 hours but was told I could use it as long as I wanted as my flight was at midnight and the lounge was very quiet.

IMG_3032Dinning area

IMG_3031A La Carte menu

IMG_3034Fragrant chicken

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IMG_3042‘The Pantry’

IMG_3043 (1)Fully stocked fridge with soda, beer, water and various snacks

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IMG_3047Ice and lemon for beverages

IMG_3049Cutlery and jelly

IMG_3050Self serve vodka

IMG_3048Big variety of snacks, breads, fruits and desserts

IMG_3052‘The bureau’ office and computer spaces

After spending nearly 6 hours in the lounge I can easily say this is the best Oneworld lounge I have visited. The lounge was very quiet, staff were very attentive and friendly and the food was very tasty.

Tip: When a dish in Asia contains chilly it really means your tounge will burn 😉

I cannot wait to visit again and also try the new renevated business class lounge.

Have you tried the lounge, whats your opinion?

 

 

Review – The Wing Cathay Pacific First Class Lounge

Ever since I obtained Oneworld Emerald there have been 2 lounges on the top of my list I have wanted to visit. The Pier and Wing first class lounges in  Hong Kong. I don’t know what it was but It was something I really wanted to experience.

As my previous post explained which can be found here Qantas A330 Business class review, I was headed to Hong Kong the main reason to see family and review these two lounges.

I arrived at Chek Lap Kok airport extremely early almost 10 hours early yes that is a long time to be in a lounge! The only reason I was so early was to help my grandparents around the airport as they were flying to Newark before I flew back to Sydney. My first impression of the airport was Holy S**t! I’ve been through Dubai and many other airports but there was something crazy about it that I loved.

Check-in and security were quick and easy and I was airside within 15 minutes, pretty impressive considering the amount of airline traffic and passengers that pass through.

As security was very close the the Wing it only seemed logical to try that lounge first.

First impression of the lounge was ‘WOW’!

IMG_3370Various newspapers and magazines to read

IMG_3368secondary dinning area of the Wing

IMG_3364Work stations with Apple mac’s that have windows installed on them

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IMG_3362large amounts of seating and its always a quiet space

IMG_33613 types of Champagne to enjoy

IMG_3360Lots of natural light

A great feature of this lounge is the natural light. It makes the lounge feel a lot more spacious and empty.

IMG_3357Comfortable working table chairs

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The thing I was most excited to see in the lounge was the Cabana’s. I had heard from many friends and other bloggers that I had to go and use it. Unfortunately I didn’t use the Cabana as I had spent most of my time in the Pier.

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Long black marble walkways which feel very private.

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I had to pinch myself because for a second I didn’t believe I was in an airport lounge. Yes a shower is popular In lounges these days but a full sized bathtub, thats awesome!

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IMG_3350Jurlique products.

Surprisingly both lounges use didn’t hand and moisturising products. I didn’t realise till after leaving the lounge and looking through photos. I like the idea and think it adds a nice touch.

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Overall I loved my time in the lounge and would love to go back and use the Cabana. I love the fact that Oneworld Emerald members can access the lounge. Is this lounge better then the Pier? In my opinion Not quite. If your wanting to have a shower or bath before a flight this is the lounge to go to. The Pier has showers but nothing like this.

I’ve visited a few oneworld lounges and would have to put this this quite high on the list.