Where Are the Best Airport Lounges in the World?

Luxury knows no limits. From fine dining to a place to relax before your flight, airport lounges offer a range of amenities for passengers to enjoy.

We will take a look at some of the best airport lounges across the world and how you can access them.

1. Qantas Airways Airport Lounge, Heathrow

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The Qantas International Airport Lounge at London Heathrow. © Qantas

The Qantas International Airport Lounge at London Heathrow airport opened in 2017.

The lounge offers a fine dining experience with a buffet in the upstairs lounge or a waiter table service in the dining room. The food menu includes specially designed dishes for healthier long-haul travelling.

Guests can also enjoy a drink at the bar, which offers Australian wines and gin. There is also a Quench hydration bar with fresh teas and juices.

You need to be a Qantas first or business customer to access the lounge. Eligible Qantas Frequent Flyer, Qantas Club passengers can bring one guest to the lounge.

2. Air France La Première Lounge, Paris

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La Première lounge offers customers the chance to have facial and beauty treatments. © Air France

The first-class lounge at Charles-De Gaulle airport in Paris allows passengers to relax before their flight.

In the business lounge, guests can enjoy facial and body treatments that use exclusively plant-based products.

All food is fresh and locally sourced, including baked goods, pastries, and the chocolate praline pastry created exclusively for Air France by Manufacture Ducasse.

People can access the lounge by holding a same-day boarding pass in business class on Air France or a SkyTeam partner. The lounge can also be accessed in economy class if you have a Flying Blue Gold or SkyTeam Elite Plus status or higher.

3. Emirates First Class Lounge, Dubai

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The Emirates first-class lounge is open 24/7.© Emirates

The Emirates first class lounge is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to reflect it being one of the largest lounges in the world!

The lounge has an all-day a la carte dining menu which includes healthy and cooked breakfasts as well as an all‑day option to suit your time zone. Some dishes include hoisin stir-fried chicken, baked dory fish, or 72-hour braised beef short ribs.

The first-class lounge is complimentary for customers flying in First Class and for Emirates Skywards Platinum members.

You can enter the lounge in Concourse B, Terminal 3 at Dubai airport through contactless facial recognition simply approach the gates, and you’ll be through in seconds!

4. Lufthansa First Class Terminal lounge, Frankfurt

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The lounge offers a chance to unwind. © Passport and Palmtree

The Lufthansa First Class lounge offers passengers a chance to relax and unwind. 

There are quiet rooms with day beds and spacious shower rooms. A fine dining and wine experience can be found in the cigar lounge, which includes a bar with a whole variety of drinks, including 130 different kinds of whisky!

Guests who want to work can use any of the five separate office units with complimentary services, which include Wi-Fi, local telephone calls and fax.

To access the lounge, you need to be departing or arriving first class on Lufthansa. Hon Circle fliers of Lufthansa can also get in.

5. Cathay Pacific The Pier First Class Lounge, Hong Kong

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Cathay Pacific First Class Lounge in Hong Kong © Business Traveller

Passengers can relax in style and elegance. The horse-shoe-shaped cocktail bar, designed by designer Ilse Crawford, offers a range of drinks for guests to enjoy.

The restaurant serves all kinds of dishes, including the airline’s signature spicy dan dan noodles.

The lounge offers three complimentary 15-minute spa services and shower rooms, which contain face wash, toner and moisturizer on the counter. Single-use cotton buds, make-up pads, dental kits and shower caps.

To access the lounge, guests need to be departing in first class on Cathay Pacific or have Oneworld top-tier Emerald status.

Have you been to any of the best airport lounges mentioned here? What was your experience? Let us know in the comments below!

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Gabriella Van Jennians
Gabriella Van Jennians
Gabriella is an aspiring Journalist from the UK. She holds a BA Journalism degree from the University of Lincoln, where she has learnt various writing and production skills to help her break into the industry. Gabriella joined Travel Radar in 2022 and hopes to learn and gain experience writing for the aviation sector.