Whether you're waiting to board your flight to your destination or waiting for a connecting flight, it's impossible to avoid spending at least a little bit of time in the airport. Conventional knowledge suggests arriving at the airport 2 hours before your flight time to account for checking your luggage and getting through customs as well as any mishaps or delays. Conversely, long flights might also mean long layovers of a few hours. Both of these scenarios leave you with plenty of time to kill in the meantime while you wait to make your next move.While it might be a great time to catch a quick nap in the general seated waiting area (with your carry-on luggage closely secured, of course), airports all over the globe are home to some of the most beautiful lounges the world has to over, so you can pass the time in style. If you regularly fly Business or First class, these lounges are easily accessed depending on who you're flying with; but many do offer day passes (around $50) in case you aren't. If your wait is more than a few hours, it will be money well spent. Here, we share some of our favourites!
British Airways Lounge
John F. Kennedy Airport (JFK) | New York CityBritish Airways is a name that's synonymous with class, so it should be no surprise that this lounge caters to the luxurious whims of their travellers from gourmet food to champagne. The lounge is home to the Elemis spa, bringing the British beauty brand Stateside along with impeccable service.
Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse
Heathrow Airport (LHR) | London, UKWith trained mixologists, a fully staffed luxury spa and well-known hair stylists on staff, its no wonder the Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse at London's Heathrow Airport is one of the hottest lounges in the world. With funky modern design that perfectly captures the lighthearted fun of the Virgin brand, they don't skip on luxury either.
Helsinki Airport (HEL) | Helsinki, FinlandFocused much more on comfortable essentials in typical Scandinavian minimalist style, the Finnair Lounge's appeal lies in its anticipation of common traveller concerns. Noise blocking areas, modern furniture and seating, wireless mobile charging (yes, wireless!) and an always stocked buffet are just some of the draws of this bright & airy lounge space.
Euroairport Skyview Lounge
EuroAirport Basel Mulhouse Freiburg (BSL) | Saint-Louis, FranceYou would have to be a love of natural light to be so adamant about travelling, so it makes sense for the Swiss Lounge to bring as many elements of the outdoors into their space as possible. With seating under a large glass dome, this large open space has more of a focus on streamlined and natural materials like wood & chrome and plenty of green space to keep the space rich & lively. The lounge's architecture pairs European sensibilities with details like a Japanese bridge inside an atrium fully surrounded by palm trees. The look works together and creates a great place to kick back before your flight. No matter what lounge you head to, make sure you have all your essentials close by in one of our Rise Gear bags so you can make your next move.