Elite travelers know the key to traveling is all about discovering — and better yet, enjoying — the best airline club lounges. Particularly before long international flights, a top-notch airline club experience can set the tone for the trip and make one feel relaxed before a long voyage.
The Daily Meal has comprised a list of the top nine airline club lounges around the world, chosen from the top five- and four star-rated airlines on SKYTRAX Air Travel Ratings & Reviews. The list is ranked based on the top amenities, including food and drink, as well as the design and structural innovation.
Interestingly enough, two of our top nine airport lounges can be found at Sydney Airport in Australia, including the brand-new Singapore Airlines SilverKris Lounge in Sydney (it is the first of its kind to be rolled out). The lounge was designed to evoke a feeling of home for weary travelers and includes work spaces (known as productivity pods) and sleeping stations. For those hungry folks swinging by the club, it also offers a variety of signature dishes from Singapore such as the spicy noodle soup laksa and mee siam, another noodle dish of rice noodles in a light, sweet and sour gravy.
Other international clubs, such at Qatar Airways Premium Terminal in Doha International Airport, are beyond impressive. It’s all about rest and relaxation for this airline, as its club offers private relaxation rooms and a full-service Elemis spa complete with a Jacuzzi and sauna. [slideshow:811455]
Qantas First Lounge in Sydney showcases the cuisine of celebrity chef Neil Perry, who operates the open-kitchen lounge. The menu has a plethora of options often paired with the finest Australian wines of the region. One notable dish travelers come back for is the crab and avocado salad.
Airlines in the United States are also upping their game to compete with international brands and have comparable clubs offering a variety of amenities. The United Club in the George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Texas is known for one of the best Bloody Marys around and the AA Admirals Club in Los Angeles International Airport has a variety of kids' stations and is known as the perfect spot to do some "star" gazing.
To find out where all of our top nine best airline club lounges are located, click through our slideshow.