If you love to travel in style, then you'll be happy to know that Etihad Airways has recently opened its new flagship First Class Lounge & Spa at Abu Dhabi International Airport's Terminal 3. If you can't afford those class of tickets take a peek at what you're missing out on.
Styled with geometric patterns and colours inspired by the UAE landscape, the lounge is an expression of 21st century Arabian contemporary design.
Drawing its inspiration from the world's most prestigious hotels, private members' clubs and fine dining establishments, the lounge offers 16 unique zones for guests to relax, re-energise and be entertained in total luxury before boarding their flight.
Residence Lounge. Photo: Etihad Airways.
Guests can receive a personalised experience and intuitive service at the a la carte restaurant, showcase bar, fitness room, cigar lounge, Six Senses Spa, Style & Shave hairdresser, nail bar, TV room, secluded relaxation room, prayer room and children's play room.
Measuring about 1,700sqm, with expansive views of the airport, the lounge is open round-the-clock for the exclusive use of guests of The Residence, Etihad First Class, Etihad Guest Exclusive, Etihad Guest Platinum members, Etihad Airways Partner (EAP) airline First Class guests, EAP 'Invitation only' members and EAP equivalent Platinum members.
Lounge area. Photo: Etihad Airways.
Guests of The Residence enjoy the exclusivity of their own private space discreetly located adjacent to the main lounge entrance. The secluded area offers a dedicated Savoy-trained butler, custom-made Poltrona Frau Italian leather armchairs and sofas, its own shower room stocked with a range of Acqua di Parma products, a prayer room, and private dining.
Guests of the First Class Lounge & Spa will be attended to by a highly trained team, including a general manager, concierge, maitre d'hotel, Savoy-trained butlers, chefs and mixologists.
The la carte dining area features a choice of Arabian, Indian and international cuisine made to order any time of day. Guests can also experience a unique five-course Emirati tasting menu.
Kids room. Photo: Etihad Airways.
The sculptural showcase bar is stocked with 75 premium spirits, champagne and aperitifs. A bespoke cocktail menu offers mocktails and cocktails named after Etihad's leading destinations including Sydney, Melbourne, New York, Paris, Mumbai, and London.
These beverages are made using freshly prepared syrups, flavoured salts dried flowers, dehydrated fruit and garnishes such as handmade candy floss. Its signature mocktail drink, the Abu Dhabi, which uses Middle-Eastern flavours such as aromatic cold brew coffee infused with cardamom and sprayed with delicate rose water.
Dining area. Photo: Etihad Airways.
The Six Senses Spa comprises three treatment rooms with shower facilities, while the Relax & Recline area features a large video wall made up of 27 individual screens, soothing sound and lighting, and is furnished with Poltona Frau leather recliners.
The fitness room is equipped with state-of-the-art Technogym treadmills and cross trainers, and male and female washrooms and showers.
A massage at Six Senses Spa. Photo: Etihad Airways.
The new facility adds to the airline's expanding collection of 14 premium lounges, including those recently launched in Melbourne and New York, as well as those in Abu Dhabi (Terminals 1 and 3), Sydney, Frankfurt, London, Manchester, Dublin, Paris, and Washington DC. A new first and business class lounge will follow at the Los Angeles LAX airport in the coming months.
A manicure at the nail bar. Photo: Etihad Airways.