In the past I’ve ranked what I consider to be the world’s best first class lounges, and at the very top of that list is the Air France First Class Lounge Paris.
It’s not just the world’s best first class lounge (in my opinion), but also the world’s all around best first class ground experience. What makes it so great?
You’ll be picked up at your arriving flight, driven to the lounge, and then driven back to your connecting flight.
The lounge restaurant is inspired by Michelin Star chef Alain Ducasse, and the food is incredible.
On top of that, you can get a complimentary spa treatment, like a facial, massage, etc.
While Air France first class passengers obviously get access to the lounge, one of the unique things about the lounge is that you can actually pay to access it, assuming you’re traveling business class on an Air France longhaul flight that doesn’t have a first class cabin. Under those circumstances you can pay 300EUR to buy the ground experience, which includes being picked up at the plane, a meal in the amazing restaurant, a spa treatment, being driven to your connecting flight, etc. I did this earlier in the year when flying Air France business class from Paris to Toronto.
Anyway, for anyone who has been considering flying Air France first class soon (or otherwise paying for the ground experience), it’s worth noting that the Air France La Premiere Lounge Paris will be closed from January 17 through February 20, 2017. Apparently this is for refurbishment work. The lounge is still pretty new, so presumably they’re doing fairly minor upgrades (like carpet changes, adding power plugs, etc.), especially given that the lounge is only closed for five weeks.
If you are flying Air France first class during the closure period, I suspect Air France will still have some good alternate arrangements in place. They’ll probably corner off an area of their existing business class lounge and offer plane transfers, dining, etc. Still, it probably won’t be as spectacular of an experience as usual.
Just something to be aware of, in case you’re planning on experiencing the world’s best first class lounge anytime soon…