The moment many of us have been waiting for has finally arrived. As expected, the new Etihad First Class Lounge Abu Dhabi is finally open. Check out the press release and the webpage dedicated to the new lounge for more information.
I’ll quote what I consider to be the most interesting parts of the press release. I apologize for perhaps oversharing, but I know many of us are very curious about all the details of the lounge:
The lounge features 16 unique zones designed to ensure that guests can relax, re-energise and be entertained in total luxury before boarding their flight. An à la carte restaurant, showcase bar, fitness room, cigar lounge, Six Senses Spa, Style & Shave barbers, nail bar, TV room, secluded relaxation room, prayer room and children’s play room ensure that all guests receive a highly personalised experience and intuitive service.
Measuring just under 1,700 m², and boasting expansive views of the airport, the new facility is open round-the-clock for the exclusive use of guests of The Residence, Etihad First Class, Etihad Guest Exclusive, Etihad Guest Platinum members (plus one guest), Etihad Airways Partner (EAP) airline First Class guests, EAP ‘Invitation only’ members (plus two guests) and EAP equivalent Platinum members (plus one guest).
Guests of The Residence enjoy the exclusivity of their own private space discreetly located adjacent to the main lounge entrance. The secluded area boasts 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 number of expertly trained staff – all of whom have undergone a rigorous selection process. The lounge features a General Manager, Concierge, Maître d’Hotel, Savoy-trained Butlers, chefs and mixologists among its highly trained lounge team.
The cigar lounge provides a choice of nine carefully selected brands including Hoyo de Monterray, Cohiba, Bolivar, Montecristo, Arturo Fuente and Romeo Y Julieta from its own humidor. Each has been expertly matched with a number of whiskies and cognacs.
The Six Senses Spa comprises three treatment rooms with shower facilities. First Class guests can enjoy a complimentary treatment, while guests in The Residence are offered two complimentary treatments.
In keeping with a focus on health and wellbeing, the Relax & Recline area features a large video wall made up of 27 individual screens, soothing sound and lighting, and is furnished with six 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.
The Style & Shave area is staffed by talented barbers offering a series of hair and shave services, including one complimentary express treatment and a shoe shine service. The nail bar provides hair and nail services, including nail art, and one complimentary express treatment.
Here are a couple more pictures Etihad has shared of the lounge so far:
The lounge looks promising, and I suspect it will rank on my list of the world’s best airline lounges. Whether it is in fact “not like other lounges” and an “opportunity to experience a different level of service and hospitality” remains to be seen. 😉
What are my initial thoughts? I’m actually not terribly impressed by the design, as it almost looks a bit outdated. But perhaps the pictures just don’t do it justice. However, I am very impressed by the amenities, including the complimentary spa treatments and complimentary shave, fitness center (which I’ve only otherwise seen in the Dallas Admirals Club), media room, etc.
What are your initial impressions of the new Etihad First Class Lounge, and who’s going to be the first person to check it out?