Cathay Pacific, Qantas and Etihad take line honours for the world's best airport lounges in the Australian Business Traveller Awards for 2015.
Best First Class Lounge: Cathay Pacific The Pier First Class, Hong Kong
Between rushing to the airport and boarding that next flight, Cathay Pacific’s The Pier First Class Lounge is a well-appointed haven for busy business travellers.
With its private Day Suites, foot massage service, à la carte restaurant and full service bar, all wrapped in a thoughtful and carefully-curated contemporary design, Cathay Pacific and lounge designer Ilse Crawford have raised the bar for airlines around the world.
Best Business Class Lounge: Qantas Hong Kong Lounge
With a boutique design which captures the essence of Hong Kong plus a riot of locally-inspired Rockpool dining including BBQ pork and yum cha treats, no airport boasts anything quite like the Qantas Hong Kong Lounge.
Partner that with attentive Sofitel service and the result is a business class lounge that’s world class by any measure.
Best Arrivals Lounge: Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Arrivals Lounge
Business travellers stepping off a long-haul flight appreciate an arrivals lounge where they can refresh and recharge.
Etihad Airways has taken that one step further with a ‘wet shave’, steam press and shoe shine service – seemingly small but exceptionally thoughtful ‘finishing touches’ for busy executives who needs to look their best.
Best Australian Airport: Canberra
With a spacious design, excellent wayfinding and passenger-friendly facilities including five Qantas and Virgin Australia lounges, Canberra Airport punches well above its weight to prove that bigger isn’t always better.
Best International Airport: Hong Kong
Served by all of the world’s major airlines, Hong Kong International Airport has got it all: a compact traveller-friendly footprint, extensive shopping and wonderful lounges, while the Airport Express train puts Hong Kong itself less than half an hour away.
Best Hotel Group: Starwood Hotels & Resorts
With properties in over 100 countries and a network of quality brands including Sheraton, Westin, St Regis and W Hotels, Starwood Hotels & Resorts is a great choice for the business and luxury traveller.
There’s also a stellar loyalty program to match, with all members of Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) enjoying free in-room Internet access from their very first stay plus the ability to earn frequent flyer points at generous rates with the likes of Cathay Pacific, Singapore Airlines, Virgin Australia and more.
For frequent guests, Starwood’s elite Gold and Platinum tiers provide valuable real-world benefits such as complimentary room upgrades and late check-out – and for Platinum members, upgrades to spacious suites, access to hotel lounges and free daily breakfast: all for the price of a standard room.
Best Airport Hotel: Sofitel London Heathrow
Many business travellers are wary of airport hotels, which are often designed more around frequent flyer convenience than five-star quality. But the Sofitel London Heathrow shows that airport hotels don’t need to be the poor cousin to their big city counterparts.
Directly connected to Terminal 5 and with free connections from other terminals, it offers everything you’d expect from a Sofitel flagship including two quality restaurants, a health club and spa, and well-appointed rooms cocooned behind soundproofed windows.
Best Business Destination: Hong Kong
As one of the world’s leading financial centres, built upon a unique heritage and perched on China’s doorstep, Hong Kong is more than just ‘east meets west’ – it’s where opportunity meets success.
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