Is there anything more Finnish than an airport lounge with its own sauna? Finnair's newly-opened Platinum Wing lounge at Helsinki Airport offers this unique way to relax before your flight with some communal sweating in a unisex sauna. It's quite the experience, if you can make time for it.
If not, there's plenty else at the Platinum Wing to keep you occupied, starting with the hot breakfast served through to 10.30am and à la carte dining through to midnight, plenty of drinks (and yes, there's vodka) plus barista-pulled coffee, a salad bar and dessert station.
With seating for 155 guests Finnair's Platinum Wing divides its floor space into different spaces for working and and relaxing. The former includes a private phone booth; the latter is built around a 'living room' area for even more comfortable lounging.
But as the lounge's name hints, not every traveller can waltz into into the Platinum Wing.
These digs are exclusive to Platinum-grade members of the Finnair Plus frequent flyer program (including the lofty Platinum Lumo tier) and and other Oneworld Emerald cardholders, such as Qantas Platinum, BA Executive Club Gold and Cathay Pacific's Marco Polo Club Diamond.
The Platinum Wing replaces the former Finnair Premium Lounge, which had some of the same features – including the sauna – but a lower grade of food and drinks, and was open to Finnair Plus Gold, Qantas Gold and Oneworld Sapphire-grade frequent flyers.
Finnair's Platinum Wing lounge is located in Helsinki Airport's non-Schengen zone, which means it's available for travellers setting out on international flights to the likes of London, Singapore, Hong Kong and Shanghai.
Meanwhile, rolling renovation work continues on the adjacent Finnair Business Lounge to add more space, more food and drink options and a fresh 'Nordic design'. Until that make-over is completed by November 2019, Finnair Plus Gold members and their Oneworld equivalents will enjoy temporary access to the Platinum Wing.