Who ever said that a departures lounge had to be an at airport? Certainly not Sir Richard Branson or the Virgin Atlantic team, if the airline's latest 'lounge' is anything to go by.
Yes, that's a beach – specifically Brownes Beach in Barbados, where Virgin Atlantic and Virgin Holidays share a unique lounge for travellers who've checked out of their hotel by noon but still have the rest of the day to wait for their flight home.
Dubbed The Departure Beach and slated to open in early 2018, the private air-conditioned clubhouse boasts a beachside bar and restaurant, ‘premium’ bathroom and shower suites and full check-in facilities for Virgin Atlantic.
Entry will be available to customers staying at Virgin Holidays' Savannah Beach Barbados or on a cruise which finishes in Barbados.
Other Virgin Atlantic travellers can pay their way in for £20 (A$33) – a price which includes a buffet lunch with non-alcoholic drinks – so it seems like entry isn't offered as a perk of Virgin Atlantic's Flying Club Gold status.