Etihad Airways has opened a new ultra-exclusive First Class Lounge & Spa at Abu Dhabi International Airport, boasting 16 unique zones where passengers can relax and re-energise in total luxury before boarding their flight.
Highlights include an à la carte restaurant, Relax & Recline area, Six Senses spa, cigar lounge, Style & Shave area, fitness centre and a showcase bar stocked with 75 premium spirits, champagne and aperitifs.
Located at Terminal 3, the new space is inspired by the world’s most prestigious hotels, private members’ clubs and fine dining establishments, providing unrivalled hospitality and comfort for Etihad’s First Class passengers.
Peter Baumgartner, Etihad Airways’ Chief Executive Officer, said: “Our new First Class Lounge & Spa is the jewel in the crown of our new lounge offerings worldwide and represents the best of our home city of Abu Dhabi. It is a showcase of intelligent product design, innovation, and superlative hospitality and service. This is not just a lounge but the ultimate airline hospitality experience and one which perfectly mirrors Etihad Airways’ evolution into the best airline in the world.”
Passengers wishing to dine prior to their flight can do so in the à la carte dining area, where they can savour haute cuisine made to order. Menus are changed frequently and feature a choice of Arabian, Indian and international cuisine prepared with fresh, locally sourced produce. Guests can also experience a unique five-course Emirati tasting menu, developed by chefs from Mezlai at the prestigious Emirates Palace Hotel in Abu Dhabi.
For its beverage service, Etihad has paired up with London-based company Fluid Movement to offer a bespoke mocktail and cocktail menu. Drinks are prepared by expert mixologists and are named after the airline’s leading destinations, including New York, Shanghai and Melbourne. The signature mocktail drink is the Abu Dhabi, which uses Middle-Eastern flavours such as aromatic cold brew coffee infused with cardamom and sprayed with delicate rose water.
To ensure guests are relaxed and rejuvenated before they board the plane, Etihad offers complimentary treatments in the Six Senses Spa and provides a fitness centre equipped with treadmills, cross trainers, washrooms and showers. Passengers can also unwind in The Relax & Recline area, which features six Poltona Frau leather recliners, soothing sound and lighting, and a large video wall made up of 27 individual screens.
Gentlemen who wish to have a beard trim or haircut can visit the talented barbers in the Style & Shave area for a complimentary express treatment and a shoe shine service, while ladies can visit the nail bar for a complimentary express treatment and a wide range of hair and nail art services.
The cigar lounge provides a choice of nine carefully selected brands including Hoyo de Monterray, Cohiba, Bolivar, Montecristo, Arturo Fuente and Romeo Y Julieta, each of which have been matched with whiskies and cognacs.
Measuring just under 1,700 m², this spacious lounge is open 24 hours a day 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).
Passengers who have booked The Residence are able to enjoy their own private space within the First Class lounge, which is discretely located adjacent to the main 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.