Five reasons why Etihad’s First Class Lounge is worth more than a quick pit stop:

The well-stocked watering hole (Samsung Galaxy S7)

The well-stocked watering hole (Samsung Galaxy S7)

Its certainly not the largest First Class Lounge but it’s intimate and well-appointed. A badly planned flight connection gave me enough time to cast anchor. A bigger lounge at the upcoming Terminal 4 is likely to upstage this lounge located at Terminal 3 in a year. Even if that does happen there’s enough reason why you should come back to Terminal 3:

Six senses Spa: a calming foot massage between long flights might not fix jet lag but is still blissful. Guests at the lounge can take advantage of a 15-minute complimentary therapy (like their foot or head massage) and also pick other stress busters off the menu (at an additional cost).

Trio of desserts (Samsung Galaxy S7)

Trio of desserts (Samsung Galaxy S7)

Stellar Dining: The a la carte menu may not be exhaustive but hits the right notes. Check out the special Emirati tasting menu developed in collaboration with the Emirates Palace Hotel in Abu Dhabi that features some modern interpretations of traditional cuisine – the slow cooked lamb is one of the highlights. The wine list is fairly impressive while the American Whiskey selection is among the best at any airline lounge.

Style & Shave: need a quick spot of grooming in transit? Choose from an old-world shave or a range of grooming treatments like express manicures and haircuts

The dining zone (Samsung Galaxy S7)

The dining zone (Samsung Galaxy S7)

The Chill Zone: With the transit hotel at the airport partly under renovation, the dimly lit reclining zone is probably one of the quietest spots in the Abu Dhabi airport. Perfect for an extended power nap almost any time of day.

Children’s room: Cheerful and well kitted; enough to keep your kids engaged for at least an hour. So you can truly unwind while they let their hair down.

The standout (Cold) lobster soup (Samsung Galaxy S7)

The standout (Cold) lobster soup (Samsung Galaxy S7)

It’s not just the amenities packed into a relatively compact space what really shines is the attention to detail and staff engagement. The service truly elevates this lounge experience, the overriding reason why you might want to make this a frequent pit stop.

The Etihad First Class Lounge is only open to First Class passengers and top tier loyalty card members of Etihad (and its partner airlines (Including Jet Privilege Platinum members)  

 

 

 

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