Turkish Airlines, the national carrier of Turkey, has recently launched its flagship business-class lounge that should place it among the best airline lounges in the world.
Opened last April at Istanbul Airport, the Turkish Airlines business lounge, a blend of five-star comfort and wealth of recreation, promises to make even the most discerning globetrotter ambitious for a long layover.
Designed to wow, indulge and entertain, the mega-sized lounge, which occupies a massive area of 5,600m², boasts state-of-the-art facilities that can accommodate up to 1,000 passengers.
Upon entering, guests will be charmed by a beautiful grand hallway lulled by sweet tunes from self-played piano. Along the hallway is a very lovely dining area, set to offer the casual vibe of an al fresco Mediterranean restaurant.
A wider range of international cuisine treats are offered from food stations scattered throughout the spacious lounge.
Spectacular and generously thought out, the selection includes self-service hot food from buffet counters and prepared-to-order dishes from live cooking stations.
Among the recipes on offer are Turkish classic etli pilav, kebabs and meze; Italian pizza and pasta; Chinese fried noodles and Indian naan and curries, to name just a few.
For refreshment, countless fridges offer a vast array of juice, soda pop, milk, yoghurt, bottled water and beer. The espresso bars are where your preferred blend of coffee and tea is made fresh by the barista. A selection of liquors and snacks are also bountiful here. Expect to find anything from popcorn to pretzels to Turkish flatbread pizza and gevrek bread.
Those with a sweet tooth will be spoiled by a colourful plethora of desserts, including the very delicious baklava pistachio and Turkish delight.
Travellers in the mood for peaceful relaxation are also in good hands here.
For a good nap, they may head to one of the cozy daybeds, each set in a private canopy away from the food area.
If the daybeds are all occupied, there are also a few light-traffic zones with dim lighting and comfy chairs for quiet lounging.
For a longer, more solid rest, there are 10 on-site private suites. Comparable to a hotel room, each suite is well-appointed with a twin bed, desk, chair, luggage counter and TV, as well as bottles of water and a welcoming fruit basket upon guest arrival.
The oh-so-inviting suites are available on a first-come, first-served basis, and only to passengers with a minimum connecting time of eight hours.
Should you wish to take a refreshing shower, there are breathtakingly beautiful shower facilities equipped with first-class toiletries at the rightwing of the lounge.
Or call for the quick complementary massage service by the lounge's own professional masseurs.
Kids and the young-at-heart are spoiled with a variety of recreational amenities, including a golf simulator, a remote-control car race, PlayStation terminals and a children's play zone. Business travellers can also rely on fully equipped conference rooms, while art connoisseurs can check out several exhibitions of artwork in the 130m² art gallery managed by the Istanbul Museum of Modern Art.
Guests are urged to join the lounge's WiFi network from which free access to the PressReader app is available. With PressReader, users can browse world news and read magazines that suit their interests.
Housing such a one-of-a-kind lounge is the ultra-modern Istanbul Airport.
The largest infrastructure project in the history of the Turkish Republic, the airport, which opened in October 2018, covers an area of 76.5 million square metres and is a bridge between Europe and Asia.
This gigantic airport has been honoured with a Global Traveler's Leisure Lifestyle award in the Outstanding Innovation category.
With a unique hub, Turkish Airlines is expected to achieve a capacity of 200 million passengers in the near future.
It currently provides scheduled services to 315 destinations in 126 countries in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas, making it the airline that flies to more destinations than any other in the world.
Turkish Airlines has been a member of the Star Alliance network since 1997. There are three direct flights from Bangkok to Istanbul daily. The Turkish Airlines business lounge is open 24/7 to all Star Alliance business-class passengers. For more information, call the Turkish Airlines Bangkok office at 02-091-0300.