Airport lounges are one of the great undiscovered secrets of contemporary travel.
While business class passengers have long become accustomed the plush pillows, free drinks and delicious delicacies, economy travellers have too often been left out in the cold.
But a growing number of third party providers have begun to offer the creature comforts taken for granted by some to all.
Leader among them is Plaza Premium Group, which has lounges around the world, including at Europe’s busiest airport, London Heathrow.
Located between Gate 1A and Gate 1B, the 8,500 square foot lounge is the perfect sanctuary for those who wish to escape from the crowd and relax before they depart for their destination.
During a recent visit I was able to take advantage of the services on offer – and can heartily confirm it makes a world of difference to the journey.
Instead of squabbling over seats outside in the main departures lounge, here all is calm.
The sleek, contemporary interiors have been designed by Hong Kong star designer Kinney Chan of KCA Associates and give a sophisticated aura to the lounge.
There are no queues at the counters where sumptuous food is on offer, while the free bar is a godsend for stressed travellers in the midst of long treks.
This is a great space to prepare for the journey ahead, to chat to companions, or just to relax as you would at home.
It takes all the pressure away from the trip.
The lounge also offers travellers a bouquet of other services and facilities.
These include comfortable seating, complimentary Wi-Fi, and a broad range of international newspapers and magazines.
Tired visitors can also enjoy a power nap in the exclusive Private Resting Suites - with a hot shower to keep them refreshed.
For sports fans, SkySports is also available at the bar.
With so much on offer it can be a tough decision whether to make the flight at all!
Plaza Premium Lounge is a global service brand headquartered in Hong Kong.
The company now operates in more than 140 locations in 35 airports globally, and counts over 3,500 employees.
The success of the business model has prompted airport authorities around the world to open their doors to independent lounge facilities as part of a bid to enhance the overall experience for travellers.
The company’s goal is to make an airport experience seamless and effortless.
Find out more on the official website.