Airport lounges remain one of the great undiscovered gems of economy class travel.
Long considered an essential by business types, these air-conditioned sanctuaries are now catching on among savvy travellers looking for that extra flourish of luxury.
Nestled away in secluded corners, they are the perfect place to relax before a long flight, allowing holidaymakers the chance to begin their break just that little bit earlier.
No.1 Traveller Lounge at London Gatwick South Terminal is the perfect example.
The airport has invested huge sums in revamping the public departures areas in recent years, and consequently they have become ever busier as Gatwick grows.
But, used principally by low-cost airlines, charters and the more occasional far-flung long-haul route, there are few business class lounges on offer.
Sitting just behind the scenes, however, away from the stag party crowds thronging through JD Whetherspoon and the school trips snaking out of McDonalds, No.1 Traveller is a haven.
With a fully tended bar, bistro-style menu, and complimentary Wi-Fi, there is everything one would expect – it is the perfect place to relax.
Its sleek white interior oozes sophisticated charm, while the well healed guests quietly recuperate before plunging once more into the maelstrom outside.
Order a gin & tonic at the bar, indulge in a delicious snack, or simply while away the time over a coffee as the world passes by.
Also included are panoramic runway views over the runway, adding an extra air of aviation glamour.
Those who purchase access will also receive complimentary security fast-track access, allowing passengers to skip the security queues and spend more time in the lounge, and making the airport experience all the more bearable.
The No.1 Traveller Lounge at London Gatwick South Terminal is open from 04:00-10:00 daily.
Walk up guests can gain access for £30 per adult, while those looking ahead can book for £25 per adult on the official webite.