The Residence by Etihad gives well-heeled travellers the ultimate in space, luxury and comfort aboard the airline's brand new Airbus A380 aircraft.
Comprised of a lounge room with an adjoining bedroom, bathroom and shower for the exclusive use of one or two VIP travellers, there's really no need to leave your 'flying palace' until you've arrived at your destination.
Join Australian Business Traveller as we take a sneak peek inside The Residence before it takes to the skies of London from December 27 and Sydney on June 1 2015.
The Residence by Etihad: the living room
With a return journey from Sydney to London charged at $87,000 for a wealthy couple – yes, eighty-seven thousand – travellers would rightly expect something that blows even the best first class suites out of the water.
The Residence doesn't disappoint, with a spacious living area as you enter the suite that also comfortably doubles as the dining room.
There are two separate meal tables, which enables each guest to dine at their leisure...
Of course, you won't need to retrieve that tray table or toy with the seat controls – there's a Savoy-trained butler to tend to your every need...
... who can also assist with connecting your laptop, portable DVD player or iPad to the 32" LCD TV using HDMI cables and adaptors.
You'll find a remote control for the entertainment system aside the lounge chair, along with a selection of reading material and amenities, including a personally-addressed welcome letter.
The Residence by Etihad: the bedroom
HDMI connections in the bedroom are linked to a separate 27" panel, with AC and USB power outlets available regardless of where you're sitting.
That faces the double bed, which is 208cm long and dressed in linen for what we imagine is the best sleep you'll ever have in the air:
The bedroom resides behind a closing door, with the five pillows making it an incredibly comfortable place to unwind and watch a movie.
As there's just one television in the living room, the bedroom can double as a second viewing room should your partner not approve of your taste in movies.
Despite being six feet tall, there was ample space to stand upright before climbing into bed – although do be mindful of the curved ceiling if you normally sleep on the right:
Outlets for the supplied noise-cancelling headphones are thoughtfully located on each side of the bed at ear-level, with the butler just a chime away:
Storage space is available underneath the bed for your cabin bags and valuables, which makes overhead lockers unnecessary and fortunately absent.
The Residence by Etihad: the bathroom and shower
In between the bedroom and the living space is a wardrobe and the private bathroom – again exclusively for guests in The Residence:
Adjoining that is the en suite shower, enclosed in its own space and with a locking door:
The shower head is tucked away in the ceiling, while the water runs for a brisk four minutes.
Acqua di Parma amenities are close at hand, while a countdown clock keeps you abreast of the time remaining.
As in any reputable luxury hotel, there are fluffy white bathrobes to wear in place of the supplied loungewear.
To tour The Residence yourself, here's a short 45-second video:
The Residence makes its debut on December 27 when Etihad begins flying the Airbus A380 from Abu Dhabi to London Heathrow, with Sydney added to the superjumbo map from June 1 2015.
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Chris Chamberlin is visiting Abu Dhabi as a guest of Etihad Airways.
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