Virgin Australia’s Velocity Platinum frequent flyers can now unwind in Etihad Airways’ stunning new first class lounge in Abu Dhabi prior to flights with both Etihad and Virgin Australia.
That’s where you’ll find an à la carte restaurant serving a range of Arabian, Indian and international cuisine, including a five-course Emirati tasting menu developed by chefs from Mezlai Restaurant at Abu Dhabi's prestigious Emirates Palace Hotel.
Also on offer, a bar stocked with Champagne and 75 premium spirits in a style that reminds us of Etihad’s new Melbourne Airport lounge…
… a cigar lounge with nine different brands available, each matched to a variety of whiskies and cognacs…
… a ‘Relax & Recline’ zone with leather chairs facing an array of screens amidst soothing sounds and calm lighting…
… and in a welcome appearance for high flyers keeping an eye on their waistlines, a fitness room with treadmills and cross trainers:
Day spa, barber and nail salon facilities are also available, although complimentary treatments are limited to first class flyers and guests in The Residence, Etihad’s private three-room suite aboard its Airbus A380s, currently available on selected Etihad flights to Sydney and Melbourne.
Velocity Platinum flyers can be joined by a guest in this lounge at no charge, a Virgin Australia spokesperson has confirmed, even if both travellers are only booked in economy with Virgin Australia or Etihad.
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