Top Airport Lounges Worldwide, According Priority Pass
Lounges in Ecuador, UAE, Latvia, Thailand and Mexico are among those recognized in annual poll based on 52,000 ratings
by Lark Gould
Lounge membership company, Priority Pass, has revealed the winners of its Global Airport Lounge of the Year Awards. Whisky walls, private double-bed suites, spa treatments, and celebrity chef-endorsed menus are just some of the innovative offerings featured in the top-rated lounges, located in countries including Ecuador, United Arab Emirates, Latvia, Thailand and Mexico.
In the top spot this year is Sala VIP Internacional operated by Corporación Quiport, at Quito International Airport in Ecuador. It is the main gateway into the country and the only greenfield airport in South America. The lounge features private working spaces, dedicated sleeping areas, showers and a massage room, as well as a variety of wines from the lounge’s private cellar.
One of the main highlights of this lounge is the outdoor terrace providing panoramic views of the city and a space to appreciate the light and color of Ecuador's vibrant capital. The lounge menu includes international and Ecuadorian cuisine designed by a well-known Ecuadorian chef, and guests can enjoy a variety of wines from the lounge's private cellar.
In Pacific Asia, the Global Airport Lounge of the Year Award went to the Miracle First Class Lounge at Thailand Suvarnabhumi International. Located in International Concourse D of Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi airport, Miracle First Class Lounge is designed with a modern, contemporary aesthetic blending in Thai style. The open kitchen is a live attraction for guests as the Miracle offers freshly cooked food 24 hours a day, with hot meals for lunch and dinner as well as special menus on festive holidays.
Runner-up for the Asia Pacific award was SATS Premier Lounge at Singapore Changi Airport Terminal 3. This lounge features an open-concept design which allows an abundance of natural light to shine through ceiling-height windows, offering stunning views of planes parked at the airside. It also has showers, comfortable lounging areas and western and eastern dining choices in a location convenient to Changi’s shopping and entertainment options. As for lounges in Europe, the Primeclass Riga Business Lounge at Riga International Airport in Latvia was crowned for the top spot. Located in the largest airport in the Baltic states, this spacious lounge has large glass windows that provide great views of the runway. To keep with Latvian traditions and culture, the lounge offers signature Latvian dishes and drinks including Balsam, and has recently collaborated with local artists, such as Arvils Linde, to exhibit different artworks throughout the space.
The Northern Lights Executive Lounge in Aberdeen International Airport in Scotland was announced as the runner-up in the region, taking home the 'Highly Commended' award. This lounge is known for its locally-inspired food and drinks, all endorsed by Craig Wilson, Aberdeenshire's "Kilted Chef." Choices include Aberdeen Angus beef burgers and a dedicated whisky wall.
For Africa and the Middle East: Ahlan Lounge at B, Terminal 3, Concourse B, Dubai International Airport, United Arab Emirates For North America: Lounge 19, Terminal 1, Mexico City Benito Juarez International Airport, Mexico
Priority Pass' lounge portfolio incorporates over 1,200 lounges in more than 500 cities globally, across 143 countries.