Sometimes, a layover at an airport is a simple fact of modern-day traveling. But that doesn't necessarily mean you have to endure your wait while sitting in an uncomfortable chair surrounded by screaming babies and some guy slurping down a bowl of noodles.
Major airports usually offer a luxury lounge or two where passengers can relax, unwind and enjoy a tasty meal in pampered privacy.
From London to Helsinki to Hong Kong and Sydney and beyond, 10 of the most luxe retreats will lure you with such features as:
- An 8,400-plant vertical garden.
- Massages and facials.
- Full waiter service.
- Nannies and a spa.
- A sumptuous buffet.
- Personal passport control and security checkpoints that regular passengers can't use.
And so much more. Check them out, and then leave the world of cramped gate areas behind forever.