A selection of the world´s best airport lounges have been revealed by independent lounge membership program, Priority Pass, in its annual Lounge of the Year Awards, the company said.
This year winners include lounges in Jamaica, Estonia, Malta and Quebec as well as Singapore and Dubai.
The awards are based on ratings provided by Priority Pass Members and recognize excellence within the world´s largest independent lounge membership program. Priority Pass now includes more than 1000 airport lounges in over 500 cities and is this year celebrating its 25th Anniversary.
This year´s overall winner is Club Kingston, at Jamaica´s Kingston Norman Manley International Airport. The lounge also offers excellent facilities to support business travelers on the move, including a conference facility and dedicated work stations.
Tallinn Airport Business Lounge at the Lennart Meri Airport Tallin, Estonia was crowned Best Lounge in Europe by Priority Pass Members, closely followed by La Valette Club in Malta International Airport.
This year´s overall winners are:
Global: Club Kingston at Kingston Norman Manley International
Europe: Tallinn Airport Business Lounge at Lennart Meri Tallinn Airport
Africa & Middle East: Ahlan Business Class Lounge at Dubai International
Asia Pacific: SATS Premier Lounge at Singapore Changi International
North America: Salon VIP Lounge, QuÃ©bec Jean Lesage International
The Club MCO at Orlando International Airport in Florida was ranked top for Best Business Facilities, with its ´Productivity Zone´ (designed to help guests conduct business calls in private and provide a quiet space to work) proving very popular with travelers. The Club MCO was closely followed by Dubai International Business Class Lounge at Dubai International Airport, which was also highly commended in this category.
Other North American lounges fared very well in the final two categories, with Turkish Airlines´ Lounge in Washington DC winning Best Quality of Refreshments. Its signature dishes of lamb with baked eggplant and Mediterranean salmon, often followed up with Turkish tea or coffee alongside fresh baklava, proved a hit with travelers. Elsewhere, The Club BWI in Baltimore USA, was recognized for the service and attitude of its lounge staff.
In the Asia Pacific region, SATS Premier Lounge Terminal 3 at the world-renowned Singapore Changi International Airport, was named Regional Lounge of the Year. The lounge is known for giving its guests a chance to experience Singaporean culture, featuring real orchids, a display of Peranakan porcelain plus artwork depicting local scenes, decorating the lounge – which also hosts regular events, (such as serving fresh mooncakes during the Mooncake festival) ensuring that visitors are treated to a unique experience each time they enter the lounge. Its signature SATS Laksa meal is also a favourite for travelers.
Ahlan Business Class Lounge at Dubai International was named Lounge of the Year for the Middle East & Africa. Surrounded by wine barrels and wine chillers, the lounge specializes in creating personalized dining experiences for guests. Its signature ´Refresh´ cocktail, a buffet offering an array of Arabic delicacies, a la carte menu and spa – all helped the lounge secure its win. It was also highly commended in the Best Business Facilities category.
Priority Pass is the original and largest independent airport lounge membership program, accepted at over 1000 lounges worldwide across 500+ cities and in more than 130 countries, (regardless of class of travel / airline flown) plus access to exclusive Collinson partnerships and dining, retail and spa offers through the Priority Pass app.