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Mar 08
2020
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Etihad First Class Lounge Abu Dhabi Review

I’m a massive fan of Etihad Airways Premium Products, and am lucky enough to have travelled with them a lot. The Etihad First Class Lounge Abu Dhabi is also excellent. This is a First Class lounge that does everything it’s supposed to, and a little bit more. Ala carte dining, complimentary spa treatments and premium alcohol are all offered here.

I found everything to be of high quality. It's a great place to kick back for a few hours before your flight.

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What I liked

  • Service was attentive without being overbearing
  • Bright Space
  • A la carte menu with fantastic food
  • Complimentary spa treatment
  • Premium alcohol and champagne
  • Simple but classy decor
  • Sleeping pods available
  • Lounge was pretty empty
  • Small Gym

What could be improved

  • The lounge lacks a 'wow' factor

The space

The Etihad First Class Lounge isn’t large, but it packs a lot in! It consists of

  • Two bar areas
  • A la carte dining area
  • Spa
  • Small kids play area
  • Sleeping pods
  • Lounge seating
  • Fitness room


The lounge was bright with clear runway views. There's a great photo of the runway in the above slideshow.

The decor was simple and elegant. Overall I liked it, but it certainly wasn't 'all expenses spared'.

The seating was mostly in white or yellow leather, which added to the feeling of brightness in the lounge. They had 4 types of seating – dining, lounge seating, bar stools and sleeping pods. All of the seating was perfectly acceptable and nothing looked to be worn out.

The main bar area was classy and elegant. I thought the design was stunning, and loved that you could ‘look through’ the back of the bar and out on to the runway. Check out the photo in the slideshow above.

There’s a small room with some sleeping pods and recliner chairs. There was a screen in front with psychedelic images! It looks like a great place to smoke weed and chill out, less suitable for sleeping however!

The food

I spent 4 hours in the Etihad First Class Lounge Abu Dhabi, and was able to sample both the breakfast and the lunch service. Both were fantastic.

The food was mainly served at the ala carte restaurant, although there was also a small buffet table. You can see the menu in the slideshow above. For breakfast, I went for the savoury Kimchi Pancake. The presentation was excellent and the dish itself tasted very good.

I also had the Arabic mezze just before I left the lounge. It was spectacular!

The restaurant was very good. Good enough to take my wife on date night, but not good enough for Valentine’s day!

The drinks

As I arrived at breakfast time, I had an Americano. I found it to be average – I probably should have gone for the Arabic coffee!

The alcohol is served from two manned bars - the main one is really beautiful. Check out the photo in the slideshow above.

The lounge offers premium alcohol as any First Class Lounge should. Sadly the alcohol was not super premium, like Emirates serving a $1,000 cognac!

I had an 18-year Glenlivet whisky, which retails for around $100. I don’t drink a lot of alcohol, so if I do, I want to have good quality stuff!

I’ve uploaded the drinks menu in the above slideshow.

The spa

The Lounge has a spa, and offers a 15 minute treatment to all first class passengers. They offer a range of facials and massages. I’ve uploaded the spa menu above.

I went for a 15-minute facial, that I enjoyed. Sadly, I’m still not as good looking as the cartoon version of me on the About Me page!

The bathroom

While not a huge consideration, the bathroom is nicely decorated. BA Concorde room, take note!

The Fitness Room

There’s a small fitness room with a cross trainer and treadmill. I enjoy going to the gym, but have never had the desire to visit one in a First Class Lounge! A gym in a lounge is rare, there isn’t one in the massive Air France Business Lounge in CDG, Paris.

I’m in 2 minds about whether a gym in a lounge is a good idea. I don’t think many visitors would bring their kit, and then have enough time to use the gym. Also, they only have cross trainers and treadmills – which is hardly a gym at all! The gym strikes me as more of a gimmick, rather than something that is actually used.

Kids play area

There is a small kids play, which you can view in the slideshow above. 

The wow factor

This lounge is very good, but I felt that it lacked any sort of ‘wow’ factor. For a flagship First Class Lounge, it would have been nice if they had done something special.

For instance, The Gulf Air Lounge in Heathrow Terminal T4 has a really cool model of a 787 as you enter the lounge.

They could have incorporated something from local culture into the lounge, or offered a private car to drive to the plane.

Conclusion

The simple fact is that the Etihad First Class Lounge Abu Dhabi is fantastic.

This is a first class lounge that does everything it should and does it right. High quality food, complimentary spa treatment, premium alcohol and good service are all offered here.

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Hannah

This lounge looks beautiful! I can't wait to go. I've been to the business lounge a few times I really love your articles. How can I follow you?

April 12, 2020

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April 12, 2020

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