Abu Dhabi Terminal 1 Etihad First & Business Class Lounge
I was underwhelmed by my Etihad First Class Jet Airways flight and hadn’t really slept, so when I got off the plane in Abu Dhabi I was anxious to find the lounge.
Even more anxious as I realized that despite being dressed professionally I seemed to be attracting stares, whether it was my bright jacket, my pale legs, or just paranoia, I wasn’t sure, but I wanted to get out of the public area. We’d landed in Terminal 1 so I wound my way around the hallways following the Premium lounge signs.
Hauled my carry-on up the stairs to the reception desk (not stopping to take pictures) and asked for a shower as soon as it was my turn to check in.
The shower was an interesting experience. It was beautiful and very ornate, but TINY and located in the women’s bathroom area.
The water was luke-warm water at best. There was barely room for me and my luggage, so changing clothes was tight. I had to ask for a hair dryer, which was used in the tiny makeup area across from the bathroom sinks. It didn’t go so well.
In my jetlagged state, the lounge was a little confusing. It’s various sections connected to each other and I wondered if I had blundered into a First Class area (my connecting flight was Business) but it’s all open to everyone.
I’d heard there was a spa and finally figured out the free spa treatment (looked it up on the internet). The Six Senses spa desk/area was near the bathrooms and I went over to make a 15 minute appointment. I had been most excited by the Reiki, which apparently was only offered in terminal 3 and the accupressure massage which apparently was not offered that day. So I wound up just doing the Realignment which focused on neck, back, and arms and felt great.
They had a beautiful array of food for breakfast, but since eating was what I had enjoyed most on my JFK-AUH flight I wound up just hanging out in the breakfast area for an hour or two sipping tea.
Lunch also had a nice presentation with about 6 hot options, various salads, a smattering of sushi, and a very attractive dessert display.
Still, after hanging out quite a few hours I was more than ready to leave for my flight to Chennai!
More from this trip:
- Planning & Itinerary
- Applying for an India Tourist Visa
- Part 1: What NOT to Do Planning a Trip to India
- Airport Overnight at Sheraton LaGuardia East Hotel
- Etihad First Class Check In & Wingtips Lounge JFK
- Etihad First Class on Jet Airways: JFK-AUH
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