Lounge Reviews

Abu Dhabi Terminal 1 Etihad First & Business Class Lounge

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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.Abu Dhabi Airport Lounge sign

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.

Etihad Abu Dhabi Lounge Business & First Class

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.

Etihad Abu Dhabi Lounge Business & First Class Terminal 1 womens shower

Etihad Abu Dhabi Lounge Business & First Class Terminal 1 toilets

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.

Etihad Abu Dhabi Lounge Business & First Class Terminal 1 bathroom

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.

Etihad Abu Dhabi Lounge Business & First Class Terminal 1 dining area

Etihad Abu Dhabi Lounge Business & First Class Terminal 1 seating

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.

Etihad Abu Dhabi Lounge Business & First Class Terminal 1 breakfast offerings

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.

Etihad Abu Dhabi Lounge Business & First Class Terminal 1 breakfast room

Lunch also had a nice presentation with about 6 hot options, various salads, a smattering of sushi, and a very attractive dessert display.

Etihad Abu Dhabi Lounge Business & First Class dessert offerings

Still, after hanging out quite a few hours I was more than ready to leave for my flight to Chennai!

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2 Comments

  1. LF

    November 2, 2015 at 5:37 am

    Are you travelling with another blogger who is also posting on same/ similar itemary this week?

    • Keri Anderson

      November 2, 2015 at 1:13 pm

      No, it’s just a funny coincidence! I’m finally catching up on my trip report from this past February 🙂

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