BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. ( MainStreet) -- For international business travelers, a trip to the airline VIP lounge is a staple of life on the road, especially in an era of lengthy airport delays and carrier hubs that aren't always in the direct path of where you're headed for business. Luckily, some of the most luxurious airport VIP lounges await international business and first-class customers with amenities and services that not only make a layover tolerable, but have travelers wishing it were a little longer.With more than 100 destinations worldwide and an impressive fleet of new, long-haul Boeing (BA) 787s and Airbus A380s on order, Qatar Airways operates from its hub at Doha International Airport servicing U.S. cities including New York, Houston and Washington, D.C. First- and business-class customers find a separate Premium Terminal offering limousine service and dapper bellmen to help with luggage and check in to the airline's lounge, and inside the Qatar Airways Premium Arrivals Lounge offers personal concierge service for appointments at the in-house spa, where travelers can buy anything from Swedish massage to oxygen facials. Dining varies between a buffet-style cafe and full-service dining room with an elaborate sushi bar and high tea. Those in need of a little shuteye also find "privacy rooms" with beds tucked in Italian linens to sleep away even the longest of layovers.
|London Heathrow's Virgin Atlantic Upper Class Lounge gets a lot of the VIP attention with its hair salon and spa, charcuterie bar and James Bond-style martini bar.|