Lounge Review: Kuala Lumpur Low Cost Terminal (KLIA2) Plaza Premium Lounge (near Gates P&Q), 26 September 2016

Plaza Premium Lounge KLIA 2

This lounge is decent-sized, and has a decent food and drink selection, particularly relative to the other Plaza Premium Lounge close to gate L, but I guess you can’t choose, because you’re restricted by your gate of departure.

Plaza Premium Lounge KLIA 2

This lounge has a few separate areas. Upon entry, you’ll find the dining area, and about four tables and accompanying chairs for those who wish to grab a bite. Further inwards, there are more lounge-type chairs, and tarmac views.

Plaza Premium Lounge KLIA 2

In terms of food and beverages, they have some hot selections, like noodles on offer, and they also had quite an array of desserts when I was there in the afternoon. There was also sodas available for self service.

It’s not a bad place to kill some time.

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Lounge Review: Kuala Lumpur Low Cost Terminal (KLIA2) Plaza Premium Lounge (near Gate L8), 24 September 2016

Plaza Premium Lounge @ KLIA 2

This has got to be the smallest lounge I’ve been to. There’re probably like two rows of chairs in the lounge, and from the sofa, you can see people sitting at the gate area, waiting for their flights. As you can see from the main picture, I’m actually in the lounge. Behind me, it’s the wall, and the guy sitting in the plastic chair is in the gate area.

Plaza Premium Lounge @ KLIA 2

Food and drinks are very limited in this lounge. Like one counter limited. I guess you can always make your instant noodles. I had to ask the staff for a soda, because it was not stocked.

It’s ok as a free lounge that comes with my priority pass, but I wouldn’t suggest anyone pay for this one.

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Lounge Review: Singapore Changi Airport Terminal 1 Plaza Premium Lounge, 23 September 2016

Plaza Premium Lounge @ Changi Airport Terminal 1

Of the three Priority Pass lounges I visited, this is probably my least favorite, although I have to say, that I didn’t try the food. I visited it briefly in September, because it’s the lounge that’s closest to my departure gate.

The space is pretty big, and has tarmac views. While I didn’t try the food at the Plaza Premium Lounge, unlike other lounges, it does have food made to order. When I was there, they had a breakfast set (think toast, sausage, eggs), chicken rice, and laksa on offer. I didn’t try it because I just had my breakfast and was still full. Other patrons seemed to enjoy their food.

Plaza Premium Lounge @ Changi Airport Terminal 1

I might be totally wrong, but it appears that you have to pay for alcohol in this lounge. There seemed to be quite a lot of charges, but because I was rather groggy, I didn’t really look through all their charges.

One upside of the Plaza Premium Lounge is, it’s part of Arrture, a premium airport lounge network. They have some deal, whereby if you sign up as a member, you can get one free visit after 10 visits. The visits that come with your priority pass actually counts for these visits, so I see the potential in me going to the Plaza Premium Lounge 10 times to get free lounge passes for friends/family not traveling with me.

Plaza Premium Lounge @ Changi Airport Terminal 1

Thus far, however, I’ve not returned to the Plaza Premium Lounge, and have been sticking with SATS Premium Lounge, because I just have no incentive to visit it.

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Lounge Review: Phuket International Airport Terminal 1 The Coral Executive Lounge, 18 September 2016

Coral Business Lounge @ Phuket International Airport Terminal 2

In the few days that I was in Phuket, apparently the new Phuket international airport opened up, and so I was one of the first few to get a peep at The Coral Executive Lounge. I’m happy to report that it’s an above-average lounge!

Coral Business Lounge @ Phuket International Airport Terminal 2

Located just above the passport control area, the lounge oversees the shopping/dining gate area. The lounge is actually pretty small, but their food offering is above average. I visited the lounge twice, once in September and once in October, and they had a nice rotation of hot options for breakfast, which ranged from a bunch of stirfry noodle/rice type thing, to soft-shell crabs, to other proteins. They also put out a selection of pastries for breakfast, alongside juice. For those with a sweet tooth, they also have some small desserts in the fridge.

Coral Business Lounge @ Phuket International Airport Terminal 2

It’s pretty early in the morning both times I visited, so I’m pretty groggy, and can’t remember anything about alcohol. I recall beer on tap, but I’m sure you can find some other alcohol there. Coffee and tea selection was decent, as is the soda selection.

Coral Business Lounge @ Phuket International Airport Terminal 2

I think I saw someone getting a massage in the lounge. I’m not sure if it’s complimentary or not, but I guess it’s a nice service option to have, even if you have to pay for it?

Overall, while the lounge is small, it has a decent food selection, and good service.

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Lounge Review: Singapore Changi Airport Terminal 1 SATS Premium Lounge, 14 September 2016

Singapore Changi Airport T1 SATS Premier Lounge

The Singapore Changi Airport Terminal 1 SATS Premium Lounge is a contract lounge located adjacent to the SilverKris Lounge. It is more squarish in shape, and is brightly lit, with areas for small groups (2-4), or individuals. It’s my favorite lounge in Terminal 1, but what works for me might not work for you.

Singapore Changi Airport T1 SATS Premier Lounge

The seating area is generally set up for solo travelers, or couples. From time to time, you might get lucky, and get a space for four people. They also have several individual booths, and there are some privacy booths beside the individual booths. The family section seems permanently closed.

Singapore Changi Airport T1 SATS Premier Lounge

The food and drink selection is quite limited, although it’s perfectly adequate for a meal. They have a self-cooking station, which usually involves either a delicious mee siam or laksa. Their buffet is halal, and generally has a few options, both for Western and Asian tastes. The alcohol options are fairly limited. There is beer, and two bottles of wine. The coffee machine is ok, and
they also have a selection of sodas available.

Singapore Changi Airport T1 SATS Premier Lounge

So, why do I always end up at this lounge when I’m in Terminal 1? The three massage chairs by the corner. I love the massage chair, and spend my time before flights here. (And now, time to regret telling everyone about the massage chairs)

Singapore Changi Airport T1 SATS Premier Lounge

Overall, the options are decent, but the DNATA lounge has superior offering over the SATS Premium Lounge.

Singapore Changi Airport T1 SATS Premier Lounge

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Lounge Review: Singapore Changi Airport Terminal 1 Dnata Lounge, 27 August 2016

Singapore Changi Airport Terminal 1 DNATA Lounge (SIN)

The Dnata Lounge is a contract lounge for several airlines, including Cathay Pacific. The lounge is large, with some views of an indoor garden, and has a few separate areas. When I visited the lounge in the morning, the food and beverage was pretty decent.

Singapore Changi Airport Terminal 1 DNATA Lounge (SIN)

The large rectangular Dnata Lounge has a few separate areas. On both ends of the Dnata Lounge, are beverage stations. There’s a bar area, a dining area close to the buffet, and in the middle of the lounge, is a lounging area with plenty of sofas.

Singapore Changi Airport Terminal 1 DNATA Lounge (SIN)

When I visited the lounge, it was the breakfast service, slowly transitioning to the lunch service. The offering was pretty decent, with a nice selection of hot options. Within the hot options, they also had Western options and Asian options. For instance, for the Western option, they had waffles, and for the Asian option, they had dim sum. As I was about to leave, they were prepping for lunch service, and on offer, was chicken rice.

Singapore Changi Airport Terminal 1 DNATA Lounge (SIN)

Singapore Changi Airport Terminal 1 DNATA Lounge (SIN)

What sets the Dnata Lounge apart from the other lounges in Terminal 1, is its alcohol offering. While I don’t drink, they do seem to have a larger variety of alcohol on offer.

Singapore Changi Airport Terminal 1 DNATA Lounge (SIN)

Most of the chairs do have a power point located nearby, and I’m happy to report that the power points are universal power plugs.

Singapore Changi Airport Terminal 1 DNATA Lounge (SIN)

Overall, if you are looking to get some decent food and drinks, and relax a bit before your flight, the Dnata Lounge is a solid option – I actually saw people sleeping on the sofas, so it’s not a bad spot to stretch out if you have a long layover.

Singapore Changi Airport Terminal 1 DNATA Lounge (SIN)

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Lounge Review: Buenos Aires Star Alliance Lounge, 27 July 2016

EZE Ezeiza Buenos Aires International Airport Star Alliance Lounge

The Buenos Aires Star Alliance Lounge is of a good size, in the form of one large rectangular room. As far as I could tell, it was mostly tables and chairs, and no real different areas. They have slightly more interesting food options than the AMEX Centurion Lounge.

EZE Ezeiza Buenos Aires International Airport Star Alliance Lounge

As part of my award business class ticket on Turkish Airlines, I was granted access to the Buenos Aires Star Alliance Lounge. When I was there in the evening, they were pretty busy. I was pretty lucky to score a seat, and it didn’t take long for someone to take my spot the moment I vacated it.

EZE Ezeiza Buenos Aires International Airport Star Alliance Lounge

I wouldn’t say the quality of their food was better than the AMEX Centurion Lounge, but it was more to my taste. They had a pasta dish, and they also had a fried vegetable fritter. I do have a need for one hot option during the day.

EZE Ezeiza Buenos Aires International Airport Star Alliance Lounge

Overall, it’s a solid airport lounge with decent food options. They did get pretty busy during my visit. It might be more pleasant if there wasn’t such a space crunch.

EZE Ezeiza Buenos Aires International Airport Star Alliance Lounge

EZE Ezeiza Buenos Aires International Airport Star Alliance Lounge

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Lounge Review: Buenos Aires International Airport AMEX Centurion Lounge, 27 July 2016

EZE Ezeiza Buenos Aires International Airport AMEX Centurion Salon

I had 10 hrs to kill on a layover, Buenos Aires was too far, I had too much luggage, so time to spend 12 hrs in airport lounges. The Amex Centurion Lounge was my first choice.

EZE Ezeiza Buenos Aires International Airport AMEX Centurion Salon

The Buenos Aires International Airport AMEX Centurion Lounge is pretty large, and for the duration that I was there, it did get busy during certain periods, but for the most part, the crowd was pretty manageable.

EZE Ezeiza Buenos Aires International Airport AMEX Centurion Salon

The decoration of the lounge is pretty classic Centurion – sleek, with different types of space, some for dining, some for general seating, and some screened off areas for lounging.

EZE Ezeiza Buenos Aires International Airport AMEX Centurion Salon

The fare that they serve is mostly continental and cold foods. There were no hot options throughout the day. For breakfast, there were breads and pastries, and for lunch, there were sandwiches. Neither of the options excited me much. Thankfully, I did find the freezer containing Freddo’s Ice Cream, and went to town on that.

EZE Ezeiza Buenos Aires International Airport AMEX Centurion Salon

Overall, the wifi worked well, it’s a sleek, clean space, and there was some decent food on offer, even if it wasn’t to my taste. It’d be better if you didn’t have to spend 6+ hrs here.

EZE Ezeiza Buenos Aires International Airport AMEX Centurion Salon

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Lounge Review: Santiago International Terminal Avianca Sala VIP, 27 July 2016

Santiago Star Alliance Lounge

The Avianca Sala VIP is kinda on a lower level on its own. Its white walls make it seem more spacious, but in reality, it’s a pretty small lounge, and space is tight. It’s an ok place to spend like 30 min waiting for your flight, and get some work done, but otherwise, there’s nothing to write home about.

There’s generally one big open space, and two smaller rooms. One of the rooms looked darker, while the other one looked like it was intended for working. I sat in the main area, but space was tight. I kept bumping into people, and people kept bumping into my table trying to get to the drinks station.

Santiago Star Alliance Lounge

There were two small stations, one for food, and one for drinks. The former is in the center of the room, while the latter is situated by the wall. It’s a pretty small selection, with some sandwiches on offer, and the drinks are pretty average, with your regular sodas, and so-so coffee.

The bathroom was ok, and I appreciated having flights on display on the monitors, but otherwise, it’s not a calming space.

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Lounge Review: Star Alliance Lounge Sao Paulo, 09, 28 July 2016

Sao Paulo Guarulhos International Airport Terminal 3 Star Alliance Lounge

The Star Alliance Lounge Sao Paulo is located in Terminal 3 of Sao Paulo-Guarulhos International Airport. I accessed it twice through premium flights out of the Sao Paulo airport.

Sao Paulo Guarulhos International Airport Terminal 3 Star Alliance Lounge

The lounge area is fairly large. It did get pretty crowded when I was there, but it’s not too hard to get some seating, unless you have a group of ten or something. They have various separate seating areas, e.g. lounge seating if you’re trying to elevate your legs for a bit, work seating, if you’re trying to get some work done, or more group/dining seating, so sofas and dining tables with chairs.

The food and drink selection is ample, although I wouldn’t say it’s insanely awesome. It’s pretty much a good offering with some hot options, and it probably can fill you up if you get multiple helpings. I wouldn’t write home about it, but I was also happy that there was food.

Sao Paulo Guarulhos International Airport Terminal 3 Star Alliance Lounge

They had a few wines, but it also didn’t look that impressive. Overall, this is a very solid lounge.

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