Over the weekend we published our review of Etihad’s sensational A380 product, and today there’s great news for people looking to take that flight from Melbourne, when it commences on June 1.
Etihad Airways today officially opened its spectacular new Etihad Premium Lounge Melbourne Airport. The natural light filled space boasts floor-to-ceiling glass, offering expansive views across the runway and seating capacity for up to 133 guests, making it the airline’s largest Premium Lounge outside Abu Dhabi.
A centrepiece of the new lounge is an intimate 26-seat dining area, where guests can enjoy restaurant-style a la carte dining, and an international buffet. Professional chefs will be preparing each of the dishes on site using the freshest, locally sourced, seasonal produce. This includes bread – fresh-baked twice daily – grissini breadsticks; dips such as hummus, baba ghanoush and muhammara; pickles; labneh; cookies; and even ice-cream. Cheeses, fruits and vegetables are sourced from Victorian suppliers and coffee is from a Melbourne-based roaster.
On the drinks front, a showcase bar stocked with wines from notable Victorian producers, and more than 70 premium spirits, champagne and aperitifs will be on offer. A bespoke cocktail menu developed in partnership with London-based beverage consultancy Fluid Movement, includes one-of-a-kind cocktails with destination-inspired names, adding an extra element of sophistication to your adventure.
From an interior design perspective, the principles of style, space and serenity are complemented by Etihad Airways’ distinctive ‘Facets of Abu Dhabi’ branding. With its geometric patterns and colour palette inspired by the UAE landscape, it is the ultimate expression of 21st century Abu Dhabi modernism. Custom furnishings – by Boss – offer lounge guests a choice of seating styles, each designed for maximum comfort while dining, working and relaxing.
With the commencement of A380 services from 1 June, guests in The Residence will enjoy the exclusivity of a private lounge – discreetly located adjacent to the main lounge entry. With custom-made arm chairs upholstered in Poltrona Frau Italian leather, plush soft furnishings, its own restroom and separate entry, The Residence Lounge embodies the bespoke luxury and personalised service that is synonymous with the airline’s most exclusive hospitality experience.
Other amenities in the main lounge include separate male and female restrooms with shower facilities and Scaramouche + Fandago products, dedicated male and female ablution and prayer rooms, a children’s playroom, and a luggage room.
Located in Terminal 2 adjacent to gate 10, the lounge will open approximately three hours prior to the departure of Etihad Airways’ twice daily Melbourne-Abu Dhabi flights.
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