Design Ideas, Travertine Tile

Travertine and other luxe details add class to airport lounges

Even though the concept of traveling seems simple, something about moving your luggage, getting your passes, going through security and finding your gate just takes a lot out of you every time. That's probably why so many airlines are starting to not only offer airport lounges, but transform them into high-class temporary getaways where travelers can relax and unwind before their flights. With fabulous interior design schemes and unrivaled features, these lounges are becoming some of the most sought-after spaces in airports.

Recently, the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila, Philippines, has been undergoing a lot of preparations to redesign the structure and accommodate a greater number of travelers. Terminal 1 in particular is getting redesigned, and the Club Manila lounge, for coach passengers, just underwent an extensive renovation. With a contemporary feel, neutral colors, soothing lighting and geometric patterns, the new space is perfect for helping travelers relax before flying. Shiny, industrial-looking surfaces, glass walls, a marble counter and travertine tile flooring added to the renovation, which was a huge upgrade. Other airports are also following suit, providing the following types of luxuries to passengers.

Taking relaxation to a new level, some facilities are offering high-class spas to travelers, with travertine showers, world-class massages and high-end skin and hair care brands. Virgin Atlantic's Clubhouse in the John F. Kennedy Airport in New York, for example, has a spa complete with facialists, pedicurists, a hair salon and even pool tables.

If you want a private cabana with a day bed and your own bathroom, London's Heathrow Airport has you covered. With herringbone patterns, velvets and crystal chandeliers to gaze at while you sip complimentary wine or champagne and waiters to provide anything you want to eat, it's no wonder this spot has become so popular with those traveling through London.

Los Angeles International Airport's new Star Alliance Lounge draws on Southern California's mid-century modern style, providing guests with fancy amenities and chicly designed spaces, like its outdoor lounge, which features lush greenery, plenty of seating and cozy outdoor fireplaces.

If you'd rather catch up on new movies or favorite shows during your trip, London's Biggin Hill Airport's got you covered. Flat-screen TVs are integrated seamlessly into the lounge's rich design with mirror screens to blend them in when they're not being used.

Wireless technology
There's nothing more annoying than having to find a wall outlet to charge your dying phone when you're traveling. Helsinki Airport's Finnair Lounge knows this, so it's outfitted with the latest wireless technology, PowerKiss, which charges your phone easily. Many other lounges off free WiFi for guests who need to get a little work done when they're on the go.

Fine dining
Forget fast food. When you're traveling through Hong Kong International Airport, you don't have to settle for a burger. At The Pier, Cathay Pacific's glass-enclosed first- and business-class lounge, there's freshly made Japanese noodles at the Noodle Bar and fine dining at the first-class Haven restaurant.

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