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Etihad First Class Lounge: What’s a Lounge Without a Cigar?

Etihad First Class Lounge Review is part of the Quest Around the Globe Trip Report.


a group of vases with flowers in front of a sign

I have been to many airport lounges (see Lounge Reviews). I can confidently declare that Etihad’s First Class Lounge is the best. It is better than Air New Zealand, Cathay, Emirates, Eva, Lufthansa, Singapore, Turkish, and Virgin’s. Though other lounges have unique offerings (see Champagne, Cigars, Caviar? The Most Clever Lounge Perk), Etihad is the only one that has a cigar room. Before I get to that, let me dispense with the basic amenities that are far from basic.

Private Rooms 

Subject to availability, there are massive private rooms to relax, unwind, or shoot a music video.

a room with a tv screen

a room with a large screen a screens on a wall

My Sleeping Room 

I chose this one:

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Looking to be social? There are plenty of places to sit and eat. a room with tables and chairs a room with tables and chairs a room with tables and chairs a room with tables and chairs

Seating Areas

Looking to be antisocial? There are plenty of places to sit, especially when arriving at night.

a man sitting in a chaira room with a large screen

Bar 

Looking to drink? This is the bar for you. Not only is there a wide selection but also there is a bartender who likes to offer shots and mixed cocktails, no matter the time. a vases of flowers on a countera shelf with bottles of alcohol a shelf with bottles of alcohola bar with bottles of alcohol a bottle of alcohol on a counter a group of glasses on a table a glass of alcohol with a lime wedge on top

Snacks

There is plenty of self-service finger food before fine dining.

a glass of champagne and a bowl of nuts on a table

a refrigerated cooler with drinks and beverages a display of food on a counter a tray of sandwiches on a table a plate of fruit and a cake a yellow ring shaped pastry a group of chocolate cakes on a black surface

Dining 

I was there so long I had multiple dinners.

a plate of cheese and other food

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Spa

The first shave I had at an airport was at an Etihad Lounge (see Etihad Arrivals Lounge: Time for a Proper Shave). The tradition continued here.

a glass wall with a sign on it

a man taking a picture of his flight schedule
Nicer than my local barbershop.
a cup of coffee on a plate
Don’t recall my local barber giving me espresso.

There are other services available but paying is losing.
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The Cigar Lounge

Now for the main event, the cigar lounge. This is by far the coolest perk I’ve seen in an airport. The lounge features fine cigars, excellent cognac, and exclusivity.a room with chairs and a red rug a glass shelf with bottles of alcohol

a cigars and glasses on a traya cigar and a magnifying glass on a tray a cigar on a black and gold ashtray a glass with brown liquid and a magnifying glass

a menu with black text and brown text

The lounge underscores that this is The Points Of Life. Take a good look.

a man holding a magnifying glass and smoking a cigar

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Overall

This is the lounge for living.

a glass and bottle of alcohol on a tray
Cheers!

 

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