Etihad First Class Lounge // Heaven Has Heels

First class has never been more appealing thanks to Etihad’s new Diamond First Class Lounge in Abu Dhabi International airport. Sectioned off to create mini areas of opulence, this haven has everything you need to recharge: a-la-carte dining, day beds, an entertainment area and a fully equipped day spa. Nibble on a light snack of warm, maple-syrup popcorn or awaken the senses with an Arabic coffee and fresh dates. For a more filling meal, try the baked saffron and pepper grilled hammour with lemon butter made-to- order in the lounge’s open kitchen. Relax on luxurious furnishings from around the world, including leather products from Italian designers Poltrona Frau while you wait patiently for your turn to be pampered at the lounge’s day spa. Treat your tortured body to a complimentary facial, receive a luxurious back massage or book in for a leg rub. However you choose to pass the time, you won’t be disappointed. Inside the darkened treatment rooms with burning oils and soothing music, qualified staff massage the life back into tired limbs, gentle hands plump dehydrated skin and soothing fragrances lull sleep-deprived bodies into a state of euphoria. It is practical opulence at its best, guaranteed to make long-haul travel that much more enjoyable. EtihadAirways.com — ANGELA GILLTRAP