If you’re a regular to TrekTrendy you’ll know that i’m incredibly passionate about travel. I have a section of my site dedicated to my personal travels and my aim is to show you how to replicate this at an equally impressive price. One of the quickest fixes for any trip, by turning it into a luxurious experience, is to indulge in a business or first class lounge at your departure airport. Back in October/November, I spend a week out in the UAE, travelling on Etihad from London Heathrow to Abu Dhabi. Being a Silver Etihad Guest holder I was able to enjoy lounge access throughout the trip. I’ve put together my trip report for the first class lounge in Heathrow terminal 4 below. Remember, like the TrekTrendy Facebook page and you’ll entered into my monthly competition to win a lounge pass, so you can travel in style next time you go away!
London Heathrow Terminal Four
Whilst I’d love to be writing this trip report today of my experience in the Etihad 1st Class lounge, unfortunately upon arrival I was informed it was under refurbishment and I was referred to the Gulf Air First lounge instead. This is a shame as I was looking forward to experiencing their coveted T4 lounge, which has had excellent reviews. Nevertheless I hotfooted it over to the Gulf Air lounge, which is located over by gate 5 of T4, next to the Malaysian Airlines lounge.
The Gulf Air First Class Lounge
Upon entering through the automatic doors, a hostess greeted me and I presented to her my Silver Etihad Guest card. After a glance at the Etihad print out, the Gulf Air hostess led me into the lounge asking if I had been before, to which I answered no (whilst I have a Gold Pass with Gulf Air I haven’t actually flown with them before!). She quickly explained the facilities, alas no Six Senses Spa, which the Etihad lounge featured, but instead a large bar area, comfortable seating areas, a business lounge and dining area. After declining the offer of a 3 course meal at 7am, I elected to head directly to the bar to sample the champagne. I was quickly served, and the Champagne offered was, Comte de Dampierre, which went down a treat!
The food, champagne and facilities
I had a look over by the buffet, and the food did look pretty fantastic, all set up for breakfast there was an array of pancakes, waffles and pastries. There was also a large selection of soft drinks also. I checked out the business centre, which consisted of 4 iMacs, and some business magazines. It was private enough to get your head down to write/check a few emails. Finally after walking past the prayer room, I had a quick look at the bathrooms, which were immaculate, and featured Rituals toiletries.
Overall, whilst I wasn’t able to experience the Etihad lounge, it was a nice surprise to try out another airlines lounge. It was a shame to miss out on the Six Senses spa, but I’ll be flying Etihad next month again so will have the opportunity to try out their refurbed product then.
You’ll notice especially from one of my airmiles guides in the start here section of TrekTrendy, that I absolutely love Etihad. This is for quite a few reasons, but mainly because their product is fantastic, and they have a huge array of different destinations. I guess the strongest being that I also love the UAE. What’s great though is their frequent flyer programme Etihad Guest, is quite easy to obtain at an Elite status. I was able to get Silver after flying only a couple of times with them, simply by booking at times with mileage offers on. Remember once you have an elite stauts with one airline it’s so much easier to get a status match to another. I’ve got an article introducing the art of status matching here, and I’ve also thrown in a Silver Hilton Honors pass for you.