Swiss Lounges, Geneva International Airport
When it came to designing new lounges for Geneva Airport, Swiss Air stuck to what it knows best—being Swiss. More than 10 tons of limestone from the Jura Mountains were used in the construction, the menu consists of national dishes such as älplermakkaroni (Alpine-style macaroni-and-cheese), and the chocolate leather chairs and sofas were produced by Vitra (though designed by Londoner Jasper Morrison). swiss.com.
San Francisco–based Gensler Architects (currently at work on JFK’s new JetBlue terminal) have created a 15,000-square-foot eco-lounge that evokes a contemporary California-cool vibe, with sea grass–resin panels, chiseled limestone walls, B&B Italia chairs, and walnut-wood partitions. First- and business-class passengers can freshen up in one of nine shower suites. lawa.org/lax.
Lufthansa, Munich Airport International
Passengers at the new Lufthansa first-class lounge in Munich can expect red-carpet treatment: in-lounge security and separate passport control (no long lines), and a chauffeured Mercedes-Benz S-Class or Porsche Cayenne to take travelers directly to their aircraft. The two-story, 9,000-square-foot lounge also includes a white-marble and oak bathroom with three showers, a Jacuzzi, and Dr. Hauschka products. lufthansa.com.
Qantas, Sydney Airport
Australia’s premier interior and furniture designer, Marc Newson, has put his futuristic feng shui touch on the carrier’s new first-class lounge. A brilliant wall of 8,400 plants offsets a striking all-white entrance. Once inside, you’ll find a 48-seat Neil Perry restaurant. sydneyairport.com.au.