Going on holiday is an exciting time, and for most your holiday starts as soon as you leave the house. Most of us will agree that the airport is an exciting experience whether you enjoy circling the duty free aisles, having a drink in the bar, or just simply relaxing before your flight with a cup of tea and a magazine. But if you have children this can be difficult as their excitement levels will be at an all-time high, which can sometimes result in tantrums and not to mention all the money you will spend on drinks and snacks to keep them occupied.
That’s why airport lounges are great idea if you have little ones as drinks and snacks are included in the price , along with newspapers and magazines in many. Some even offer free Wi-Fi so you can stay connected before your flight. So, if you’re wondering where you’ll find the most child-friendly airport lounges, put your feet up because we have done the research for you and listed the most child-friendly airport lounges around the globe from the more luxurious to the standard. Here’s what made the list –
Turkish Airlines CIP Lounge at Istanbul Airport, Turkey
This lounge is like a hotel with everything from pool tables, a library, huge TV screens and private sleeping rooms. You will also find work areas with iMac computers and a cinema room with popcorn to complete the picture.
Offering an extensive menu of hot and cold food and snacks, this is the time to take advantage of the many food stations serving up treats such as omelettes and pizzas. There are also lockers available where you can store your carry-on luggage. For Kids – Playroom with video games as well as an infant room with baby changing facilities.
American Airlines Admirals Club Lounge, JFK Airport, New York
An Internet café, T-Mobile Wi-Fi hotspots, private showers, 2 TV Lounges, and newspapers are all on offer at this airport lounge.
Choose from a list of complimentary soft drinks, tea and coffee, and light snacks. Alternatively, there is also additional food available at the bar but this will come with an extra charge. For kids – Enclosed room dedicated to little ones with 3 computers and a TV showing a host of children’s programmes.
Malaysia Airlines Golden Lounge, Kuala Lumpur
Wi-Fi, internet enabled desktops, and private spaces where you can catch up on your sleep, there’s no denying it, this is a great airport lounge. Still not impressed? Then there is even a virtual putting green and an on-site spa offering all types of treatments.
When it comes to food you can sample hot food from the Malaysian and International buffet. Or, if this doesn’t tempt your taste buds, how about an a la carte from the bistro or a sports bar offering more food and drink options? For Kids – Kids corner is great with its extensive art supplies and baby changing areas.
Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse, London Heathrow
You’ll never be bored at this airport lounge with a games area, pool table, retro arcade, a cinema, and Internet access which will allow you to catch up with the latest on social media, this is a fantastic airport lounge. And if you want to feel refreshed before your flight there is a fully-equipped spa with a sauna, steam room and showers. Or, if you want to look glam on your plane journey why not have a hair makeover in the salon.
The Clubhouse also offers a range of facilities, including showers, toilets, and telephone booths where you can make local and national calls for free. Feeling hungry or thirsty? Then you’ll be spoiled for choice with the The Deli, The Brasserie which offers a-la-carte, and Grab and Go which has two stations offering healthy snacks and drinks if you’re watching your holiday figure.
For Kids – The Den, the lounge club house, has a fabulous activity centre filled with the latest toys and a TV showing a range of children’s TV programmes.
American Express Centurion Lounge, Miami, Florida
This lounge is brand new, having opened on the 4th June 2015. Complimentary spa services and fantastic views of the runways will keep guests fully-occupied before their flight.
Serving a range of hot and cold snacks as well as an extensive wine list, you can sample a selection of tasty treats before your flight. And don’t forget to take advantage of the fresh fruit available.
For Kids – There is a family room with a TV, toys, books, and quiet zones where kids can either relax, read a book, or burn off some of that everlasting energy. There is also a changing station for babies.
Qatar Airways, Al Mourjan Business Lounge, Qatar
Enjoy a drink in the garden resort area, have a nap in one of the quiet rooms to recharge your batteries, or surf the net with the complimentary Wi-Fi. Want to freshen up before your flight? Then there are also plenty of showers on hand to take advantage of.
Sample a meal in the dining area where you can opt for a buffet or a la carte, but if this isn’t what you’re looking then you can always try the deli or patisserie.
For Kids – There is family areas with widescreen TVs as well as a games room with its very own Formula 1 simulator, pinball machines, and a nursery with baby changing facilities.
Aspire Lounge, Newcastle, UK
Complimentary Wi-Fi and magazines are included with this lounge. You can also charge up any of your electronic devices with the lounges charging stations.A choice of snacks and drinks are also included.
For Kids – Family booths each with their own Smart TV are a great way to ease the boredom when you have a long wait at the airport. These TVs allow you to watch films, kid’s programmes, and browse the internet.
Sky Lounge Holiday Wing, Glasgow
Free Wi-Fi, flat screen TVs along with complimentary magazines and newspapers you won’t run out of things to do at Sky Lounge.
Snacks and drinks are included and if you are there for breakfast they also provide cereal and pastries, but these items are not replenished when they run out, so make sure you get there early.
For kids – There is plenty to do for the kids here with toys, games consoles and a TV complete with a DVD player. They also have baby changing facilities so you can change your baby in a relaxed and clean environment.
So, as you can see there are plenty of lounges that are family-friendly. However, you have to be aware that some airport lounges do not allow children or may have age restrictions, so be sure to check this before booking.