The Etihad Airways Premium Lounge (T3) in Abu Dhabi is one of few airport lounges all over the world that you are not looking forward to leave anytime again. The complimentary amenities include a rich buffet with an unlimited choice, comfortable seating, shower facilities and 15-minute massages for you comfort. All this luxury can only be found in Abu Dhabi.
The mentioned amenities sound like First Class for you? Well, you are right. That’s what we thought as well when entering the Etihad Airways Premium Lounge (T3). We also reviewed the Lounge at Terminal 1 at the Abu Dhabi International Airport, but the Terminal 3 one was even better.
It was not only the rich buffet, but also many other complimentary amenities that were available in the lounge. Our great experience started with comfortable seating occupancies that are spread out all over the lounge.
There is a dining area, a bar area, a working area and several lounging and relaxation areas in which you may also sleep. Last but not least, there is also a smoking room.
What makes the Etihad Airways Premium Lounge (T3) a very relaxing and comfortable lounge is the seating.
The choice of different seating occupancies is pretty much unbeatable and you won’t miss your privacy even when the lounge begins to fill. The couches are all very comfortable and even got pillows on them – something that is very rare in airport lounges.
The armchairs that are also available throughout the lounge are also very comfortable. Even the chairs in the dining area are quite good for longer sitting.
The working area, thus a little too small in my opinion, is equipped with high-quality computers and comfortable chairs as well.
Something that can’t be praised enough is the buffet that is offered in the Etihad Airways Premium Lounge (T3) in Abu Dhabi.
It’s even wrong to talk of just one buffet as there are several ones spread throughout the lounge. There was one large table for every course – a buffet for starters, a buffet for main dishes and a buffet for desserts.
Even though we’ve been to several great hotels and already tried buffet dining in several hotels, we did not see a buffet with such a quality and such a choice ever before. Each and every dish was utterly amazing.
We also liked the fact that the choice included Arabic as well as international cuisine. However, the thing we loved most was the desert buffet for sure. Several cakes, fruits, chocolates and other deserts made us feel like we were in heaven.
It’s tough to believe that the great food at the Etihad Airways Premium Lounge in Abu Dhabi could be topped by anything, but there is something that may be at least on the same level.
All guests flying Business or First Class are invited to enjoy a complimentary 15-minute massage. There are several different ones available. We decided for the back massage and felt very relaxed after the treatment.
Talking of relaxation, there are also large washrooms with modern toilets, high-quality Spa amenities and large rain showers that are available on request. After each and every guest using the facilities, the staff is cleaning them thoroughly.
For the entertainment of passengers, Etihad Airways always offers large televisions with news programs, computers by Apple and a wide range of newspapers and magazines.
In conclusion, the Etihad Airways Premium Lounge (T3) at the Abu Dhabi International Airport is by far the best lounge we ever had the pleasure to visit. Even though the lounge at Terminal 1 is very good as well, the Etihad Airways Premium Lounge at Terminal 3 is pretty much unbeatable.
An incredible buffet, complimentary massages and complimentary buffet as well as perfect service and utter friendliness of the staff made our time in the Etihad Airways Premium Lounge a great one.