· A hot tub and wet room
Virgin Atlantic's Clubhouse at London-Heathrow takes the cake for most unique amenities. Besides the hot tub mentioned above, there is also a mini recording and music mixing studio, a full salon, a pool table and vintage Pac-Man video game tables. Still, if you've kept your bathing suit in your carry-on, that hot tub and chaise loungers are open for the taking. Skip a back massage and go instead for some good ol' aqua action.
· A french patisserie and a noodle bar
Cathay Pacific's The Wing at Hong Kong International
samples from both the east and west to put smiles on their Business Class flyers. In the Coffee Loft, all pastries are french-influenced and made from AOC (Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée) butter from France. The airline likes to brag that they're the "best pastries in Hong Kong." If it's not breakfast time, then it's noodle time. Cathay's lounges are famous for their noodle bars, and the signature slightly spicy dish, Dan dan mien.
· A billiards hall and library
Turkish Airlines' CIP lounge at Istanbul's Atatürk International is capable of entertaining and relaxing some 2,000 passengers per day, or getting them into a good book or game of billiards. This new lounge in the international departures area has only been open for a year this month.
· Private offices
Qantas's First lounge at Sydney International will let you take that conference call...in complete privacy. Full offices are for use, each including the necessary tech tools (computers, fax/printer, flatscreen TV) plus a sitting area and guest desk chair.
· An oxygen bar
Delta's SkyTeam lounge at London-Heathrow means you're in luck, as this two-story lounge boasts an oxygen bar, a wine bar, "relaxation rooms" (code for "take a serious siesta") and a massive living wall packed with fresh greenery. The views over the airline gates aren't too shabby, either.
· Private bedrooms and bathrooms
Lufthansa's First Class Terminal at Frankfurt International
goes above and beyond having nap nooks and shower stalls; there's entire private bedrooms and even a bathroom featuring a full-size bathtub (with rubber ducky). For those with less time on their hands, hit up the cigar lounge or order one of the 100 whiskies on hand at the main bar.
· A classic pool table with mother-of-pearl inlays
Virgin Atlantic's Clubhouse at New York-JFK is brand-spanking-new, and so is its pool table, though it may look like an heirloom trucked in from a residence of Richard Branson. Conveniently situated nearest the bar and Hugh Hefner-esque seating, the pool table is the crowning finish to a space that exudes the air of a gentleman's club.
· A full buffet of Southeast Asian and international cuisine
Singapore Airlines' SilverKris lounge at Singapore-Changi will feed you like a caring mother would. The service is extremely attentive, and if you want several helpings of the chicken tikka, then the smiles are only wider. You're doing something wrong if you don't then board your flight totally full and on the brink of happy sleep.
· A den for watching The Big Game
ANA's First Class lounge at Tokyo-Haneda has a secret. It's a darker room in a corner of the lounge, with many widescreen TVs and club seating, which is specifically aimed at transitioning into a space for broadcasting big sporting events. Surely the Olympics will be on next week!
· An entire lounge just for smokers
KLM's Crown Lounge at Amsterdam-Schiphol:
This is the flagship Crown Lounge in the international departures area, and thus its huge space leaves enough room to accommodate travelers who need to puff before hopping a flight. Non-smokers should check out the nap room and collection of tiny Delft porcelain houses.
· A sandwich bar and panini press
Virgin Australia's lounge at Brisbane International has their short-hop flyers in mind, with lunch as the focus. Press your own panini or challenge yourself to build the highest easily edible club sandwich.
· A hot dog vending cart
Air New Zealand's Koru lounge at Sydney International takes inspiration straight from the streets of New York City, including a retro hot dog cart near their other food options. Yes, it has relish. Yes, it has steamed buns and boiled dogs. And yes, it has its own foursquare venue.
· A fireplace and living room
BMI's Great British Lounge at London's Heathrow desperately tries to take your mind off the stress and anxiety of travel. How better to do that than sit you down in a living room, before a cozy fire, perhaps with a cup of tea? When you eventually begin to nod off, head over to the nap loungers.
· A mini-pub
British Airways' Terraces lounge at New York-JFK tries to get their guests primed for all the drinking they're about to do in the UK, by offering beer on tap and bags of chips in a pub corner. Anything that's not on the two taps is available in the mini-fridge, so come thirsty.
Turkish Airlines' library and billiards hall
[All photos: Jaunted]