Since I booked an Etihad business class flight from Abu Dhabi to Male, Maldives via American Airlines miles, access to the Etihad business class lounge was part of the package. Usually, I won’t make an effort to get to the airport early simply for lounge access. But since my wife and I had access to an exclusive lounge with many rave reviews, I felt like we would have missed out on a great opportunity if we arrived an hour before departure. So we arrived 2.5 hours before departure which gave us plenty of time at the lounge.
Our boarding passes were scanned upon entry and the staff gave us a tour of the lounge. The buffet area, business center, bar, lounge area, and of course the spa. We purposely skipped the hotel breakfast to have the breakfast here and we were glad we did.There was a great selection of food with breakfast meats, traditional Middle Eastern fare, and a healthy selection that included a variety of fruits and oatmeal.
The lounge itself was very spacious and there was no shortage of seats. There was also a dessert table which I really tried hard to avoid but I couldn’t. It was basically yelling at me to come over and so I did
The lounge area is perfect if you have to get work done and need a semi-quiet area. The six senses spa located in the lounge used to be complimentary for business class passengers but that is no longer the case. You can get a variety of massages starting at $25 for 15 minutes. If you’re traveling from Abu Dhabi via business class, be sure to stop by the business class lounge. You will be glad you did.
This lounge is a perfect 5/5. It exceeded my expectations and has everything from top-notch food, dessert, and drink options to fast wifi and even a spa. There is plenty of space to spread out and during my time there, it was not crowded.