On the beach! World's best airport lounge to open in Barbados

Virgin Holidays airport lounge beach

The world's first airport lounge on a beach is set to open in Barbados in May 2018, making your departure from your holiday island a more enjoyable experience.

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Virgin Holidays' The Departure Beach, located on the pristine Brownes Beach on the Caribbean island, will feature a private air-conditioned lounge, premium bathroom and showering facilities, a beach-friendly bar and restaurant and Virgin Atlantic check-in.

The Departure Beach

While the thought of hanging around the airport on departure day usually leaves travellers with dread, the revolutionary holiday experience will give you one last treat before you set off for home.

It will be particularly wonderful for travellers who need to check out of their hotels at midday and can head straight to the airport lounge beach, especially as many flights don't return until late in the evening leading to a 'lost day' of holiday.

The Departure Beach, Barbados

For travellers who wish to use the beautiful beach, they can simply add it to their booking so that they can check in and chill out on the day. There'll be a free lunch, complimentary beach towels and plastic bags for wet swimsuits. Lounge guests will also have access to WiFi and a kids gaming area.

The Departure Beach will only be available for Virgin Holidays customers, with entry complimentary for guests staying at Savannah Beach in Barbados or those on a cruise that terminates in Barbados. Other customers can add The Departure Beach to their booking for an opening promotional price of £20 per adult and £15 per child.

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Passengers at Munich Airport don't have to sleep on uncomfortable airport chairs as there are special self-service Napcab cabins offering a comfortable space to sleep before your flight. And to ensure you're far from the stress of the terminal, there's mood sound and lighting, entertainment and even an alarm you can set so you won't miss your flight.

Last year, San Francisco International Airport opened a serene space for yoga bunnies - the first of its kind Yoga Room in Terminal 2. Located just past the security checkpoint, it allows travellers to leave the stress of the airport behind and step into a space devoted to contemplation and self-reflection. The noise and mobile-free room is free to use and comes complete with yoga mats so you don't have to worry about extra baggage!

Travellers waiting for a flight at Dallas Airport can put their time to good use and learn how to save a life, as the American Heart Association and American Airlines have placed a Hands-Only CPR machine in Terminal C for six months allowing hands-on practice with an actual CPR mannequin. The machine gives you an introduction and a practice session before testing your compression rates and hand placement.

Fancy trying an aerobatic flight? At Cambridge Airport, you can take to the skies in a high performance aerobatic aircraft similar to those used in the Red Bull Air Race series. Free of the logistical difficulties of learning to fly in London’s aerospace, you'll learn while enjoying one of the most beautiful aerial views in the country - of colleges and churches! Lessons are supervised by a highly experienced instructor and after you've been through a series of breathtaking loop-the-loop-style manoeuvres, you can take the controls and try your hand at some basic manoeuvres.

If you've got a few hours of waiting time during a stopover at South Korea's Incheon Airport, you'll want to go on an exciting (and free!) Transit Tour to get a taste of the local culture and see the stunning sights. Whether you've got a couple of hours or six, the free tours take in beautiful temples, the city of Seoul at night or Incheon Grand Bridge and the port.

There's no need to get bored waiting for your flight at Zurich Airport, as you can go on a guided tour of the airport and find out what goes on behind the scenes. From a sightseeing tour of the flight operations areas by bus, to visiting the aircraft maintenance facilities and repair services, there are various tours and visits for aviation enthusiasts.

A proposal at an airport could be really romantic (if you're a plane spotter), but how about actually tying the knot at one? At Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, couples can say 'I do' with a unique wedding ceremony before escaping abroad for a honeymoon. Choose from a contemporary aviation-style wedding ceremony to nuptials styled in the aviation days of yesteryear, a "quickie" before jumping on the plane. You can even have a full-on wedding party on a plane.

What's the best way to enjoy the airport views? From a rocking chair, of course! America's Charlotte Airport was the first to place more than 100 rocking chairs around its terminal. Passengers can take in the views of the runway with a coffee in hand or relax in the tree-lined atrium and soak up the sunshine while waiting for a flight.

You don't even have to leave Incheon Airport to get cultured in South Korea as the Cultural Museum of Korea is located in the Transfer Lounge, displaying a collection of relics that cover a 5,000-year timeline. At the museum you'll find the Mugu jeonggwang dae darani-gyeong, the oldest known wooden slab print in the world, Jikji, the world’s oldest existing book published by movable metal type, and Yong-bi-eo-chun-ga and Wol-in-chon-gang-ji-gok, two of the earliest works printed in the Korean alphabet.

Singapore's Changi Airport might just be our favourite airport in the world. There's so much to keep you occupied here that you really won't want to catch the flight home. For a start, it's home to a Balinese-themed rooftop swimming pool and poolside area. And if going for a swim as you wait for your flight isn't enough, you can share your photos and video memories on a Social Tree, visit the Butterfly Garden and take a stroll through Cactus, Sunflower and Orchid Gardens. Or just enhance your airport experience by visiting the Changi Aviation Gallery. Who knew that being stuck at the airport could actually be fun?


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