Kishore and Smita Iyengar sink into the uber plush environs of Airport Lounge World in Terminal 1 at Munich Franz Josef International Airport in Germany and feel totally rejuvenated.
OASIS OF CALM
Far from the hustle, bustle and flurry of the two airport terminals of the fabulous, award winning Munich International Airport, you ascend to the instantly calming interiors of smart chic welcome. The vibe is friendly, the courtesies at the reception are crisp and cheery and that prepared us for our truly awaited 6 hours of relaxation, rest and lounge luxury, quite unlike any other. This is the spanking, dazzling Airport Lounge World on level 6 of Terminal 1, departure Gate B after security check.
Brightly lit with diffused luminance, the expansive hyper angled windows looking out to airport aprons and taxiing aircraft brought smiles on our faces as we settled into the lush, enscons of semi-circular soft sofas and ergonomically comforting lounge chairs. Only the silence overwhelming us to inviting stillness.
Wilkommen in der Airport Lounge World. We felt instantly at ease after the long haul across Asia and Europe. Taking in the interiors and design elements with keen, exploring sights, we noticed careful, empathetic planning, spaciously well laid seating and relaxing covers, demarcated areas and eye soothing tones.
ULTRA CHIC, APPEALING COMFORT
Sleek ivory white luxurious enclaves open out to nerve soothing Bavarian Alpine green sofas punctuated with side rests that had power charging sockets and ultra mod lamps. A contrasting, interspersing brown added cheer to the combination as we stretched ourselves with excellent roast coffee and croissants. Smoking Lounge areas are a consideration, while local and international TV and news are a bonus.
Among the striking features are shower facilities, lockers, Lounge Bistro, Lounge Central and Lounge Café, the Relax Lounge, a Panorama Lounge and a Sky Lounge, a Prayer Room, a Private Room for meetings and business tete-a-tetes, international newspapers and magazines, free and dedicated wi-fi and a range of delicious breakfast, lunch and dinner buffets with a weekly changing menu.
The café dining suite is bright and energetic -in the appealing sense with summer toned colours of vermillion and orange for the chairs. Matt grey seamless sofa seating highlights the arrangement in a curving sweep. The free hand sound muting white ceiling design is innovatively executed with split level strobe and soft, diffused lighting. Sloping hyper sized view windows opening out to airport vistas are the hot spot for seating preference as guests in two, seek solitary silence to either work on laptops, light conversation or simply catch forty precious winks after some good robust wine.
We liked the Bistro and self-service buffet alcove which was German neat, crisp and handy. The distinct inclusion of polished raw Bavarian Alpine wood panels at strategic corners added dynamism to the décor. Hot chefing dishes, piping snacks and hors d’oeuvres are always on the offer on their ample buffet. Cold cuts, eggs, fresh fruit bowls, inviting desserts and savouries, delectable cheeses, wide variety of hot and cold beverages, top notch global wines and premium hard spirits are highlights that make the Lounge immensely sought after.
On the higher level where the Airport Lounge World commands grand apron views also, the geometrically accented smooth interior design credo extends in contrasting shades. In the seating enclaves business blue and buff black sofas catch your vision while sofa seating combos form rectangular glass top elements that reflect the multi-dimensional ceiling aspects.
A vertical raw natural Alpine timbered bracketed wall section with TV screens uplift the interiors while A fascinating buff white metal and glass screen ceiling feature that extends as continuation to the vertical aspect of a semi-circular window lookout is indeed very stylish and sophisticated.
Interspersing the arrangement here are few well placed comfortable, buff crimson upholstered sofa chairs that allow privacy and moments of solitude. Timber flushed TV screen lend current news updates and monitors announce flight timings and details constantly.
The unobtrusive and totally relaxing atmosphere in this spacious and serene lounge was the highlight of our visit and experience. The peace, quietude and overall welcoming positivity was truly valued. The choice of colours, tones and shades, the expansive, cutting edge décor and ambience yet radiating simple lines with sophistication and style are worth the visit. Friendly and helpful lounge staff and ease of mobility around the layout make for appealing aspects.
For those preferring being left alone to catch up on official connections, or those relishing the platters of goodies laid out, or those unwinding and stretching out with a good book and some fine vodka, -this is the tres chic transit landmark to come to at Munich’s cheerful International Airport Terminal 1.
Real Blue blood Bavarian hospitality permeates with class and understated warmth. Prost!
For online booking please visit munich-airport.com