Review: Etihad Premium Lounge Abu Dhabi Terminal 3

Review: Etihad Premium Lounge, Abu Dhabi

 

This Review of Etihad Premium Lounge, Abu Dhabi is part of a trip report from Sydney, Australia to New York JFK. For the prior Australia-related posts, including Etihad A380 First Apartment, Emirates A380 First Class and Qantas A380 First Class, please see:

Review: Qantas First Class A380 London to Dubai

Review: Emirates First Class Lounge Dubai DXB

Review: Qantas First Class A380 Dubai to Melbourne, Australia

Review: Etihad Business Class Lounge Abu Dhabi

Review: Etihad A380 First Class Apartment Abu Dhabi to Sydney

Review: Qantas International Business Class Lounge, Melbourne MEL

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Review: Park Hyatt Sydney Opera Deluxe Room

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Review: Park Hyatt Sydney The Dining Room Restaurant

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Review: Etihad First and Business Class Lounge Sydney

Review: Etihad A380 First Apartment Sydney to Abu Dhabi

Review: Qantas First Class Lounge Sydney

Review: Qantas First Class A380 Sydney to Los Angeles

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Getting to the Etihad Premium Lounge, Abu Dhabi 

Our Etihad First Apartment flight from Abu Dhabi to New York JFK was at the ungodly hour of 3:20am, since this is when Etihad operates its A380 service, so it was a good thing we'd gone to bed really early the night before and that I'd set my alarm, since my requested wake-up call never came. We passed the illuminated Grand Mosque on our way to the airport:

Grand Mosque, Abu Dhabi


At the airport we alighted at Terminal 3 and headed towards the left, where there is dedicated Etihad First Class check-in. Instead of standing at a counter you sit at a desk across from the agent, similar to at my bank, First Republic–very civilized. The only thing missing are fresh baked cookies, as at First Republic.

Review: Etihad Premium Lounge Abu Dhabi: First Class Check-in


Etihad Premium Lounge, Abu Dhabi Location, Hours and Access Policy

Back when we first flew Etihad First Class in 2013, there was a dedicated, although small Etihad First Class Lounge. In 2014 they opened the Etihad Premium Lounge for first class and business class passengers, while renovating the First Class Lounge, which has been delayed several times from its original late 2014 opening to various times in 2015, then early 2016. The latest press release says the new First Class Lounge will open in May 2016–we'll see.

In any case, in the meantime, the current Etihad Premium Lounge in Terminal 3 is located near Gate 35 (the one in Terminal 1 is near the Al Reem Lounge; see Review: Etihad Business Class Lounge Abu Dhabi AUH Terminal 1 for my review of that lounge).

You'll have lounge access if you are:

  • Flying Etihad Airways first class or business class
  • an Etihad Guest Silver, Gold or Gold Elite frequent flyer on an Etihad flight

The lounge is open pretty much 24 hours, and the Style & Shave and Six Senses Spa are open most of the time as well:

  • Style & Shave: 5:30am-2:30pm and 5:30pm-2:30am
  • Six Senses Spa: 5:30am-2:30am

 

Etihad Premium Lounge, Abu Dhabi Amenities

Etihad's Premium Lounge in Terminal 3 is larger than the one at Terminal 1 and offers ample seating:

Review: Etihad Premium Lounge Abu Dhabi Terminal 3

 

There's a business centre:

Business Center, Etihad Premium Lounge Abu Dhabi Review

 

My son was happy to read a book in the Family Room / Kids' Playroom area while I went for a massage treatment:

Family Room, Etihad Premium Lounge Abu Dhabi Review

Reading in Kids' Playroom, Etihad Premium Lounge Abu Dhabi Review

 

Although we didn't have much time in the lounge, the Six Senses Spa was kind enough to squeeze me in for a complimentary massage. The massage is a chair massage, but on both this occasion and my prior visit in 2013 the massage therapist was excellent–very intuitive in ferreting out all the knots in my neck and shoulder area and working effectively on them. So much better than the British Airways Concorde Lounge Elemis Spa, although of course not the hour long oil massage in Thai Airways First Class Lounge in Bangkok.

Six Senses Spa Entrance, Etihad Premium Lounge Abu Dhabi Review

Six Senses Spa Reception, Etihad Premium Lounge Abu Dhabi Review

Six Senses Treatment Room, Etihad Premium Lounge AUH Review

 

Here is the Six Senses Spa massage treatment menu:

Six Senses Spa Menu Etihad Premium Lounge Abu Dhabi Review

 

I didn't have time for the Style & Shave Salon, which for women consists of a blow out or various manicure options (sadly, no pedicures). One treatment is complimentary for first class passengers, whereas business class passengers can pay for treatments, and the prices are reasonable.

Style Salon, Etihad Premium Lounge Abu Dhabi Review

 

Here's the Style Menu:

Style Menu, Etihad Premium Lounge Abu Dhabi Review

 

And for men, there's the Shave Salon. My husband, as he reported in his Etihad Business Class Lounge Abu Dhabi Review, got a great haircut when he visited the lounge before his flight to Sydney.

Shave Salon, Etihad Premium Lounge Abu Dhabi Review

 

Here's the Haircut and Shave Menu:

Shave Menu, Etihad Premium Lounge Abu Dhabi Review

 

Other amenities include food (via the buffet), shower rooms, a prayer room, smoking room, and den with TV pods (although since you're going to be seated for so long on the flight with primarily a screen for entertainment, that seems a superfluous option). There are no nap rooms however–hopefully the new Etihad First Class Lounge will have a few.

 

Etihad Premium Lounge Food

The Etihad Premium Lounge is surprisingly disappointing from a food standpoint, as least compared to other Etihad Premium Lounges such as the Etihad Premium Lounge in Sydney and Etihad Premium Lounge in Washington DC Dulles, which have a la carte menu dining. That's probably due to the sheer volume of passengers that use the lounge in Abu Dhabi, given that it's Etihad's hub, but it is a little ironic. 

There were the usual hummus and Arabic mezze salads:

Hummus and Arabic Mezze, Etihad Premium Lounge Abu Dhabi Review

 

Fresh fruit, both whole and cut:

Fruit and Buffet, Etihad Premium Lounge Abu Dhabi Review

Cut Fresh Fruit, Etihad Premium Lounge Abu Dhabi Review

 

Cheese:

Cheese, Etihad Premium Lounge Abu Dhabi Review

 

Sushi:

Sushi, Etihad Premium Lounge Abu Dhabi Review

 

Hot items, such as this chicken curry:

Chicken Curry, Etihad Premium Lounge Abu Dhabi Review

 

And desserts, none of which tempted me. 

Cakes, Etihad Premium Lounge Abu Dhabi Review

Desserts, Etihad Premium Lounge Abu Dhabi Review

 

There's a well stocked bar:

Bar, Etihad Premium Lounge Abu Dhabi Review

 

The Verdict

Etihad's Premium Lounge in Abu Dhabi is a very good business lounge, particularly its Six Senses Spa and Style & Shave Salon offerings (although note that business classes do need to pay for Style & Shave services). And the Family Room, while not huge, is a welcome service for both kids and exhausted parents, with friendly staff. The Etihad Premium Lounge Abu Dhabi food offerings are inferior, however, to what is offered at other Etihad Premium Lounges, where there's a la carte menu service. 

It will be interesting to see the new Etihad First Class Lounge after it opens later in 2016–hopefully it will include nap rooms and also bring back a la carte dining, which were features of the old small Etihad First Class Lounge.

If you've visited the Etihad Airways Premium Lounge in Abu Dhabi recently, what was your experience?

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