Qantas’ decision to move their hub back to Singapore has resulted in some heavy spending at Changi, and with a trip from Singapore to Da Nang in Vietnam to board our $1200 First Class Cathay Pacific flights to New York, I took the opportunity to visit the David Caon designed Qantas Singapore Lounge that kicked off a new premium feel back in 2013. Aesthetically, I think Qantas lounges are some of the best-looking lounges in the world and their contemporary overhaul in Singapore has been further refined for Hong Kong, LA and most recently, Heathrow, with a dedicated Qantas Singapore Lounge for First Class Passengers opening in November 2019.
The Qantas Singapore Lounge is located in Terminal 1, after a left turn and a short walk from immigration. Follow the escalators to the second level and turn left continuing about 50m to the end of the corridor, you should see the entrance sign in front of you.
With the updated First Class Lounge set to open in November, all Qantas First, Business, Platinum, Gold and Qantas Club members are using the Qantas Singapore Lounge as well as One World Emerald and Sapphire members. Qantas Platinum and Gold FF’s flying outbound on both Qantas and Jetstar steel (as I was) are also granted access. If you don’t have status and aren’t flying premium, you get two Qantas lounge passes when you sign up and are approved for the American Express Qantas Ultimate Card, which you can use at the Qantas Singapore Lounge.
Ambience And Design
In my opinion, almost without fail, the newer a product is, the better. This goes for aircraft, seats, lounges or hotels. In this case, interestingly, coming on six years of age, the Qantas Singapore Lounge has aged incredibly well. David Caen’s first attempt at a new ‘premium feel’ lounge after taking the reigns from the much-lauded Marc Newson is a resounding success – modern, moody and industrial with a layout that provides guests with endless seating and dining choices. Ample use of white marble paired with natural woods and polished concrete make for a sophisticated space that evolves naturally from the Newson era lounges.
Walking past the bar upon entry creates a lively vibe with folks tucking into tap beers and mixed spirits. Guests to the left in the lounge appear relaxed and diners to the right are eagerly tucking into the fantastic fare, with a surprisingly little noise from a fairly busy lounge.
Food & Drink
The food offering at the Qantas Singapore Lounge is outstanding, with the salad bar a particular standout! On my visit, a selection of A la carte options included a San Choi Bao with cashews and water chestnuts on rice or wonton soup. I sampled the delightful San Choi Bao, then investigated the buffet which boasted Sri Lankan chicken curry which was also excellent and a lentil curry among other choices. Over the other side of the kitchen was a selection of five incredible looking salads – not the garbage you find in a BA lounge either – we’re talking some serious Yotam Ottolenghi shit. At the other end of the salad bar was a handful of delectable looking desserts, assisting you in achieving Platinum One obesity should you wish to reach it.
Still reeling from a mammoth session on the free flow Veuve Cliquot from Ce La Vi Singapore’s Sky High Brunch on Saturday, I refrained from overindulging in the beverages department, opting for sparkling water and a Tiger on tap followed by a Devils Lair Chardonnay, a personal favourite of mine. There’s a handful of whites, reds and a sparkling to choose from, with plenty of spirits at the bar, as well as a serious looking coffee machine. Spotted around the lounge are drink stations with assorted beverages and automatic coffee machines with self-serve fridges for soft drinks.
The priority for a lounge at a hub is showers and you’ll be pleased to know that the Qantas Singapore Lounge delivers in abundance. Twenty capacious shower suites are located towards the end of the dining room, with an attendant happy to show you to a vacant one with a smile. The bathrooms are located over the other side of the lounge and are perfectly pleasant also.
There’s a small business centre with a few iMacs and a printer situated in the far corner of the lounge, it didn’t look busy when I visited – not that many do these days given the proliferation of smartphones, tablets, and lightweight laptops.
The Qantas Singapore Lounge is a great space with excellent food, service and facilities. It really is worth making special note of the exceptional salads and dessert choices – it’s clear every detail has been considered. Since the redirection of Qantas A380’s last year, there has been a lot of discussion about the lounge getting very busy and while it filled up closer to my boarding time, it was by no means overrun. As with all lounge visits, it’s vital you work out what your priority is once inside, be it a shower, food, rest or quick connectivity. If you plan properly I doubt you’ll be disappointed in this lounge, even if it does get a little crowded.
For further Qantas Singapore Lounge location and access information head to the Qantas website.