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Air France first announced the reopening of its Business Class lounge in Hall “L” in Terminal 2 of Paris Charles De Gaulle airport back in January (I wrote about it at the time) but the lounge renovations weren’t actually finished at that time – a third of the lounge was still closed off and has remained closed off up until now.
Air France said back in January that it would open the final part of the lounge in July and, true to its word, that’s exactly what the airline has done.
Here’s a look at what the whole lounge now looks like:
The lounge offers 540 seats set out over 3,200 square meters (~34,400 square feet) so it’s big.
The main elements of the lounge, according to Air France, are:
- “Le Balcon”, an exclusive space created by the designer Mathieu Lehanneur;
- A chic and elegant cocktail menu created by the Hotel Lancaster in Paris;
- The “Gourmet Table” a catering area where a chef prepares the dish of the day in front of customers;
- The largest wellness area of all the Air France lounges;
- A Kids area to entertain children before their trip;
- Several other areas for a tailor-made experience.
A useful addition to the lounge is an interactive plan that guests can find at the lounge entrance. This shows where all the various lounge areas/amenities are to be found and shows the services available based on the amount of time guests have.
This is a 160 sq. m. (~1,700 sq. ft.) bar area with views of the runways and airport apron. There is a bar which is surrounded by theatre-style “box seating”
Per Air France:
Each box is upholstered in blue velvet and embroidered with their respective numbers, and features a large sofa, a pedestal table and the latest connectivity services.
At the center an LCD screen has been built into the floor showing images of the sky directly in line with the current time of day (presumably this is for guests who prefer not to simply look outside!).
Between 7pm and 9pm even evening Air France offers a variety of complimentary cocktails designed for the airline by the head bartender of the Hotel Lancaster in Paris.
The “gourmet table” area of the lounge is said to have been designed “in the spirit of a Parisian brasserie” with an open kitchen where “a chef prepares tasty hot dishes by adding the final touch in front of the customer“.
There’s a self-service area too which offers hot and cold seasonal dishes ranging from casseroles/stews to salads and pastries.
Lastly (on the dining front), it wouldn’t be a French lounge if there wasn’t a wine selection. This lounge’s wines and champagnes have been selected by Paolo basso “world’s best sommelier in 2013“.
The Wellness Area
At over 550 sq.m (5,900+ sq. ft.) the lounge offers the largest wellness area out all the Air France lounges and the airline claims that it has been designed to “plunge the customer into a cocoon where time seems stands still”.
Here’s what Air France says the wellness area offers:
- An “Instant Relaxation” area to relax comfortably in sun loungers or mini-suites
- A detox bar offering the latest new organic detox products from the Palais des Thés as well as Evian flavoured waters
- A Clarins spa dedicated to facial treatments with two private cabins where guests can enjoy all the expertise of Clarins beauticians
- Two private saunas
- Large luxury showers
- A three-dimensional digital sculpture radiating at the heart of the wellness area. A surprising piece of artwork that changes shape, intensity and colour throughout the day.
The Kids Area
As if to prove that the lounge offers a very broad range of amenities we move from the wellness area to what must surely be at the very opposite end of the relaxation spectrum – the kids area.
This area has been designed with children from 4 to 12 in mind and offers two Sony PS4 consoles (complete with games) and a TablePlay by Novotel touch table.
Air France haven’t said if this part of the lounge is divided off from the other parts in any meaningful way but, hopefully, the designers have seen fit to add some soundproofing to the area.
- “Le Petit Salon” to switch off in a place where calm reigns and smartphones are silent;
- An “At Your Service” area, for assistance from Air France staff in the lounge, to help book a shower or sauna, change a seat or flight, etc.
- “Le Club”, a privatized space, to spend time alone or meet others in a friendly atmosphere;
- “Air France Shopping” display cabinets to discover and purchase a selection of exclusive objects signed by Air France
- Two large co-working tables with individual sockets to work quietly.
- Two press kiosks, located on both sides of the bar offering French and international newspapers and magazines, in addition to the offer available on the “Air France Play” app.
If anyone has had a chance to check out this lounge since it fully opened a few days ago please let us know what you think of it in the comments below.