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Air New Zealand Lounge Review – Sydney (SYD)

Air New Zealand Lounge Review – Sydney (SYD)

Talk about a knock-out!  The Air New Zealand Business Class Lounge in Sydney is a mega-star. Slick design, great food, a coffee bar – and super friendly staff.  

Here’s a review of my recent visit to this lounge:

Atmosphere

 Dining Area - Air New Zealand Lounge Sydney    Photo: Calvin Wood

Dining Area - Air New Zealand Lounge Sydney   Photo: Calvin Wood

The place feels more like a hip hotel lobby vs an airline club.  Everything has a mod, clean, crisp feel to it.   I especially loved the mood lighting used throughout – with an emphasis on pink hues to match the accent colors in the stylish furniture. 

 Mod Seating - With A Focus On Pink!   - Air New Zealand Lounge Sydney    Photo: Calvin Wood

Mod Seating - With A Focus On Pink!   - Air New Zealand Lounge Sydney   Photo: Calvin Wood

 Tarmac Seating - Air New Zealand Lounge Sydney    Photo: Calvin Wood

Tarmac Seating - Air New Zealand Lounge Sydney   Photo: Calvin Wood

The views from the lounge were spectacular as well.  The designers used extra big windows which opens up the whole facility – and gives plane spotters hours of fun!

The lounge has plenty of seating in a variety of configurations that addresses every imaginal travel need: you can move from the bar to work - effortlessly!  

 Plenty of Seating - Air New Zealand Lounge Sydney    Photo: Calvin Wood

Plenty of Seating - Air New Zealand Lounge Sydney   Photo: Calvin Wood

 Cubby Hole Seating - Air New Zealand Lounge Sydney    Photo: Calvin Wood

Cubby Hole Seating - Air New Zealand Lounge Sydney   Photo: Calvin Wood

Dining

 Breakfast Nook - With French Toast Maker!  Air New Zealand Lounge Sydney  Photo: Calvin Wood

Breakfast Nook - With French Toast Maker!  Air New Zealand Lounge Sydney Photo: Calvin Wood

I was there for breakfast – and the dining options were fantastic.

Beyond the standard yogurts, cold cuts, eggs, and bacon/sausage found in most lounges – Air New Zealand had a number of unique treats on hand – like made-to-order French Toast!  Yes you read that right – they have a chef on hand to make sure you have hot, fresh egg-dipped breads!  I've never seen that before - not even in France....

 Smoothies & Fresh Fruit - Air New Zealand Lounge Sydney   Photo: Calvin Wood

Smoothies & Fresh Fruit - Air New Zealand Lounge Sydney  Photo: Calvin Wood

Other unique treats included a variety of specialty smoothies (Kale and Pear!!) and specially prepared yogurts with a variety of fruits and toppings (I loved the chia seed infused one!)

 Dining Area - Air New Zealand Lounge Sydney   Photo: Calvin Wood

Dining Area - Air New Zealand Lounge Sydney  Photo: Calvin Wood

Beverages

 What A Spectacular Bar!  Air New Zealand Lounge Sydney    Photo: Calvin Wood

What A Spectacular Bar!  Air New Zealand Lounge Sydney   Photo: Calvin Wood

One of the first things I noticed when I entered the lounge – was its showstopper bar.  It’s enormous!

Fully stocked and ready for a hard core cocktail crowd – this bar was impressive for a business class lounge.  New Zealand wines, bubbly, and spirits were all on hand.

While I was there though (at 7AM) the popular beverage was understandably coffee – and Air New Zealand had a team of baristas on hand to ensure they met the high demand.  They have a special app loaded on an iPad.  You select your choice of cup, beverage, and intensity all on this app. Again – something else unique that Air New Zealand has rolled out.  

Showers

 Vanity In Shower Units - Air New Zealand Lounge Sydney    Photo: Calvin Wood

Vanity In Shower Units - Air New Zealand Lounge Sydney   Photo: Calvin Wood

Another innovation: when I wanted to have a shower, I was able to pop into the shower facility and select my own unit  (that’s not normal – you usually have to sign up for a room in most lounges).  

 Shower Stalls - Air New Zealand Lounge Sydney   Photo: Calvin Wood

Shower Stalls - Air New Zealand Lounge Sydney  Photo: Calvin Wood

The facilities were gorgeous and spacious.  Each unit came with a huge vanity and walk in shower.  The water flowed through either a ‘rain’ or a standard nozzle.

 Antipodes Toiletries - Air New Zealand Lounge Sydney    Photo: Calvin Wood

Antipodes Toiletries - Air New Zealand Lounge Sydney   Photo: Calvin Wood

I have to call out the New Zealand Antipode toiletries  (shampoo, conditioner, and soap).  This is an organic beauty brand from the South Pacific.  I especially loved their Nirvana Hand & Body Wash that was scented with hibiscus flowers!  It’s always a treat to discover some new, luxurious, beauty brands!

My Verdict

 Air New Zealand Lounge Sydney    Photo: Calvin Wood

Air New Zealand Lounge Sydney   Photo: Calvin Wood

The Air New Zealand Lounge in Sydney is a true gem – especially if you like trendy clubs!   I loved the whole ambiance and mood.  The kiwi’s always execute everything in a cool, natural way -– it’s really impressive!

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