The Secret to Happy Travel? Aspire Lounge at Manchester Airport
February 15, 2017
If you are following me on social media you might know that I’ve just got back from Copenhagen. It was my first trip to Denmark and I have so much to tell you, there is going to be many blog posts coming your way! I thought I would start right at the beginning – Manchester Airport. I was kindly invited to experience the Aspire Lounge in Terminal One at Manchester Airport before we flew off.
The Aspire Lounge is located upstairs above all the shops. I’ve flown from Manchester Airport many times but never noticed the entrance which is in between Next and Dixons. After getting through security, picking up all the last minute essentials from Boots and getting spendy in World Duty Free, (I couldn’t resist, there’s a MAC!) we made our way to the lounge.
On arrival, we were greeted at the door by a lovely lady who talked us through the lounge and basically told us to make ourselves comfortable, help ourselves to snacks and newspapers and relax. The whole lounge overlooks the runway which itself is pretty entertaining to watch and see all the planes taking off and landing. We made sure we got a window seat to enjoy our food with a view.
It was around 11am on a Sunday morning, so they were just switching between breakfast and lunch so there was a mix of everything. We managed to get the last Bacon rolls. There was also a salad bar which is open all day, cereals, pastries, general snacks such as nuts, crisps & biscuits and also a soup of the day. You can help yourself to soft drinks from the refrigerator and there’s also a bar which you can get alcoholic drinks served such as beer, wine and spirits. I believe cocktails, prosecco and champagne are served at an additional charge.
Our flight turned out to be delayed for 30 minutes so it was nice to be able to relax in the lounge a little longer and take advantage of their unlimited free Wi-Fi and plug sockets. The lounge was a nice change from the hustle and bustle of the departures lounge. Overall, it made the experience a little calmer and stress-free. The lounge currently costs £21.99 (until then 1st April, then it’s £22.50) if you pre-book in advance. Whilst I absolutely loved the lounge and had no faults, it’s slightly on the pricey side. I’d reserve this experience for a treat or before a long haul flight to relax. You can find more information on Executive Lounges which are located in many airports across Europe here.
Have you been in an Executive Lounge at the Airport? Do you think this is the secret to happy travel?
*My visit to the Aspire Lounge was complimentary in return for an honest review. As always, all opinions are my own.
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