My local airport is Cardiff, so when I was offered the chance to review the executive lounge prior to my recent holiday to Greece I was so looking forward to it.
I've used executive lounges at different airports before and I find that it helps to start your holiday in a relaxed mood. The executive lounge is through security and past the duty-free shop at Cardiff airport.
When my husband and I arrived at Cardiff airport it was very busy as it was the first week of the Summer holidays in the UK, so when we got to the executive lounge we breathed a sigh of relief as it really was a little oasis of calm.
We were greeted by staff, welcomed and given a code for free wi-fi and two 10 percent discount vouchers for the duty-free shop. Top tip here would be to go to the lounge first in case you are given a discount voucher. You can come and go from the lounge as you please.
In the lounge, there is an array of hot and cold drinks, such as tea, coffee, juice, squash, and alcohol.
The choice of alcoholic beverages is good, from white and red wine to spirits such as gin, vodka, and Penderyn Welsh whisky. You are allowed to have a number of drinks, but obviously getting drunk is frowned upon.
There is also a range of snacks, from crisps and peanuts to cereal, muffins, croissants, waffles and the like as well as fresh fruit. You certainly couldn't consider it a meal but it was a nice addition.
There was a selection of newspapers and magazines as well to relax with as you wait for your flights.
If you are travelling for business the executive lounge also offers facilities such as telephone, fax and photocopier use and free access to Internet terminals.
In the last year, Cardiff airport has expanded the flights they offer greatly and has now over 50 direct routes as well as 900 connecting destinations. This is great for travellers but does mean the airport is busier than ever, the perfect reason to treat yourself to the executive lounge.
The executive lounge at Cardiff airport is available for 3 hours prior to your flight time and is priced at £20. Opening hours for the lounge is 5am to 9pm in the Summer with shorter opening hours November to April and closed on Christmas Day.
When you consider the free wi-fi, snacks and alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages I think it is a fair price. The best part for me was the peace and tranquillity prior to my flight as I am a nervous flier. If you want to start your holiday in a relaxing way, this lounge is the way to go.