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first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterEtihad Airways has officially opened its spectacular new Premium Lounge at Melbourne Airport, offering guests a stylish, comfortable environment in which they can relax, re-energise, dine, work or be entertained pre-flight.A natural light-filled space with floor-to-ceiling glass, it offers expansive views across the runway. At more than 800 square metres with seating capacity for up to 133 guests, it is the airline’s largest Premium Lounge outside Abu Dhabi.A centrepiece of the new lounge is the intimate 26-seat dining area. Here guests will enjoy the airline’s signature hospitality with restaurant-style à la carte dining and an international buffet.The kitchen prides itself on making everything in house. Professional chefs prepare each dish on site using the freshest, locally sourced, seasonal produce. This includes bread – fresh-baked twice daily – grissini breadsticks; dips such as hummus, baba ghanoush and muhammara; pickles; labneh; cookies; and even ice-cream.Cheeses, fruits and vegetables are sourced from Victorian suppliers and coffee is from a Melbourne-based roaster.Another striking feature is the sculptural showcase bar, stocked with wines from Victorian makers and more than 70 premium spirits, champagne and aperitifs. A bespoke cocktail menu is also available. The innovative selection, developed in partnership with leading London-based beverage consultancy Fluid Movement, includes one-of-a-kind cocktails with destination-inspired names like Melbourne, Sydney, Paris and New York, and mocktails called Abu Dhabi, Controlled Airspace and Winglet. The cocktails and mocktails, like the food on the lounge menu, are all handmade by specially trained mixologists, using syrups and garnishes such as candy floss and dehydrated rhubarb that are made in-house. For the traditionalists, the bar offers a selection of ‘modern classics’, such as the Mach 10 Mojito, also conceived and developed by Fluid Movement. Negroni lovers will be delighted to know their favourite aperitif is mixed, barrelled and aged behind the bar.From an interior design perspective, the principles of style, space and serenity are complemented by Etihad Airways’ distinctive ‘Facets of Abu Dhabi’ branding. With its geometric patterns and colour palette inspired by the UAE landscape, it is the ultimate expression of 21st century Abu Dhabi modernism.Custom furnishings – by Boss – offer lounge guests a choice of seating styles, each designed for maximum comfort while dining, working and relaxing.With the commencement of A380 services from 1 June, guests in The Residence will enjoy the exclusivity of a private lounge – discreetly located adjacent to the main lounge entry. With custom-made arm chairs upholstered in Poltrona Frau Italian leather, plush soft furnishings, its own restroom and separate entry, The Residence Lounge embodies the bespoke luxury and personalised service that is synonymous with the airline’s most exclusive hospitality experience.Other amenities in the main lounge include separate male and female restrooms with shower facilities and Scaramouche + Fandago products, dedicated male and female ablution and prayer rooms, a children’s playroom, and a luggage room.High speed Wi-Fi connectivity is complimentary and multi-zone electric and USB power outlets are conveniently located throughout the lounge.Shane O’Hare, Etihad Airways’ Senior Vice President Marketing, who cut the ceremonial ribbon with Melbourne Airport CEO Lyell Strambi at today’s official opening said: “The new Premium Lounge at Melbourne Airport is in a class of its own – it is the airport lounge as it is commonly known, totally reimagined.“Blending the best of a fine dining restaurant and a chic city cocktail bar, this lounge is a showcase of intelligent design and sophistication where guests will enjoy the highest levels of comfort and luxury, complemented by our world-class hospitality, culinary innovation and cutting-edge beverage technology.“At the same time, it has a strong local feel with the freshest produce, cheeses and wines – sourced from growers, makers and suppliers throughout the state of Victoria – offering our guests a tantalising taste of the state’s renowned culinary culture.“The opening of this remarkable new facility and the launch of our flagship A380 services on 1 June, offer travellers on the Melbourne-Abu Dhabi route our most compelling guest experience proposition ever.”Guests in The Residence, First Apartments and Business Studios will be invited to visit the lounge pre-flight. Platinum, Gold and Silver members of Etihad Guest and eligible members of Etihad Airways Partners and partner airline loyalty programmes will also be able to use the lounge when travelling in Economy Class. Guests must be booked on an Etihad Airways-operated flight on the same day.Located in Terminal 2 adjacent to gate 10, the lounge will open approximately three hours prior to the departure of Etihad Airways’ twice daily Melbourne-Abu Dhabi flights.The new facility adds to the airline’s expanding portfolio of premium lounges in Sydney, Abu Dhabi, Dublin, Frankfurt, London Heathrow, Manchester, Paris, Washington DC and New York. A new First Class Lounge at Abu Dhabi International Airport and a new First and Business Class Lounge at Los Angeles will follow in the coming months.Etihad Airways commenced daily flights to Melbourne in March 2009. Today, it operates double daily, non-stop flights to Abu Dhabi and beyond to the GCC, Africa and Europe. It is the only airline offering double daily non-stop flights between Melbourne and the United Arab Emirates. The UAE flag carrier will introduce its flagship Airbus A380 to Melbourne from 1 June 2016 bringing to the route The Residence, the world’s only private three-room cabin on a commercial aircraft.In addition to double daily services to Melbourne, Etihad Airways operates daily flights to Brisbane and to Perth and 11 weekly services to Sydney. Its equity partner airline, Virgin Australia, operates an additional three weekly services between Sydney and Abu Dhabi.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

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first_img1. Oslo, Norway from £40*Today, Oslo is a thoroughly pleasant and green city packed with hip coffee shops and chic clothing stores – but when it was founded 1000 years ago, it was a considerably-less-chic Viking stronghold, full of warriors who couldn’t tell a flat white from a mochaccino. They could probably handle a battle axe a darn sight better than a hipster could, however. King Harald III (aka Harald Hadrada) established a trading outpost at Oslo in 1048, in between terrorising residents on the Danish coast, but in 1066 he turned his nefarious attention towards England. Ultimately, Harald, and with him the Viking Age, was brought to a violent end by the English king Harold (with an ‘o’), who himself was smited mightily just days later at the Battle of Hastings. You can find out all about Oslo’s fascinating and bloody Viking past at the city’s Historical Museum (open Tuesday to Sunday, 10am to 5pm; adults 80 krone), which boasts the only complete Viking helmet ever found, and make sure to see the stunningly preserved 9th-century Viking longboats at the Viking Ship Museum (open daily 9am to 6pm; adults 80 krone). And if you just can’t get enough Haralds in your life, take a guided tour of the Royal Palace (open daily 11am (12pm on Fridays) to 5pm; adults 85 krone), which is home to Norway’s King Harald V.Read more about the best things to do in Oslo RelatedTop 15 attractions and things to do in OsloSitting pretty on the banks of Oslofjord, Norway’s essential city break destination combines natural beauty with avant-garde flair. Explore folklore, forested islands and ‘new Nordic’ food with our top suggestions on what to do in Oslo.Bargains of the Week: St Petersburg | Oslo | PragueBargains of the Week: St Petersburg | Oslo | Prague5 Flights for £60 or lessLooking for a great value getaway? Then we’ve got a flight for you: 5. Gothenburg, Sweden from £67Sweden’s second city is nicknamed ‘little London’, and it has more than enough gentility and handsome buildings to spare. In Trädgårdsföreningen park it has the Swedish equivalent of London’s Kew Gardens, and the comparisons don’t end there – this elegant botanical garden is even home to a 19th-century palm house that was built in the style of London’s long-lost Crystal Palace. Thankfully, this version is still standing, unlike the London original – which was lost to fire in 1936 after a mysterious explosion in the women’s cloakroom. To add a bit of glamour to your Gothenburg trip, make sure to stop off at Karingo Oyster Bar, where you can indulge in oysters with champagne – all served in a hot tub.Want more Sweden? Read about the top 10 things to do in the nation’s capital, Stockholm 4. Copenhagen, Denmark from £61We already know that nudism is de rigeur on the paradise beaches of Formentera, but did you know that naturism is hugely popular in the rather less hospitable climes of Denmark? Nudism is perfectly acceptable in the country, so don’t be surprised to see young and old baring all on the nation’s beaches – although naturists are expected to retain consideration for the clothed by remaining at a reasonable distance. Amagur Beach Park right in the centre of Copenhagen is probably the city’s most popular beach, but if it’s naturism you’re after, then the most popular nude beaches are much further along the coast at Tannisbugten and Skagen. However, if you fancy releasing your inner nude in the inner city, then head to the Frederiksberg Swimming Baths on Sunday evenings, when the Danish Naturist Association organises skinny dipping – followed by a nude sauna.Read more about how to get around Copenhagen on a budget 6. Helsinki, Finland from £108Probably the most exciting thing about Helsinki is that it’s home to an utterly massive sea fort called Suomenlinna (free entry; check website for opening times). This impressive fortification can be found on an island just a short ferry ride away from the city, and in the past it was fiercely fought over by the Russians and Swedes – although since 1973 it has been open to civilians. Nowadays you’re far more likely to see picnicking city dwellers than marauding Russians, and the island has become a hotspot for artists – there’s even a theatre. But perhaps its star attraction is a decommissioned submarine, which offers a rare opportunity to witness life from the perspective of a sardine.Read more about the top nine things to do in Helsinkicenter_img Get more tips on how to grab a bargain flight:Find cheap flights with the Skyscanner Best Time to Book toolGet the best air fares with Skyscanner Price AlertsThe Skyscanner guide to finding a late deal20 money saving travel tips and secrets*Flight prices correct at time of publication and for return journeys from the UK between 11th and 30th August.Skyscanner is the world’s travel search engine, helping your money go further on flights, hotels and car hire.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map 2. Ibiza, Spain from £59Ibiza is famous as a party island (check out our guide to Ibiza’s clubs), but if you want a quieter, more relaxing holiday, then its tiny neighbour, Formentera, is the place to go. This diddy island just to the south of Ibiza is only 19 kilometres across, but it harbours some of the most beautiful, unspoilt beaches in the Mediterranean. The Aquabus will get you there from Ibiza in around 40 minutes (19 euros return), then it’s a case of hiring a bike or scooter to get around the beaches. Playa Illetes is probably the highlight – a beautiful stretch of white sand with none of the gaudy hotels and sunbeds you might expect, just a few simple restaurants built from wood. Prudes beware, however: like many of Formentera’s beaches, Illetes is unofficially nudist. Should you tire of checking out naked sunbathers, head to the excellent artisans’ market at El Pilar de la Mola (Wednesday and Sunday afternoons).Read more about the most beautiful places in the Balearic Islands 3. Faro, Portugal from £59Faro is the gateway to the stunning beaches of the Algarve – spread along 200 kilometres of coastline, there are dozens of golden beaches backed by soaring cliffs. Some of the highlights include Praia da Rocha, which is a huge expanse of relatively uncrowded sand near Portimao, and Praia da Marinha, which lies just east of Carvoeiro and has plenty of underwater crevices for snorkellers to explore. Praia do Castelo is another secluded gem that remains fairly quiet despite its proximity to the package-holiday haven of Albufeira. But if you get bored of beautiful beaches – conceivably this could happen, however unlikely it seems – then the Algarve has plenty of history to uncover. The Castle of Silves near Portimao (entry fee approximately 3 euros) was built between the 8th and 13th centuries and is one of the most well preserved Moorish fortifications in the area. And who doesn’t love a Moorish fortification?Read more about the best beaches in Portugallast_img read more