Lounging with Turkish Airlines

Bülent Özgören

The CIP Lounge impresses to no end.

Airlines have upped the ante for flying first class, but they continue to play an amateur hand with pre-boarding lounges. If they follow the lead of Turkish Airlines, however, the stakes are about to get a whole lot higher. Set in a maze of hypermodern spheres designed by Autoban, the CIP Lounge in Istanbul’s Atatürk Airport features Michelin-worthy chefs, spa-grade showers, a stocked library, a soulful piano parlor and even a clubby billiards room. This is a layover you could actually look forward to. turkishairlines.com