The latest lounges are lining up to outdo each other, making transit as tempting as travel itself. Turkish Airlines CIP Lounge, Istanbul Atatürk Airport among top 5. Thank you Mr Porter!
Though business is certainly top priority at the Turkish Airlines Lounge for Commercially Important Persons (CIPs), architects Ms Seyhan Ozdemir and Mr Sefer Caglar of esteemed Istanbul design practice Autoban have worked to make sure you also get a chance to switch off. Traditional cues, such as their “Kervansaray” concept (inspired by Turkish roadside inns designed for travellers to rest and recover from the day’s journey) and curved Ottoman-style rooms, give it a distinct aesthetic. Should work remain high on the agenda, there’s an iMac-equipped business centre, a meeting room, library, tea garden and restaurant, each encased in a unique skeletal spherical structure not unlike the curvy domes of the city’s many mosques. If you are done with work, try the billiards room or, better still, the cinema. Rest assured this is probably the only lounge with its own hot popcorn machine.