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The winners of the Global Airport Lounge of the Year Awards for 2018 have been revealed, and they show that whisky walls, private double-bed suites, spa treatments and celebrity chef-endorsed menus are among the features offered by the top-rated lounges.

Sala VIP Internacional at Quito International Airport in Ecuador, Image: Priority Pass

This year’s global winner is the Sala VIP Internacional at Quito International Airport in Ecuador, the main gateway into the country and the only greenfield airport in South America. One of the main highlights of this winning lounge is the outdoor terrace, which offers panoramic views of the city and allows visitors to see its famous sunsets.

The lounge is fitted out with ample locally-sourced furnishings. Image: Priority Pass

The lounge is fitted out with ample locally-sourced furnishings and it features private working spaces, dedicated sleeping areas, a massage room, and showers for travellers. The lounge menu is designed by local chef Andrés Miño and includes international and Ecuadorian cuisine, and travellers can enjoy a variety of wines from the lounge’s private cellar. It has equipped nearly all seats with power outlets, including dining tables, so customers can stay connected.

Travellers can enjoy a variety of wines from the lounge’s private cellar. Image: Priority Pass

Now in its 14th year, the awards are based on the ratings of 52,000 members of airport experiences programme, Priority Pass, and they recognise airport lounges offering the best service, experience, refreshments and business facilities. Regional winners include Primeclass Riga Business Lounge in Latvia, Ahlan Lounge at Dubai International Airport in the United Arab Emirates, Miracle First Class Lounge at Bangkok Suvarnabhumi International Airport in Thailand, and Lounge 19 at Mexico City Benito Juarez International Airport in Mexico.

The lounge menu includes international and Ecuadorian cuisine. Image: Priority Pass

“Some less explored destinations have performed particularly well in this year’s rankings,” says Andy Besant, director of travel experiences at Collinson, operator of Priority Pass. “As intrepid travel continues to rise, we’re noticing increased traffic in lounges at airports that are off the traditional tourist trail and veer from expected flight paths, highlighting the outstanding experiences that are offered in lounges the world over.”

The lounge offers panoramic views of Ecuador. Image: Priority Pass

You can see the full list of winners here.

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