The revamped Bidvest Premier Lounge. (Image: Supplied)
Exploring the new Bidvest
Premier Lounge at O.R. Tambo International Airport Terminal A
Text by Bernie Hellberg Jr
Photography by Bidvest
The recently revamped international departure
lounge at OR Tambo International Airport sets the tone for a stylish new look
across the Bidvest Premier Lounge portfolio of facilities.
is seven o’clock on a Wednesday evening. You have arrived at OR Tambo
International Airport early for your flight to New York. Security check done
and customs cleared, you need time to gather your thoughts and make a few
last-minute phone calls before your flight. It's going to be a long one, and
you need to wind down from your frenetic day before boarding…
This scenario, and many
others like it, plays itself out at Africa’s busiest airport every day, as the thousands
of business and leisure travellers who depart from here to multiple
destinations around the globe will attest.
While these travellers may be
heading in different directions, they all have one destination in common before
departing, and recently, the crown jewel in the Bidvest Premier Lounge
portfolio, received a stunning revamp that has elevated the game, setting the
tone for all Bidvest Premier Lounges nationwide.
In keeping with their
philosophy of maintaining the highest standards and most appropriate services
for lounge guests, Bidvest has focussed its energy on several critical aspects
of the lounge experience with this latest revamp. Excellent facilities,
season-appropriate light meals and snacks, premium-quality wines and spirits,
and an entirely new décor philosophy, combine in perfect harmony to create a
smart yet functional environment for up to 350 guests.
As the largest commercial
business lounge operator in South Africa, Bidvest Premier Lounge understands
better than anyone what international travellers need before undertaking a
long-haul journey. The upgraded international departure lounge at OR Tambo
International Airport stays true to this ethos by offering all-new shower
facilities with complimentary amenities, razor connections, paraplegic
facilities, and baby-changing conveniences.
A brand-new menu of light
meals and snacks comprising both hot and cold choices further sets the new
international lounge apart from lesser offerings. Carefully prepared meat and
poultry dishes as well as a variety of vegetarian options form the foundation
of the summer menu. Enhanced by fresh salads and breads, and rounded off with
delectable desserts, mealtime at the lounge will leave anyone fully satiated
and ready for their long-haul flight. Although the menu will change with the
seasons, guests are assured of an appetising experience at each visit.
Whether travelling for
business or leisure, staying connected with high-speed Wi-Fi is paramount to
guests’ experience of the lounge. Bidvest Premier Lounge has invested heavily
in upgraded Internet services, ensuring that availability is always both fast
Although each guest’s
experience of the new international lounge environment may vary depending on
personal taste, the earth-themed décor developed by design partners, Prime Architects, creates a
stylish yet classic ambience that is enhanced by light woods, rich hues, and bold
patterns. Adding to the atmosphere and functionality of the space, subtle
lighting is used in the quieter seating areas where guests can relax and
recharge, while other areas feature brighter lighting needed for working or
enjoying a meal.
Continuing the premium look
and feel theme, the lounge is decorated with artworks by several up and coming
South African artists. By partnering with the Artist Proof Studios in Newtown Johannesburg,
Bidvest Premier Lounge allows local talent to be exposed to both domestic and
international guests, while adding elegance and sophistication to the lounge
Although understated, these
points of detail speak to the different needs of a variety of travellers and
are yet another affirmation of the lounge’s conscientious new interior design
that puts the needs of its guests first.
The Bidvest Premier Lounge
international departure lounge is situated on the upper mezzanine level,
international departures and is open 24-hours a day, seven days a week. To book
online, visit www.bidvestlounge.co.za, or walk-in up to four hours before your
scheduled flight departure, to enjoy friendly service and excellent
hospitality. Rates and conditions may also be viewed online.
Click here for a 360 walk-in tour.
This post and content is sponsored, written and provided by Bidvest Premier Lounge.