Serenity and Style in a New Space

2020-02-03 12:01 - ADVERTORIAL
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The revamped Bidvest Premier Lounge.

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 Premier Lounge

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.

It 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 and reliable.

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 experience.

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, 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.