New Luxury Lounge at LAX Offers Star Treatment to Travellers
By Bob Curley
If you’re a camera-shy celebrity — or just want to be treated like one — you’ll soon be able to get five-star service at a new private lounge at Los Angeles International Airport. The paparazzi-proof pampering won’t come cheap, however.
Scheduled to open next month, the so-called Private Suite at LAX is located far from prying eyes in a converted cargo facility adjacent to the airport’s southernmost runway, the Los Angeles Times (http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-private-airport-lounge-20151118-story.html) reported. Members pay a US$7,500 annual fee plus per-day charges of $2,700 (for up to four people) for domestic travel and $3,000 for international travel, according to Forbes (https://www.forbes.com/sites/jimdobson/2017/04/26/exclusive-first-look-inside-the-new-private-celebrity-terminal-at-los-angeles-airport/#58f49e03292d).
The facility includes valet parking and a private, TSA-staffed security clearance checkpoint. Individual suites have bathrooms, food service, daybeds, and a raft of amenities that include wall-mounted candy dispensers, prayer mats for Muslim travelers, and dress shirts, ties, and raincoats, Vanity Fair (http://www.vanityfair.com/style/2017/04/lax-airport-private-lounge-celebrities-2017) notes. Complementary spa services are available on demand. When guests are ready to depart for their flight, they are taken directly to their aircraft in a luxury BMW.
The lounge is owned and operated by Gavin de Becker & Associates (http://gavindebecker.com/main/), which provides security to celebrities and other high-profile individuals worldwide.