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Virgin unveils new lounge

1 Sep 2005 by business traveller

Already famous for its in-flight massages and pre-flight hair cuts, Virgin is going one step further for its premium passengers with a new luxurious lounge at Heathrow.

Upper Class passengers will be able to enjoy the new Clubhouse lounge from this month, when the first phase opens. When the second phase opens at the end of December, the lounge will be twice the size of the original Clubhouse.

Entered via an elaborate staircase, the lounge has been decorated to look like a private members' club with features such as a Swarovski crystal chandelier and solid walnut and leather seating.

It features a spa with a steam room, sauna and spa pool, as well as a tanning booth and therapists offering manicures, pedicures, facials, massages and a wet shave for men. The spa is being operated by the Soho House spa brand Cowshed, and the hair salon by fashionable hairdressers, Bumble and Bumble.

There will be a 14-metre cocktail bar and restaurant serving full meals and light snacks in addition to buffet stations and bars.

If there's still time to get on with work, passengers can access wireless internet access or get online through computer terminals provided in the work area. Alternatively PlayStation portable units are available to play games, download music and watch movies.

Report by Ginny McGrath

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