This isn’t the first time we have used the Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse at Gatwick, however it’s the first time as a family.
Who can use The Clubhouse? If you hold a Gold Card with Virgin Atlantic you can use the Clubhouse no matter what class of travel you are flying. If you are flying Upper Class then you automatically get to use the Clubhouse and you can fast track through security too.
Our first stop once we had stored our carry on luggage was to book in our complimentary treatments, as these are purely walk in on the day appointments. The express hand treatment, the express foot treatment, a Radiant You facial and the seated back massage were chosen and booked in.
Breakfast for the four of us was a selection of Apple and Orange juices, Tea’s and coffee and various different versions of the full breakfast and Eggs Royale. It was lovely, it must have been cooked and then served immediately as was still very hot. All the breakfasts were as exactly as requested (even though we did keep changing our minds!!)
All the staff were as friendly as ever, helping out with wi-fi problems on my kindle and magazine choices. We didn’t have to ask once for a drink or food, it was offered before we needed to even think about it.
There’s plenty of newspapers and magazines to choose from, and a nice basket of chocolate chip cookies next to them. (Biscuits at the airport don’t count towards your calories especially free ones do they??)
We left the Clubhouse just long enough to spend a fortune in Duty free!! Perfumes, a Kindle and several pairs of headphones were on the list. Then as soon as possible we escaped the hustle and bustle and returned to the peaceful haven of the Clubhouse.
We took it in turns for our Spa Appointments and while we were waiting the kiddies decided that Bacon butties would be nice and I couldn’t refuse the Bucks Fizz offered!! Nothing is too much trouble for the staff here they actually seem to enjoy their jobs not like a lot of staff who in general work in airports. Don’t you agree??
It was busy in the Clubhouse, customers were actually being turned away for Spa Treatments (always book as soon as you arrive like we did) and the seating area was filling up although there was still seats available. There are also a couple of smaller, quieter seating areas that were less busy when we were there.
Our time went quickly in the Clubhouse and soon it was time to board the aircraft for our trip to Orlando.
Next time we fly with Virgin Atlantic our route will probably take us from Heathrow. Now this Clubhouse is something special, especially The Viewing Deck loved by the Hubby (Mr Planespotter!!)
I find it makes such a difference to start your trip away from the crowds and to use a lounge. It starts the holiday in style and certainly helps you to relax and get in the holiday mood. Do you like to use an Airport Lounge when you travel??
If you don’t qualify to use the airlines lounge don’t worry there are other lounges that you can pay to go into. Let me know what Airport your travelling from and I can give you a list of available Lounges.
Coming soon Virgin Atlantic’s Upper Class Cabin, Orlando’s Theme Parks, Recommended Orlando Restaurants and lots of shopping tips!!