25 APRIL 2011

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Article from BTNews 25 APRIL 2011

21st century seaplane lounge

Hilton Resorts has opened a seaplane lounge at Malé International Airport in the Maldives, equal to any airport facility worldwide.  It is probably the first all new flying boat passenger lounge to open since the 1950s.  Malé’s airport is unique as it covers a whole island, access to the main island only available by a short ferry ride.  Arriving passengers are taken by private vehicle for the five-minute drive from the terminal building to the lounge.

The new lounge is shared between the Conrad, Hilton and Waldorf Astoria resorts.  Designed to be the equal of the best in the world, the spacious private lounge facilities include a spa, children’s play room, balcony with sun loungers, freshly prepared hot and cold dishes as well as live cooking by the resident chef.  Located on the second floor of the Trans Maldivian Airlines seaplane terminal, guests can watch aircraft taking off and landing in the lagoon in front of the lounge and a bird’s eye view of the airport to the rear while they relax. www.maldivesirufushi.hilton.com www.conradmaldives.com www.beachhousecollection.com

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