marhaba is opening a new lounge at Melbourne Airport

Sally McMullen 12 September 2017

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Goodbye, crowded airport waiting areas. Hello, complimentary buffet, free Wi-Fi and shower facilities!

Australian high flyers now have another way to wait for flights in luxury. Premium airport passenger services provider marhaba is opening its first airport lounge in Australia this month. Located in Melbourne Airport’s international Terminal 2, the lounge is open from 12 September 2017 to passengers departing from Melbourne regardless of their airline or destination.

An oasis from the crowded seats and bad Wi-Fi of the public waiting areas, the spacious lounge offers comfortable seating for 200 guests, free Wi-Fi, a quiet zone for relaxation, shower facilities, a fully-stocked buffet and a selection of premium of Australian wines. Plus, travellers can get that much-needed caffeine hit from the Hudson Coffee barista bar.

The lounge is open daily from 6am to midnight and a team of 26 are available to assist loungers. To visit the lounge, you can either make a booking online or simply walk in and pay for access on the day. Keep in mind that it’s subject to availability, so it might be smarter to book your visit in advance if you want to secure your spot on those comfy lounges. You can chill in the lounge for up to 4 hours at a time and entry will set you back $65.00 for an adult and $35.00 for children aged 12 and under.

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Although marhaba is independent of any specific frequent flyer program, it’s in talks with several international airlines to offer complimentary access to select passengers flying with those carriers. We’ll keep you updated when marhaba confirms which airlines will be included.

If you don’t travel regularly or you don’t belong to a frequent flyer program, the marhaba lounge in Melbourne could be a great option for infrequent travellers who still want to wait for their flight in style.

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If you're an international flyer, you'll be glad to know that marhaba also has lounges at the international airports in Dubai, Al Maktoum and Bahrain. As marhaba currently offers its meet and greet services at Sydney’s Kingsford Smith Airport, fingers crossed a NSW-based lounge will be next.

Do you want more airport lounge options? Check out our comparison of credit cards with complimentary airline lounge access.

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