Emirates Business Class Experience, Art on Olsen and The Great Ocean Road

Located at Singapore Changi Airport Terminal 1, the Emirates Lounge’s entrance looks quite impressive, but after stepping inside, I personally find the interior design, rather dated.

 

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Ignoring the decor, we explored the spacious area. There’re computers, television, magazines, most importantly, FOOD!

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Food and beverage are presented buffet style and were replenished constantly. The variety and execution were above average.

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For those who need to freshen up, you’ll be glad to find that the bathroom is of hotel standards, with lovely touches such as hand cream and plush towels.

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Thanks to an attractive deal, we upgraded our seats to Business Class. Our first time, and hopefully not the last XD

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The seats were so spacious and comfy, and service standards were excellent. Just look at the amount of legroom!

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Despite downing a substantial amount of food during the buffet at the lounge, I still managed to finish the in-flight dinner as it was so yummy!

Starter option 1: Roast chicken with roasted pear, grilled aubergine, creamy feta and garden salad

Starter option 1: Roast chicken with roasted pear, grilled aubergine, creamy feta and garden salad

Starter option 1: Smoked Salmon served with coleslaw, watermelon and fresh butter lettuce leaves. Garnished with piquant wasabi dressing.

Starter option 1: Smoked Salmon served with coleslaw, watermelon and fresh butter lettuce leaves. Garnished with piquant wasabi dressing.

Main course Option 1: Fresh steamed scallop, prawns and snapper fillet doused in light mustard sauce with red pepper, sugarsnap peas and duchess potatoes in olive oil

Main course Option 1: Fresh steamed scallop, prawns and snapper fillet doused in light mustard sauce with red pepper, sugarsnap peas and duchess potatoes in olive oil

Main Course Option 2: Tender turkey cutlets with light sage jus and tomato concasse, with yellow courgette, sauteed fine beans and egg noodles

Main Course Option 2: Tender turkey cutlets with light sage jus and tomato concasse, with yellow courgette, sauteed fine beans and egg noodles

Dessert: Opera Gateau

Dessert: Opera Gateau

After dinner, it was time for a snooze. A crew member would “make the bed” for you. The seat can be full reclined, so that you can lie flat and have a comfortable sleep.

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The lights were turned out, but it was not completely dark, as the ceiling transformed into a beautiful starry sky.

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Breakfast was boring. I took comfort that the amenity kit was Bvlgari.

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We stayed in Art on Olsen, a boutique hotel on Chapel Street. The hotel has a strong focus on art; our rooms even had a stack of art books.  There’s plenty to eat and shop along Chapel Street, and the tram is just a stone’s throw away, so it’s very convenient to get around to other parts of Melbourne.

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The most basic room is the Studio Suite, which is about 28 square meters. We preferred more space hence went for the Deluxe Studio Suite (35 square meters), complete with a small lounge area.

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The kitchenette came in handy for preparing breakfast, especially on days we had to set off very early for day tours.

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The bathroom spots a modern design with superb lighting (great for blind bats like me). I like the shelves behind the mirror, which allowed me to conveniently store my skincare and cosmetic products, without cluttering the vanity top.

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When in Melbourne, one cannot miss visiting The Great Ocean Road.

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For more deets, click here to read my editorial on The Great Ocean Road.

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