Deluxe airport lounges

Flying business-class has its perks: Wider seats, better food, and chichi toiletries. But increasingly, the real pampering starts before you get on the plane. Business 2.0 magazine has the details on some of the world's most lavish layovers.

Virgin Atlantic
Virgin Atlantic
Clubhouse at London Heathrow

Opened: March 2006

Virgin's $21 million Clubhouse is an expansive 27,000 square feet, with an equally expansive range of ways to indulge yourself.

The western-themed Cow-shed spa is a good place to start; if you're not up for a mani-pedi, there's always the male-oriented Rhinestone Cowboy treatment -- a facial, wet shave, and shoulder massage. With three dining options, refreshments are always at the ready, whether it's bangers and mash at the brasserie or lighter fare at the deli. While away the time in the den with retro videogames like Pinball Action and Ghosts 'n Goblins, watch movies on a 16-by 5-foot screen in the cinema, gaze into the Japanese water wall, or head upstairs to the rooftop garden.

If you actually need to work, take advantage of the Wi-Fi blanketing the Clubhouse; the library also offers quiet nooks, standard office supplies, and an antique refectory table that came straight from the home of Virgin chairman Richard Branson.

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