Sunday, May 12, 2013

Heading Home for Chinese New Year:The Private Room and SQ First Class Lounge


After a good a week and a half in Malaysia catching up with friends and family and equally important the food like Laksa, Nasi Kandar and Char Kway Teo, it was time to head back to Austin. I'm going to skip blogging about the flights since it was the usual uninteresting short hops on Air Asia and Malaysia Airlines.

Lydia was getting into Singapore on a slightly later Silk Air flight and had checked through all our luggage leaving with me just a carry on rollerboard. I headed straight to the Silverkris First Class lounge upon arrival in Singapore from a Air Asia flight from Kuching where an agent promptly checked me in provided me with the golden Suites boarding pass before escorting me to The Private Room.

First Class Section

Since it was still too early for lunch, I started off with my some coffee and water while catching up on email. The Private Room consisted of a lounge area that reminded me of an upscale British house and a dining room that served a wide selection of ala carte options. The Private Room also had it's own separate washroom and shower areas.

Lydia arrived in Singapore about an hour later where I met up with her in the business class of the Silverkris Lounge. I tried getting her in to the Private Room but got stopped by the agent manning the door and I was only allowed to guest her into the First Class section.

We split up once again for lunch as I wanted to try the selections in the Private Room. I ordered a bunch of food and paired it with a bunch of equally outstanding wines. It was truly a first class experience with everything tasting wonderful - just wished Lydia was with me trying it as well.

Dining Area

Wine List


Foie Gras Burger
What better than a nap after copious amount of food! The only problem was that there weren't slumber rooms or lounge chairs that were comfortable to sleep in either the Private Room or the First Class Lounge. We proceeded to the Business Class side of the lounge where we knew that had a quiet and comfortable spot for a nap.

After the nap and a shower to freshen us up, we only had about an hour and a half to go before boarding. We weren't particularly hungry but still decided to get some more to eat back at the First Class lounge. The First Class lounge offers both a buffet and ala carte option but no lobster or foie gras here. We kept to the local selection since we were going to miss it once we were back in Austin.

First Class Dining Area

Prawn Noodle

Roti Canai
And with that, my first visit to the oh so elusive Private Room was over. Overall, I rank the Private Room behind Lufthansa's First Class Lounge in Frankfurt and even Thai's First Lounge/Spa in Bangkok. It was truly private  - I was the only one in the lounge for a while - but there was no jaw dropping wowness to it. Sure the food and wine was awesome but there was no bath to soak in or an hour long massage to look forward to.

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