Barbados will get the world’s first airport lounge on a beach in May 2018. Virgin Holidays’ The Departure Beach, located on the pristine Brownes Beach on the Caribbean island, will occupy travellers while they wait for their flight home.
Guests will be picked up from their hotel after breakfast, while their luggage is taken straight to the airport.
The facility will feature a private air-conditioned lounge, premium bathroom and showering facilities, a beach-friendly bar and restaurant and Virgin Atlantic check-in.
For travellers who wish to use the beautiful beach, they can simply add it to their booking so that they can check in and chill out on the day. There’ll be a free lunch, complimentary beach towels and plastic bags for wet swimsuits. Lounge guests will also have access to WiFi and a kids gaming area.
The company explained that with the majority of international flights departing Barbados in the evening, holidaymakers suffered a “lost day” as hotels require check out before midday. Nicki Goldsmith, head of Caribbean and worldwide product at Virgin Holidays, said: “We have been working hard to ensure we’ve removed as many pain points as possible for our customers.”
The Departure Beach will only be available for Virgin Holidays customers, with entry complimentary for guests staying at Savannah Beach in Barbados or those on a cruise that terminates in Barbados. Other customers can add The Departure Beach to their booking for an opening promotional price of £20 per adult and £15 per child.