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Is Bali Business Class Lounge the worst in the world?

Using the Bali business class  lounge in Denpasar may not be the treat you are expecting. One of the many perks when flying business class is the pre flight experience. Using a business class lounge to freshen up after you get thrown out of your hotel is usually a pleasure. Nibbling on local delicacies is another business class perk. But, in the Bali business class lounge, you may change your mind, after reading our review!

The lounge is also called the Premier Lounge. The problem with this business class lounge starts at the entrance.

Quick Index

 

                                            

Who can use the Bali business class lounge?

Airlines that use the Bali business class lounge
The Bali business class lounge is available for a lot of airlines and their business class passengers!

Lots of airlines and we mean, lots of airlines share this business class lounge. Qatar, Emirates, Qantas, Jet Star, Thai, Singapore, Malaysia, Cathay Pacific, China Eastern, China Southern, Philippine Airlines, Air New Zealand and the list goes on! The Bali business class lounge can also be accessed if you have certain priority passes. 

That’s a scary amount of airlines sharing one business class lounge! 

                                            

Where is the Bali business class lounge located?

After immigration at Ngurah Rai International Airport, Bali, it’s quite crowded and very humid. The air conditioning can’t quite keep up. You have to weigh up the pros of sitting in the crowded ground floor terminal or the Bali business class lounge. It’s not a huge airport, so finding the lounge isn’t difficult. From the ground floor at Ngurah Rai International Airport you can see the Premier Lounge and it isn’t huge. 

Bali business class lounge Ngurah Rai AIrport Denpasar Indonesia
The Bali business class lounge is also called the Premier Lounge. It is on the first floor on the right of the photo.
Bali business class lounge Ngurah Rai Airport Denpasar Indonesia
The main terminal is very crowded at Ngurah Rai International Airport. It’s also very hot and humid.

Let’s step inside and see what the Bali business class lounge is really like. Is it really the worst business class lounge in the world?

                                            

The seating options at the Bali business class lounge

This is the view when you step inside the business class lounge at Ngurah Rai International Airport after immigration.

Bali business class lounge Ngurah Rai Airport Denpasar Indonesia
Step inside the Bali business class lounge. Also known as the Premier Lounge at Ngurah Rai International Airport, Denpasar, Indonesia.

To give it some credit, the Bali business class lounge is at least cooler than on the ground floor with the masses.

When you go to a business class lounge, you expect two things, comfortable spaces and great food and drink. In the Bali business class lounge you get the comfortable seats, but, only when not busy. With over 15 airlines sharing the Bali business class lounge, you’ll be lucky to get a seat. Most business class lounges are not busy. There is always somewhere to sit comfortably. However, this space quickly fills up and you’ll find yourself very close to strangers.

Bali business class lounge Ngurah Rai Airport Denpasar Indonesia
There is a quiet room just off the main area of the Bali business class lounge. The armchairs have seen better days.

                                          

The shower and toilet facilities in the Bali business class lounge

You also expect toilet and shower facilities above and beyond what is on offer in the main terminal. There are toilet and shower facilities, but they are very small and of dubious cleanliness.

Bali business class lounge Ngurah Rai Airport Denpasar Indonesia
The shower in the Bali business class lounge doesn’t look very inviting. There is no attendant cleaning the area between guests.
Bali business class lounge Ngurah Rai Airport Denpasar Indonesia
The range of amenities on offer in the shower room can definitely be improved and replaced when used up!
Bali business class lounge Ngurah Rai Airport Denpasar Indonesia
The toilet in the Bali business class lounge doesn’t look any different to the ones in the terminal below.

                                          

The food on offer at the Bali business class lounge

Now onto the most disappointing aspect. We thought British Airways was bad and the Qantas Club Lounge in Melbourne. The Bali business class lounge can definitely win the title of worst food on offer for business class passengers. Judge for yourself.

Bali business class lounge Ngurah Rai Airport Denpasar Indonesia
A cold chicken salad dish sits sadly by itself on a banana leaf.
Bali business class lounge Ngurah Rai Airport Denpasar Indonesia
The hot food options are too scary to show at the Bali business class lounge. Trust us, it will put you off fried rice and string beans for life.
Bali business class lounge Ngurah Rai Airport Denpasar Indonesia
How about some cold finger food? The white bread with the crusts cut off, remind us of school sandwiches. They don’t taste great, unfortunately. In Asia, sugar is added to white bread.
Bali business class lounge Ngurah Rai Airport Denpasar Indonesia
How about some salad at the Bali business class lounge?
Bali business class lounge Ngurah Rai Airport Denpasar Indonesia
We try the desserts at the Bali business class lounge. Surely you can’t go wrong with sugar and chocolate? WRONG! They are close to inedible.

There is one saving grace though in terms of food on offer….

Bali business class lounge Ngurah Rai Airport Denpasar Indonesia
There is fresh fruit, the one saving grace of the food options in the Bali business class lounge. The fruit above the bananas is called a snake fruit. Quite a unique taste. It is crunchy and tastes like a bitter pineapple.

                                          

The beverages selection at the Bali business class lounge

Now onto the beverages. As Indonesia is a Muslim country there is no alcohol available. Even though the island of Bali is mainly Hindu, the lounge does not offer alcoholic beverages, which is not a problem for us. You can select soft drinks from a free standing fridge.

Bali business class lounge Ngurah Rai Airport Denpasar Indonesia
Cans of non alcoholic beverages and bottles of mineral water are available at the Bali business class lounge, Ngurah Rai International Airport, in Denpasar.

There are also some ‘fruit’ juices. When we say fruit juice, it is concentrated fruit juice, not freshly squeezed.

Bali business class lounge Ngurah Rai Airport Denpasar Indonesia
The fruit juice at the Bali business class lounge is of the concentrated variety.

                                          

The hot drinks selection at the Bali business class lounge

There’s no hand made latte art going on here! 

Bali business class lounge Ngurah Rai Airport Denpasar Indonesia
Erm, we are not sure what to do with this machine. Hang on, we know it’s the milk frothing machine.
Bali business class lounge Ngurah Rai Airport Denpasar Indonesia
Your tea and coffee selection. The boiling water is just on the right in the silver urn.

                      

Final Thoughts

It’s a place to escape the humidity and heat of the main terminal. You might as well go since you have a business class ticket. You can get complimentary water and canned drinks. If you’re desperately sticky, you can have a shower. If you want great food, you’re better off staying downstairs. You might get a soft seat, you might not. That wraps up the review of the Bali business class lounge by Only1invillage. Do you agree? Have you been to a worse one?

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