Drink Bar We are pleased to serve you from our international prize-winning drinks bar.EL AL is proud to present its new and exciting wine list based exclusively on Israeli wineries. The varied drinks menu was created by Yair Haidu, an internationally known Israeli wine expert.Heavenly Honors As part of the Cellars in the Sky wine competition conducted by the London-based tourism magazine Business Traveller in December 2013, EL AL won three prestigious prizes: Gold Medal in the category of dessert wine served to First Class passengers (Heights Wine of the Golan Winery); Bronze medal in the category of white wine served to First Class passengers (Viognier 2011 of the Golan Winery); Bronze medal in the category selection of wine offered on board.
More than 30 airlines competed, among them the largest and most respected in the world.We are proud to serve our First Class passengers exciting wines from Israel's larger and well known wineries as well as new and surprising tastes from boutique wineries. For us, this is an opportunity to pay tribute to Israeli wines with character and a unique story, which adds to the special atmosphere we like to call: Home away from Home.See Also: First Aid Kit Supplies
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Introduction: An Amazing Week In Israel With My ParentsReview: The Adelaide Hotel Toronto (Former Trump Hotel, Future St. Regis)Review: Porter Airlines Lounge At Toronto Billy Bishop AirportReview: Porter Airlines Economy Toronto To NewarkReview: Marriott Newark AirportReview: Art & Lounge Newark AirportReview: EL AL Business Class 787 Newark To Tel AvivReview: Waldorf Astoria JerusalemReview: Sheraton Tel AvivMy Incredible Week Visiting IsraelReview: EL AL First Class Lounge Tel Aviv AirportReview: EL AL Business Class Lounge Tel Aviv AirportReview: EL AL First Class 777 Tel Aviv To LondonReview: Premier Inn London Heathrow Terminal 4Review: Aspire Lounge London Heathrow Terminal 5Review: Aer Lingus Lounge Dublin AirportReview: 51st & Green US Pre-Clearance Lounge Dublin AirportReview: Aer Lingus Business Class A330 Dublin To New YorkReview: Delta SkyClub New York JFK AirportReview: Delta One 767 New York To Los Angeles The morning of my flight to London I got a phone call from EL AL asking if I wanted a car to the airport.
I didn’t realize this was something that was available on award tickets, though based on looking at the terms on EL AL’s website it appears like this is available to full fare passengers and those traveling on award tickets, which is pretty awesome. I asked to be picked up at 12:30PM. The person on the phone said that’s earlier than I needed to go, but I said I wanted to have extra time at the airport.
I had also noticed that morning that EL AL apparently has a spa in their lounge that you can pre-book, so I asked about availability. While the agent said he had no immediate slots available, he’d see what he could do. Sure enough, a Mercedes arrived at 12:30PM sharp. The drive to the airport took just under 30 minutes, and there was a security check to even enter the airport premises. EL AL first class chauffeur service Upon arrival at the airport I was met by an EL AL employee, who escorted me towards check-in.
Before you can even get to check-in you have to go through questioning. Rather than having separate security questioning at each check-in counter, there’s a centralized checkpoint where passengers of all airlines are questioned. Fortunately there’s a separate premium line, so I didn’t have to wait. I had a fascinating experience and ended up having to go through secondary, which I wrote about in a separate post.
EL AL’s first & business class check-in is located to the right of Terminal 3, and is partitioned off from the rest of the terminal. EL AL first & business class check-in While the check-in process was quick, what took a while was waiting for the security agent to show up to give me secondary screening. EL AL first & business class check-in Once he showed up I went through passport control (which was automated) and then through security, and then I was airside.
An EL AL employee escorted me to the King David Lounge, which was quite a haul from the check-in area. Ben Gurion Airport terminal Terminal 3 at Ben Gurion Airport is quite nice. Ben Gurion Airport terminal EL AL’s King David Lounge is located in Concourse D, across from gate D1. It was about a 10 minute walk from security. Ben Gurion Airport terminal EL AL King David Lounge exterior EL AL King David Lounge signage Inside the entrance was a reception desk, with the business class lounge to the left and the first class lounge to the right.
EL AL King David Lounge reception EL AL’s first class lounge was small but beautiful. It consisted of one main long room, with a bunch of seating options. EL AL first class lounge Tel Aviv Airport EL AL first class lounge Tel Aviv Airport Towards the back of the main room were a couple of dining tables. EL AL first class lounge Tel Aviv Airport In the very back of the lounge was a separate room with some couches and massage chairs.
While the door was open, presumably it could be closed if someone wanted privacy (then again, given that I had the lounge to myself, I think I had plenty of privacy). EL AL first class lounge Ben Gurion Airport EL AL first class lounge Ben Gurion Airport EL AL first class lounge Ben Gurion Airport EL AL first class lounge massage chair Ben Gurion Airport Then along the side of the lounge were a couple of smaller rooms with TVs.
EL AL first class lounge Ben Gurion Airport EL AL first class lounge Ben Gurion Airport There were also a couple of small business centers. EL AL first class lounge business center Ben Gurion Airport EL AL first class lounge business center Ben Gurion Airport There were several food & drink stations throughout the first class lounge. Near the entrance was a station with self serve liquor and wine.
EL AL first class lounge drinks Ben Gurion Airport The wine selection consisted mostly of Israeli options, which I was happy about, as I had great experience with the wine in the country. EL AL first class lounge wine Ben Gurion Airport Then there was a selection of liquor, which wasn’t terribly inspiring. EL AL first class lounge liquor Ben Gurion Airport Near the liquor was a cute little drink cart.
EL AL first class lounge TLV The entire lounge had windows overlooking the apron and the air traffic control tower. EL AL first class lounge view TLV EL AL first class lounge view TLV Then there was a fridge with juice, soft drinks, water, beer, etc. I was happy to see that they had the choice of San Pellegrino and Perrier (San Pellegrino is my non-alcoholic drink of choice). EL AL first class lounge drink selection Ben Gurion Airport The main buffet was near the center of the lounge.
EL AL first class lounge buffet TLV There were two display carts just outside the main buffet area, with hummus, guacamole, cheese, salmon, hardboiled eggs, etc. EL AL first class lounge food selection TLV EL AL first class lounge food selection TLV Then the buffet itself had a glass display case with refrigerated items, including juice, desserts, salad, etc. EL AL first class lounge buffet TLV EL AL first class lounge food selection TLV EL AL first class lounge food selection TLV Then there were all kinds of pastries, muffins, bread, soup, a coffee machine, etc.
EL AL first class lounge food selection TLV EL AL first class lounge soup TLV EL AL first class lounge coffee machine TLV The lounge had a couple of private bathrooms. While there was no shower in the first class lounge, the business class lounge has one in the spa area. EL AL first class lounge bathroom TLV For the first two hours I was in the lounge I was the only passenger. It sort of reminded me of when I flew the Etihad Residence, as I literally had the space to myself.
There was a lovely attendant in the lounge who looked after me and constantly checked if I needed anything. I ordered a glass of the sauvignon blanc, and was offered nuts to go along with it. EL AL first class lounge wine & nuts TLV EL AL first class lounge wine TLV She also asked if I wanted to have a meal. I’m not sure if there’s a separate menu, or something, but I was saving my appetite for onboard.
I spent some time in the lounge getting caught up on work, and at around 3:15PM was fetched and told that they were ready for me in the spa. I had asked about this on the phone earlier, so I was thrilled that they were able to confirm a treatment for me. The spa is located in the business class lounge on the second level, so it was just a short walk away. For what it’s worth, the spa is open Sundays through Thursdays between 3:30PM and 10:30PM, and you can reserve a treatment by calling +972 (73) 216 0449.
Reservations can be made between 8AM and 12PM daily on Sundays through Thursdays, so in the future I’d be sure to reserve a treatment in advance. EL AL lounge spa EL AL has proper treatment rooms in their spa, and I had an incredible 20 minute massage. This isn’t one of those massages where you sit in one of those uncomfortable chairs, but rather you take your shirt off, and they can use oil depending on your preferences.
EL AL lounge spa room While at the spa I also had the chance to check out the shower rooms, which were nice. EL AL lounge shower EL AL lounge shower Once back in the lounge they confirmed with me that I wanted to board last, which they said was the standard for first class passengers. I was happy they asked, since I asked if it would be possible to board first, in order to get some pictures. They said they’d see what they could do.
Sure enough, 10 minutes later there was a golf cart waiting to take me to the plane, and I was the first person onboard, at around 4:20PM. EL AL first class lounge bottom line I came into my EL AL experience with low expectations, and I was pleasantly surprised from start to finish. No, EL AL’s first class lounge isn’t one of the top first class lounges in the world. However, it’s a solid lounge that affords a lot of privacy, has tasty snacks and attentive service, and getting a 20 minute massage was awesome as well.
On top of that, the chauffeur service to the airport was a nice treat.