So who offers the better airport lounge sauna, Air France or Finnair? I put both to the test earlier this year.
Airport Sauna: Air France Vs. Finnair
You can check out my reviews of both saunas below:
I felt the Finnair Platinum Wing sauna gave me an authentic experience of a Finnish sauna. The conversation with other passengers, the hot stones, and the dark wood seating made for a great experience overall. Plus, Finnair offers a comfortable lounging area outside the sauna to cool off between treatments. Be prepared: this is a hot sauna to start with that gets even hotter when a Finn comes in and starts ladling water on the stones.
Overall, a 10/10 experience. The sauna is located in the Platinum Wing lounge. I write about access requirements here. The sauna is co-ed with room for four people at a time. A towel is required.
(Sadly, Finnair used to have a paid spa open to all passengers, but has closed it)
What I loved about the Air France sauna is that it was private. The shower suite and sauna is big enough for a party, but it is all yours. That’s nice because you can close your eyes and relax (unlike the more communal experience of the Finnair sauna).
A couple things I did not like, though. First, the sauna suite has no toilet. Second, the sauna was only heated to about 75ºC (167ºF). That’s fine, but I prefer it a bit warmer and it was electric so there were no stones to heap water on.
Overall, a 9/10 experience. It’s still such a treat to enjoy a sauna and shower ahead of your flight. The lounge is located in the Air France Business Lounge in Terminal 2E, Hall L. I write about access requirements here. If you are interested, request access from reception. If it is currently in-use, you can be added to the waitlist.
I must admit I preferred the Finnair experience overall. I enjoyed the intense heat, the comfortable lounge area, and the conversations, all of which helped to make the sauna experience even better.
Next up: Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse London Heathrow
Once Virgin Atlantic re-opens its Clubhouse in London Heathrow, I plan to check out the sauna there and try the new Airbus A350-1000 service to Los Angeles.
Have you used the sauna in either the Finnair HEL Lounge or Air France CDG Lounge? How did you like it?