I can’t recall how long it took Tom Hanks to get out of the airport in the film The Terminal. Or whether he’d stocked up on Turkish delight.
But the thought occurs to me that he wouldn’t have been in any rush if he had been stranded in the four-star Turkish Airlines business class in the Istanbul Ataturk Airport.
No washing yourself form the sink here… why not treat yourself to a massage, shower and a sleep in your own bedroom (all complimentary, of course)?
Trust me, you’ll be sleepy after feasting on their constant food and booze on the plane.
And then topping them off at any of the (heck, I didn’t count them all) international food and drink counters around this hotel-sized lounge).
Again, who are they kidding, there are three floors of this.
You want entertainment too? There’s a golf simulator, electronic car track, interactive video games screens and a piano.
I tried them all and, needless to say, drink or no drink, I was useless at them all.
Of course, with so much to enjoy you are half-praying for the plane to be late… and yes, you’ll find a prayer room in the lounge as well.
One of our party did try to miss it and we had to get her name out on the Tannoy.
With a sigh in my heart I boarded the plane back for Dublin but then remembered the pampering would continue on board.
And maybe they have The Terminal on the infoentertainment just so I can feel that little bit more smug as I feast on Turkish delight.
And here’s where we came from?
Resort info: See http://www.kuramathi.com http://www.kuramathi.ie and http://www.kandolhu.com. And that journey in full https://jimmurtytraveltraveltravel.com/2020/04/04/atoll-tale-the-maldives-2/.
Stay: Kuramathi Island Resort... Beach Villas from €2155pp; Over Water Villas from €2895pp for seven nights including flights, taxes, transfers, full-board. Optional Basic all-inclusive package, €59 per day; Dine Around Select package €99 per day.
Kandolhu Island: From €3995pp, Jacuzzi Beach Villa. Ultimate inclusions basis for seven nights, prices correct tat time of print.
Based on Travel in May/June 2018 including flights with Turkish Airlines http://www.turkishairlines.com. Round trip economy class starting price. Dublin-Maldives from €748.59 return business class starting price for same route. €2166.59. Call (01) 525 1849.
Baggage allowance Economy class, 30kg + 8kg hand luggage. Business class 40kg = 16kg for hand luggage in total with the airline that flies to more countries than any other airline.
While I did get out of the airport and visited the new (even better if that’s possible) Istanbul Airport and Turkish Airlines headquarters and the city on two continents a couple of years later and this is what I thought… https://jimmurtytraveltraveltravel.com/wham-bam-thank-you-hamam/
This article was published in the Irish Daily Mail in 2018