After the recent opening of the Cathay Pacific Lounge at NAIA Terminal 3 comes the newly launched SilverKris Lounge for Singapore Airlines business class and first class passengers.
Prior to its opening, this is what Singapore Airlines’ temporary waiting area looked like at Terminal 3.
Look at this now:
Things are definitely looking up at NAIA Terminal 3, where well-designed lounges are opening up for business and first class passengers.
Singapore Airlines new SilverKris Lounge carries the “home away from home concept.”
The 450-square meter lounge was designed by Singaporean design firm ONG&ONG, and features a lot of personal spaces plus works of Filipino artists curated by Silverlens Gallery.
The art work will change constantly except for the centerpiece, a sculpture called “Flight” created by Filipino artist Impy Pilapil.
This is the first such lounge in Southeast Asia and the fourth in the world after Sydney, Hong Kong and London.
“We want to bring the familiar feeling of home to Filipino passengers,” said Philip Goh, regional vice president for Southeast Asia at Singapore Airlines. “This home away from home concept is a multi-million dollar investment to innovate our 15 lounges across the world.
My personal favorite space is the productivity pod, which looks like it was recycled from Singapore Airlines signature business class chair. It has a USB pod and an outlet for charging phones, tablets and computers.
I was impressed with all the outlets available throughout the lounge.
Roving hosts will look after guests. Passengers can also seek assistance about flights and seating. A self-service buffet area offers drinks and food.
Different menus ensure a wide selection of choices, including staple Singaporean dishes such as Laksa and Hainanese Chicken Rice. But don’t hold your breath; the chicken rice we tried that day was far from authentic. You still have to fly to Singapore for that.
Filipino dishes like Caldereta and Bicol Express, adobo rice and beef tapa will also be served along with sandwiches, snacks, and ice cream ill also be served. The beverage selection includes all kinds of liquor, red and white wine, beer, Coca Cola products, fruit juices and coffee and tea.
During the press day, the only things I enjoyed were the fudge brownies and the ice-cold Coke. That said, there is much room for improvement as far as their caterer goes.
I also checked out the restrooms. They are clean and functional, but nothing spectacular design-wise.
Customers can enjoy access to the lounge if traveling on Suites, First or Business Class, or if they are members of the PPS Club and KrisFlyer Elite Gold departing on Singapore Airlines operated flights as well as STAR Alliance Gold card members departing on STAR operated flight.
Singapore Airlines flies from Manila to Singapore four times daily which conveniently connect to onward flights to the rest of the world. For more information, visit singaporeair.com.