Sponsored Post | Airports are notorious for being some of the most stressful places in the world, and the growth in frequent travelers only adds to people’s anxiety. Travelers’ expectations of comfort and convenience are rising, and airports must meet these demands in order to enhance their consumer experience ratings. Nowadays, people are looking for a bit of luxury to counteract stress at airports.

So what makes an airport more elegant and refined?

For starters, amenities such as reflexology and massage centers are the perfect way to let passengers release their anxiety and also feel pampered at the same time. Many airports already have massage and spa facilities, though they probably don’t compare to the centers in Kuala Lumpur International Airport. The backdrop of rainforest-esque decor mimics an island getaway for the ultimate relaxing atmosphere.

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Operators and designers of airports are constantly finding ways to optimize comfort and style, no matter how minor it might seem. Even changes in parking schemes have been the catalysts for positive feedback from travelers, which is why airports like Heathrow now offer valet parking options, according to Parking4Less. Other than valet services, Heathrow has also upped its range in quality dining, allowing passengers to dine at Chef Gordon Ramsay’s Plane Food and Chef Heston Blumenthal’s The Perfectionists’ Cafe. And if you happen to be flying on Qatar Airways, the lounge is spectacular in terms of design and its five-star service.

Try as they may, nothing will beat the level of luxury that exudes from Doha’s Hamad International Airport. After spending billions of pounds into the newly renovated terminal, the airport now has 80 designer stores as well as shops that sell gold. A touch of sophistication has been added to the in-airport hotel, which now has a presidential suite, and even a pool with an extraordinary view of the runways. Works of international artists fill the concourse, so that travelers can revel in global art as they narrow down their dining choices from the 30 restaurants in the terminal.

Hamad International’s gold-plated coffee kiosks are rather over-the-top, but airports in other countries could benefit from refining their amenities. Travelers need to be able to wind down and relax amidst the chaos of flight connections, delays, and overweight luggage.

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