How many times in life will they ask “Dom or Krug”?
Opulence is a noun which should never be treated lightly. Business class is luxurious – sure, but it’s not opulent. Opulence should only be referenced when dealing with the true, finest things in life, which share virtually no equal or peer.
After spending 14 hours in the sky in Singapore Suites, I can officially proclaim “opulence” is the operating word, and even 10 years on from its inception, Singapore Airlines First Class Suites are still in rarified air…
“I can’t even find it”
“Just show someone this ticket, and a host will escort you to the Private Room”
“Sir, I suggest heading for the gate around 8:30, would you like assistance to the gate”?
There’s nothing quite like the jammy feeling of seeing multiple boarding doors, marked economy, premium, business and then suites, and choosing the one where no one else is in sight. Cabin crew actually walk off the plane, and onto the jet bridge to welcome you and assist with luggage. By the way, there are no overhead bins to fight for. Your luggage fits neatly under your seat, and can be accessed with ease at all times. Rejoice.
“Would you like to start off with some Dom Perignon or Krug”?
Who would refuse a taste test between two of the worlds greatest inhibiting nectars? As expected, they were the perfect accompaniment to the Lalique pajamas and amenity kits also presented prior to take off. No stone left unturned, no detail too fine, the table was officially set on what promised to be a truly outstanding flying experience, and before long the Airbus A380-800 was quietly hurdling into the skies above.
“Chicken or fish”
After a delightful breakfast service, and a hotel quality sleep (more on that, shortly), the excessively good stuff began to unfold. Like a concerto from the world’s best orchestras, chicken and beef satay was followed by a generous portion of Malossol Caviar, before lamb loin and an indulgent raspberry and rose éclair took the bow.
“We’ll save some Chateau Cos”
Meal service featured not only Dom Perignon and quality Vodka to accompany the caviar, but truly iconic wine pairings for each course. Seeing quite a few bottles of Chateau Cos fly down the aisle in the early hours of flight, I asked the crew if they wouldn’t mind saving some, and like every other request, it was graciously filled.
“Please enjoy the seat next to you, while we make your bed”
It’s more space than two people should ever realistically know what to do with, particularly on an airplane. For weary travelers, or even those used to the world’s best business class cabins, the privacy and fine touches, like extra pillows just send this into the category of… you guessed it, true opulence.
“How was the movie”?
Qatar Airways privacy doors in business class are a truly impressive effort for the cabin, but the square footage in comparison with these massive first class suites isn’t worthy of comparison, nor are the wine selections, even on their very best day.
“You’ll have to try the new one”
With the grace and precision held by only the finest in customer service, the crew politely insisted that I simply had to try out the new suites, with more space, a separate seat and an even larger entertainment screen. After this experience, I can’t think of anything I’d like to do more…
If you can find fault in this experience, your daily life must be fascinating…