“Would you care for a shot of Grey Goose vodka with your caviar?”
Such is life as a passenger in the Emirates First Class Private Suite. Nothing is too much trouble for the cheerful and friendly flight attendants, who introduce themselves as you board and explain the many features of your suite and the extensive menu, from which you can order anything at any time.
Stepping into my suite, my first impression is of a lot of gold finishes and a lot of space. The oversized TV screen is a good metre away from the wide, comfy seat – when seated, I can just reach the vanity with my fingertips.
The TV screen sits above a vanity table featuring a lit mirror and the usual assortment of moisturisers and more unusually, a couple of pots of energizing or relaxing smelling salts, depending on your mood. I was more excited by the snack basket, although how you could feel peckish when you’re being fed at constant intervals is beyond me! At the end of my flight, the flight attendant offered to bag my uneaten snacks to take home and very kindly threw in leftover snacks from other patrons, who it seems did not take advantage of his offer!
As mentioned earlier, there is a luxurious amount of space in the suite and also a decent amount of storage areas to put handbags, phones, Kindles and any other bits and bobs that people carry on.
The pop-up minibar (with non-alcoholic drinks) lining the wall is a nice touch, as is the hand-held entertainment unit which allows you to not only control your TV channels, but also your seat position, lighting and window shades.
Prior to food service, a dish of warm, roasted nuts and a glass of champagne is offered, along with Turkish tea and dates, followed by a selection of hot and cold canapés.
My favourite was the Asian prawn mince, which looked rather like a mini drumstick. I loved the use of the lemongrass stalk as a skewer, as it imparted an incredible flavour and scent.
I’ve already mentioned the caviar, which was delicious, and for my main I went for one of the healthy choices – grilled salmon. The thick lemon herb crust was lovely on the salmon, with the capers adding extra bite.
I was so full that I didn’t even have dessert, which, if you know me at all, is a pretty big deal! Although, it could also have been my eagerness to get to bed. Unlike business class seats which merely recline all the way back to create a ‘flat bed’, a flight attendant actually makes up your bed, using only a lightweight mattress, fluffy doona and some nifty seat manipulation.
The Emirates First Class Suite is so named because you can slide your cabin doors closed and feel as though you’re enclosed in your own private little suite. There is plenty of room to stretch out and you definitely feel far less exposed than in an ordinary flat bed seat.
While I don’t really have any trouble sleeping on planes, it is incredibly indulgent to have an actual bed to sleep in and it was a pleasant change to feel relatively refreshed when I woke up!
- Such a luxurious experience; love the real bed and the freedom to order food whenever you want! Although, looking back over my photos, it is clear that I did not take full advantage of this service!
- Main difference compared to business class is obviously the private cabin and bed. Also, you do get served better champagne and wine, and I am yet to see caviar on a business class menu!
This review was for flight EK405 Melbourne to Singapore. Emirates flies to and from a number of Australian cities – see Emirates Australia for further information.