|Features||Singapore Airlines Private Room (First Class Lounge) Highlights|
|Access||Only for SIA First Class passengers flying outbound from SIN.|
|Food and Beverage||Fine dining with ala carte menu.|
|Ambience||Very exclusive and luxurious.|
|The GET.com Verdict||Sumptuous fine dining with top-notch service.|
It was New Year's Day 2018 and that day marked a special milestone for the Pla Cheng family as it was the first time all four of us flew on the Singapore Airlines First Class Suites on the A380 from Singapore to Auckland using miles earned from some of the best credit cards. Using a total of 960,000 KrisFlyer miles (160,000 miles per person for Saver award), we redeemed 6 First Class Suites tickets worth US$46,000 for myself, Grace, our two boys Ramses and Ranefer, and Grace's parents (who had different departure and arrival dates from us).
Singapore Airlines Private Room (First Class Lounge) Review
We checked in at the Suites/First Class Check-in Reception at Changi Airport's Terminal 3, got our gleaming golden boarding passes and The Private Room passes and were then escorted to a dedicated immigration room from where we proceeded up an escalator to level 3 to the SilverKris Lounge. We were eager to get to The Private Room, which is an ultra exclusive lounge nestled within the SilverKris Lounge and the First Class Lounge.
The entrance to the SilverKris Lounge was decked out in Christmas decorations which made the place feel very festive even though it was already the first day of a new year.
We were escorted by SilverKris staff all the way from the lounge entrance, past the First Class Lounge to the fine dining restaurant inside The Private Room.
There was just a handful of people in the First Class Lounge, so the place was pretty quiet.
The First Class Lounge has a self-serve buffet table where passengers can help themselves to the food.
There is also a bar where you can order alcoholic beverages from a bartender.
Singapore Airlines Private Room (First Class Lounge) Access
The Private Room is the jewel of all the airport lounges in Changi Airport as it is even more exclusive than the First Class Lounge. While First Class Lounge access is for Singapore Airlines Suites/First Class passengers and also for all Star Alliance First Class passengers, The Private Room is restricted to just Singapore Airlines Suites or First Class passengers flying out of Singapore. You aren't allowed to bring a guest in who isn't flying in Suites or First on SIA.
Those holding a Suites or First Class SIA ticket are free to stroll between the SilverKris Business Class Lounge, the First Class Lounge and The Private Room, but really there's no reason to venture outside of The Private Room.
The Private Room is closed from 2:30am - 5:30am daily, unlike the SilverKris Lounge which is open 24 hours a day.
There is just a single reception desk at the entrance of The Private Room. We didn't have to stop here for a check as our golden passes were already processed at the SilverKris Lounge entrance and we were accompanied by a staff who brought us all the way in here.
There was a big Christmas tree in the dark wood-panelled entrance hallway.
Singapore Airlines Private Room (First Class Lounge) Food and Beverage
The USP of The Private Room is undoubtedly its full-service fine dining restaurant which is separated from the main lounge area by five marble-clad pillars.
We were led to a round linen-draped dining table in the middle of the restaurant. Instead of offering warm food in a buffet, ala carte dining is the highlight in The Private Room. You choose appetizers, main courses and desserts from a menu.
We asked for iced water and were brought bottled Evian water, one bottle for each of us. As for choice of champagne, we went for Charles Heidsieck over Dom Perignon.
The dinner menu consists of a mix of Singapore and international cuisine, such as local soups, satay, lamb shank ossobuco, baked cod fish, lobster noodles, dim sum and so on.
Even though the dinner menu isn't extensive, the restaurant excels in delivering exquisitely prepared food - and that's what matters to a foodie.
I ordered wok fried lobster with braised wanton noodles and french onion soup.
Grace ordered mutton satay and 'braised chicken soup with snow fungus, lotus seed and red date'. Both of these dishes are authentic Singapore food. For satay, you can choose between chicken, beef or mutton, and it comes with chopped onions, sliced cucumber, ketupat (rice cake) and slightly spicy and sweet peanut sauce.
We ordered chicken congee for Ramses and dim sum for Ranefer. Pleased to say that all the dishes were delicious; we had to resist finishing our food so that we could leave space for more food on board the plane.
There is a modest self-serve food table in a corner.
The dessert spread is pretty small, which I thought could be expanded so that there would be greater variety for people to choose from. We just got a few chocolate pralines from the table after our main courses.
We definitely much preferred eating here than from the buffet in the First Class Lounge. The wait staff were attentive and polite, and the food was freshly cooked to order and delicious, to boot.
Singapore Airlines Private Room (First Class Lounge) Ambience
I've always loved the high ceilings in the SilverKris Lounge in Changi Airport, which is present in all the lounges within. The Private Room has the most intimate kind of luxury feel, compared to the Business and First Class Lounges which seat more people.
The Private Room stuck to the similar color palette of brown and beige that is found in other SIA lounges. All the flooring is carpeted, except for the restaurant which has parquet flooring.
When you walk in from the entrance, you'll see a broad magazine rack with neatly stacked magazines and newspapers.
The Private Room is very spacious with leather and velvet armchairs widely spaced out in the lounge. The large TV was tuned in to CNN at the time we were there.
There were around 10 people in the whole Private Room (including the four of us), so we felt we had the whole place to ourselves.
There is also a dimly lit family/nursing room in The Private Room. Inside you'll find two plastic transparent kids chairs, two small armchairs, a diaper changing station and a sink.
Like in the other lounges, there are showers in The Private Room, though I didn't use it.
There is a small private room where you can be all by yourself. It has an armchair with an ottoman.
There are two PCs with internet, so you can browse the web without taking out your laptop.
When it was close to boarding time, we requested buggy service from the receptionist. In less than 5 minutes, we were informed that the buggy was ready and waiting downstairs for us.
It was a good thing we took the buggy because the departure gate was at least 15 minutes' walk from the lounge.
Singapore Airlines Private Room (First Class Lounge): The GET.com Verdict
The Singapore Airlines Private Room (First Class Lounge) in Terminal 3 of Changi Airport is a very luxurious and exclusive lounge for SIA First Class passengers. Spacious and flanked on one side with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the tarmac and runway, it offers uninstrusive premium space to passengers who seek out utmost privacy. The food was of high-end quality and we thoroughly enjoyed dining there. However I feel that Singapore Airlines could offer better facilities such as a spa, a proper family/play room for families with young kids and others, so that it could keep up with the competition.
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