After making the long, humid walk to the terminal, I was eager to get through security, check in, and head to the air conditioned lounge… but we hit a snag.
To pass through security at DPS, you must show a paper ticket. I felt like a bonehead not knowing this ahead of time. I didn’t exactly have our e-ticket printed out, but I think I had a TripIt printout of our itinerary so I showed it to the guard and he let us through. Whew, problem solved.
There was a bit of a queue at the Thai Airways counters, but at least Business Class was less busy than Economy.
After getting our boarding passes, Joann and I followed the signs to the lounge that Thai Airways uses. The Premier Lounge is actually an independent lounge contracted by, what looks like, every airline that flies in and out of Bali.
We didn’t take many photos inside as it was very packed, but this site has a good review of the lounge. It was a far cry from the Cathay Pacific lounges we experienced in Hong Kong, but it would suffice for a comfortable seat and some grub.
About the food… it was mediocre at best, and I suppose I’m being generous. In hindsight, we should have found some food in the airport or asked our driver to stop by somewhere before the airport. The lounge did have plenty of soft drinks and coffee so that helped. I’d make it to lunch service on the flight 😉
There is no free WiFi in the lounge – big time downer. The nice thing about the Premier Lounge is that it has an outdoor smoking area that is spacious and has great views of the tarmac.