Maldives Trip Part 4A, The House, an Etihad Lounge, London’s Heathrow

Mention the Maldives and images of pristine turquoise blue waters come to mind. Overwater bungalows with direct jump-in access to the water and romantic sunsets are commonplace in this island paradise.

While it’s on almost everyone’s wish list, getting there can be a challenge. Flights are often ridiculously expensive and once you DO get to the islands, a barrage of expensive hotels with overpriced meals await. Never mind the flight distance involved, those expensive factors are enough to turn some people off and have them looking for cheaper destinations.

a boat on the water

Yacht Time #YachtLife

Getting to paradise and back doesn’t have to cost a fortune. We booked a ridiculous, normally unattainable luxury vacation valued at almost $46,000 for a grand total of $1,818… for two people!

Considering that’s usually the price of a regular coach class ticket to the Maldives, that’s one heck of a steal.

In the series of posts to follow, we’re going to walk you through all the experiences that we enjoyed on this trip. While most people would consider this once-in-a-lifetime, with just a little legwork and dedication you can have a luxury getaway to make Instagram followers drool with envy.

Our $46,000 vacation to the Maldives for only $1,818

The House Lounge

Etihad used to have their own dedicated lounge, but ever since they ran through a round of budget cuts, the lounge was the first to go. They’ve now rebranded this as “The House†with almost everything on the inside looking the same.

a sign with text and images on it

Etihad Boarding First Business

Once you pass security look for the Terminal 4 lounges sign. You’ll see an entrance to the Skyteam lounge and at the end is the House, home of Etihad “and other leading airlines…â€

a sign on a ceiling

Etihad House LHR Entrance

a close up of a sign

Etihad House LHR Entrance

a sign in a building

Etihad House LHR Entrance

Check-in was very quick albeit it business like. Notice the design behind the counter? You’ll see this everywhere in Etihad’s design.

a woman standing at a reception desk

Etihad House LHR Entrance

Buffet Time

The breakfast buffet spread was out, consisting of cereals, croissants, fruit, muesli and yogurt.

a buffet table with food and drinks

Etihad House Breakfast

bowls of food on a counter

Etihad House LHR Food

Seating was plenty…

a group of people sitting in chairs in a room

Etihad House LHR Seating

a group of people sitting in a lounge

Etihad House LHR Seating

As was the alcohol… seriously. This is one impressive selection. Simply ask the bar tender for whatever you want and it’s yours.

a bar with bottles of alcohol and glasses

Etihad House LHR Bar

My favorite section is the coffee and dates

a silver coffee pot and bowl of dates on a tray

Etihad House LHR Coffee


Feeling like something a little lighter or fresher? You can order eggs in just about any way possible.including a full array of omelettes. You can also get some meat filled rolls with a side of sauce.

a plate of food on a table

Etihad House Omelette

We opted for the omelette with a capuchiino.

Before we knew it, the lounge started to empty. Etihad was boarding and the lounge was emptying out. Besides, we didn’t want to fill up on food considering our flight was about to depart. We knew the food was going to be a LOT better onboard.

a menu of a restaurant

Etihad House Breakfast Menu

a menu on a table

Etihad House Breakfast Menu

The lounge is simple enough, but its a great respite from the masses outside in the main hall. Etihad’s boarding gate was only a 2 minute walk from the lounge, so feel free to leave whenever you feel like.

Have you been to the Etihad London lounge before or after the cost cutting? What are your impressions?

Author: Jon Nickel-D'Andrea

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  1. Thanks for this! Looking forward to the other parts.

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