Lounge Review: Emirates Lounge (2016) at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport

I checked out the previous Emirates Lounge at the Melbourne Tullamarine Airport back in 2014 when I visited the city for a friend's wedding. While the lounge had a great selection of food and drinks, the overall decor was tired and in need of a refresh. When I visited Melbourne city again this April (2016), I have had the pleasure of visiting the Emirates Lounge once again (without knowing it was refurbished) and I was pleasantly surprised by the changes. 

New Emirates Lounge (2016) Melbourne Tullamarine Airport

New Emirates Lounge (2016)
Melbourne Tullamarine Airport

The first thing you will notice as you walk into the new Emirates Lounge is how modern everything looks (especially if you have been to the previous one). There are various seat configurations that cater to different traveling parties but if you are looking for the best seats (with a view to boot), carry on walking to get to the main area. 

New Emirates Lounge (2016) Melbourne Tullamarine Airport

New Emirates Lounge (2016)
Melbourne Tullamarine Airport

I love how they have managed to create such a great sense of space with the new Emirates Lounge at the Melbourne Tullamarine Airport. Just as a kind reminder, the Emirates Lounge is open to top-tier Skywards frequent flyer members as well as first class and business class guests. Elite status holders of the Qantas Frequent Flyer program that are booked onto an EK or QF flight will also be able to use this lounge. 

New Emirates Lounge (2016) Melbourne Tullamarine Airport

New Emirates Lounge (2016)
Melbourne Tullamarine Airport

There are a handful of seats that faces the runway directly and they are probably the most sought-after so try to get them while you are there! Since there are a number of A380 services that leave Melbourne, the Emirates Lounge can get pretty crowded. 

New Emirates Lounge (2016) Melbourne Tullamarine Airport

New Emirates Lounge (2016)
Melbourne Tullamarine Airport

One of the things I appreciate about Emirates Lounges in general is the abundance of liquors and alcohol. In the new Emirates Lounge, you will be able to concoct some of your favourite cocktail classics. My poison of choice? A Negroni that you can make with equal parts of gin, vermouth and campari. 

The food selection at the Emirates Lounge is really quite impressive - you'll find a good selection of hot and cold dishes (even a rack of lamb!). 

New Emirates Lounge (2016) Melbourne Tullamarine Airport

New Emirates Lounge (2016)
Melbourne Tullamarine Airport

Select from a variety of cheeses and salads from the cold station - just remember to save room for dessert! 

New Emirates Lounge (2016) Melbourne Tullamarine Airport

New Emirates Lounge (2016)
Melbourne Tullamarine Airport

The Emirates Lounge at the Melbourne Tullamarine Airport has got to be one of the better Emirates lounges I have ever been to. It combines great food (and alcohol) selection with a more contemporary design. The next time you have a flight out of Melbourne, be sure to check the place out!