I booked my flight between Melbourne and Hyderabad on Singapore Airlines using miles and I initially couldn’t find any seats for myself. I added myself to the waitlist, while I booked my parents and sister in business on the way back. 2 days out, there were still no seats available and I was desparately looking for a reasonable way to get from Melbourne to India in peak season. Anyway, I was able to somehow find a first class award seat on the Melbourne to Singapore flight 24 hours out and I immediately booked it.
We arrived at the Melbourne airport a little faster than I expected, despite the slight issue with the drone problem I mentioned earlier. So we headed to the Silver Kris Flyer Lounge, which is located right after security and the duty free shops.
The lounge is about a 5-10 minute walk from passport control so do be careful with how much time you spend inside. Access to the lounge is available to both premium passengers flying on Singapore Airlines as well as Star Alliance premium cabin members.
I turned left at this point to check out the first class lounge, while my parents and sister went to the right. While my parents had flown Singapore First (Suites Class) before, this was my first time. Neither my parents nor sister wanted to sit by themselves in first so they pretty much left me to fend for myself 🙂
Anyway I was escorted into the lounge as soon as my boarding pass was scanned. I was then offered a seat as well as a menu at the dining area. It was around lunch time and I hadn’t ordered a meal on my Singapore flight so it seemed like a good time to try out the menu. The dining area of the lounge is located right at the front of the lounge across from a buffet area.
The buffet is fairly limited in this particular lounge because of the a la carte menu. It was still breakfast time so waffles, muesli, cereal, toast, and pastries were still out. The spread wasn’t great, but it was certainly enoughfor a quick bite.
The lounge also featured some spirits and alcohols as well as an assortment of ice creams. The best champagne however appeared to have been reserved for the flight itself.
I ordered the stir fried noodles with vegetables and it arrived right after I finished of the lack of vegetarian options), but it was definitely among the best I’ve had at any lounge.
Service at this lounge was fantastic throughout my stay. There weren’t any people wanting to eat so the attendant seemed genuinely excited that I ordered something and ate breakfast. I guess no one eats here?
The rest of the lounge is quite sensibly small given that there are only 6-12 first class seats leaving Melbourne on any given Singapore flight. The area has quite a few comfortable chairs if it so happens that you have time to visit this lounge.
Silver Kris Lounge – Business Section
After having a quick tour and a bite to eat, I headed over to the business class section of the lounge to join the family. This area of the lounge is absolutely huge compared to the first class section and also featured similar seating.
The buffet spread was almost identical to the first class lounge with the addition of some a la carte items right in the buffet itself. The service wasn’t quite as attentive for obvious reasons, but the two lounges were pretty much comparable in amenities. I must note that the made to order noodles found in the first class section weren’t available here.
Restrooms and showers are available inside the lounge itself. Power outlets are found at most seats and a business center with printers is also available right at the front.
I barely had enough time to tour the business class section of the lounge. Since the gate was a bit far away from the lounge and also past passport control, there was still quite a bit of walk before getting to the gate. I was pretty much the last person to board the aircraft.
The Singapore Airlines Silver Kris Lounge in Melbourne is definitely a decent place to hangout before your flight out. It offers ample seating, food, and amenities for a quick stop or longer layover. The design of the lounge are pretty much in line with what you would find at their flagship lounges in Singapore. The food and other amenities are certainly a step below those though.
The design of the lounge are pretty much in line with what you would find at their flagship lounges in Singapore. And it is wonderful to see an airline continue to maintain such outstanding lounges away from their main hub airport. This specific lounge is definitely smaller than the one I visited in Hong Kong a few years ago. Then again I believe Hong Kong is their biggest outstation with 5-6 daily flights, so this lounge is quite impressive when compared to that.
I did enjoy the noodles, but I didn’t see that the first class area offered anything significantly better than the business class section. Correct me if I am wrong on that.
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