Phuket International Airport Coral First Class Lounge

Phuket International Airport Coral First Class Lounge

I now have flown all the way from Seoul to Phuket, Thailand and after 7 hours of wait at the airport, I was able to check in for my flight to Doha on Qatar Airways.

Qatar Airways Check-In Phuket International Airport

Qatar Airways currently operates three daily flights to Phuket, Thailand and I was booked on the second flight which departed at 10:30 PM in the evening.

Before the check-in for my flight started, out of nowhere, the Qatar Airways staff found me sitting on the bench (I have no idea how they were able to find me out of thousands of people at the airport), and asked me if I had exited Hong Kong when I was making a long connection. This is because Qatar is requiring passengers to take COVID-19 PCR tests for those who came from Hong Kong, Macau and mainland China.

I told her I stayed in the lounge and airside the whole night and then she wanted to check the Hong Kong entry stamp on my passport. I gave her my passport to check and obviously, she couldn’t find one. Hong Kong does not stamp the passport anymore instead immigration gives a piece of paper. Furthermore, I am registered on their e-Channel so yeah… it was impossible for her to know even if I exit the airport.😅

I was more impressed by the staff’s ability to specify that I was the only passenger who made a connection via Hong Kong.

Getting To Coral First Class Lounge

The Coral First Class Lounge is located on the 4th floor of the departures terminal, after security and immigration. As soon as you exit the security screening, you can navigate near gate 11 and you will see an escalator nearby that goes to the upper floor.

From there the lounge is located at the end of the left-hand corner after the restaurants.

It is great to receive fast-track invitations as an elite member even flying in economy class when departing from Phuket. Qatar Airways departing from Bangkok does not offer these due to high traffic.

Coral First Class Lounge Phuket Operational Hours

The lounge opens daily from 6 AM in the morning to 12 AM at midnight. However, hours might differ on some days.

Coral First Class Lounge Phuket Entry Requirements

For access to the lounge, there are no published requirements for the first class lounge. Hence, I am not 100 percent sure about it. But as far as I know, the first class lounge area is allowed for top-tier guests as well as guests traveling in premium cabins on select airlines such as Korean Air, Emirates and Etihad.

There is also another lounge called Coral Executive Lounge at the international terminal. This lounge can be accessed with a priority pass or other credit cards. I would need to double-check the entry requirements next time I visit Phuket.

You can also possibly pay for the lounge to enter by booking from the lounge’s website.

Coral First Class Lounge Phuket Layout and Seating

The first class lounge is not large in size, it is more of a small boutique lounge with traditional interior designs.

As you enter the lounge, there is a long hallway on one side that has semi-private seats with floor-to-ceiling walls between each section. This area is great for couples or those who need some privacy for work as it is enclosed with walls.

Going along the narrower section of the seating area, there are more seats and tables.

Coming to the main area of the lounge has a combination of large bench sofas, wingback and slipper chairs with a round table in between. There are tables of twos and fours at the main section of the lounge.

The lounge is not that large in size hence there is a limited capacity of seats. In my viewpoint, the lounge can accommodate less than 100 guests.

Coral First Class Lounge Phuket Dining

The lounge offers great food and beverage options. Compared to other lounges around Thailand, the quality and selections were really good.

The buffet area is located beside the entryway, a dedicated section at the lounge. It offers three hot buffets and a soup while there are also beverages, pastries and desserts opposite the buffet stand.

Adjacent to the buffet stand, there is a corner with amuse-bouche, salads and maki rolls.

Pastries and sandwiches are displayed opposite the buffet bar. I really like the lounge offering a variety of options for guests to choose from.

More deserts and fruits are kept in the fridge. Additionally, salads and dairy products were also kept on the lower shelf.

Soft drinks and non-alcoholic beverages are available in the other fridge.

Coral First Class Lounge Phuket Bar

The bar at the lounge is located beside the buffet, with a Thai traditional design. Actually, the bar is more of a drinks corner since you can order coffee, teas and cocktails. One thing that caught my eye was the Samovar at the corner of the bar. It shows there are a lot of Easter European/Russian visitors coming to Phuket.

Coral First Class Lounge Restrooms & Showers

The restrooms are located in the hallway next to the entrance. The restrooms were really small but had a shower room inside. Interestingly, the first class guests do not need to pay to use showers while the guests at the Executive Lounge must pay extra in order to use the shower room at the first class lounge.

Throughout my stay, nobody used the shower room so most of the time, it is free to be used immediately.

Summary

Before taking the flight to Doha, I had an opportunity to use the Coral First Class Lounge at Phuket International Airport. The lounge is a boutique lounge designed with local feelings and offered great services.

While I am still confused about the access requirements, this is definitely a better lounge compared to other lounges in Phuket Airport in terms of dining and quality.

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