Updated on January 26, 2016
Lounge Review: Leeli Lounge Malé Airport, Maldives (MLE)
After our great tour of Malé, it was time to check-in for our flight to Hong Kong! After our quick check-in and super fast customs line we had some time to kill in the international terminal of MLE airport.
There are several shops and a few places to eat but it is not a very expansive place so it was nice that we were given lounge access to the Leeli Lounge with our business class tickets. We of course had to get some Burger King before going in to quench our need for fast food after a long travel day already 😉
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After getting our nutritious meal and looking at some of the souvenirs it was time to go relax in the lounge for about an hour and a half. Although there are some places to sit around the terminal we found out later that the gate area is literally just seats and nothing else so there is certainly no reason to leave the lounge early.
To enter the lounge we simply showed them the voucher given to us by Cathay Pacific at check in and we were able to enter.
When entering you will find a small room immediately to your right which has comfortable lounge chairs before entering the large main room of the lounge.
Upon entering the main lounge your find a dimly-lit, large room with tons of seating and some TVs on the walls that are muted. The dining area is immediately to the left which had several hot items, cold items and drinks in the refrigerator. None of the food looked enticing to me, especially after eating the healthy meal from BK, but we did grab some sodas and water.
As you go further into the lounge you will see newspapers set around the room and if you travel to the back there are small tables set up (where we ate) which have a view of the tarmac, although it is very limited. We were there at night and found this back area to be very cold at that time. There are also computers set up at the partition between the seating and dining area if needed.
Compared to the other lounges on this trip it was by far the worst, but you also have to look at where you are and what you need. We were in a pretty small airport so the fact that they had a lounge for us was great. I wouldn’t consider this a good first or business class lounge but I would consider it on par with US domestic lounges.
Since we just ate and really just needed a place to sit (free internet also) this worked just fine for us. I played on my iPad and Katie napped.
After 90 minutes or so in the lounge it was time to head to the gate for the next segment of our trip home!
Next Up: Cathay Pacific Business Class to Hong Kong!