Many frequent travellers have horror stories of being stuck at an airport during long layovers or delays, but there’s also a lot that can be enjoyed while waiting for your plane to take off—particularly at the world’s busiest passenger airport in Atlanta. From top-notch dining to napping in a private suite, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport offers travellers various time-killing pursuits during layovers. Here are a few of our top picks.
Ruling the dining roost at Hartsfield-Jackson is global fine dining restaurant One Flew South. Situated in the new International Terminal, this decorated establishment is consistently ranked one of the top airport restaurants. Helmed by Chef Duane Nutter, formerly of The Oakroom at the Seelbach Hilton in Kentucky, the restaurant offers a menu of Southern-inspired global fare highlighting ingredients from regional farmers and purveyors. The sushi menu and cocktail list is also not-to-be-missed. While sipping a pisco sour and dining on thyme roasted pork belly, you’ll be begging for a flight delay.
Whether you’re looking for a place to get some shut-eye or just peace and quiet to get work done, Minute Suites in Concourse B has a retreat with your name on it. Complete with a daybed sofa, pillows and fresh blankets, the private suites feature a sound-masking system to neutralize noise and a “napware” audio program designed to help entice an energizing power nap. Each room also has a high-definition television, Internet access and the Airport’s tracking system. The best part? There’s no worry about missing your flight as the staff ensures you are ready to go before your plane takes off.
With two locations, (Terminal A and C) XpresSpa offers treatments that take the stressful edge off modern-day travel. Indulge in the “Stress and Tension Eliminator” massage before boarding, or ease the plane-induced tightness in your lower back with a back and shoulder massage. For the ultimate relaxation, recline in a lounger and have a customized massage tailored to your needs. If looking to impress your airport pick-up, Xpress Spa also offers facials (including a gentleman’s facial) nail, wax and hair services.
Highlighting hometown favourites and international designer brands, the shopping at Hartsfield-Jackson leaves no excuse to show up without a gift, or dazzling travel ensemble. Get a makeover at MAC Cosmetics or Kiehl’s, both in Concourse F, or discover what made Atlanta’s Sara Blakely a billionaire at shape wear store SPANX in Concourse E. L’Occitane in Concourse A also offers skincare and body products for travellers of all preferences. For those with highfalutin taste, hang out in Concourse A where Bulgari, Ermenegildo Zegna and Salvatore Ferragamo all have a home.
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Written by Giannina Smith Bedford
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About the author: GianninaGiannina Smith Bedford
Giannina Smith Bedford is a travel and business writer whose work has appeared in a number of national and regional publications, including Condé Nast Traveler, Delta SKY Magazine, AirTran Airways GO Magazine, and Atlanta Business Chronicle, among others. Born in Miami, she grew up in Brazil, Chile, Hawaii and Australia and continues her worldwide adventures—always traveling with a pen in hand. Her published work can be viewed at www.gianninasmith.com.