My flight from Bali to Singapore was with AirAsia. Seriously, I don’t regret not being able to book a business class flight back. SilkAir & SQ’s business class passengers get to utilise the Premier Lounge. Guess what, Premier Lounge serves Priority Pass (PP) guests too. So it’s not exactly exclusive.
Priority Pass members get to choose between two lounges at Ngurah Rai International Airport: Premier and T/G. I scrolled through reviews of both. The reviews were generally on a negative side. I chose to go with T/G. Both lounge can be located at the 2nd level (Mezzanine level) after baggage check and walking pass the duty free shops.
If you don’t have a PP card, you can either pay USD $25 or 330,000 Rupiah for access. DBS Altitude CC provides two complimentary lounge visits a year so this definitely comes in handy since I’m not taking business. Take note: “year” means your DBS card’s anniversary, NOT standard or financial year.
I quite like the decor of T/G. As I stepped in, I was half expecting it to be crowded. It was pleasantly empty. The reviews said the staff’s service was lacklustre, If anything, I’m going to change that by being nice to them.
It’s time to explore the food.
On the other side, is the hot food station.
The question some of you might be asking by now is if there are alcoholic drinks. Yes there are. Each guest is provided with three complimentary glasses of white/red or Bintang draft beer.
When I first read other lounge reviews, they mentioned that 3 x 120ml was given to each guest. True enough, it says 120ml on the paper. But based on my expert measurement of alcohol (I studied Dietetics btw), this is probably 250ml or what dietitians term as 1 standard drink. It’s definitely not 120ml which is only 4 shot glasses (30ml x 4) worth. FYI, a standard 330ml can with 5% alcohol is about 1.3 standard drinks. Apologies, it’s the ex dietitian in me talking XD
Overall, surprisingly, I enjoyed this lounge. The space was comfortable. Food wasn’t fantastic but it’ll suffice. The beer was fresh. I had a quick taste of the white wine before leaving for my boarding gate, it was drinkable. Staff service was decent. I always think staff service is partially in relation to how well one treats service staff. I always try to be nice to service staff because it isn’t easy in their line of work having to serve customers day in and day out.
Would it be too premature to say that T/G is better than Premier? I think I’ll have to go back to Bali to find out!