American Express opened its 12th Centurion Lounge on Monday 9 March with the debut of a new facility at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). Located at Tom Bradley International Terminal and at 1,300-square-metre, the lounge is American Express’ largest yet, available to screened passengers travelling through Terminals 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8.
LAX is the fourth busiest airport in the world, welcoming over 88 million travellers annually. It’s also one of the most frequented airports by premium American Express Card Members, who booked 10% more flights through this airport in 2019 than the year prior.
This new location is a centre of tranquility, designed to address travellers’ needs with unique spa services and wellness experiences from Exhale, locally inspired and produced artwork by Ellierex and a bespoke menu from Los Angeles-based, award-winning Chef Nancy Silverton.
Relaxing Tranquility Area and Spa Services
For those traveling into new time zones, or guests hoping to relax before a long flight, the Centurion Lounge at LAX features first-of-its-kind Sunrise and Moonrise tranquility rooms, offering brightly and dimly lit quiet spaces to relax and recharge. The Moonrise room ushers in a sense of nighttime relaxation through a starry night inspired ceiling, creating an atmosphere of subtle, yet relaxing energy. Meanwhile, the Sunrise room helps awaken the senses with illuminated walls, emanating an atmosphere of dawn-like hues.
American Express has also partnered with Exhale to offer elevated wellbeing and spa services centred around energy and light. Guests can indulge in light therapy designed to hydrate skin, reiki treatments to restore the body’s equilibrium, and ear reflexology to relax the mind and ease the body. Hand and nail therapies, as well as chair massages, are available.
A Taste of California
Offering a taste of Los Angeles’ exceptional culinary fare, American Express Global Dining Collection Chef, Nancy Silverton, has curated a bespoke menu as Executive Chef of the LAX Centurion Lounge. Having grown up in Southern California, Silverton has always been surrounded by an abundance of fresh ingredients. Some of the locally inspired dishes include Asparagus Egg Pie, Panettone French Toast, Farro Salad with Fresh Herbs and Feta, Mozza Meatballs, Roasted Beets with Horseradish Vinaigrette, Butterscotch Budino and more.
The new lounge also offers premium wine selections by Wine Director Anthony Giglio, as well as specialty cocktails by renowned Centurion Lounge mixologist Jim Meehan. Meehan’s menu of unique cocktails features locally sourced ingredients such as California brandy, Miracle Mile Bitters and Dirty Sue cocktail cherries. Some of the specialty cocktails include the Maliblue Lagoon, a colour-coded ode to Malibu’s own blue lagoon and the Private Plane, a playful twist on New York bartender Sam Ross’ classic Paper Plane cocktail.
An Homage to LA Arts & Culture
Paying homage to Los Angeles’ iconic film legacy American Express curated hand-picked film artefacts for the lounge, and an intimate seating area features a backlit, silhouette of the Hollywood Hills. Teal shades in the space are inspired by design trends of the contemporary Los Angeles’ arts district.
Where form meets function, the lounge also provides guests with private noise-buffering workspaces, a family friendly room, high-speed Wi-Fi, premium restrooms and showers, power outlets and American Express Member Services Professionals to assist with on-site card- and travel-related services.
The American Express Global Lounge Collection® provides Platinum Card Members, Centurion Members and Delta Skymiles Reserve Card Members with places to relax and recharge while traveling the globe, offering access to the most lounges compared to any US credit card, including more than 1,200 lounges around the world, in 500 plus cities across 130 countries and counting.