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Emirates First: Shower Spa

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Emirates 413
Auckland (AKL) – Sydney (SYD)
Depart: 6:40 PM on Saturday, January 12
Arrive: 8:05 PM
Duration: 3:25
Aircraft: Airbus A380
Seat: 3A (First Class)

There’s one reason why Emirates First Class on an A380 is famous: the on board shower. The eight-mile-high shower was my second favorite part of the flight–the quality of the service was my favorite–and certainly the hardest to replicate again soon.

There are two showers on an Emirates A380, at the front of the first class cabin on either side of the stairs.

From seatguru.com

The showers can be scheduled on a first-come, first-showered basis. Knowing this, I asked the flight attendant who seated me to schedule the first available time for me, which was just after take off.

When the shower was ready for me, a flight attendant came to my seat. He told me to collect anything I wanted to take into the shower. I grabbed a change of clothes and camera and followed him. Everything I needed for the actual shower–shampoo, conditioner, body lotion, towels–was in the shower spa.

The spa was immaculately clean and awaiting my arrival. The spa is spacious. One wall is taken up by a large mirror.

Next to the mirror is a monitor tracking the flight’s progress identical to the one at the bar in the back.

On the far wall was a selection of toiletries and other spa materials likes a razor and slippers. There were two lines of toiletries: Relax and Revive. I chose Revive to use and took the Relax for the rest of my trip.

Continuing around the wall was the toilet.

Just to the left of the toilet was the large sink and mirror with its tower of ten hand towels.

To sum up my thoughts of everything before the shower, this is a very nice bathroom. It’s quite a bit nicer and larger than my bathroom on the ground–not to mention cleaner though I don’t have two full-time attendants like the Emirates spa showers.

But Emirates First Class isn’t about the bathroom; it’s about the shower.

The shower is a bit on the small side, but it is in no way claustrophobic, and there is even a bench inside in case you get tired of standing during your five-minute shower.

The shower head is a beautiful handheld shower head. The pressure was fairly low, enough that you might complain a bit if you were in a hotel, but you are on a plane, so the pressure suffices.

Also pictured is the timer for the shower. You get exactly five minutes of water. You can hang out in the spa as long as you want, and you can even stay in the shower as long as you want, but you get five minutes of water, measured on the meter on the wall.

With one minute fifteen seconds left, the water automatically shuts off to alert you that you are almost out of time.

You can restart the water by touching the on/off button pictured below. You can also turn the water off at any point to conserve water. I turned the water off while I lathered up, and I was completely finished by the time my 75-second warning came. That meant I had a chance to just stand there and enjoy the warm water.

I mentioned that the water pressure was weak, but the temperature range is superb. Overall it was quite a pleasant shower. If only the shower had somehow ironed my clothes, my “after” photo might be more presentable. 😉

I probably spent 15 minutes in the spa area, marveling, showering, and getting refreshed for my arrival.

In my mind, the shower is not a gimmick. I had had to check out of my hostel early the morning of my flight, so I hadn’t had a chance to shower yet. The onboard shower gave me a great chance to arrive in Sydney feeling great instead of gross. And I always feel a bit off after longhaul flights, and a shower before landing would change all that.

Here’s a video I made of the shower area to give you a better feel for it. Don’t worry. It is safe for work.

Recap

The star of the Emirates show is the shower. The shower is awesome and not a gimmick. The shower spa is large and comfortable. The shower itself is not large, but not claustrophobic.

The shower pressure is the worst part of the experience, but the temperature is great, and the handheld shower head makes up for the pressure partially. Enjoy the most luxurious five minutes in the sky in an Emirates shower.

Overall

This short flight was the best of my life, and I look forward to getting onto a longhaul Emirates A380 flight in first class. To that end, I am looking at every angle to redeem miles for this over-the-top luxury. Expect to read more about how you can get into Emirates First very soon.

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