Hotel Review: Award-Winning Luxury At Airways Hotel in Papua New Guinea

All journeys in Papua New Guinea start and end in the capital city of Port Moresby at Jacksons International Airport (POM). Many connect through this airport throughout their Papua New Guinea adventure as aerial travel is the only way to traverse the country from the coastlands to the highlands. Fortunately, one of the world’s most awarded hotels is just a two-minute drive from POM.

Airways Hotel received the 2018 World’s Leading Boutique Airport Hotel World Travel Award and the 2018 World Luxury Hotel Award.

Don’t worry about getting to the hotel securely from the airport, Airways Hotel offers complimentary door-to-door shuttle service 24/7.

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Airways Hotel puts wellness front and center from amenities to design

After long international voyages or on overnight layovers you can enjoy a world of wellness at the Airways Hotel.

A lush botanical garden surrounds the airport hotel. Stylish guest rooms feature luxurious amenities. With everything from a day spa, tennis courts, well-equipped gym as well as steam rooms and saunas, Airways Hotels truly has the best airport hotel wellness offering.

The sleek design is inviting and soothing with water used as a decor element throughout to create a serene ambiance. You’ll find many cozy reading nooks throughout the hotel and garden oases perfect for meditation.

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Comprehensive health and fitness facilities

A stand-alone building houses everything you could want in a fitness facility, including an adjacent floodlit tennis court. The Health and Fitness Club is open daily from 5:30 am to 10 pm. The state-of-the-art gym overlooks the POM runway. This is where you’ll find several cardio and strength machines as well as free weights. There’s also a studio where yoga, zumba, H.I.I.T., and pilates classes are held. Mats are available should you want to have your practice.

The recreation center has an outdoor 19-meter infinity lap pool that boasts views of tiny charter planes and helicopters heading off to explore the country. The pool has a few comfortable chairs for lounging in the sun and is a bit quieter than the dip pool. After your sweat sesh spend some time rejuvenating in the steam and sauna room which can be found in both the men’s and women’s locker rooms.

If you’re not in the mood to swim laps but would prefer to frolic in a pool, don’t fret. Head to the rooftop where you’ll find an outdoor dipping pool with spectacular views of the runway. You’ll also get an eyeful of the incredible landscape, including the Bootless Bay and surrounding Owen Stanley mountain range. If you’re traveling with little ones, there’s even a kiddie pool just for them as well as a jungle gym.

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Award-winning spa

The gem of Airways Hotel is the extraordinary multi-award-winning day spa, Bliss the Spa. The spa and wellness center has been the winner of the World Luxury Spa Awards annually since 2013 and is nominated again in 2018. It’s no surprise that this holistic sanctuary is the most luxurious spa in the entire country. The candlelit space, adorned with Thai artifacts and warm wood elements, evokes healing energy.

There’s a wide array of rejuvenation treatments and services from facials, baths, massages, nail care, and spa packages. Indulge in the aromatherapy deep tissue massage, which is especially necessary after the excruciatingly long flight required to arrive in Papua New Guinea from most countries around the globe. With extended spa hours from 5:30 am to 10 pm, it’s possible to start or end your day with treatment before your onward travels.

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Lola Méndez

Lola Méndez is a travel writer and full-time globetrotter sharing her adventures on Miss Filatelista. She travels to develop her own worldview and has explored over 50 countries. Passionate about sustainable travel she seeks out ethical experiences that benefit local communities.

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