Review: Saphire – Plaza Premium Lounge at Jakarta International

CGK is home to several Saphire lounges, and none of them spell “Sapphire” right.

This post is part of a series. To read more from this trip:

Review: The Club SEA at Sea-Tac International Airport
Review: Cathay Pacific A350 Business Class | SEA-HKG
Review: The Pier, Business Lounge in HKG
Review: Cathay Dragon A321 Business Class | HKG-HKT
Review: JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa
Review: Coral Executive Lounge in HKT
Review: Malaysia Airlines 737-800 Economy Class | HKT-KUL
Review: Plaza Premium Satellite Lounge in KUL
Review: Hyatt Regency Bali
Review: Courtyard Bali Seminyak Resort
Review: Garuda Indonesia Domestic Lounge in DPS
Review: Concordia Lounge Bali in DPS
Review: Garuda Indonesia Business Class | DPS-CGK
Review: Saphire – Plaza Premium Lounge in CGK
Review: Cathay Pacific A330 Business Class | CGK-HKG
Review: Qantas Hong Kong Lounge in HKG

Jakarta International Airport is home to several Saphire lounges, all of which manage to spell “Sapphire” wrong, and many of which are accessible using Priority Pass.

List of Priority Pass Lounges at Jakarta International Airport

However, the Saphire – Plaza Premium Lounge is not a Priority Pass lounge. Rather, it contracts out to multiple airlines, alliances, and even specific credit cards and travel agencies. Since we were flying home in Cathay Pacific Business Class, we were given lounge passes at check-in. We’d already flown Cathay Pacific Business Class longhaul aboard the A350, but were returning on the A330 from CGK-HKG and 777-300ER from HKG-LAX.

The Saphire – Plaza Premium Lounge was admittedly a bit tough to find. We’d just arrived after flying Garuda Indonesia Business Class from Denpasar and had to exit the airport, and check in with Cathay Pacific to re-enter the terminal. While admiring the beautiful, still relatively new terminal 3, we walked clear past it on the first floor before realizing it was on the second level, next to an interesting art gallery between gates 4 and 5.

Which, by the way, would be remiss of me to not share how creatively they incorporate fire extinguishers into their wall art in terminal 3.

The Saphire – Plaza Premium Lounge looks like a large, L-shaped hut that runs along the edge of the terminal wall, with excellent views of the tarmac through floor-to-ceiling windows. As a word of caution — the lounge is “open air”, only separated from the rest of the terminal by outer walls. I imagine it gets very hot during the daytime since it isn’t fully enclosed with separate ventilation, and sits right on those large windows.

Saphire Plaza Premium Lounge CGK
Saphire Plaza Premium Lounge entrance

To the right of the check-in counter, there are a few small seating areas.

Saphire Plaza Premium Lounge seating
Saphire Plaza Premium Lounge seating

However to the left of the entrance, there is a bar, serving coffee, tea, beer and a few hot food items.

Saphire Plaza Premium Lounge seating
Saphire Plaza Premium Lounge food bar

Beyond the bar are tons of seating and dining areas, all of which are situated along the glass to face outside. The lounge is deceptively large, and it took us several minutes to walk from one end to the other.

Saphire Plaza Premium Lounge seating
Saphire Plaza Premium Lounge seating
Saphire Plaza Premium Lounge seating

Eventually, the lounge curves (hence the “L” shape), leading to a buffet area. The buffet featured several hot dishes, as well as fresh cut fruit, a small salad bar, and pastries.

Saphire Plaza Premium Lounge seating
Saphire Plaza Premium Lounge buffet area
Saphire Plaza Premium Lounge hot food options
Saphire Plaza Premium Lounge hot food options
Saphire Plaza Premium Lounge food options
Saphire Plaza Premium Lounge drink area

Interestingly, drinks from the mini bar could be taken “to go” for 30,000 IDR ($2 USD).

Saphire Plaza Premium Lounge drink prices

If you eventually reach the far side of the lounge, you’ll see the last seating area and signage for shower and prayer rooms.

Saphire Plaza Premium Lounge seating area

I loved the festive decorative ginger bread house that was on display.

Saphire Plaza Premium Lounge ginger bread house

The shower rooms were extremely clean, and not a bad size.

Saphire Plaza Premium Lounge shower
Saphire Plaza Premium Lounge shower

There was also a small prayer room that I snapped a quick picture of when it was unoccupied.

Saphire Plaza Premium Lounge prayer room

Final Thoughts

We were actually really impressed by the Saphire – Plaza Premium Lounge. We went in with fairly low expectations but were impressed by the cleanliness and food options for a contract lounge. The shower rooms were a huge plus, as well. Because the lounge is so big, it never got very busy during our four hour layover, which made it feel like we had the place to ourselves. I’m not sure whether how well they regulate the climate during the day time, but it’s definitely a comfortable place to camp out during an evening layover.

Related articles

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *