Review: Coral Executive Lounge Phuket Airport

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Decent F&B, fast Wi-Fi, and a free massage are reason enough to pop by the Coral Executive Lounge when departing from Phuket.

The following post is a collaboration with American Express Singapore. The airlines and hotels featured did not have any prior notice or input into the review process.
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The hotel transfer from Six Senses Yao Noi dropped me off at Phuket International Airport at 4.10 p.m, which meant I had just over two hours to kill before my 6.30 p.m flight back to Singapore. 

While I already had lounge access by virtue of flying Singapore Airlines Business Class, I would have been able to visit regardless of airline or cabin class, thanks to my AMEX Platinum Charge card.

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  • International American Express Lounges (+2 guests)
  • The Centurion Lounge (+2 guests)
  • Delta Sky Clubs 
  • Plaza Premium Lounges (+1 guest)
  • Priority Pass (+1 guest)

AMEX Platinum Charge cardholders receive a Priority Pass membership with complimentary visits (+1 guest) to more than 1,300 lounges globally (the same benefit is also extended to the first supplementary cardholder). They also have access to American Express and Centurion Lounges, Delta Sky Clubs, and Plaza Premium Lounges worldwide.

A full listing of lounges can be found here. 

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In Phuket, Priority Pass and Singapore Airlines use the same facility: the Coral Executive Lounge.

🏨 tl;dr: Coral Executive Lounge Phuket
Decent F&B, fast Wi-Fi, and a free massage are reason enough to pop by the Coral Executive Lounge when departing from Phuket.
👍 The Good👎 The Bad
  • Decent buffet spread, plus a bar serving cocktails
  • Fast Wi-Fi
  • Complimentary 15-mins head and shoulders massage
  • Limited number of charging outlets
  • Lacks showers or toilets (a public restroom is just outside)

Access and Operating Hours

Phuket Airport signage

The Coral Executive Lounge is open from 9 a.m to 12 a.m daily, and located after security on the 4th floor of the international departures terminal. It’s not difficult to find, thanks to the ample signage. 

Escalator to lounge

Access is available to members of the following programmes:

  • Diners Club International 
  • Dragon Pass
  • LoungeKey
  • Priority Pass
Coral Lounge access

This is also the default lounge for Singapore Airlines Business Class and KrisFlyer Gold/PPS passengers, though they can also use the THAI Airways Royal Orchid Lounge down the hall. Do note that access is either/or; if you visit the Coral Executive Lounge before going to the Royal Orchid Lounge, the staff at the latter will refuse you entry if they see the Coral stamp on your boarding pass.

If you really want to visit both lounges, I’d recommend visiting the Coral Executive Lounge first through your lounge membership, then the Royal Orchid Lounge by virtue of your ticket.

Access to the Coral Executive Lounge is limited to a maximum of three hours, and children under two years are admitted free. 

Lounge Overview

Coral Executive Lounge entrance

The receptionist at the Coral Executive Lounge was warm and inviting, stamping my boarding pass, providing me with a Wi-Fi code, and escorting me into the lounge.

Lounge entrance

The lounge interior was very nicely decorated, and wouldn’t look out of place at an Instagrammable café. Its semi-open design allowed natural light from the concourse to flood in, supplemented by lamps enclosed in frames shaped like birds nests.

Coral Executive Lounge
Coral Executive Lounge
Coral Executive Lounge
Coral Executive Lounge
Coral Executive Lounge

Communal seating was available at two long dining tables, with additional two and four top tables elsewhere in the lounge. Those who wanted a bit more privacy would recluse themselves in the corner, blocked off by walls and a tall opaque screen.

Coral Executive Lounge
 

Coral Executive Lounge
Coral Executive Lounge

Despite the lounge’s long guest list, it was rather empty when I arrived. Occupancy did hit about 50% around 6 p.m, but wasn’t nearly as crowded as I feared from a contract lounge. 

Power & Productivity

The Coral Executive Lounge’s Wi-Fi network clocked in at 80 Mbps down and 67 Mbps up, making it well-suited for video calls and streaming. 

While most of the seats lacked power outlets, there were four sets built into the communal tables. Each cluster had three outlets accepting Type A, B and C plugs, as well as 2x USB Type-A charging ports. The lack of a universal solution means that passengers from Singapore will need to bring an adapter. 

Power outlets

Food & Beverage

Coral Executive Lounge buffet

The Coral Executive Lounge serves a small but adequate buffet selection, featuring hot and cold options.

Cold options consisted of assorted breads (with a toaster oven), a salad bar, sandwiches and pastries. 

Bread selection
Salads
Condiments
Cereal and snacks
Muffins and sandwiches

The four food warmers consisted of fried rice, fried noodles, stir-fried vegetables, and teriyaki chicken.

Fried rice and steamed rice
Stir-fried noodles
Mixed vegetables
Teriyaki chicken

A one fridge offered a small selection of cut fruits, pudding, salad and yoghurt, while another one had various soft drinks and bottled water (you can bring a bottle from the lounge onboard, as unlike Singapore, there’s no further security screening at the gate).

Fruits and yoghurt
Soft drinks

Near the lounge entrance was a coffee machine and tea selection, together with some juices. 

Coffee and tea

Surprisingly enough, this lounge also had a walk-up bar. While the Priority Pass website states that complimentary alcohol is limited to beer, guests could request complimentary wine and cocktails too. 

Bar

There was a choice of Mont Clair Celebration Red (2.9★) or Celebration White (2.8★), plus five types of cocktails. 

Mont Clair wine
Cocktail selection
Mojito

Toilets & Showers

The Coral Executive Lounge does not have its own toilets or shower facilities. However, a public toilet is located just outside of the lounge.

Phuket doesn’t really see a lot of connecting traffic, so you probably won’t need a shower anyway. 

Odds & Ends

One unique feature about the Coral Executive Lounge is that access comes with a complimentary 15-minute neck and shoulder massage. Slots can be booked with the receptionist.

Unfortunately, the therapist wasn’t around on the day I visited.

Conclusion

The Coral Executive Lounge has everything you’d need for an airport like Phuket, where most travellers arrive around 2 hours before departure. It offers a comfortable environment, the food is passable, you can have a cocktail, and the Wi-Fi network is solid. The main drawback is the lack of charging outlets, so try and reserve a seat at the communal table if that’s important to you.

Have you visited the Coral Executive Lounge? What was your take?

Aaron Wong
Aaron Wong
Aaron founded The Milelion to help people travel better for less and impress chiobu. He was 50% successful.

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Mark

Is the massage still available? When in the main Thai airways business lounge in Suvarnabhumi 3 weeks ago, all massages were still unavailable “due to Covid” – which seemed totally bizarre given everything is open as normal downtown.

Christian

How do you normally figure lounge access? After seeing the long list of entry partners I opened up Lounge Buddy but it didn’t list acceptable credit cards or programs to enter or whether any additional guests were permitted. Given that a group of 2-3 people might have to fork out around US$30 a head, that could cost some real money or make you run around seeking a lounge that will take you without extra charges. Any insight is appreciated.

Sadge

21/9/2022: Lounge is closed until further notice, can only use the other Coral Premium Lounge on Level 3

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