At ELEVATE we like to cover the latest high end travel trends. When we heard about The Private Suite at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), we knew we were on to something ground-breaking. To our knowledge this is the first of its kind in North America. The Private Suite is a luxury air “terminal” at one of the world’s busiest commercial airports. Its not an FBO, although customers can connect to and from private aircraft as needed, but rather an exclusive gateway into busy LAX. And if you use LAX and want to escape the chaos, be it only on occasion or as a frequent traveler, this may change the way you fly commercially.
The Private Suite is a sanctuary. Gone are the hassles of dealing with traffic, congested terminals, backed up security screening checkpoints, and long lines at customs. In fact The Private Suite is as far away from the passenger terminals as one can get and still be on airport property. Your reservation to use The Private Suite affords a complete experience, where you are well looked after from check-in to boarding. Be it a meal delivered from a favorite restaurant, a personal shopper, massage appointment, even a doctor available on call, The Private Suite will see to your every need. Those who choose to become members will find all of these services included. But perhaps the best part of the Private Suite Experience may be the ability to be simply left alone in peace and quiet if you so choose. And the staff are equally skilled in accommodating the latter.
If your travels originate from LAX you are given directions to their discrete location. Leaving your own vehicle? The Private Suite will take great care in looking after it while you are away. Connecting from another flight? The Private Suite will meet you at the door of the aircraft and escort you down to the ramp for a short drive to their secure facility in a BMW 7 Series no less. When your connecting flight is preparing to board staff will escort you through private TSA screening (you really are the only one in the room) and then to an awaiting vehicle for the short drive to your next flight. When arriving internationally staff bring you to their dedicated private US Customs facility (again you are the only one in the room). A team of no less than 8 people oversee the experience for each guest or group to ensure your time at LAX is smooth and efficient.
Inside your Private Suite you can relax in total comfort with amenities that will impress even the most discerning traveler. The typical suite will accommodate between 2 and 4 adults, however there are larger rooms for groups including meeting facilities. There is plenty of lounging space in each suite, and a day bed with privacy curtain. A separate shower spa is always available to freshen up.
Each suite has a fully-stocked fridge and more snacking options than you can imagine. Families are well looked after. Young children will be overwhelmed by the variety of sweets to the point of melt down, but don’t worry the sound proofing ensures that your neighbors won’t hear them. You are also just steps from an outdoor children’s play area. Extra touches include complimentary books, toys and games to keep kids occupied.
The well appointed bathroom in each suite features an array of high end toiletries in such variety and quantity that you will be immediately reminded of something you’d forgotten at home. Everything in the suite is yours to consume or take away complementary (except the furniture!)
All of this luxury and convenience comes at a price of course. A membership is not required to use the facility, however. We encourage you to visit their website for more information, and take a video tour.
Images courtesy The Private Suite, except outdoor play area.