Review: Sala VIP Formentor Palma de Mallorca

Sala VIP Formentor Palma de Mallorca lounge entrance

Introduction

Lounge Visit Details:

  • Date visited: July 31, 2019
  • Where: Palma de Mallorca Airport Terminal D
  • Class: Business Class Lounge

After a brief 2-night stay on the lovely island of Mallorca it was time to head to Barcelona. Palma de Mallorca Airport (PMI) has 2 Priority Pass lounges, the Sala VIP Mediterraneo located in Terminal C and the Sala VIP Formentor located in Terminal D.

I was flying on Vueling out of Terminal D so after check-in I headed to the Sala VIP Formentor. It’s located on the departure level on the 4th Floor after security checks, on the right hand side. The lounge is open from 6am to 11pm daily.

Access

Priority Pass members are entitled to visit the lounge 4 hours prior to scheduled flight departure. You can also purchase day passes, which are priced at €33.90 for adults and €15.60 for children.

Seating

The lounge felt like it was furnished by a college student on a budget let loose in Ikea. It had low backed maroon, blue and lime green chairs that weren’t particularly comfortable. I didn’t manage to get a picture of the general seating area, but it was packed.

Towards the back of the lounge was a quiet working area. I appreciate the concept, but there weren’t any power ports available.

Sala VIP Formentor Palma de Mallorca quiet work area

I think the best seating was located in the rest area in the back of the lounge. There were 4 chairs that were surprisingly comfortable.

Sala VIP Formentor Palma de Mallorca rest area

Food and Beverage

The food in the lounge was plentiful, but not particularly high quality or fresh. They had muffins and pastries, which were honestly the most appetizing food items in the lounge.

Sala VIP Formentor Palma de Mallorca pastries

An assortment of soggy sandwiches were accompanied by pickles, nuts and potato crisps.

Sala VIP Formentor Palma de Mallorca nuts

Deli meats and cheeses were laid out unrefrigerated. The United States Department of Agriculture notes that it’s dangerous to eat cold cuts or sliced deli meats that have been left out for two hours or longer. I think this meat was sitting out all day. Busy traveling giraffes like myself don’t have time for food poisoning so this was a hard pass.

Sala VIP Formentor Palma de Mallorca meats and cheeses

The lounge had a toaster, which I assume is to make the stale bread and roles edible.

Sala VIP Formentor Palma de Mallorca toaster

There was a respectable assortment of tea and a Nespresso Vertuo coffee pods.

Sala VIP Formentor Palma de Mallorca coffee and tea

A refrigerator in the back of the lounge had water, juice, milk, soda and beer.

Sala VIP Formentor Palma de Mallorca juice and beer

Cereal options were limited to Special K, Corn Flakes and Coco Puffs. Overripe bananas, apples and oranges were also on offer. I love muesli so was disappointed by the limited cereal options.

Sala VIP Formentor Palma de Mallorca cereal and fruit

Hot food items were served in small dishes. I didn’t try any of them because they didn’t look appetizing.

Sala VIP Formentor Palma de Mallorca hot food items

Next to the hot food items were small servings of what I assume to be tunafish salad. It was unclear as nothing was labeled.

Sala VIP Formentor Palma de Mallorca hot food items

The liquor selection was quite limited and definitely bottom shelf. Bombay Dry Gin is passable to make a gin and tonic, but is inferior to its sister Bombay Sapphire.

Sala VIP Formentor Palma de Mallorca hard liquor

Skip the wine, trust me. The lounge serves Marmellans Negre, which retails for €3 a bottle. Some inexpensive wines are totally drinkable, but this was swill.

Sala VIP Formentor Palma de Mallorca wine

Several yogurt and puddings were available, which are fairly safe options. However, I don’t know if it’s a good idea to eat Activia before a flight.

I highly recommend you stop at the top shelf. Below the yogurt there were “sushi” rolls. I’ve had good sushi in the Japan Airlines First Class lounge, but you should skip sushi in any lounge outside of Japan. The rolls looked soggy and gross. Below the sushi rolls were pre-packaged sandwiches, which I again would avoid.

Sala VIP Formentor Palma de Mallorca yogurt, sandwiches and sushi

Overall Verdict

First Class Giraffe Not Impressed

I guess being in a lounge is still better than being in the terminal, but avoid the food and come in with lowered expectations.

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