This is a hotel that is moments away from the airport. It ticks all of the items in my basics checklist and also has a full size gym and excellent restaurant.
The room decor is a cut above most airport hotels globally, as is the service.
Unless you have a layover of over 20 hours I can't imagine why you'd consider anywhere else in Joburg.
It's safe to say that this stay absolutely blew away all of my expectations. Amilla is a resort that delivered not just on the things that I thought I wanted it fulfilled knew needs that I didn't even know I had.
The food was comfortably amongst the best we've ever encountered in the Maldives. The bed was also the biggest and the snorkelling the best I've ever encountered.
The variety of accommodation options is fantastic and the combination of beach, treetop, bubble and overwater could keep you entertained for weeks.
I did find the finishes quite plasticky, the seat padding thin and the legroom confined when compared to AY's competitors though. Still, the seat is one of the better offerings from a European airline...
There are two business class lounges but only one can be accessed by passengers that hold a Business Class ticket but no frequent flyer status.
The better of the two lounges, the Premium lounge, is only available to pax connecting on a First Class ticket or OneWorld Emerald status holders.
I'm still not convinced that I'd want to fly this for an ultra long haul, as the seats are a little more cramped than on the CX, AA, AF etc equivalents. For a flight to the East Coast of the US this would be more than adequate.