The business traveller's guide to Cathay Pacific's Hong Kong lounges

The business traveller's guide to Cathay Pacific's Hong Kong lounges

Hong Kong is a city I never get tired of visiting, and it helps that Cathay Pacific has peppered Hong Kong Airport with some of the world’s best lounges.

There are no less than seven lounges in Cathay Pacific’s Hong Kong collection – all of them unique, and each with its own character.

These lounges roll out the welcome mat to Cathay Pacific’s Business Class and First Class passengers and the airline’s Marco Polo Club frequent flyers, as well as eligible passengers on Cathay Pacific’s many Oneworld partner airlines.

Here’s our guide to Cathay Pacific’s extensive Hong Kong Airport lounge portfolio, and my favourite features of each lounge.

This article is sponsored by Cathay Pacific 

The Wing First Class

If you go through Hong Kong Airport’s immigration and security checkpoint nearest the Cathay Pacific checkin desks, The Wing First Class Lounge is barely a minute’s stroll to your left.

As soon as you walk in, the Champagne Lounge and its plush leather-clad Chesterfield sofas provide a hint of the five-star luxury that awaits.

I usually make this my first stop, taking some time out with a glass of bubbly to relax and re-orient myself after a busy day.

The view across the departure gates and to the airfield itself helps me reflect on my trip so far and look forward to the flight ahead.

Suitably centred, it’s off to The Haven restaurant.

The à la carte dining menu and suggested wine pairings leave most other airport lounges in the shade, but don’t overlook the buffet at the far end.

I find a platter of sushi and salad makes a pleasing starter before tucking into a main dish from the menu, with a freshly-baked Portuguese tart to finish.

My favourite spot: I love the Cabanas. These five spacious private suites offer a ‘rainforest’ shower, a generously proportioned full-size bath and a divan where you can stretch out and relax.

As a busy business traveller, it’s a rare slice of indulgent ‘me time’ between flight.

The Wing Business Class

The sprawling Business Class section of The Wing encompasses two floors, and despite the bustle and buzz of travellers ready to away to one of Cathay Pacific’s scores of destinations this lounge makes the most of its split-story footprint to provide every visitor with a space to call their own.

The highlight is The Noodle Bar, with cooked-to-order dishes whipped up on demand in the open kitchen. There’s a wonderful Hong Kong vibrancy and authenticity about The Noodle Bar and its fare.

Buffets and drinks stations are strategically located throughout the lounge, or you can just settle in at The Long Bar and let the world roll by for a while as you enjoy a Champagne, wine, beer, cocktail or mocktail.

My favourite spot: after a meal at The Noodle Bar I always make a beeline for The Coffee Loft, which is upstairs and overlooks departure gates 1 through 4. It’s the perfect place for a barista-pulled espresso paired with a croissant or a slice of teacake.

The Pier First Class

This is Cathay Pacific’s flagship lounge – and should you have the chance to visit it, you’ll see why. You’ll probably also find yourself in agreement with the many high flyers who consider this the world’s best First Class lounge.

London-based designer Ilse Crawford reimagined the airport lounge as a residential space, so it’s fitting that The Pier looks more like a plush stylish apartment.

The interiors are warm and friendly, with an extraordinary sense of calm and quiet.

At one end sits the Dining Room with a full à la carte menu; at the other, a chic horseshoe-shaped bar; in both, the curated background music is like a soundtrack of the golden era of flying.

The well-appointed showers are probably larger than your bathroom at home, with complimentary foot or neck and shoulder massages to help you de-stress.

My favourite spot: On a long layover, I make a beeline for one of the private Day Suites which overlook the airport; otherwise, I can’t go past an espresso martini at the bar.

The Pier Business Class 

Cathay Pacific’s largest lounge is also the one I’d rate as the world’s best business class lounge.

The deli-style Food Hall boasts a tastebud-teasing array of hot and cold dishes…

… and just past that is the dedicated Noodle Bar which is a mainstay of all Cathay Pacific Business Class lounges.

The Pier Business Class also has a unique Tea House serving up ten varieties of tea in a calm and relaxing atmosphere with at traditional Chinese-inspired chairs grouped around wooden tables.

For something stronger, there’s an always-buzzing tended bar…

…  but if you’d prefer to really wind down, head for one of the 14 shower suites and then stretch out on a low upholstered lounger in the relaxation room.

My favourite spot: I love a contemplative tea at the Tea House and then retreating to the relaxation area. It’s the best way to take a break from the busy-ness of business travel. 

The Bridge

If your Cathay Pacific flight departs from gates 30 through to 50, you’ll be hopping on the airport’s handy ‘automated people mover’ train to whisk you along Terminal 1’s spine to where the main concourse splits into two.

And right where you alight from the shuttle service, between gates 35 and 36, is the entry to Cathay Pacific’s The Bridge lounge.

This bright and airy lounge makes the most of its position with sunlight filtering through the floor-to-ceiling windows.

The Bridge is one of the world’s few airport lounge with its very own bakery where you can enjoy crusty freshly-made bread rolls, pasties and pizza alongside local treats such as sweet egg tarts and fluffy pork buns.

Like all of Cathay Pacific’s Hong Kong Airport lounges there are private shower suites to freshen up before your flight and a secluded business zone where you can tackle those remaining emails.

My favourite spot: I love to sit at the end of The Long Bar, sample some hot and cold tapas and enjoy a selection from the extensive drinks menu. The signature Cathay Delight is especially refreshing.

The Deck

Cathay Pacific’s newest lounge is perched at the opposite edge of the terminal to The Wing lounges, near gate 16.

This used to be home to the old G16 lounge of Cathay Dragon, which is Cathay Pacific’s regional airline. But an extensive makeover has transformed this lounge into what at first glance is a cosy members-only club.

The Deck shares the same residential design influence as The Pier lounges with elegant furnishings and natural materials such as marble, rich woods, brass and plenty of greenery.

Cathay Pacific’s iconic The Noodle Bar also makes an appearance here, serving local and regional classics from wonton noodles to dim sum.

The Deck is especially well-placed for early morning departures to China, which is also when it’s least crowded.

My favourite spot: The Deck features a wrap-around verandah, and you’ll usually find me at a table at the corner of the L-shaped terrace overlooking gates 17 and 18.

This affords a sweeping view over the airport’s busy north runway while I sit enjoying a bowl of freshly-cooked dan dan noodles. 

The Arrival

This often-overlooked member of Cathay Pacific’s Hong Kong lounge collection is found in the public area of the airport, nestled away in the connecting walkway between Terminal 1 and Terminal 2.

But it’s worth getting to know, especially if you arrive into Hong Kong on an overnight flight.

Want to freshen up before heading into the city? Head to one of the shower suites, where the staff will even give your shirt, trousers or dress a quick pressing while that warm spray and premium skincare products bring you back to life.

Compact it may be, but The Arrival lounge is a hidden haven from all that bustle just outside.

My favourite spot: I often fly from Sydney to Hong Kong on the overnight CX138, so The Arrival is my first port of call.

I perch myself at one of the raised workbenches, order breakfast from the à la carte menu and then use the free high-speed Internet service to catch up with my inbox and all the latest news before hopping onto the Airport Express train to the city.

This article is sponsored by Cathay Pacific

David Flynn

David Flynn (David)

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David Flynn is the editor of Australian Business Traveller and a bit of a travel tragic with a weakness for good coffee, shopping and lychee martinis.
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