This is the fifth installment of a round-the-world trip report that started here. We pick up in Hong Kong.
In late February, I flew into Hong Kong International Airport for a 23 hour layover that I spent in Macau. (Don’t worry, I’m going to Hong Kong proper in a few weeks!)
I flew into Hong Kong in Cathay Pacific First Class and out of Hong Kong the next day in Cathay Pacific Business Class. Waiting for that Business Class flight, I headed to The Wing, which is Cathay Pacific’s flagship lounge.
Anyone flying Cathay Pacific in a premium cabin can access the lounge, but I wasn’t sure if I’d be allowed into the First Class area since my only First Class flight had landed the day before.
I presented my First Class boarding pass upon entering the lounge and asked: “I flew in in First Class. Can I access the First Class part of the lounge?”
I was allowed into the First Class area and headed straight for the dining room.
The dining room is large, but the tables are packed in tightly. The room was practically empty, so I would have preferred fewer tables for a more spacious feel.
A waiter came and presented the a la carte menu, which featured standard Western breakfast dishes like eggs, sausage, bacon, and hash browns.
I don’t like eggs, so I asked for an order of every side dish, all of which I love. I also ordered an orange juice.
While I waited for my a la carte order, I checked out the breakfast buffet. The breakfast buffet has pastries, meats, and several Chinese dishes.
I made myself a plate of noodles and potatoes, and another of cheese and crackers.
When I got back to my table, my orange juice had arrived.
The food was delicious. The potatoes were seasoned and cooked just the way I like them.
After finishing my buffet plates, I took a lap around The Wing, while I waited for my a la carte plate.
The bar was modern and sparse with marble counter tops. It was empty since it was early morning.
The main seating area felt really spacious because of the terminal’s high ceilings.
The lounge area was crowded although some of the seats have high backs which makes them kind of private. If you want your privacy, hang out in a Cabana or even the dining room.
From the seating area, you can look down at the gates and tarmac, which is such a gorgeous view with all the international traffic Hong Kong airport gets.
The lounge had a modern workstation. These are the exact desktop computers I would want if I stayed in one place long enough to justify a desktop.
Moet champagne was self-serve.
Past the seating area were the famous cabanas.
The five Cabanas feature a tub, a day bed, a shower, a sink, and a toilet–ample space to relax for a few minutes or a few hours while you wait.
The 12 shower suites provide additional showers if that’s all you want.
I didn’t have time to make use of a Cabana, but I wanted to see how they looked in case I come back through Hong Kong in First Class.
The bath looked inviting for a slow soak if you have time to kill.
The day bed looked very comfortable for a quick nap if you had a few hours.
The mirrors provided a good place to freshen up. This picture also gives some perspective on how large a Cabana is, about the size of a living room.
There was also a full shower in the Cabana.
My overall impression of the Cabana was that it was a really beautiful and spacious place to relax alone or with a companion if you have a few hours to kill in Hong Kong.
I headed back to the dining room, and my food arrived shortly.
All the sides were delicious. There’s nothing like crispy bacon in the morning.
Comparison to Lufthansa First Class Terminal
Later in the trip report, I’ll have an installment about the Lufthansa First Class Terminal. I enjoyed the Lufthansa First Class Terminal more than the Cathay Pacific Wing overall, but the Cabanas in the Wing are far superior to the private bathrooms in the First Class Terminal.
I liked the design and space better of the Cabanas, plus the day bed looked great for napping.
Getting in the Wing
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