- Cathay Pacific Lounge SFO
- SFO -> HKG -> DPS (Cathay Pacific Economy)
- Conrad Hong Kong
- Hong Kong Activities
- Bali Hyatt
- Bali Activities
- DPS -> BKK -> MNL (Thai Airways Business)
- Renaissance Bangkok
- MNL -> HKG -> JFK (Cathay Pacific Business)
- “The Wing” Lounge
Finally, I’m wrapping up my Southeast Asia Trip Review! Notice there is one big thing missing: my review on Manila and my visit to the Philippines. I spent most of my time with my close relatives on this last trip, so there is not much for me to share. However, I plan to visit again within the next year, so expect a review then.
This final part of the Southeast Asia series is dedicated to the Wing Lounge, which is dubbed as “The World’s Most Exclusive Balcony.” Being from New York, where there are excellent rooftop bars – many of which can be considered exclusive – I may have to argue against Cathay’s description, but I’ll let it slide for the purpose of this review. This is Cathay Pacific’s Flagship Lounge, located in Hong Kong International Airport. As mentioned in my previous post, I flew Manila, to Hong Kong, and onward to New York (JFK) in business class, which gave me access to the lounge during my short layover.
There are two levels to the lounge, with both being available to business class passengers. When I was there, the first class area of the lounge was not open yet. And based on the website, it looks like it’s still under construction. I spent all of my time on the second floor, better known as “the balcony.” The lounge was open air in a sense – there was no ceiling, apart from the roof of the terminal, so it felt bigger than it actually was. This was one of the most impressive lounges I had been to. It was large, modernly decorated, and spacious, but it definitely wasn’t as big as some of the US lounges I’ve been to. For example, the Admirals (AA) Club lounge at Terminal C in DFW is probably larger. The bamboo plants/trees found in some of the seating areas were a nice touch and reminded passengers that they were still in Asia.
The Wing offered the basics you would want from a good international lounge: showers, free drinks (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic), conference rooms, and comfortable leather chairs in the main lounge. However, Cathay Pacific also took it a step further by adding a Noodle Bar with a menu of approximately 8 items, all free of charge. On top of that, the lounge also offered some yummy-looking pastries displayed in a glass case, similar to what you’d find in a nice bakery. I didn’t eat any of the pastries, but they looked good.
The lounge overlooked a few of the gates in Cathay’s terminal and was a perfect addition to the terminal itself. The glass windows of the building allowed a lot of light to hit the lounge, given it’s open air design. The lounge guests had a great view of Hong Kong’s beautiful landscape and I would rank this as one of the best views from inside any airport I’ve been to.
The Wing was a fantastic place to spend a few hours. It’s by far the best airport lounge I’ve been to, and is tops in terms of its design and complimentary offerings.
I would say that the best way to get a chance to experience this lounge is to book a one-way intra-asia business class award ticket (from HKG) using British Airways Avios miles and build that into your next trip to Asia. As a reminder, BA is offering a 40% bonus for transferring points from your American Express Membership Rewards account over to your Executive Club account. This is valid through September 27th, 2012. Hat tip: The Points Guy.