...But only within the walls, you see, as The Wing is famous for its soaring ceiling...or lack of one. The lounge is two levels, and heading to the upper, larger area means looking up to the faceted airport roof far above. It's HKG's exoskeleton exposed.
The renovation was completed only recently, in January 2012. We'll not dwell on the way the lounge was pre-renovation, though you can easily compare by viewing our photo gallery of it in December 2010. Cathay Pacific brought in Foster + Partners and quite obviously never looked back.
Notable new bits:
· The Coffee Loft. We'll let you in on a secret: this is our favorite spot in the entire lounge (more on why below).
· An expanded Noodle Bar. Look, the Noodle Bar has always been excellent, but Cathay has elevated it with new cooked-to-order menu items (like Char Siu Bao), expanded the seating and updated the entire space. Also we should note that the lounge's food service is by the catering arm of Peninsula Hotels. Swish!
· The entire lower level. We'd say this is more for the traveler who has only brief time to enjoy the lounge. Here there's the IT zone with PC computers and pritners, two sitting areas, a self-serve buffet and easier access to the shower suites.
· Shower suites:. There's 24 of them, but though the lounge had them previously, they're now updated with Murad toiletries and a long, moodlit entrance hallway.
· Little lux details. Luxury is expected in Hong Kong, so we're talking white Italian Carrara marble counters and bars, China black granite, towering Chinese bamboo plants, Italian leather chairs (including 35 of Cathay Pacific's Solus chairs, an exclusive design in partnership with Poltrona Frau).
The Noodle Bar, now
How to get into The Wing:
You must be traveling in Business or First on Cathay Pacific or its oneWorld partner airlines. Or, alternatively, you must be traveling in any class but a Silver and above Marco Polo Club member or Sapphire and above oneWorld member. They do not offer entry passes for sale.
Jaunted Pro tip:
Head straight back, all the way back, to The Coffee Loft. The Coffee Loft is our favorite spot in the entire lounge and yet it didn't exist before. Here you'll have excellent views of gates 2, 3 and 4, plus out across the whole apron. There's four different types of seating depending on how upright you'd like to be: Foster bar stools, Eames wire chairs, Knoll "Oscar" armchairs and cozy, recessed banquette couches.
In the mornings, a dedicated barista makes you real coffee (versus pressing a button on an instant machine) and serves up a variety of pastries made using AOC (Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée) butter from France. He may be a bit biased, but Cathay Pacific's General Manager of Product, Alex McGowan, claims they're "the best pastries in Hong Kong," and rest assured that this is not a metropolis short on tasty pastries. In the evening, The Coffee Loft swings into a cocktail focus.
Now, because The Coffee Loft is clear at the end of the second level, most loungers don't make the trek back here. You should. You definitely should. And that barstool all the way in the corner overlooking the airport? That's unofficially our barstool, the location in which we drafted this very post (note the power outlets directly underneath the bar top).
Remember, once you're in the lounge everything is complimentary. The food, the drinks, the WiFi...all of it. So, we'll see you up there?
The Coffee Loft
[Photos: Cynthia Drescher for Jaunted]