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Inside a First Class Cabana at Cathay Pacific's 'The Wing' Hong Kong Airport Lounge

June 2, 2014 at 1:47 PM | by | Comments (0)

Hong Kong gets a lot of love from us for many reasons, not least among which is its awesome airport, Chek Lap Kok. No matter how you pass through HKG, you’re likely to have a pleasant experience, but this being the home of Cathay Pacific, flying in a premium cabin or having the right status with oneworld alliance means you’re in for a real treat.

The airline lounges here are among the best in existence, and they're regularly updated with the newest lounge niceties. When we flew out of Hong Kong earlier this month, we made sure to build in enough time to explore them all. Naturally we first aimed straight for the top, with the private cabanas in the redesigned Cathay Pacific “The Wing” First Class lounge.

The Wing is Cathay’s flagship lounge (or as they call it “the world’s most exclusive balcony”), located on level 7 right after security and immigration. The balcony reference relates to the majority of the lounge being elevated above and yet open to view the main terminal below. There is a business class and a first class section, with the latter having not just 12 shower suites, but 5 exclusive Cabanas.

Each Cabana has a wet area with both full-size bathtub and rain shower, daybed, desk, wardrobe, and separate vanity. We snagged the last available of the five, which wasn't yet taken because the bathtub was out of service (but we’re more shower people anyway).

We snoozed for a bit on the daybed, which was very welcome given our late night departure to Europe, and freshened up with the lovely rain shower. Robes and slippers are provided, as well as giant soft white towels and toiletries in large dispensers.

If you have the opportunity to use The Wing First Class lounge, make a beeline for the shower suite reception and ask for the Cabanas as soon as you arrive. It’s as far away from the buzz of a frantic airport terminal as you can get, while being right in the heart of one of the world’s busiest. We loved the hour we spent here and would almost go out of our way to incorporate it into a trip.

How to get in: You’ll have to have a First Class ticket on Cathay Pacific or another oneworld airline that has arranged access to Cathay’s lounges. The alternative is holding oneworld Emerald status, which will give you access regardless of cabin flown. You’re asked not to exceed 1.5 hours in a Cabana in order for other travelers to use them as well, and of course no hanky-panky.

[Photos: JasonD]

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