A business and first class experience with Cathay Pacific
January 19, 2017
As world cities go Hong Kong is not for the faint-hearted and after a day of work in this business hub, there is nothing quite like getting away from the crowds and into one of Cathay Pacific’s luxurious lounges at the airport before boarding your flight.
No wonder sanctuary is the first word that comes to mind for anyone entering one of the airline’s cabanas at its First Class lounge, The Wing. Stylish and modern, the cabanas offer travelers an extravagance of space in a city with some of the most expensive real estate prices in the world. Each has a deep marble bath and a comfortable day bed, providing a calm, relaxing and private space for passengers to unwind before their journey. There are also 12 luxury shower suites available for those who simply wish to freshen up before departure.
Once freshened up, you may be ready for a glass of fizz and the First Class Champagne Bar offers an extensive selection of the finest French. Choose a meal or snack from The Haven where you’ll find an extensive range of appetisers, Asian and Western dishes, and delicious desserts complemented by recommended wine parings.
The First Class section of The Wing was designed by renowned architects Forster + Partners which also designed the stylish Business Class lounge on the lower floor. While not as luxurious as First, the Business Class lounge offers sophisticated atmosphere, modern décor and some features not found in other airline lounges.
To start with, there is The Noodle Bar which looks like a modern Asian restaurant where white hatted chefs cook up delicious fresh noodles and dumplings to order, and also The Long Bar whose bar staff (from The Peninsula no less) mix a very fine cocktail, pour great beer or a refreshing lime and soda.
There are plenty of different sitting areas in the Business lounge including the specially designed Solus chairs where single travelers and well-appointed shower suites stocked with fresh towels, plenty of Murad personal products and room to refresh and change before your next flight.
All 70 flights from Australia offer Cathay Pacific ‘s award-winning Business Class, in which seats are wide and the personal controls that transform them into large, wide flat beds are intuitive. As you’d expect fine wine and dining are an essential part of the Cathay Pacific inflight experience, along with exceptional service.
It is not surprising that Cathay Pacific cabin crew won the accolade of “best in the world” for service in the Skytrax Awards. Amenity kits by French Lable Agnes B are packed with useful personal products including rich moisturisers by Murad.
First Class is available on a number of Cathay Pacific flights to Hong Kong to cities including London, Paris, New York and Tokyo. Again the word sanctuary comes to mind, this time in the sky, where the cabin in the pointiest end of the plane has recently been refreshed. The large First Class suites have new natural leather, soft padding and smooth feel.
You are virtually guaranteed superb quality of sleep with the new bedding – 500 thread count cotton fabrics for the duvets, pillows, cushions and bed mattress – while mattress thickness has also been increased for even greater comfort. The other bells and whistles remain – incredible fine dining on request, Krug champagne, and superbly soft new sleepsuits made in 100 per cent organic cotton by famous Hong Kong shirtmaker, PYE, Ermengildo Zegna amenity kits for men, Trussardi for women.
Cathay Pacific offers over 70 flights a week from Australian cities (Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide, Brisbane and Cairns) to Hong Kong and onto 170 destinations around the world. The airline offers great flexibility in its choice of time arrival and departure times to many destinations with five flights a day to London, four flights a day to New York, more than 110 flights a week to Shanghai and so on.
It also recently commenced direct flights from Hong Kong to the Maldives – perfect for anyone heading away for a holiday.
The airline’s frequent flyer program Marco Polo provides a wide range of benefits for members. Cathay Pacific is part of oneworld alliance, so in addition to its 170 plus destinations, passengers can seamlessly book travel onto a further 700 destinations worldwide.
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Written by Luxuria Lifestyle Australia team.