After a brief visit to “The Wing, Business,” it was time to make my way to first of the two Cathay Pacific first class lounges at Hong Kong airport – “The Wing, First.”
While overall, I liked the other Cathay’s first class lounge at Hong Kong airport – The Pier – more, The Wing had my favorite feature of all the lounges I visited to date, Cabanas. More on those further in the review, though.
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Location, Opening Hours & Access
Cathay Pacific’s “The Wing, First” lounge can be found airside at Hong Kong Airport Terminal 1, near gates 1 and 2. It’s located one floor above the main departures level next to part of “The Wing, Business” lounge.
The Wing first class lounge is open from 5:30AM until the last departure of the day. And, it can be accessed by passengers traveling in Cathay Pacific or its oneworld partners’ first class. Oneworld Emerald status holders can also access the lounge if flying on a oneworld flight, regardless of their travel class.
The Wing first class lounge is located to the right of the upper level reception of the two “The Wing” lounges. Since the business and first class lounges are right next to each other, it is easy for first class passengers to access “The Noodle Bar” and other features that cannot be found in the first class part of the lounge.
Anyways, let’s take a look into the first class lounge.
Right past the reception, there was a cafe-like area with a counter overlooking the apron, as well as with individual and communal tables. There was also a counter where one could get drinks as well as light meals. But, more on that later.
Heading further down the lounge, there were areas such as a bar, a restaurant, and so on.
First of those was “The Haven Bar” which – besides the bar counter also featured plenty of comfortable sofa chairs and Cathay Solus Chairs.
Right behind the bar area was a small library-like area with a selection of reading materials and four Cathay Solus Chairs.
Then, there was a champagne bar with massive elegant leather sofa chairs and a selection of three bottles.
And, there was a small IT area with a couple of iMacs and printers.
The lounge, of course, also featured shower suites.
However, what made the lounge really unique were “Cabanas” which resembled a hotel room more than a shower room.
The centerpiece of the “Cabana” was a bathtub. Besides that, there were also three kinds of showers, a counter, a sink, and a daybed. It was also well stocked with amenities, towels, and so on.
The last area remaining to be introduced is “The Haven.” That’s a sit-down restaurant with an a la carte selection of meals as well as a buffet. During my visit, the breakfast selection was on offer – as you will be able to see in the next section of this review.
Food and Drinks Selection
When it came to food, the main place where one could get a meal was “The Haven” – a sit-down restaurant. During my visit which took place shortly after the lounge’s opening, the breakfast menu was on offer.
I decided to have the full English breakfast which was excellent.
For drinks and lighter meals, one could go to the “cafe” near the lounge’s entrance. There, one could order a cup of coffee or tea, as well as get some soft drinks.
And, there were also breakfast items including bread, cheese, cereals, salads, and so on.
Finally, one could also get hot sandwiches there.
Besides the above, one could also get a drink at “The Haven Bar” or a glass of Champagne at the champagne bar.
Given that this was my first visit ever to a “true” first class lounge, there is not much I can complain about. And, while I liked the design and so on of the second “The Pier” lounge better, I found “The Wing” to be excellent as well.
I especially loved the “Cabanas.” Being able to take a shower before a long flight is great. But, being able to take a bath takes it to a whole new level!