Cathay Pacific The Wing First Class Lounge Hong Kong Review
A bright and open lounge layout coupled with possibly the most luxurious airport cabana
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As we have previously reviewed the Wing business class lounge, it's fitting for us to also check out the first class lounge next door to see how it compares. The Wing is one of two first class lounges dedicated to top-tier oneworld flyers in Hong Kong – the other being the Pier. As Qantas does not operate its own first class lounge, the Wing is an appealing lounge option for Aussie travellers flying through Hong Kong. The Wing boasts a luxurious and inviting space for guests to relax and recharge before their journey.
During a recent trip to Canada, I had the opportunity to visit the lounge as a Cathay first class passenger. Realising that both the Wing and the Pier first class lounges are somewhat different and unique, I decided to arrive at the airport ahead of schedule to pay a visit to the Wing before heading to the Pier. Here are some of my snapshots and thoughts on the Wing first class lounge.
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General information and lounge layout
The lounge is conveniently located adjacent to the security checkpoint on level 7. Following the customs checkpoint, turning left will lead you to the lounge (as opposed to turning right to the Qantas lounge). Alternatively, the lounge is accessible from level 6 via the business class lounge as they are interconnected. The Wing first class lounge generally attracts more traffic than the Pier located at the far end of the terminal, and rightly so, due to its location. This is especially true when the boarding gates are not assigned at the time of check-in.
The main features of the lounge include the following:
- The champagne bar
- The Haven restaurant
- The Haven bar
- The IT zone
- The Atrium
- The cabanas and shower suites
Like the Wing business class lounge, this lounge features an open-air concept with high ceilings and an elevated view of the terminal. On the bright side (no pun intended), there's plenty of natural light from the glass facade of the terminal. However, the lounge may be a little glary and warm during mid-day.
The decor is consistent with the theme next door, featuring black glossy walls, marble tabletops, wooden fixtures and leathered seats. The privacy-oriented work booths, also known as the Solus chairs, are also found in this lounge, though their black and burgundy colour scheme differs from that of the business lounge.
The champagne bar
The first section of the lounge immediately after reception is the self-service champagne bar, where you can savour a vintage bubbly while lazing on one of the burgundy chesterfield seats. On offer was a Deutz Brut Rosé as well as a 2008 Thiénot Brut and a 2008 Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut.
The Haven bar
For a more comprehensive drinks and cocktail menu, you may want to proceed to the Haven bar, which is serviced by in-house bartenders. In this section of the lounge, you can find a range of leather couches as well as Solus work chairs.
For a more formal sit-down dining experience, the restaurant known as The Haven is available to guests. An a la carte menu and table service is offered here plus there is also a small buffet selection at the end of the lounge. The seasonal menu is similar to the menu offered in the Pier first class lounge, but it's not as extensive.
The Atrium features an open space with dining islands as well as long counters overlooking the terminal. The buffet serves light meals such as sandwiches, fruit, salads and soups. You can also order an espresso coffee and a pot of premium JING tea, freshly brewed by lounge baristas.
Perhaps the most raved about amenity in the Wing is the Cabana. Given there are only five cabanas, available at a first come first serve basis, you might be in for a wait. Having said that, it was a very reasonable 10-minute wait time for me during my visit. I was given a portable buzzer to alert me when the cabana was ready. In the cabana, you have a choice to refresh under the rain shower, take a dip in the luxurious bath or simply relax on the day bed. However, there is a time limit of no longer than 90 minutes out of courtesy for fellow passengers. Alternatively, there are also 12 shower suites available in this lounge.
The business/IT facilities
The business zone is equipped with work desks, comfortable office chairs, computers and printers. Beyond the business zone itself, the lounge offers high-speed Wi-Fi and a good number of power outlets throughout the lounge should you choose to utilise your own devices. Although the power outlets are not universal, adaptors can be borrowed from the front desk. In terms of reading materials, there is an impressive selection of magazines and up-to-date newspapers from around the globe.
A la carte dining
I like the fact that there is a more substantial menu offered in the Haven to complement the buffet options in the Atrium. Meals are ordered from and delivered to the table. During my visit, the seasonal menu offered the following:
- Vegetable tagine
- Omnipork and black truffle braise with couscous
- Pan-fried halibut fillet
- Poached chicken with sea whelk broth
- Pappardelle with pork ragu
- Wonton noodles
- Dan Dan mien
On this occasion, I ordered the pan-fried halibut fillet, served with caramelised fennel and tomatoes, which was delicate and tasty. It's also nice to see Cathay's signature noodle dishes incorporated into the menu, which will save you a trip to the noodle bar next door.
My first impression of the cabana was just wow! It is something I would expect to see in a luxury hotel. The cabana interior is elaborately designed, including a huge vanity, a rich wooden-cladded bathroom and a leather daybed. The three-pronged shower system is amazing: an overhead rainfall, a wall-mounted waterfall and a handheld showerhead. Not to mention you can also enjoy a relaxing bath while in the cabana. The only missing feature I thought would be nice to have is a jacuzzi.
The cabana is also well-stocked with a range of grooming amenities. Instead of Aesop products (offered in the Pier), the Wing Cabana offers skincare products from Jurlique.
Complimentary ironing service
The complimentary ironing service was fantastic and practical. Built within each cabana is a two-way wardrobe installed with a concierge button. I simply hung up my clothes and pushed the button. Within 15 minutes, I found my crease-free shirt discreetly returned to the same wardrobe. Brilliant!
The lounge layout and decor
Thanks to the open-air layout, there is a sense of openness with uplifting effects from the ambient lighting. The lounge space is also well-defined and pleasantly furnished with elegant seatings. Despite the Wing being around for some time, the lounge is reasonably well-maintained.
Additionally, the view from the lounge is also quite impressive. Given its location on the balcony level, you get a bird's eye view of the departure hall as well as the tarmac.
Similar to the business lounge next door, there is quite a bit of noise interference. Admittedly, the open-air design is not perfect. The absence of physical barriers or insulation from the departure gates meant the lounge is exposed to the potentially noisy crowd and boarding announcements in the concourse.
No spa and rest area
Missing from the Wing are certain key elements that constitute an excellent first class lounge. Unfortunately, you cannot enjoy a spa treatment or a nap in a dedicated rest zone here in the Wing. To a certain extent, the cabanas fulfil these needs, providing a fancy bath as well as a daybed (though with a 90-minute restriction). However, it would be nice to get the full experience within the same lounge. On the flip side, the fact that there is an alternative facility (i.e. the Pier) complementing the Wing's amenities, this deficiency is forgivable.
Points Finder's lounge rating 4/5 stars
The Wing first class lounge is one of two first class lounges catering to top-tiered oneworld members travelling through Hong Kong. It's difficult to say whether the Wing or the Pier is superior to the other. Rather, they are both amazing and they complement one another. The Wing delivers a strikingly bright and open space, with the excellent cabanas as its standout feature. Here, you can also expect pretty solid food and beverage offerings, including a la carte dining and vintage champagnes. The downside is the potential noise issues from the concourse, plus the lack of a spa and a dedicated rest zone. If you're looking for a more tranquil and rejuvenating experience, a 15-minute walk down the Pier is totally worth it.
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5:30am - 0:30am
Terminal 1, Level 7, Gate 1 to 4, after security
- By cabin class: Cathay Pacific and oneworld first class passengers
- By tier status: oneworld Emerald-tier members regardless of cabin class
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