If you’re also departing from Hong Kong in Cathay Pacific’s First Class (or have a similar status at Oneworld), there’s plenty of lounges to choose from: four Business Lounges and two exclusive First Class Lounges. One of them is the new “The Wing” First Class Lounge that serves as Cathay Pacific’s new flagship lounge in Hong Kong. I recently had the chance to visit and see for myself if that ‘flagship’ title is justified.
The Wing Lounge Hong Kong: Location
Out of all the different lounges at the Hong Kong Airport, “The Wing” is the easiest one to reach: while “The Pier” is on the far end of the terminal, “The Wing” is located directly to the left after you’ve passed the security check.
The Wing: Trip Report & Review
When entering the lounge through the main entrance, one of its highlights directly awaits you: The Champagne Bar! On boutique Chesterfield chairs and couches you can enjoy the three trademark Cathay Pacific lounge champagnes (Moet Rose, Veuve Clicquot, Baron de Rothschild).
Even though there’s staff roaming around the lounge happy to serve you, you can also just pick your favorite champagne from the bar yourself.
I really liked this part of the lounge and think that the champagne bar is one of the highlights of Cathay’s “The Wing”: perfect drinks, comfortable seating, some nice views of the tarmac and an excellent choice of global newspapers make it a great place to relax.
The whole lounge is connected by one long corridor, and most parts of the lounge oversee the terminal. As it’s built on a balcony level inside the terminal, everything about the lounge feels very spacious and bright.
When you walk down that corridor a bit further, you’ll get to the first ‘bigger’ seating area of the lounge with a variety of different seating arrangements. While “The Wing” was pretty quiet when I got there, I imagine that this part of the lounge could be a bit noisy due to its size and open construction.
This area is followed by another bar with a ‘real’ barkeeper and service. In short: it’s close to impossible to die of thirst at The Wing:
If you’re not into bubble water (aka champagne), there’s plenty of non-alcoholic drinks on the menu as well – e.g. Cathay Pacific’s signature mocktail:
After that bar you’ll reach the second bigger area of the lounge and (as seen in the background) the rear entrance of Cathay Pacific’s The Wing lounge:
Here you’ll find a buffet with plenty of small dishes, snacks and drinks, as well as different seating areas to eat or work:
Also nice: if you have to work during your stay at The Wing Lounge in Hong Kong, you can use one of the work desks equipped with iMacs and printers (and a nice view of the tarmac as well):
But now, let the fun begin. Let’s go to the two best places in Hong Kong’s The Wing Lounge: the à la Carte Restaurant and the famous Cabanas!
The a la Carte Restaurant at The Wing:
Similar to “The Pier” you’ll also find a full-blown restaurant in “The Wing”, where you can sit down, relax and have your breakfast, lunch or dinner served.
Although the famous “Peninsula” logo is missing on the menu cards nowadays, food and service were both excellent: I started with a hot rice cake and champagne for a late breakfast (until 11:30AM), followed by stir fry noodles for lunch:
If nothing on the menu catches your eye, you can also choose from plenty of hot and cold dishes at the buffet on the left:
The buffet items were excellent as well, as you can maybe guess from my “creative Japanese-Korean-Chinese fusion dish” I put together:
The Cabanas in “The Wing”:
My personal highlight of “The Wing” First Class Lounge in Hong Kong were the “Cabanas”: besides a couple of shower rooms, you can also rent out a complete cabana for up to 90 minutes:
You’ll not only find a shower and a separate toilet there, but also a huge bathtub and a day bed to relax:
Of course it might be tricky to get one of these during peak hours due to the high demand; but even if there’s a wait, it’s definitely worth it.
The Cabanas were super clean and well-maintained, and their overall look and feel with wood, marble and the light installations was really impressive. In short: the best way to relax and refresh in an airport, period. I spent some last minutes relaxing in my Cabana, before heading to the gate – where an excellent stay at “The Wing” First Class in Hong Kong came to an end.
The Wing Lounge Hong Kong: Access
The following guests can use “The Wing” First Class Lounge in Hong Kong:
- First Class travellers with a flight on the same day with Cathay Pacific or Cathay Dragon, as well as with Oneworld partners
- Diamond members of Cathay’s own Marco Polo Clubs with departure ex HKG
- Emerald Oneworld members