Late last year, we were able to go and see the relatively new Business class lounge for Cathay Pacific, “The Pier” in Hong Kong airport. Cathay Pacific’s The Pier lounge is one of the six lounges that they have within the Hong Kong International Airport. We got the chance to spend a few hours here waiting for our flight to Manila.
Where is it located?
Once you get through all your customs and immigration process, which is very easy to do in Hong Kong, you will need to head down to the main concourse and then walk all the way to the other side of the terminal. This is quite a long walk, it took us nearly 20 minutes to walk down there, lucky the escalators are all the way along so it is not too tiring. As you are walking you will see the First Class lounge for Cathay, and the Business Class is 40m further walk.
How do you get in?
If you are a business class flyer on any of the Cathay Pacific, another OneWorld carrier airline or Cathay Dragon, then you are eligible to come into the lounge. You may also bring a guest with you. If you are a Marco Polo silver member and up and flying on a Cathay flight, you have solo access to the lounge as well.
Going inside “The Pier”
Once heading down the escalator, you are welcomed by the smiling team of staff ready to settle you into the experience. After confirming your boarding pass and details, you walk in and then truly realise the sheer size of The Pier. At least 100m long, and adjacent to the tarmac, there is space everywhere.
I was looking for a place with a comfortable space to put my oversized carry on luggage and charge up all my electronics. There’re tables, couches chairs and any space you require down here. There must have been over 100 people in the lounge but it is so spread out that you never feel consumed with people.
Yoga Area/ Meditation
Yes, the area has its own yoga/stretching and meditation zone you can use called The Sanctuary. When we visited it, there was hardly anyone in there, so it is a great space to get away from all the hustle and bustle of the airport.
It is a shoe off zone and there is a rack on which you can place your gear. The yoga has instructional videos running on repeat so you can office and hold your stretches on the available mats here. I have done yoga a few times, but it was great to have an easy video to show you some basic moves that are great prior to long haul flights.
There is also an audio and visual meditation section in The Sanctuary. It is basically small seats in a circle, but all in your own private spot, so you have time to yourself. You can choose one of the seven programs that plays soothing sounds for you to relax to. The visual meditation that is there is simply a picture that you stare in to. Not really our thing but it was good for it to be there.
If you did not have your own laptop, there is a work area that you can sit down for a while and get things done. There are several Apple computers for you there to use with printers you are able to use free of charge.
Food and Drinks at The Pier
I would strongly suggest to not eat before you come here, unless you totally do not like Asian cuisine, as there is literally dozens of options for you.
The Noodle Bar is full of Asian delicacies, and you can custom make whatever bowl combinations you like. We love our dumplings so we spent plenty of time here.
There are also juices, and a tea bar (The Tea House) where you can find virtually any tea on hand ready to drink. The continental bar has all the Western food you will ever need, from breakfasts, fruits and a great bakery as well. Try the donuts.
If you need a wake-up call, there is ample coffee stations, both instant and roasted for you to drink to enjoy or stay awake. If you are looking for drinks a little more leisurely there is a free flow beer station, an actual bar with bartenders to make you any one of a host of drinks and delicious cocktails.
Rest and Relaxation at The Pier
If you are needing a shower, just walk down towards the back and you can get into one of the many showers stations. They are clean, neat and great for one of those longer stopovers.
If you are feeling tired and need a longer lie down, then walk all the way down to the back to the relaxation area. Here they have bed-like couches where it is dead silent and you can get some sleep in before your next leg of the flight.
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