Bondi Beauty Founder Renae Leith-Manos recently flew with Cathay Pacific and was stunned with the new Pier Business Class Lounge in Hong Kong (As first published on www.renaesworld.com.au).
This airport lounge is about to become a cult destination amongst luxury travellers – it’s that good. It’s no wonder, as the brain child behind this fabulous piece of luxury is London’s Ilse Crawford. One of Britain’s most lauded designers, and the woman who created Soho House New York which heralded a whole new era in interior aesthetics.
Crawford has done the same thing here at The New Pier Business Class Lounge, only this is a luxury airline airport lounge in Hong Kong, and it feels more like a five star hotel or a luxurious private London Club than an airport. It’s absolutely gorgeous – and fun.
I’ve never wanted my flight to be delayed before, but the first time I went to The New Pier Business Class Lounge, I was happy to settle in for a day, and with The Peninsula Catering, 4 restaurants, and providing health, light food options, as well as a striking new refurbishment and 14 massive luxury showers (overflowing with Jurlique products), why the heck not? This is a true luxury airport lounge.
The staff are Cathay Pacific’s best – they even remembered me – and my coffee order- the second time I was there, weeks later. The staff on the desk welcoming guests are warm and gentle.
The luxury airport lounge in Hong Kong covers a vast area of over 3300 square metres, a relief after a long flight.
It is cleverly designed into two separate sections, both with expansive windows overlooking the airport, where light pours in and the planes coming and going can keep you occupied for hours.
It means the luxury airport lounge never feels too full, as passengers are spread out over the vast, spacious two separate areas.
The whole lounge is designed around a Hong Kong Street feel, with calming neutral tones of cream, toffee and timber and splashes of luxurious marble. There are long spaces and luxury lounge filled rooms on one side, and restaurants on the other. There is total seating for up to 550 people.
Cathay Pacific’s brand pillars – contemporary Asian heartfelt warmth are obvious throughout. There is even a relaxation room where you can put your feet up and have a nap.
The food is brilliant, exactly what you would aspect from The Peninsula Team.
From a Noodle Bar serving dim sum, noodles and multiple Asian dishes to an array of healthy Western food choices including fresh roasts sliced as you order for lunch or dinner, a multitude of salads, light breakfasts in the morning, and a separate coffee area with baristas who know how to make proper coffee, this lounge makes a stop over a joy.
The experience makes long haul travel easier – it gave me something to look forward to.
The lounge features a galley of 14 spacious showers featuring limestone, with complimentary Jurlique beauty products to use, as any traveller knows, this is the biggest single relief after a long flight, and exactly what you want from a luxury airport lounge.
There’s even a security monitored bag area where you can leave your bags in peace knowing they are are 100% safe.
Guests there are relaxed, and lots of people chat, others are on computers or phones and the restaurants have a busy but not overly stretched vibe.
My favourite part of the lounge is a sweeping long white marble bar where freshly made juices and wines are served with snacks to guests on high stools whilst you overlook the galley of Cathay planes and forget about life for a while. A great way to pass a few mindless hours.
This luxury airport lounge alone would make me choose Cathay Pacific for my flights to Europe, as it is just magnificent.
The lounge welcomes both business and first class passengers. It s also possible to gain entry for selected Marco Polo Club Members and One World Frequent Flyers.
Click here for more info: www.cathay pacific.com
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