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An Asian Holiday: Part 14 – Sipping Champagne in the Cathay Pacific First Class Lounge, Hong Kong

An Asian Holiday: Part 14 – Sipping Champagne in the Cathay Pacific First Class Lounge, Hong Kong

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Emily Jablon:  Daraius and I celebrated Christmas with his family in Macau and Hong Kong for ~8 days.  It was our 1st time in Macau and Hong Kong and we were very excited to visit!

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Daraius & Emily Ready to Try the Champagne Bar

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Sipping Champagne in the Cathay Pacific Lounge, Hong KongI

Emily Jablon:  I had heard so many great things about the Cathay Pacific lounge!  Because we slept in, we wouldn’t have much time to relax in the lounge.  So I was really looking forward to getting there quickly!

Getting to the Hong Kong airport from the Conrad Hong Kong was very easy and inexpensive because you can take the airport express bus (to the station) and then the train.  But to save time and avoid the hassle of carrying our luggage, we took a taxi.  It is also cheaper for groups of 3 or more to take a cab.

The taxi cost ~300 Hong Kong dollars (~$45).

The luggage was strapped down in the trunk, and 5 people could fit in the taxi.  It’s a good choice for families.

It took 30 minutes to get to the airport, but I would allow for 45 minutes in case of traffic or other delays.  It took just a few minutes to check-in at Cathay Pacific.  And it took another 5 to 10 minutes to go through security.  The airport was not very busy, but we were traveling the day before New Year’s Eve.

We browsed the shops, but most seemed high-end, so we skipped those.  We picked up some souvenirs and then went to the Cathay Pacific Wing lounge.  We were on First Class award tickets so we got free entry into the lounge.

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Emily Eager to Experience the Cathay Pacific First Class Lounge

The lounge is located near Gate 1.  There’s a souvenir and duty-free shop right next to gate, perfect for any last minute purchases.  The Business and First Class lounges are next to each other.

The major difference between the First Class lounge and the Business Class lounge was the champagne bar…

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Daraius & Emily Celebrate Their Christmas Holiday With a Champagne Toast

…where you could drink champagne.  You can choose Moet et Chandon or Veuve Clicquot.  I don’t drink enough champagne to have a preference so I tried a glass of each.

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Empty Lounge = More Champagne for Us!

There were also private cabanas.  To get to the cabanas, you walked down a long, dimly lit hallway.

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Is a Shower Worth Venturing Down this Spooky Hallway?

The attendant opened up cabana 5 for us.

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Our Sanctuary for the Next Hour

There was a shower and bathtub…

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Daraius Ready to Freshen Up Before Our Flight

…and a couch to lie down on.

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You Could Take a Nap Before Having a Bath

There was a sink…

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Plenty of Counter Space for Toiletries and Cosmetics

And a private toilet.

I liked the private cabanas because you could take a leisurely shower or bath and relax in your own room.  It was like a hotel room, with the exception of a bed.  However, the couch was big enough to sleep on.

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Emily Taking a Pre-flight Nap – All That Champagne Made Me Sleepy!

The dining area was now had extra seating area.

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Emily in the Haven’s New Addition

Most of the seating was for 2 people.

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You Have to Push 2 Tables Together to Make a Table for 4

There was a lot of appetizing food…

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Although We Just Ate Breakfast, Daraius Couldn’t Wait to Eat Again

…including a salad bar…

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Cold Cuts Allowed You to Make an Antipasta Salad or Chef Salad

…and hot food.

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Meat and Potatoes? Daraius Was in Heaven!

There was also a bar…

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It Was a Fully Stocked Bar So You Could Order Almost Anything

…and lots of places to sit and relax.

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These Couches Looked Too Comfortable.  We Were Afraid We’d Fall Asleep!

The lounge was empty so we had our choice of seats.

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The Lounge Furniture Was Made by Poltrona Frau in Italy

There was a business center with iMac computers, printers, and phones.

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You Could Get Some Work Done or Play

It took 7 minutes to walk to our departure gate, Gate 21, from the lounge.  We arrived at the gate ~10 minutes before boarding started.

We learned we were the only people in First Class out of the 6 available seats.  The attendants ushered us onto the jet bridge, but 1st we had to go through another security screening because it was a flight to the US.

Bottom Line

Both the Business and First Class Cathy Pacific lounges were excellent.  They’re great places to relax while having a drink or light meal.

The private cabanas in the First Class lounge were a nice touch.  They’re a great spot for a nap if you have a long layover.

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I was there a few weeks ago! What a cool experience. My flight was delayed and spent an extra 4 hours at the lounge. Beats sitting at the gate! There were 3 including myself in 1st. The little talked about benefits like expediated passes to get through security/customs was awesome. What a great use of 135k AA miles!! I’m looking forward to my one-way to San Francisco. What are your tips in reducing jet lag? I flew on a Thursday back from HK & didn’t feel right until the next Tuesday. Oh and I had one of the best steaks on the flight and also recommend trying the octopuss sushi roll at the buffet.

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@Rich – Here are the lounge access rules.

What day of the week was it? We went on a Sunday last February and the lounge was really crowded, we could not get a cabana. On our flight to JFK the first class cabin was sold out.

If only one of the passengers is flying first, can he/she invite a guess?

Every time I fly first class on CX from Hong Kong back to Los Angeles, San Francisco, or Vancouver, there have always been only 6 seats.