Namasté! Now this is good news. Cathay Pacific just opened a new addition to their already spiff business class lounge The Pier at Honk Kong airport. No longer only a Soho House style lounge with noodle- and tea bar, office space, day beds and showers equipped with Aesop – scroll down for lounge review. Add The Sanctuary to that. This dedicated zen space is divided in two sections. The Body Sanctuary focuses on practising yoga and the Mind Sanctuary for meditation. The bad news is that we just missed this last month when we returned from Hong Kong after our incredible 60 days travel through Australia. Another reason to make sure you have some extra time when flying flat via Hong Kong. In this cases short connections are overrated.
The Pier and Ilse Crawford
Cathay really raised the airline lounge standard by appointing Ilse Crawford‘s London based Studioilse design agency to the task. We’ve already met her interior design at Duddell’s restaurant in Hong Kong.
“I like to create environments where humans feel comfortable; public spaces that make people feel at home. That means designing furniture and products that support and enhance human behaviour and actions in everyday life”. __ Ilse Crawford | designer
Showers and daybeds. And Aesop.
Restrooms and showers are not only equipped with Aesop amenities (yes!) but also with golden facets and showers against concrete walls. Interior inspiration for sure. Crawford proofs that with the use of natural materials and colours, going practical does not imply cutting back on design. So, a clean and well hydrated skin after a pre-flight shower is the ultimate condition for me to start the 12 hour journey back home. Cotton long sleeve and cashmere sweatpants do the rest. Along with the on board flat beds.
Food options at The Pier
The food options are all aligned along the left back wall and almost resembles a Hong Kong food street. A Noodle Bar – serves fresh made-to-order dishes, a hotel style bar, a Tea House hosted by fine tea specialists, Deli style food hall and several coffee stations. I love the fact that it is easy to obtain high quality fresh and healthy food to each liking. Especially before a long haul flight. For me that’s noodle soup with vegetables and lot’s of herbal tea.
Work or play at The Pier
You can either relax, join one of the restaurants, take a nap or work at the business center where the Mac’s are lined up in military precision. And now sun salutations and warrior poses (or guided meditation) are the new options.
The wi-fi connection is high-speed and every seat has a charging station with a variety of outlet, USB included. If available – these guys are popular – opt for the famous Solo Chair. This chair is a dedicated design by Ilse Crawford for Cathay Pacific and features a privacy partition on both side, also has the charging station, a small table for your Macbook and a reading lamp. All a travel journalist needs.
First impressions are lasting, either it be up in the air and with two luxury feet on the ground. Flying flat in business class is all about maximizing rest and comfort and that starts in the lounge. Make sure to keep an eye on your watch though, changes are you cosy up too much and miss your flight!
The Pier Lounge open daily from 05.30 - 00.30 am