I used to feel uncomfortable about taking photos of First Class or Business Class travel, even though I use points, because I felt it was flaunty. ( I had to get over that since my blog focuses on travel.) I have now decided that excellent flights with exceptional service and interesting lounge design should be recognized and included in my blog in the same way an innovative restaurant or beautiful architecture should be.
I flew from Manila to San Diego with a 5 hour layover in Hong Kong via Cathay Pacific (thank you American Airlines points) The journey was one of the highlights of my holiday trip. Here are some photos....
My first stop was the Cathay Pacific lounge in the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) in Manila which was opened in May 2015 and meant to look like a domestic space. I felt like I was in a Danish Modern, Mad Men style living room and I love the wood walls (I am not sure what type of wood) which looks like teak. I was surprised and how nice the lounge is.
After a quick 2 hour flight, I landed in Hong Kong and entered the Pier Lounge in Terminal 1 near Gates 61-63. I felt like I entered Shangri-La (the mystical oasis, not the hotel) where time stops, life is perfect and one is ageless. The place was quiet, almost empty with a Zen like peace and the walls looked like jade. I love the modernist Bauhaus and art deco design.
Unfortunately, I was not able to go to The Retreat, the day suites .
I wanted to see the other lounge which was closer to my departure gate...so off to The Wing in the south departures hall, Level 6, Terminal 1 near gates 1-4.
The Pier felt like being in a spa and the Wing is a more traditional airport lounge and feels like being in a hotel lobby. There are also more passengers. If you have a long layover, take a look at the Wing and try the restaurant but spend more time at the Pier.
After two very good meals and glasses of rose champagne, it was off to my flight on CX-882.
Excellent flights to me are magic and this Cathay Pacific flight was extraordinary.