I couldn’t be more excited to visit Hong Kong. The last time I went was over 10 years ago, fair to say, it has changed and evolved a lot since then so I was looking forward to re-discovering Hong Kong.
Travelling almost every month these days, I have my packing and travel routine down pat now. I’m usually quite calm, cool and collected before my trip, it is only when I am heading to the airport, the excitement starts to kick in.
This trip to Hong Kong, I flew Business Class with Cathay Pacific on Cathay Pacific Airbus A330.
Recently, Cathay Pacific have started Melbourne flights to Hong Kong on the new Airbus A350 which runs daily. Unfortunately this time due to the timing of when I wanted to arrive this didn’t align to the flight time. There’s always next time of course!
Cathay Pacific Business Class Flight Features
The checked baggage allowance is a remarkable three pieces of 23kg each and two pieces of cabin baggage at 7kg each.
The Flat Bed
One of the best in the business. The controls are easy, the herringbone seat pattern brings privacy, there are lots of handy places to store things and the designers know most people sleep on their side, so the flatbed is wider where knees bend. It’s 208cm when flat and the seat is 51.3cm wide.
Inflight Amenity Kit
The amenity kit was stocked with lip balm, day and hand cream by Jurlique. There’s a 14ml mouthwash capsule with the toothbrush and paste. The non-slip socks, with rubber grips, are a step above the norm.
Cathay Pacific boasts their StudioCX entertainment system with a touch screen 15.4” TV and noise cancelling headphones. The system has 150 movies to choose from, both western and eastern. Opt for films like La La Land, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and X-Men: Apocalypse. Or tune in for classic Chinese films, TED talks and audiobooks/radio.
Finding entertainment on StudioCX that will keep you occupied is inevitable. For those who need to charge phones and laptops, the seat offers international/usb ports for your convenience. That’s always handy for someone like me who’s job revolves around my phone and laptop!
There’s not a spare seat in my cabin, so the crew has its work cut out, but service is slick and fast. I was greeted by my name and was provided efficient and personalised service throughout my journey. I also could not help but notice, the bathroom is cleaned with impressive regularity.
Breakfast was served shortly after take off. A good combination Australian and Asian of dishes, from stir fried Shanghainese noodles to mixed vegetable tortilla, grilled bacon, herb mushrooms and baked beans. One of my personal favourites is the prawns, scallop and shiitake mushroom congee. The hot dishes are accompanied by refreshing juice, mango & passion fruit smoothie, fresh seasonal fruit and bircher muesli and Illy freshly brewed coffee. Perfect, really.
Cathay Pacific The Pier Business Class Lounge
I was blown away by Cathay Pacific The Pier Business Class Lounge. It is located near Gate 65 (it is just one gate further past the entrance to the Pier First Class Lounge). Business Class Lounge welcomes Cathay Pacific First and Business Class passengers, Marco Polo Gold and Silver card holders and oneworld Sapphire/Emerald status members.
The lounge design is very elegant with lots of green plantation and natural decor. Immediately when you walk in, you feel relaxed and at home.
The deli-style Food Hall resembles a market, where you can select from a variety of quick bites – tapas, cheese board, salads and fish platter – for convenient and flavourful experience. Options are plentiful, you will also find hot food, sandwiches and desserts, all available to order. The offering was a lot more compared to standard business lounges. I was thoroughly impressed!
If you are in need of coffee, head to the Coffee Cart! Sip on freshly brewed speciality coffee, made to order by the barista.
Certainly a very well stocked bar! From cocktails to champagne, the hardest decision is which to order first!
An iconic feature in Cathay’s lounges. Here they serve fresh and made-to-order dishes such as dan dan and wonton noodles! I personally love noodles, so we spent a lot of time at the Noodle Bar!
Satisfy your palate for Chinese comfort foods – sample dim sum, char siu buns, dumplings and other regional specials.
Unique to the Pier Business lounge is the Teahouse where a superior tea experience awaits. You will find seasonal and artisanal tea varieties served by fine tea specialists. Part of the unique Teahouse experience includes the service of an interactive tea menu where you have aromatic previews of the infusions on offer. Each tea selection comes with individual instructions, allowing for optimum brews and maximum taste. At the Teahouse, you will find authentic and high-end Chinese teas. Many favourites including exquisite green, black and white tea flavours, as well as a special menu with herbal, honey, and spice infusions.
For those who are in need of some R&R, head to the end of the lounge and you will find the Relaxation Room. A calm, quiet zone with 14 daybeds and footstools. It is the perfect place to catch up on rest before you continue your journey.
The lounge also offers 14 shower suites which is located next to the Relaxation Room.
The lounge definitely surpassed all my expectations and hands down the best business lounge I’ve been to! I found 2 hours in the lounge way too short to enjoy all the amazing facilities and amenities on offer. The lounge is beautiful and functional. I know where I will be heading to before my flight next time I’m in Hong Kong.