Cathay Pacific’s premier first class lounge at The Pier has six private Day-Break rooms as well as The Haven premium dining area. This review is part twelve of my Bali / Kuala Lumpur trip report and includes a review of The Pier & The Wing lounges as well as my flight from Kuala Lumpur to Hong Kong.
- United Airlines Business Class Updated 767-300 Newark (EWR) – Houston (IAH)
- Singapore Airlines First Class 777-300ER Houston (IAH) – Moscow (DME) Part 1
- Singapore Airlines First Class 777-300ER Moscow (DME) – Singapore (SIN) & DME Transfer Lounge Part 2
- The Singapore Airlines Private Room @ SilverKris Lounge Terminal 3 & SilverKris Lounge Terminal 2 @ SIN
- Singapore Airlines Business Class 777-200 Singapore (SIN) – Bali (DPS)
- The St. Regis Bali Resort
- The W Retreat & Spa Bali
- The Brand New Sheraton Bali Kuta
- My First Experience on Air Asia A320 Bali (DPS) – Kuala Lumpur (KUL)
- The Hilton Kuala Lumpur Hotel
- The Westin Kuala Lumpur
- The Cathay Pacific Pier Lounge HKG/Day-Break Rooms, connecting flight KUL – HKG
- Cathay Pacific First Class 777-300ER Hong Kong (HKG) – Vancouver (YVR) – JFK
I think for this trip report we’ll start in Hong Kong and work our way back to Kuala Lumpur. Upon arriving in Hong Kong, the closest first class lounge was The Wing. However, the first class area of the lounge was closed for renovation until February 6th. I took a quick look around the temporary first class area but ultimately decided to make my way to The Pier.
The Pier is located near gate 62 and has separate first and business class entrances.
Upon entering you are asked if you would like to have dinner at The Haven. I was interested and was promptly escorted over to the host for seating. The Haven is a sit-down dining area that features a small menu as well as a large buffet. A wine menu is also offered upon sitting at your table. It’s no Singapore Private Room dining experience but the food was good and the waiters are excellent about continuously refilling your drinks and seeing if there is anything additional that you require. The menu included a beef filet, a pasta bolognese dish, lamb, and a vegan option. I wasn’t overly hungry so I opted to sample out some of the buffet options instead. I kept it light to save up room for the long-haul flight and had a tiny piece of brisket and some salad and pasta.
After dinner, I headed into the main part of the lounge which is made up of several “personal living spaces”. Each space features comfy leather couches and chairs, multiple outlets, and tables. There is fast wifi throughout the lounge. You’ll notice that there are no drink or food areas within the actual lounge besides The Haven area. Instead, lounge staff approach periodically to see if you need any drinks or snacks. There is also a cafe where you can order coffee, tea, cappuccino, espresso, etc.
I originally sat in one of the living spaces until I saw a sign for the Day-Break rooms by The Peninsula. I had never heard of these before so I wanted to find out more. It turns out that there are six day-break rooms that offer a private room with a Balzac armchair, TV, touch-screen controls that allow for A/C, wake-up calls, waiter service for food and drinks, adjustment of the blinds, and music and volume controls. You need to reserve one of the rooms at the service desk, however when I inquired all six rooms were available.
The concept for the room is cool as is the concept of ordering food and drinks from the touch-screen monitor and setting a wake-up call. If I was in need of a nap, I may have stayed in the room. However, I instead preferred the open area for getting some work done and just relaxing in a more open environment. The TVs in the rooms are static-prone as well.
KUL-HKG – The Cathay lounge in Kuala Lumpur is a joint first and business class lounge. It has a few food options and a nice selection of beer, wine, and liquor.
The lounge was pretty packed with only a few available seats about an hour prior to departure. The food was actually very good, I loved my fried noodles with beef and chicken satay skewers.
The almost four hour flight to Hong Kong aboard the A330-300 was standard with a comfortable non lie-flat seat, a small 9″ tv, and excellent food service. I ended up watching a few TV shows on my laptop that I had missed while I was away. Everyone who was in business had their own row and in fact there was no one behind or in-front of me either.
Very good steamed cod followed by some cookies & cream…
Up next, potentially my favorite first-class flight experience – HKG-JFK.