The Wing First Class lounge by Cathay - April 2019
Hours5:30am to last departure (around 1:30am) daily
Access RulesFirst class ticket on an OneWorld Airline.
Emerald status in OneWorld.
One guest of the above.
The LoungeAs part of my 6th trip or so through Hong Kong, I had a very long layover followed by a 1:15 am departure. Since I had a lot of time, I went to The Wing after The Pier closed up for the evening.
This is one of the best lounges in the world. It was rated #1 before, and while I agree it's really up there, I don't believe it's the best I have been to. It consistently ranks in the top 5, at times claiming the top spot. Hong Kong really understands luxury.
The Wing is located above the main terminal near gates 1-4 immediately past customs as you enter the airport. It features an open air overlook of the boarding areas and has a dining area, snacks, reading lounges, champagne bar, showers, private cabanas, bar, and work spaces.
Dining AreaThe dining area has a full sit-down service, top quality wine, and a menu very similar to The Pier.
SnacksThere is a buffet of snack food, sodas, treats, and tea. It's for people who don't have the time or inclination to sit down and order a meal. Nice choices but in my book, part of the experience is having a plated meal.
BarThe bar is great; they have signature cocktails, high end cognac, every mixer imaginable, and is just sit down and pick your poison. It's mostly great spirits, but they have Skyy vodka as their top shelf in that area, which I do not like. I did consume maybe $100 worth of Camus XO cognac though.
The CabanasThese are amazing and one of the signature aspects of The Wing. A private suite with pressing service for your clothing, bathroom, sink area, work desk, shower, full tub, and couch. It's a lounge within a lounge that I tried for years to get into and finally one was open on this trip. First come, first serve.
SummaryA top lounge in the world. I prefer The Pier most of the time, but if I can get a cabana, I'm here. The Wing attracts more Asian guests, while The Pier seems to attract Occidentals like myself.
This lounge is totally amazing. If you get access and only have time for one, I recommend The Pier, but if you have a lot of time, do both. I frequently practice that to make the most of layover time in Hong Kong.