A touch of class at 36,000 feet

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As a new­bie to busi­ness class, I can con­firm the abil­ity to turn your seat into a bed is a god­send, the wel­come drinks are lovely, and I could get used to be­ing greeted by name when served a top-notch meal – not to men­tion hav­ing your own over­head com­part­ment, which is great since I’ve stuffed so much into my carry-on. But the lounges are where it’s re­ally at. Cathay Pa­cific has six busi­ness class lounges at Hong Kong In­ter­na­tional Air­port, and a sev­enth due to open this month. The Pier, found just past gate 65 in Ter­mi­nal 1, is the stand­out. If you feel peck­ish, you can or­der at the Noo­dle Bar, en­joy dim sum at the buf­fet, or sim­ply nib­ble on a se­lec­tion of al­mond, earl grey or pis­ta­chio bis­cuits with a tea or cof­fee. Not to men­tion the fresh juices in the Tea­house; the day we land, the se­lec­tion in­cludes ‘Go With The Flow’ for bet­ter cir­cu­la­tion; ‘Charge Me Up’, to pep you up after a morn­ing flight; and ‘Cathay Lul­laby’, to help you drift off on the flight. Be­ing able to freshen up after a 13-hour flight is a lux­ury; walk­ing into the shower rooms is like walk­ing into your per­sonal spa. With a rain shower, Ae­sop prod­ucts and all man­ner

of ameni­ties, it’s bliss. If you need a lit­tle ex­tra me-time, the Re­lax­ation Room has por­tioned-off daybeds for a quick snooze be­fore you board. Oth­er­wise, take a seat and soak up the views of the sur­round­ing hills. It’s al­most like go­ing on hol­i­day again.

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