Tak­ing flight

Epicure (Indonesia) - - TRAVEL FEATURE -

With the rise in fre­quency of busi­ness and leisure travel, the amount of time spent on planes and air­port lounges has also in­creased. Among the ma­jor air­lines work­ing the ex­tra mile to spruce up their fa­cil­i­ties to pro­vide a more en­joy­able pre-flight ex­pe­ri­ence is Cathay Pa­cific. Hav­ing pre­vi­ously shared its lounge with other air­lines, it now sports a ded­i­cated one at Changi Air­port Ter­mi­nal 4, which is lo­cated on the mez­za­nine floor be­low the depar­ture hall. With a lit­tle over an hour to spare, I roamed around the area, in­clud­ing the main hall, Bureau, The Noo­dle Bar and Food Hall.

The look and feel is warm, res­i­den­tial and re­laxed with a ma­te­rial palette of wal­nut, cherry, bronze and brass. While Cathay Pa­cific has done away with shower fa­cil­i­ties, other fea­tures like spa­cious arm­chairs, side ta­bles with in-built lamps and sock­ets for charg­ing de­vices make up for it. If you have a bar­rage of emails to send out be­fore board­ing your flight, you can work from any of the three work­sta­tions with dual op­er­at­ing sys­tem imacs and print­ers at The Bureau.

I had pretty much the same ex­pe­ri­ence at The Deck on my re­turn flight to Sin­ga­pore. The newly built lounge is housed near gate 16, Ter­mi­nal 1 of Hong Kong In­ter­na­tional Air­port, and adopts the same de­sign tem­plate as the Sin­ga­pore lounge by Stu­dioilse, a Lon­don-based de­sign stu­dio led by llse Craw­ford. The space ac­com­mo­dates over 180 pas­sen­gers and sports sim­i­lar colour tones and fur­ni­ture. If there’s one thing there should never be missed here, it’s def­i­nitely Cathay Pa­cific’s Noo­dle Bar. The sig­na­ture creamy and rich Dan Dan noo­dles alone call for sec­ond help­ings.

The Deck Cathay Pa­cific Lounge at Changi Air­port Ter­mi­nal 4

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