Cathay Pacific's new lounge at Manila's Ninoy Aquino International Airport is now open, and it looks to be the best lounge in what's widely regarded as one of the world's worst airports.
Sadly, the lounge won't provide any respite to Qantas travellers, as the Red Roo's flights leave from Terminal 1 while the new Cathay Pacific lounge is in Terminal 3.
Created by Studioilse, the London-based design studio led by Ilse Crawford, there's a strong emphasis on warm, natural materials to give the lounge a relaxed, residential atmosphere, "more like a living room than an airline lounge" the airline says.
The new Manila lounge is almost twice as large as the airline's previous lounge at T1, and can seat approximately 135 people.
The dining area features Cathay Pacific’s signature Noodle Bar, which offers a selection of Asian noodles including dandan mien and wonton noodle soup, freshly prepared by a chef.
An authentic Philippine breakfast is offered through to 11am.
Another dining highlight is the Bar, where passengers can enjoy a wide selection of tapas, desserts, freshly blended cocktails and a variety of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.
The Bureau provides three individual workstations with Apple iMac desktops (running both MacOS and Windows) and printers.
Up next for a similar make-over are Cathay Pacific's airport lounges at Bangkok lounge at the end of May, Hong Kong's The Pier First Class in June, Taipei in August/September and Vancouver "by the end of 2015 or early 2016", with London Heathrow Terminal 3 set to follow sometime in 2016.
The Pier First Class will become Cathay Pacific's new flagship lounge and include unique features such as private daybeds or ‘nap nooks’ with raised cushions which will overlook the runway.
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