Stephanie Holmes enjoys the food and views at Cathay Pacific's First and Business Class Lounge at Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi Airport.
The two female staff on the reception desk gave a warm but brief welcome, scanning my lounge pass and quickly waving me into the inner sanctum. First impression: I breathed a sigh of heavenly relief on walking inside. Long and narrow, the lounge is classically stylish with lots of natural light, wood panelled walls and comfortable seating.
Opened in 2015, it feels fresh and modern, with 679sq m and seating for 140 people. There's an open sitting room, a reading area, staffed bar, self-serve drinks machines and fridges, and the piece de resistance — the noodle bar.
The seating is a range of leather sofas and armchairs, Phillippe Starck-inspired tub chairs, and plush bottle-green velvet armchairs. Wicker lampshades and lots of large potted palms added to the cool, calm atmosphere.
Who's there: It was pretty quiet during my visit — a few young couples, Chinese families, and older British couples.
Anything for the kids: Nothing in particular, although the free, fast Wi-Fi should help to keep them occupied.
Tech stuff: As well as the aforementioned Wi-Fi, there was a business centre with three Apple desk computers and printers, plus plenty of power points.
Reading material: New York Times, Bangkok Post, plus a range of Asian language magazines and newspapers.
The view: At the far end of the lounge the view was a must-see for airport nerds. Floor-to-ceiling windows gave a great glimpse out to the natural-light flooded, futuristic terminal.
Eating and drinking: The food offering was worthy of a visit in its own right. There's a large range of soups and noodle dishes to choose from at the noodle bar — including three types of vegetarian, plus wonton noodle soup, dan dan noodles, and dim sum. My wonton soup was hearty, hot, and full of fresh flavours. The barman poured a generous glass of champagne, and there were also plenty of non-alcoholic options available.
The bathrooms: Clean and bright, with delightfully fragrant hand soap and cream from refillable dispensers.
The lounge atmosphere: Relaxed and comfortable, like a living room in a very stylish friend's house.
The bottom line: Do I have to board my flight? I could go another round of noodles ...