SIN: Singapore - Cathay Pacific Skyview Business Class Lounge
At Singapore, Cathay Pacific use the Skyview lounge. This is technically contract lounge run by dnata, however it also doubles up as the 'almost' oneworld lounge, with a large oneworld sign Saphire / Emerald logos, and Cathay / Finnair signs.
Any passenger with either a same-day oneworld airline business or First class ticket has access to the lounge, or with oneworld Sapphire or Emerald.
The Singapore Airport Skyview Lounge also the Skyteam Singapore lounge, with equally large signs for Airfrance, KLM, and Delta.
Forget trying to sort out flight problems at the desk however: the staff here are lounge contractors only, and can't help with any flight details or information. Never the less many oneworld passengers make their way here, because the views from the lounge are much better than in the Qantas club, and if you're into Asian food, then it's much better here.
To find the lounge head to Gates D30 and D40, up the escalator next to the Times bookstore & Fish Spa massage
The main part of the lounge, on the balcony, has plenty of seats of the usual Cathay Pacific style, and is dominated by a large white countertop of the food bar, with food at one end, and drinks at the other.
There are huge floor to ceiling windows, with a great view of the gates. Right from reception there is more seating, and eight glass walled computer workstations.
Left from reception there is another triangular seating area, and a small flight of steps and door marked 'extra space'. Up these stairs is a totally separate lounge, in a totally separate style: indeed, for a long time it was a separate lounge, but now the two are joined. Because of the obscure entrance, few people make it up here, and there is much more space, and it looks much more chic. What it lacks are the windows, however it does have much more comfortable seating, with a separate servery, and computers at the far end.
So is it worthwhile stopping by here? Yes, but a qualified yes. The outdoor swimming pool is close by, and indeed there used to be a door direct from the lounge up to the pool. That's now been closed, but if you have to buy access to the lounge, it's a much nicer experience to just buy a few beers and food at the pool, and while you're there have a dip before getting on your plane.
FoodFood is equally disjointed, with a much bigger selection in the main lounge, but higher quality in the extension. In the main lounge there are three hot tourines, with pasta, chicken and rice, plus Cathay's signature dim sum (yum cha) and pork dumplings appear in the steamers before the Cathay flights.
In the fridge are sandwiches (tightly wrapped in clingfilm), while over the other side of the counter are pot noodles, with three different flavours: the Asian Mix is really quite good: really it is. There is a totally different selection of food in the extension lounge, with a much more European flavour, including hot pies and potatoes.
On the circular stand marked 'Servery' there are also salmon or cheese spread sandwich on focaccia bread or cold grilled vegetables. Hidden in the wine fridge in the extension is the delicacy of the lounge: lots of small dainty and pastries. Few people know they are there, but they are worth hunting out as they are very good.
BarThere are two bars, in the two separate lounges. The main bar in the open part of the lounge has wine on the right hand side, with two pretty nondescript bottles of white in the fridge, and two reds on the counter top. Beers is only marginally better, with cans of Heineken or Tiger. There are also jugs of juice and cans of soft drink, orange and tomato in the fridge. There are six spirits on optics (Black Label, VSOP, Smirnoff, Bacardi, Gordons, Campari) on the left hand side.
The other bar in the inner extension lounge has the same poor selection of booze, but more neatly put together, with optics above the coffee machine, and all the wine and beer in one place. The advantage here is that there are far fewer people fighting for the stuff, so you may get a full bottle. There is no champagne or sparkling wine.
Business FacilitiesThere are two separate areas with Computers, in both the old and the extension lounges. Outside in the old open air lounge there are eight computers in glass walled booths: these are fairly slow, but there is a printer behind the column. Inside in the new lounge there are six computers on the circular bench. These are much faster, but they are less private and there is no printer.
There are two newspaper racks, again split between the lounges. The newspapers go pretty quickly from the old rack, but there are usually plenty inside, with the Staights Times, plenty of Chinese newspapers, and only the Euro version of the FT for European papers. There are also lots of magazines, but they tend to have a US bent, with Time and the Economist. Again, if they are missing from the outside rack, there are plenty inside.
BathroomsBathrooms are in the extension lounge.
There are two good showers in the lounge, which are well stocked with shampoo and soap. They are by the stairs leading to the new extension lounge.
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