By Jen Rasmussen
International Marketing Manager at Virtuoso, Ltd.
There’s no better way to make an entrance into bustling Hong Kong than on a brand new Boeing 777-300ER plane, straight from the factory.
Cathay Pacific recently purchased its 18th Boeing 777-300ER, and they invited a group of Virtuoso members and staff to come along on the delivery flight. Together with a small group of other VIPs, we celebrated the new aircraft with a private party at Seattle’s Museum of Flight and took a behind-the-scenes tour of the Boeing factory before being whisked away to Hong Kong on the sparkling new plane, with a champagne toast, of course.
The new plane boasts super-private business class cabins. We previewed all of the great amenities available while flying in comfort—fully flat beds (complete with massage function), delicious American and Asian menu selections, a 15 inch flat screen television with hundreds of entertainment choices, mood lighting, noise canceling headphones, and, of course, Cathay Pacific’s legendary service.
12 short hours later we landed in warm, humid Hong Kong—a welcome respite from the cold rain of Seattle. We were met by the friendly staff of The Upper House, a new boutique hotel tucked away high above the city’s famous Pacific Place shopping center.
The hotel is truly an oasis from the hectic bustle of the city. Designed by Andre Fu, the Upper House is swathed in rich bamboo, a neutral color palate, and beautiful artwork around every corner. The hotel offers the biggest standard staterooms in Hong Kong, beginning at 730 square feet, and each room offers stunning floor-to-ceiling views of either the island or the harbor.
Our very short trip felt infinitely long because of the casual luxury of The Upper House, and the comfort of flying with Cathay Pacific, and on our last night in Hong Kong, not even the rain could get us down as we dined on signature dishes from famed chef Gray Kunz and watched the spectacle of the nightly Hong Kong light show through the restaurant’s 49th floor panoramic windows.