Cathay Pacific opens yoga and meditation space at The Pier lounge

28 Jan 2019 by Craig Bright
Cathay Pacific - The Sanctuary

Visitors to Cathay Pacific’s The Pier business class lounge at Hong Kong International Airport can now treat themselves to a spot of yoga or meditation at The Sanctuary, a new dedicated space within the lounge.

The 700 sq ft space has been developed in partnership with fitness company The Pure Group, which operates multiple gym and yoga studios across Hong Kong. Guests can head to one of two areas within the space: The Body Sanctuary, for yoga; or The Mind Sanctuary, for meditation.

The former offers space for practicing yoga as well as guided videos led by instructors from Pure Yoga, though there are more secluded spaces for practicing by yourself. Chairs and stretching instructions are also available for those wishing to do seated stretching.

The Mind Sanctuary, meanwhile, offers a choice between “audio meditation” and “gazing meditation”. For audio meditation, guests can make use of one of four cushioned pods and listen to meditation sessions guided by Pure Yoga instructors using noise-cancelling headphones and iPads. Those preferring gazing meditation can sit at one of the cushions facing a graphic-covered wall.

Cathay Pacific - The Mind Sanctuary

Speaking about the new space, Gary Wise, regional marketing director of The Pure Group, said: “No matter how rushed the trip is, just a few minutes of calm can make all the difference”.

The Sanctuary is open to all guests of The Pier business class lounge. These include first and business class passengers on Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon-marketed flights; Diamond, Gold and Silver members of the airlines’ Marco Polo Club frequent flyer programme; and Sapphire and Emerald Oneworld members.

The space is the latest collaboration between Hong Kong’s flag carrier and The Pure Group. Last year, Cathay introduced a range of exclusive benefits with The Pure Group to top-tier Marco Polo Club members, including sign-up, trial and upgrade privileges.

In related news, fellow Oneworld carrier Qantas recently announced that onboard exercise space was among the top things customers wanted to see onboard its future ultra long-haul flights between the east coast of Australia and New York and London.

Also topping the list were “separation of experience” features such as virtual reality zones and audio mindfulness offerings, as well as an onboard café.

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