Review: Cathay Dragon A321 Business Class Haikou to Hong Kong

Haikou Airport’s non-domestic terminal consists exclusively of bus gates. As is the case with bus gates all around the world, while you get priority bus boarding, it’s essentially a free-for-all when you get to the gate.

At Haikou, Cathay Dragon boards all Marco Polo members, oneworld Elites and Business Class passengers at the same time, which, as usual, consisted of half of the plane.

IMG_9465Cathay Dragon Haikou Airport Bus Gate

We were bussed to our remote stand, where there was a massive crowd waiting to board. After another superficial boarding pass check, we were directed up the airstairs.

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Review: British Airways Galleries Lounge Munich Airport

Introduction: 20,000+ Kilometers In Three Days
Virgin Atlantic 787 Premium Economy Hong Kong to London Heathrow
How Is It Like Staying At An Imperial College Dormitory?
Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse London Heathrow Airport
Virgin Atlantic 787 Premium Economy London Heathrow to Hong Kong
Qatar Airways 787 Business Class Hong Kong to Doha
Qatar Airways Al Mourjan Lounge Doha Airport
Qatar Airways A350 Business Class Doha to Munich
Hotel Bayerischer Hof Lindau
Hotel Kempinski Berchtesgaden
Mandarin Oriental Munich
British Airways Galleries Lounge Munich Airport
Qatar Airways A350 Business Class Munich to Doha
Al Maha Lounge Doha Airport
Qatar Airways 787 Business Class Doha to Hong Kong


After a great few days in Munich, it was time to say goodbye. Our driver Henry drove us to Munich, where he dropped us off at Terminal 1. The terminal looks nice enough from the outside, with a semi-enclosed driveway containing lots of natural light.

Munich Airport Terminal 1 Exterior

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Review: Haikou Airport HNA First Class Lounge

My father and I arrived at Haikou Airport’s international terminal after spending fifteen minutes trying to explain to our taxi driver that Cathay Dragon was an airline from Hong Kong and there was a separate terminal for Hong Kong departures.

IMG_9456Cathay Dragon Haikou Airport Business Class/Marco Polo Check-In 

There was no one in the priority line and we checked in quickly. The slightly cold agent also informed us of our upgrade to Business Class due to overbooking in Economy. We were then sent on our way through Haikou Airport’s confusing airport security process.

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Review: The Ritz-Carlton Haikou

Booking The Hotel

My father and I decided to take a trip to Haikou to play some golf, so we started looking for hotels. Seeing that there was a brand new Ritz-Carlton in Haikou’s Mission Hills golfing complex, we found a nice package that included buffet breakfast for two people as well as a one-way car transfer on their website and decided to bit the bullet. Overall, the stay cost CNY2342, which I’d say is actually a half decent deal.

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Review: Mandarin Oriental Munich

Introduction: 20,000+ Kilometers In Three Days
Virgin Atlantic 787 Premium Economy Hong Kong to London Heathrow
How Is It Like Staying At An Imperial College Dormitory?
Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse London Heathrow Airport
Virgin Atlantic 787 Premium Economy London Heathrow to Hong Kong
Qatar Airways 787 Business Class Hong Kong to Doha
Qatar Airways Al Mourjan Lounge Doha Airport
Qatar Airways A350 Business Class Doha to Munich
Hotel Bayerischer Hof Lindau
Hotel Kempinski Berchtesgaden
Mandarin Oriental Munich
British Airways Galleries Lounge Munich Airport
Qatar Airways A350 Business Class Munich to Doha
Al Maha Lounge Doha Airport
Qatar Airways 787 Business Class Doha to Hong Kong


The Mandarin Oriental Munich is housed inside a building that served as the city's opera house in 1880. In 1990 it was taken down, and was purchased by a hotelier that converted the building into the Hotel Rafael. The building was acquired by Mandarin Oriental in 2000, who has managed the hotel since then, with a minor refurbish completed in 2015.

I've stayed at the Mandarin Oriental Taipei before, though as far as I can remember that was the first Mandarin Oriental I've stayed at. I thoroughly enjoyed my stay, though it certainly wasn't the most memorable stay I've had in my life (which is fine – the price point wasn't high at the time). The Mandarin Oriental Munich admittedly is part of a much more highly priced hotel market (the Kempinski was going at ~HK$3000, and the Westin was going at ~HK$2500 for our dates), though it was 600 EUR (~HK$5,520) per room per night, so I was interested to see how the hotel measured up. Personally, I was skeptical if an entry level room here was really worth that much, though due to how the cost of our other hotel stays during this trip worked out, we were able to get our stay under our final budget, so I was happy to try out the property as a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Mandarin Oriental Munich Entrance

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Review: Hotel Kempinski Berchtesgaden

Introduction: 20,000+ Kilometers In Three Days
Virgin Atlantic 787 Premium Economy Hong Kong to London Heathrow
How Is It Like Staying At An Imperial College Dormitory?
Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse London Heathrow Airport
Virgin Atlantic 787 Premium Economy London Heathrow to Hong Kong
Qatar Airways 787 Business Class Hong Kong to Doha
Qatar Airways Al Mourjan Lounge Doha Airport
Qatar Airways A350 Business Class Doha to Munich
Hotel Bayerischer Hof Lindau
Hotel Kempinski Berchtesgaden
Mandarin Oriental Munich
British Airways Galleries Lounge Munich Airport
Qatar Airways A350 Business Class Munich to Doha
Al Maha Lounge Doha Airport
Qatar Airways 787 Business Class Doha to Hong Kong


The Hotel Kempinski Berchtesgaden opened in 2005 and was managed by InterContinental for ten years, before being acquired by Kempinski. I had heard many good things about the hotel, so I was incredibly excited to have the opportunity to check it out for myself. The Kempinski can be seen from the Eagle’s Nest, and is shaped like somewhat of a horseshoe.

Hotel Kempinski Berchtesgaden Exterior

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Review: Hotel Bayerischer Hof Lindau

Introduction: 20,000+ Kilometers In Three Days
Virgin Atlantic 787 Premium Economy Hong Kong to London Heathrow
How Is It Like Staying At An Imperial College Dormitory?
Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse London Heathrow Airport
Virgin Atlantic 787 Premium Economy London Heathrow to Hong Kong
Qatar Airways 787 Business Class Hong Kong to Doha
Qatar Airways Al Mourjan Lounge Doha Airport
Qatar Airways A350 Business Class Doha to Munich
Hotel Bayerischer Hof Lindau
Hotel Kempinski Berchtesgaden
Mandarin Oriental Munich
British Airways Galleries Lounge Munich Airport
Qatar Airways A350 Business Class Munich to Doha
Al Maha Lounge Doha Airport
Qatar Airways 787 Business Class Doha to Hong Kong


For the first two nights we were booked into the Bayerischer Hof hotel, which is generally known as one of the best hotels in the area. Judging the prices that I outlined in the introduction, we seemed to be charged a substantial amount for our two nights at the Bayerischer Hof. I wasn’t thrilled about that, but it was a decision that my parents made, so I figured they’d have good reason behind that.

We pulled over across the Bayerischer Hof at around 4:30 PM after stopping by for lunch at Ammersee on the way from Munich Airport. The exterior of the hotel seems like it had been recently repainted, since it looked rather fresh for such an old hotel.

Hotel Bayerischer Hof Lindau Exterior

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Review: Qatar Airways A350 Business Class Doha to Munich

Introduction: 20,000+ Kilometers In Three Days
Virgin Atlantic 787 Premium Economy Hong Kong to London Heathrow
How Is It Like Staying At An Imperial College Dormitory?
Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse London Heathrow Airport
Virgin Atlantic 787 Premium Economy London Heathrow to Hong Kong
Qatar Airways 787 Business Class Hong Kong to Doha
Qatar Airways Al Mourjan Lounge Doha Airport
Qatar Airways A350 Business Class Doha to Munich
Hotel Bayerischer Hof Lindau
Hotel Kempinski Berchtesgaden
Mandarin Oriental Munich
British Airways Galleries Lounge Munich Airport
Qatar Airways A350 Business Class Munich to Doha
Al Maha Lounge Doha Airport
Qatar Airways 787 Business Class Doha to Hong Kong


Qatar Airways Flight 57
Wednesday, July 19, 2017
Origin: Doha (DOH) Gate: A9 Dep: 07:20 (07:20)
Destination: Munich (MUC) Gate: B12 Arr: 12:30 (12:15)
Duration: 6 h 10 min (5 h 55 min)
Aircraft: Airbus A350-900
Seat: 5K (Business Class)

I boarded through the forward door into Qatar Airways’ stunning leased A350 cabin, owned by LATAM.

Qatar Airways Airbus A350-900 Leased Business Class Cabin

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Review: Qatar Airways Al Mourjan Lounge Doha Airport

Introduction: 20,000+ Kilometers In Three Days
Virgin Atlantic 787 Premium Economy Hong Kong to London Heathrow
How Is It Like Staying At An Imperial College Dormitory?
Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse London Heathrow Airport
Virgin Atlantic 787 Premium Economy London Heathrow to Hong Kong
Qatar Airways 787 Business Class Hong Kong to Doha
Qatar Airways Al Mourjan Lounge Doha Airport
Qatar Airways A350 Business Class Doha to Munich
Hotel Bayerischer Hof Lindau
Hotel Kempinski Berchtesgaden
Mandarin Oriental Munich
British Airways Galleries Lounge Munich Airport
Qatar Airways A350 Business Class Munich to Doha
Al Maha Lounge Doha Airport
Qatar Airways 787 Business Class Doha to Hong Kong


Our Qatar Airways flight let out directly into the departures area, which I wasn’t expecting. We found ourselves following signage directly to the A gates.

Doha Hamad Airport Departures Area

Soon we found ourselves in Doha Airport’s impressive atrium, housing the 6.8-million-dollar teddy bear. From there we started spotting signage towards Qatar Airways’ Al Mourjan business class lounge, which I followed (my parents wanted to do some duty-free shopping, so I figured I might as well take a photo or 93, and we’d meet up after).

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Review: Qatar Airways 787 Business Class Hong Kong to Doha

Introduction: 20,000+ Kilometers In Three Days
Virgin Atlantic 787 Premium Economy Hong Kong to London Heathrow
How Is It Like Staying At An Imperial College Dormitory?
Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse London Heathrow Airport
Virgin Atlantic 787 Premium Economy London Heathrow to Hong Kong
Qatar Airways 787 Business Class Hong Kong to Doha
Qatar Airways Al Mourjan Lounge Doha Airport
Qatar Airways A350 Business Class Doha to Munich
Hotel Bayerischer Hof Lindau
Hotel Kempinski Berchtesgaden
Mandarin Oriental Munich
British Airways Galleries Lounge Munich Airport
Qatar Airways A350 Business Class Munich to Doha
Al Maha Lounge Doha Airport
Qatar Airways 787 Business Class Doha to Hong Kong


Unfortunately I got rather sick during my “layover” back home, which meant that by the time I got to the airport I had completely screwed up my body clock. I got to the airport at around 10 PM feeling groggy and in need of a shower, so I decided to get one at The Pier, which I had access to as a oneworld business class passenger. I originally planned to re-review The Pier as I’d heard that the lounge had a lot of wear and tear by then, but it was good as new and as great a lounge as I’d remembered, so I won’t be reviewing it again.

Cathay Pacific The Pier Business Class Lounge Hong Kong

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