Written by Robert Upe
So much to enjoy, so little time. That’s the dilemma for busy business people staying in the luxury Dakota Wing at the Airways Hotel. There are three – yes, three – first-class lounges for guests to use on a complimentary basis. The lounges are called ‘Touch’, ‘Sound’ and ‘Sight’. The ‘Sight’ lounge, located on level three at the top of the wing, was recently rejuvenated, but no matter which lounge you choose you’ll be spoilt with stylish interiors and relaxed ambience. The lounges are a perfect place to unwind after a flight into Port Moresby, or a day of business meetings. The daily Martini Hour in the Sight lounge (it’s actually two hours, from 5 to 7pm) has become an essential Port Moresby experience. If you’re travelling solo, as many businesspeople do, it’s a good place to socialise with like-minded guests. You’ll be rubbing shoulders with CEOs, executives, industry leaders and even politicians. If you are lucky enough to be travelling with your partner, the Martini Hour is an indulgent way to start the evening, perhaps before you move on to the hotel’s numerous restaurants. The Martini Hour includes full bar service with wine, beer, spirits, cocktails and bubbly, of course. There’s a selection of hot-and-cold canapes, including sushi, seafood, dips, cheeses, pastries and Asian and Indian delights such as flavoursome mini spring rolls and curry puffs. The food is constantly replenished by the friendly and attentive staff who will also pour your drinks. The Sight lounge offers pastries in the morning, with freshly brewed coffee or tea, or you could, perhaps, start the day with a Champagne breakfast. At lunchtime, an antipasto spread is available with cuts of premium meat, cheeses, olives and more. The seating is comfortable (you’ll never want to leave), with plush sofas and chairs scattered around the lounges in small groupings. The ‘Touch’ lounge, on the first floor, is a giant games room, with a snooker table and chess set. One floor up you’ll find the ‘Sound’ lounge, which has a TV and lots of space for chatting and socialising.
The lounges are Wi-Fi enabled and there are airport and mountain views to soak in with your drink.