Swanky shopping, gourmet dining, state-of-the-art entertainment, themed gardens galore and even something for the kids - all that you hope for in a destination but not what you would expect from an airport. Then again, Singapore Changi Airport is no ordinary airport.
Since its runways opened in 1981, it has been at the top of the game. With over 500 awards to its name, it is the most awarded airport in the world. In 2015 alone, Changi Airport has garnered 26 accolades to date including the most prestigious for the airport industry, Skytrax's World's Best Airport. This is the third year running and the sixth time it has secured that title.
Changi Airport is more than a gateway to adventure, it is an adventure in itself.
1. Extensive Connections Worldwide
When it comes to destinations, you're spoilt for choice. You can fly to 320 cities across 80 countries and territories. It's the most connected international airport in the world to Australia (covering eight cities) and one of the most connected in Southeast Asia to China (31 cities) and India (12 cities). You can reach nearly every continent in the world from this one stop.
Fly-cruise is another way to see the world from Singapore. It's hassle-free too, because you can check-in your luggage for your cruise right at the airport.
2. Plane-spotting Paradise
The airport serves over 100 airlines with 6,600 flights in and out each week. That's one takeoff or landing almost every 90 seconds. Any time of the day (or night), in whichever style you like (budget or all-out extravagant), there'll always be a flight for you.
3. Snug Sleeping Arrangements
Waiting for a flight and need some shut-eye? Changi Airport is the place to catch some Zs. After all, it officially recognized as the Best Airport for Sleeping by Sleepinginairports.net for 19 consecutive years!
There are free Snooze Lounges in quiet corners throughout the three terminals. These come with specially designed leather loungers with head and leg rests that allow you to recline and relax. Low-lit relaxation zones and armrest-free seats at the gates let you take power naps wherever you wait. Thoughtful touches like free massage chairs and easy chairs with mobile charging outlets let you and your devices recharge before the flight.
4. Gardens Galore
Giving visitors a taste of the Garden City, Singapore, there are five different gardens within the airport. First stop, the Orchid Garden, which features a koi pond and more than 700 of the national flower. Then, meander to the rooftop Sunflower Garden where 500 of the sunny blooms await. Try the world's first Butterfly Garden in an airport next. It's the first of its kind in an airport with 1,000 tropical butterflies from as many as 40 different species and a six-meter high waterfall. Follow this with a stroll through the Cactus Garden which has more than 100 species of Cactus and arid plants from the deserts and dry areas of Asia, Africa and America. Wrap up your adventure at the Enchanted Garden, an interactive garden of glass and mosaic sculptures that comes alive with lights and sounds as you walk through it.
5. Chic Shopping
The shoppers' paradise that is Singapore begins at Changi Airport boasting more than 350 retail and services outlets. Pick up cosmetics and perfumes at The Shilla Duty Free, and wines and spirits at DFS, both of which feature duplex spaces, a first in an airport worldwide.
There's even an e-portal, iShopChangi, which lets you shop online for a wide range of products while enjoying tax and duty savings. Take your pick with a click and collect your buys from the airport before you leave. With the airport's annual shop and win contest, 'Be a Changi Millionaire', you may even win a million Singapore dollars when you shop online.
6. Stimulating Art
Art aficionados be ready to be wowed by the world’s largest kinetic sculpture, Kinetic Rain. Comprising two sections with 1,216 polished copper raindrops, the moving sculpture is the centerpiece of the Terminal 1 departure hall. Enjoy the hypnotic hold of this massive art installation as the droplets dance in precisely choreographed movements to form 16 different shapes such as a hot air balloon, an airplane, a kite and even a dragon - all objects of flight.
On the digital front, The Social Tree at the transit area of Terminal 1 is the airport's largest interactive installation. The nearly nine-meter-tall structure has eight touch-screen photo booths that allow you to upload photos and videos onto the 64 giant high-definition screens that form its 360-degree crown. Check out your photo against various animated backgrounds that include a mystical forest and the Singapore skyline. Photos taken here can also be shared on Facebook or emailed.
7. Rejuvenating Indulgence
Before your flight, get loose and limber at the many spas that dot the terminals. Pamper yourself with nail care, foot reflexology, and massages. You can even take a dip at Terminal 1's rooftop pool.
If you want to squeeze in a quick workout, check out the gym at Terminal 2 (at the Ambassador Transit Hotel) or the fitness corner at Terminal 1 (at the Aerotel Transit Hotel) for some stress-relieving exercise.
8. Creative Family Fun
Keeping antsy young ones occupied is a breeze with all the family-friendly facilities. There are playgrounds right next to quick bites or rest areas so parents can chill while the little ones play nearby.
Speedsters will enjoy whizzing down the 12-meter The Slide@T3, the tallest indoor slide in Singapore, at a breakneck speed of six meters a second.
For the older kids or the young-at-heart, the Entertainment Deck at Terminal 2 is a one-stop multi-media center with Xbox 360 and Kinect stations for gamers and an MTV booth for music videos. In the same terminal is Xperience Zone where you can catch the latest sports events and other entertainment programs. Movie lovers can catch their favorite blockbusters at the Movie Theatre Terminals 2 and 3, that looks just a like a real cinema.