The most exciting and fun part about going to an airport is leaving it. An airport typically is akin to a train station or other transportation facility where it serves the function of "shuttling" us to our destinations and ensuring we are uncomfortable in the process.
Enter Singapore's Changi International Airport. An airport of a different kind. Since it opened its doors twenty years ago, Changi International has received 370 awards making it the "best" airport in the world.
The Wall Street Journal did a piece about the airports luxury features, those that are sometimes though not always found in Airline membership cliubs, that are available to all travelers:
- A room to nap for 3 hours will cost you $23
- There are premium bars, work desks and free Internet services
- A shower will cost you $6 that includes fresh flowers in your bathroom and touch screens that allow you to send text messages to alerts that you happen to have run out of soap, toilet paper or need some other assistance
- Clean feet tanks. Place your feet into a a tank where small fish eat off the dead skin. This skin removal experience will run you $17 for 20 minutes.
- Swimming pool access costs $11 or it is free if you are staying at an airport hotel
- A free bus tour of Singapore with the advantage that ther is no need for you to clear immigration. They keep your passport so you have to come back.
- Movie theaters with aisles that have plenty of room for your suitcase.
- A butterfly garden where you can relax and get away from an already soothing airport experience
- 750,000 square feet of retail shopping areas that include things from grocery stores to a dry cleaners, dental center to fertility treatments.
- The airport's private "Jet Quay" terminal features such amenities as plane-side limo service.
The airport proves that it isn't the size that matters as it is smaller than New York's JFK and larger than Houston's Bush International. For more on this exemplary airport visit the WSJ to see photos of these outstanding amenities.