There’s more to the renowned Changi Airport than just world-class flights and duty-free shopping (although those are extraordinary, too). Here are some not-to-be-missed insider experiences the next time you find yourself with time to waste before your flight. One thing’s for sure: Your next layover at Singapore Changi Airport will be far from boring.
Sing, Dance, Play, and More
If you’re a gaming buff or a movie addict, you might just spend your entire layover chilling at the Entertainment Deck. This interactive entertainment space is equipped with a Xbox Kinect room, an MTV booth, a movie theatre, and more. You head in for a high-tech workout session with Kinect Sports, but you’ll stay to catch up on the latest music videos, where you’re pleased to find high-quality sounds piped directly into your state-of-the-art seat.
Ride Down Singapore’s Tallest Slide
Funny how the country’s tallest slide should be found at the airport, rather than an intricate playground or recreational space. Not that you’ll be complaining—zooming down The Slide@T3 provides a good adrenaline rush during your layover at Singapore Changi Airport! Plus, it’s probably the fastest way to travel four storeys down; that is, if sliding down at speeds of up to 6 metres per second is your preferred mode of transport.
Let Fish Nibble at Your Feet
Airport Wellness Oasis at the East Lounge of Terminal 1 offers quick pampering treats for travellers who are short on time. At the fish spa, dip your feet into the refreshing pool of fish and watch as they nibble away to smooth your feet. If that’s not up your alley, opt for one of the more conventional massage sessions instead. They offer everything from foot reflexology to Thai yoga and hot stone massages. And ladies, you can get a relaxing mani and pedi while you’re there, too.
Enjoy Elite VIP Service at JetQuay CIP Terminal
This exclusive terminal provides upscale services for any passenger travelling in any class arriving or departing out of terminals 1, 2, or 3. Let the Guest Relations Officer handle your check-in and baggage while you enjoy the facilities in the JetQuay CIP terminal. Enjoy a hot shower, cable television, and of course, free Internet access. Tired from your travels? Simply lounge in one of the many mid-century armchairs and take in the contemporary art instead.
Take a Quick Dip
Don’t put your swim suit in your checked luggage! You’re stuck at the airport for a layover with no time to explore Singapore, so head to the pool at Terminal 1 to enjoy the tropical sun as much as you can before your flight. This rooftop oasis is the perfect relaxation spot to take a dip and have a drink by the pool, or slap on some sunblock and enjoy a quick tanning session while watching the planes in the sky. Without the luxury of time to discover the city, the least you can do is to soak up as much of the tropical sunlight as possible, right?
Stroll Through Gardens, Gardens, and More Gardens
Perhaps a reflection of Singapore’s “Green City” image, there are more than enough gardens for nature-lovers to explore at Changi Airport. There’s the colourful Butterfly Garden, the elaborate Cactus Garden, the cheery Sunflower Garden, the iconic Orchid Garden, and an absolute must-see: the magical Enchanted Garden, which provides an interactive sensory experience like no other. Equipped with motion sensors, this magical space comes to life with every step you take, surrounding you with sparkling lights, blooming flowers, and the sounds of nature.
Share Your Memories
You walk along Terminal 1 and your eyes are drawn to a flashy digital structure. It’s The Social Tree, with 64 high-definition television screens that provide a vivid 360-degree display of the moments captured by travellers’ at Singapore Changi Airport. This social memory capsule of sorts enables travellers to share their experiences and retrieve their photos and videos during their next visit. While you’re there, head into the booths to take a selfie to send to your friends.