Travellers love Changi Airport, regularly giving it awards for best airport in the region and even the world. Getting in and out of Changi is fast, efficient and very calm (it is one of the few airports around the world that does not have boarding announcements), but it is more than these things that makes Singapore’s airport a success. Changi Airport exudes a warm character that is synonymous with Singapore. Thousands of butterflies greet you in the idyllic two-storey Butterfly Garden, one of five specialty gardens throughout the airport reflecting Singapore’s “Garden City” tag. Passengers can take leisurely strolls amongst nature-themed spots that feature koi fish, orchids and sunflowers, or have a pre-flight drink at the famous Cactus Garden where you sit on the plein air terrace in the tropical warmth and watch the planes fly overhead.
Changi can also entertain you – with two movie theatres and endless other diversions – or chill you out – with dedicated snooze areas across all three terminals for you to stretch out on chaises for as long as you like.
Changi Airport’s best innovations are thoughtful and considerate, with free foot-massage machines along every concourse and with more than 160 dining outlets, Changi is also a terrific airport for eating, featuring local specialties such as Hainanese chicken rice and Singapore chilli crab. If you are looking for a watering hole to wind down with a pint of Tiger Beer, there are bars, both indoors and outdoors, across the airport’s three terminals.
Most people want to get in and out of an airport as fast as they can, but Changi’s greatest achievement may be that you actually might want to linger here and enjoy the ambience. Many locals do, making weekend pilgrimages to Changi just to hang out. Now how many airports around the world can say that?