Singapore Flight Hub Reviews
What is all the buzz about?
Singapore’s Changi Airport Hub has more features than most small towns–from Gardens to Pools, from movie theatres to a giant four-story slide, and a 20 ft. waterfall— it’s no wonder they have won Best airport in the world for the last three years by SkyTrax. This prestigious award is a people’s choice award, so the passengers that have visited Changi voted it as No. 1! Not only is the airport fitted with the best features, they do a lot of business, too…about 53.7 Million passengers passed through Singapore’s Changi Airport in 2014. That’s about a plane landing or taking off every 90 seconds!
Changi’s Transit Hub has an enclosed butterfly garden that features a 20 ft. waterfall, and an outdoor rooftop-sunflower garden with a nature trail, and apparently three other gardens too! A roof-top pool is available at terminal 1 and only costs about $14 (free if you are staying at the attached Ambassador Transit Hotel). Enjoy the views of the airplanes taking off and landing from the Tiki bar next to the pool.
Each of the terminals has an Ambassador Transit Hotel which is convenient for passengers that just want to sleep for a few hours prior to their connecting flight. They rent rooms for a minimum of 6 hours—but rooms are available for longer if you like. These rooms are not very expensive either, about $75 to start, double occupancy. This is well worth the price to get some sleep while waiting to make a connection. The exercise room in the Ambassador Hotel rivals any swanky hotel and features exercise bikes, treadmills, mirrors, and TV screens.
One of the doldrums about traveling is the competition for the few power outlets at the airport. Are you tired of huddling around power outlets with 80 other people waiting to charge your phone? Or hunting down someone to give you the password to the airport’s WiFi service? Not at Changi. There are phone charging stations with locking doors, sort of like small lockers in a gym. So you don’t even have to wait! Put your phone in a locker and go do something else. Free internet is also available at walk up self-serve stations located in certain places within the airport, too. So you can keep in touch with co-workers and family while traveling.
First Class features a buffet with delicious foods but there are also restaurants and bars on the main floors as well. Tired of eating, shopping and walking but not yet ready to sleep? No problem. You can take in a movie at one of Changi’s airport movie theatres. These theatres rotate movies that are currently playing at the box office. Are you ready for the best part? They are FREE!
Kids also have a lot of choices to keep them busy at Changi Airport. Besides the gardens and the pool, a huge four-story, 40 ft. slide is begging for your attention. It’s a large half metal half plexiglass monstrosity that looks like a giant serpent and kids can’t resist. Honestly, neither can the adults. Spend $10 at any venue in the airport and you’ll be eligible to ride the slide for free.
The airport strives to make travel a relaxing experience with spas that offer reflexology, massage and foot and calf massages throughout the airport. The airport hub itself is an amazing piece of architecture that somehow blends modern building materials with nature. There are palm trees growing inside the airport and fern covered walls. There are art exhibits that move like the Kinetic Rain Sculpture in Terminal 1, hypnotizing the viewer into relaxation. Even the seating areas are designed with cushy chairs surrounding TVs, which are arranged a little bit like home. There are also free sleep zones where you can lay down and relax—in reclining chairs meant for sleeping. How many times have you just wanted to lay down while traveling? Changi has you covered! Just don’t miss your flight.
A Skytrain takes passengers between terminals quickly and efficiently. If you have time you can take a 35 minute ride on the Skytrain and view the airport from the outside. The ride is not only a must for architecture aficionados but its air conditioned, too!
The airport concession area is 70,000 square miles with 350 retail stores and over 120 food and beverage establishments. High end retail such as Gucci, Hugo Boss, Prada, Shanghai Tang, Hermes, Barberry and Bottega Vaneta. There are also plentiful duty free shops with liquor, and perfume.
The crown jewel at the Singapore Changi is the JetQuay Terminal. This luxurious state of the art terminal built in 2006 serves businesses and individuals looking for a little more in a travel experience. JetQuay is a private jet terminal (also available to any passenger from any terminal on any airline in any class). JetQuay Terminal features showers, complimentary food and beverage, and nap rooms. JetQuay include an outdoor patio where guests can enjoy a beverage, some sunshine or a meal. The very best part? Complimentary parking for drive up customers and a limousine service available to take passengers to and from their jets-impress your guests with this signature feature.
What more could you want from JetQuay? How about immigration clearance where you don’t have to wait in a huge long line? Then your wish is Changi’s command. JetQuay Terminal has a dedicated immigration clearance as well as a dedicated airline check-in so no matter what flight you are on, you will be on time and refreshed.
JetQuay also manages The Haven at the Singapore Changi hub, located in Terminal 3. The Haven is the only pay-per-use area inside the public area of the airport. The Haven includes shower facilities, work areas for business travelers, a quiet zone nap area, cable TV and internet. Prices start at $16 for a shower and go up from there. If you’d like a Lounge package, prices range from $35 to $70 and range from 2 to 8 hours. Lounge Packages include a shower, meal, and use of the lounge facilities. The Nap Room Packages start with a minimum of three hours and $41 to a maximum of 8 hours and $76. Nap Room Packages include the room with cable TV and LAN access and a private small suite with bed. They also include a shower, meal and use of the Lounge. Prices shown are for adults, but child prices are also available. To ensure The Haven has a room for you, make sure to book your reservation in advance, as the number of rooms are limited.