Airport layovers are generally known to be anything but fun. Reality is, coming from little ole’ New Zealand, they’re inevitable. However these stopovers don’t just need to be known for purgatory fast food consumption and uncomfort. Today, many airports have taken their services and amenities up a serious notch. In fact, some are so impressive, you may even find yourself choosing a flight with a layover. Take a look at our top 5 airports for layovers that are sure to keep you refreshed and entertained.
Singapore Changi International Airport (SIN)
With top notch amenities and entertainment like no other, Changi is a destination in itself that will leave you wishing you had more time. Changi is a nature lover’s paradise, with a rooftop cactus garden, sunflower garden, enchanted garden, Hello Kitty orchid garden and even a garden with over a thousand tropical butterflies! And it doesn’t just stop there… there are gaming stations, a free movie theatre, massage chairs, fish spa pedicures, napping rooms, a swimming pool, showers and the best part, a 12-metre twisty slide!
Hong Kong International Airport (HKG)
Hong Kong Airport takes entertainment to the next level by offering the world’s first airport IMAX theatre, enabling you to immerse in 3D films on the largest movie screen in Hong Kong. With an outdoor nine-hole golf course, a variety of iSports simulators and an aviation discovery centre, you’ll never find yourself bored. Not only does HKG pack a serious punch in the entertainment department, but it is the perfect airport to be in when the hunger strikes. There is a variety of amazing Michelin-starred and other restaurants worth a visit such as Hung's Delicacies and Tasty Congee & Noodle Wantun Shop.
Dubai International Airport (DXB)
Like everything else in Dubai, this airport is extravagant and unforgettable. With an expected 90 million passengers this year, DXB is only bound to become even more amazing as it expands. This airport is a shopaholic’s dream with the world’s largest duty free store at 58,000 square feet! After you’ve shopped up a storm, rent a Snoozecube, complete with a bed, for a nap before catching your next flight. With open-air gardens, a 24/7 G-Force gym with a pool and showers, the Al Majils VIP service and shops where you can purchase ACTUAL gold bars, this airport is most definitely as extravagant as they come and one to put on the list.
Seoul Incheon International Airport (ICN)
With two movie theatres, an ice skating rink, an 18-hole putting course and an impressive cultural centre, it’s easy to see why Incheon Airport is a favourite among travellers. Make Korean paper crafts and watch traditional performances over at the cultural centre or have a peaceful moment in one of their seven gardens. Fantastic amenities are on offer too including massages, dry cleaning, free showers, free Wi-Fi and free usage of laptops, making it a top pick particularly for business travellers.
San Francisco International Airport (SFO)
Travellers who spend their layover here will be pleasantly surprised by the variety of amenities on offer, including free WiFi, charging stations, express spas offering facials, massages, pedicures and manicures, free yoga rooms, relaxation rooms and kids play areas across the airport. Sporting a library and museums free of charge with aviation, cultural, historical and scientific exhibitions, it’s a great places to kill some time. The airport also places an emphasis on locally crafted food and drink, so you’ll be in for a true culinary experience.