Attention passengers, those flying on Aircraft BNE405 to Los Angeles, your flight is currently delayed. Every traveler has heard those words at least once throughout their life. Your mind flashes to what the next few hours might entail. A $10 bag of Peanut M&M’s, perhaps a stale egg sandwich,cramped and uncomfortable seats and the best? Restless children? For those in transit, this is a conceivable reality … unless you are in one of these five utterly amazing airports.
Heathrow Airport, London
Heathrow Airport has got everyone in mind, from business travelers to families. Those traveling with babies can reserve and collect baby food and milk at a reasonable price as well as entertainment, gifts, fashion, liquor and technology through their online store. Once you’re at Heathrow, the real fun begins. Terminal 5’s Heathrow Boutique offer complimentary personal shoppers and Thomas Pink will iron your brand new suit and put it in a flight ready bag. You could spend hours sifting through 11,000-square-ft of the world most popular department store, Harrods.
For the culture-minded folk, you can revel in a stunning gallery showcasing sculptures by emerging British artists. To put the cherry on top of a superb day of shopping, dine in at any one of the 105 restaurants that Heathrow has on offer. Our pick? Gordon Ramsay’s Plane Food restaurant – watch the chefs in their element, whipping up fresh cod and gnocchi through a glass-enclosed kitchen. Tip: Those looking to buy in Duty Free, head to the Heathrow website before you go to scoop up one of the many special offers available to flyers.
Changi Airport, Singapore
If there’s one word to describe Changi Airport, it’s enchanting. This airport is for the child in all of us. Don’t worry, no one’s judging you as you glide down a 40-ft slide in your business suit. Nor does anyone care that you’re frolicking in the butterfly farm, because they are all doing the same. Take a breather in one of Changi’s nature gardens, catch some Z’s in their napping areas or rainforest lounge, or freshen up in the showers and day spa. The facilities are endless with entertainment lounges, music bars, swimming pools and free movie theatres. Serious business services are not forgotten here at Changi, there are 200 iPad agents, 550 internet terminals, free Wi-Fi, 856 free USB ports and power sockets and multiple business centres. Tip for business travelers, team up with a travel management company like FCm Travel Management to utilise the best of these airport services.
Incheon International Airport, Seoul
Entertainment is the key word at Incheon International Airport. Two movie theatres playing Korean and Hollywood blockbusters, an ice skating rink for the adrenaline seekers, an 18-hole mini-golf course are just some of the ways travelers enjoy their time in transit. If you’re looking to get away from the hustle and bustle, you can camp out in one of seven magical gardens or delight in the impressive cultural centre with traditional music and dance performances. Massages, dry cleaning, free showers and free Wi-Fi are also on the long list of amenities available at Incheon International Airport.
The Munich Airport, Munich
While most airports aren’t known for being cheap or delicious, The Munich Airport is exactly that. It’s the only airport in the world that has its own brewery and it’s so good that even Müncheners go out to the airport just to pay it a visit. For those sick of falling asleep on benches, Munich has sleeping pods called Napcabs. These ingenious hideaway’s feature a small couchette, a flat-screen TV, desk and internet connection.
Hong Kong International Airport
To round up our top five, Hong Kong International, the world’s best airport for two years running, really packs a punch. Located on the man-made island of Hong Kong Harbour, all the business and work facilities you could ever want or need are at your demand, but it’s the extras that will really keep you happy. HKIA has the world’s first IMAX theatre, an iSports simulator for car racing and basketball and an outdoor nine-hole golf course. Amongst the entertainment, you can seduce your tastebuds at HKIA’s Michelin star restaurants or try authentic cuisine at your favourite outpost.
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