Attention passengers, those flying on Aircraft BNE405 to Los Angeles, your flight is currently delayed.Â Every traveler has heard those words at least once throughout their life. Your mind flashes toÂ what the next few hours might entail. A $10 bag of Peanut M&Mâ€™s, perhaps a stale egg sandwich,cramped and uncomfortable seats and the best? Restless children? For those in transit, this is aÂ 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. ThoseÂ traveling with babies can reserve and collect baby food and milk at a reasonable price as well asÂ entertainment, gifts, fashion, liquor and technology through their online store. Once youâ€™re atÂ Heathrow, the real fun begins. Terminal 5â€™s Heathrow Boutique offer complimentary personalÂ shoppers and Thomas Pink will iron your brand new suit and put it in a flight ready bag. You couldÂ 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 emergingÂ British artists. To put the cherry on top of a superb day of shopping, dine in at any one of the 105Â restaurants that Heathrow has on offer. Our pick? Gordon Ramsayâ€™s Plane Food restaurant â€“ watchÂ the chefs in their element, whipping up fresh cod and gnocchi through a glass-enclosed kitchen. Tip:Â Those looking to buy in Duty Free, head to the Heathrow website before you go to scoop up one ofÂ the many special offers available to flyers.
Changi Airport, Singapore
If thereâ€™s one word to describe Changi Airport, itâ€™s enchanting. This airport is for the child in all ofÂ us. Donâ€™t worry, no oneâ€™s judging you as you glide down a 40-ft slide in your business suit. Nor doesÂ anyone care that youâ€™re frolicking in the butterfly farm, because they are all doing the same. TakeÂ a breather in one of Changiâ€™s nature gardens, catch some Zâ€™s in their napping areas or rainforestÂ lounge, or freshen up in the showers and day spa. The facilities are endless with entertainmentÂ lounges, music bars, swimming pools and free movie theatres. Serious business services are notÂ forgotten here at Changi, there are 200 iPad agents, 550 internet terminals, free Wi-Fi, 856 free USBÂ ports and power sockets and multiple business centres. Tip for business travelers, team up withÂ a travel management company like FCm TravelÂ Management to utilise the best of these airport services.
Incheon International Airport, SeoulÂ
Entertainment is the key word at Incheon International Airport. Two movie theatres playingÂ 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 youâ€™re looking to getÂ away from the hustle and bustle, you can camp out in one of seven magical gardens or delight in theÂ impressive cultural centre with traditional music and dance performances. Massages, dry cleaning,Â free showers and free Wi-Fi are also on the long list of amenities available at Incheon InternationalÂ Airport.
The Munich Airport, Munich
While most airports arenâ€™t known for being cheap or delicious, The Munich Airport is exactly that.Â Itâ€™s the only airport in the world that has its own brewery and itâ€™s so good that even MÃ¼nchenersÂ go out to the airport just to pay it a visit. For those sick of falling asleep on benches, Munich hasÂ sleeping pods called Napcabs. These ingenious hideawayâ€™s feature a small couchette, a flat-screenÂ TV, desk and internet connection.
Hong Kong International Airport
To round up our top five, Hong Kong International, the worldâ€™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 itâ€™s the extras that will really keep you happy. HKIA has the worldâ€™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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