“It can hardly be a coincidence that no language on earth has ever produced the expression ‘as pretty as an airport’.

Douglas Adams

Douglas Adams was always big on hyperbole, but his description of airports is spot on. Damp carpets, grey walls, the sound of suitcase wheels dragging on autowalks, and that ubiquitous expression of exhaustion. Airports have always been the dullest part of travel.

But Changi Airport at Singapore is no ordinary airport. The best airport in the world for six years running and the recipient of nearly 600 awards is about to get much, much better.

Five years since the project first began, Jewel Changi Airport is finally ready to see the light of day on April 17, 2019. Spread across 137,000 square feet, Jewel is a stunning new addition that will house a hotel, art installations, gardens, retail and dining options and hundreds of attractions.

Jewel at Changi Airport via RSP Architects
Jewel at Changi Airport via RSP Architects

Jewel has been designed by Moshe Safdie, the brain behind another Singapore icon, Marina Bay Sands. Brace yourself for the same futuristic yet oddly inviting vibe that’s felt at the Sands. The glass and steel behemoth will hold the Rain Vortex, the world’s largest indoor waterfall, and a five-story high indoor garden called the Forest Valley.   

The Rain Vortex via Bloomberg
The Rain Vortex via Bloomberg

Kiddie Paradise at Jewel Changi

Passengers travelling with kids are in for a treat. The architects of Jewel have brought the city’s moniker of ‘City in a Garden’ to life with the Canopy Park. This 14000 sqm stretch of green has manicured lawns, topiaries and themed gardens that will spirit your jet lag away. The kids will love the slides, nets and mazes built across the park. The star of the show, however, is Foggy Bowls; mist-filled bowls that let your young ones feel like they are floating on clouds.

The Maze at Changi Airport via Straits Times
The Maze at Changi Airport via Straits Times

See also: The Essential Singapore Itinerary: 3 Days in the Lion City

Shopaholics Unite at Jewel Changi

If you couldn’t get your shopping fix on your Singapore trip, Jewel Changi offers 300 different avenues for retail therapy. Pay your respects to the gods of consumerism at the largest Nike store in Southeast Asia, Uniqlo, Muji, Coach, Zara and many more stores as well as more dining options than you can count. Jewel even has a 130-room hotel within the terminal operated by the international hospitality brand YOTEL. If you think you need another day to explore Jewel Changi Airport, you’re covered.

Beyond Jewel Changi: Top Things to See in Singapore

Singapore is, of course, more than its airport. The city has so much to offer to visitors and Changi Airport offers passengers bus tours of the city. Here’s a rundown of the top things to see in Singapore.

Singapore Flyer- A giant observation wheel that gives you spectacular views of the city.
Orchard Road: The city’s biggest shopping destination.
Orchard Road: The city’s biggest shopping destination. 
Merlion: For those instagram selfies.
Merlion: For those instagram selfies.
Little India: For temples and lip-smacking food

Chinatown: For more temples and bargains

Chinatown: For more temples and bargains
Gardens by the Bay: For the Supertrees!
Marina Bay Sands: Because no Singapore holiday would be complete without this one.
Marina Bay Sands: Because no Singapore holiday would be complete without this one.

If you needed another reason to visit Singapore, come April 17, you got one.

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