We all know the holiday starts when you’re at the airport, but who knew that could be part of the fun?
We can end up spending a lot of time in airports with delays, connections and just arriving too early. But it doesn’t always have to seem like a chore. We’ve rounded up the best airports in the world that make the wait a little easier.
We must warn you; you may be so engrossed in the incredible facilities of these airports that you’ll have to run across 2 terminals to catch your flight.
The long list of amenities on offer plays a huge role in making this airport what it is. Not only does it boast over 2 dozen lounges, but passengers can catch the latest blockbuster movies in not one, but two free movie theatres, take a dip in the rooftop pool or find serenity in the on-site flower garden. You can admire the beauty in art and nature with the art installations, or head to the foggy bowls and let your little ones play amongst the clouds. You can even gaze at the world’s tallest indoor waterfall or enter the world’s first mirror maze within a garden setting. It really is incredible.
Recharge in the recreation area where you can lean back, read a book or catch up on emails in a lounge chair. Special lighting creates a restful atmosphere so your time here can be spent on wellness or working. For duty-free, you can head to over 150 shops and service facilities to find souvenirs or the latest fashion designs. Kinderland is a place where children can let off steam; they can play, climb, slide or draw with trained childcare specialists on hand to ensure the little ones have an unforgettable adventure. If the children are happy, then we’re happy.
Auckland, New Zealand
Kia Ora! This major gateway features cultural attractions with a meeting spot called a Mare, which features intricate Maori carvings and textiles paying homage to the country. The most interesting aspect is the airport’s green initiatives, the roof is made up of solar panels that power lights and public toilets, as well as a rainwater catchment system that recycles water for use in the arrival’s air conditioning.
Hamad International, Doha
Head to the Vitality Wellbeing and Fitness Centre to find a swimming pool, hydrotherapy tub, gym and squash courts to burn off any extra energy while you wait, or perhaps treat yourself to a spa treatment where you can enjoy an anti-jet lag massage. You can even find quiet rooms for some peace and quiet before a flight, they offer a calm and softly lit ambience accompanied by comfortable recliners to read, rest or take a nap. The terminal showcases a host of fascinating art, curated in partnership with Qatar Museums which combines perfectly the airport’s vision for culture to be a central and enriching part of our environment.
San Francisco, USA
This airport is a haven for families, kid spots are available around the terminals, as well as the Aviation Museum and Library, a Video Arts Room and SFO Museum exhibits. You can also find yoga rooms in terminal 2 and 3, which is greatly welcomed when you’ve been cooped up on a plane for hours. Their nap rooms offer up shower facilities, toiletries and ironing facilities available 24-hours a day. If that’s not enough, treat yourself at the XpresSpa and indulge in one of the many treatments available.
This airport even has its very own hotel, where you can find the G-Force Health Club and get some laps in the pool, relax in the jacuzzi or sauna or pass time with a game of billiards. The family zone will keep children and adults entertained featuring a playground with rides, comfortable seats and a huge screen to watch videos and live events. Why not try out sleep ‘n fly, where ‘igloo’ style pods inspired by Scandinavia provide an oasis of relaxation for a one-hour power nap to an entire night’s sleep. They even offer double cabins with pull-out kid’s beds. You can even find complimentary shower facilities dotted around Terminal 3 to freshen up.
Let your Personal Travel Consultant plan your next trip, even down to the activities at the airport.