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Here's why this incredible airport was named best in the world again

You’d almost fly there just to take a peek.

SINGAPORE’S CHANGI AIRPORT was just named the world’s best airport in 2015 by the World Airport Awards.

This is the third year that Changi took the top spot in Skytrax’s World Airport Awards, the most prestigious airport award in the industry.

Skytrax evaluates over 400 airports around the world for service, check-in, transfers, shopping, security, immigration, and more.

It’s no surprise that Changi took the number one spot. The international transit hub has incredible amenities, like a butterfly garden, rooftop pool, movie theatres, hotels, spas, and showers, and even a four-storey slide.

Business Insider visited the airport during a trip to Singapore a few years ago and had a chance to explore. The bottom line: This is a place where you’ll actually enjoy having a long layover.

The newest terminal, Terminal 3, was designed by CPG Consultants, in collaboration with Woodhead, Tierra Design and SOM, Bartenbach LichtLabor and Hugh Dutton & Associates.


Most passengers enter the airport at Terminal 3, which is where Singapore Airlines is based. At 380,000 sq. m., the terminal is spacious, with high ceilings and an open, airy feel.


There’s also a lush vertical garden here called the “Green Wall.” It has more than 20 varieties of plants, vines, and flowers growing on it.

You take a Skytrain to travel between terminals. 


Here’s the Balinese-themed outdoor rooftop pool, located in Terminal 1. Passengers can pay to use this pool for about $14. (It’s free for guests who are staying in the Ambassador Transit Hotel.)


You can watch planes take off and land directly from the pool garden.

The pool also has its own Tiki bar.


And its own fitness centre (along with locker rooms, where you can shower after).

Each terminal has an Ambassador Transit Hotel, where passengers can rent hotel rooms for a minimum of six hours — perfect if you’re exhausted and have a long layover. Room rates start at S$76 for a six-hour block and are charged hourly after that.

Rooms here look like normal hotel rooms, with two twin beds or one double bed, bathrooms, TVs, and desks. Some rooms have windows that look out onto the tarmac.

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The airport has a nature trail, which encourages passengers to go outdoors and breathe in fresh air while at the airport. There are five gardens in the airport, including a rooftop sunflower garden.


There’s even an enclosed butterfly garden — the first such garden in an airport — which is home to butterflies, flowers, lush greenery, and a six-metre (20-ft) waterfall.

Everything here is technologically savvy – even the bathrooms. Each bathroom has an electronic monitoring system where passengers can rate the cleanliness of the bathroom. If you’re not happy with the service, simply tap the frowny face on the touchscreen monitor.

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High-end designer shops, like Gucci, Burberry, and Hermes, keep shoppers occupied while they wait for their flights.

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If you go to the first-class lounge, you can have a buffet lunch.

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There are two movie theatres in the airport, which show a rotating roster of current movies.

It even has a four-storey, 40-ft. slide. If you spend $10 at any airport venue, you’re eligible to ride the slide.
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Photos: Chiangi Airport Group/Business Insider unless otherwise stated. Business Insider’s trip to Singapore, including travel and lodging expenses, was sponsored by the Singapore Tourism Board.

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