When we think about the myriad of offerings at Changi Airport, the first things that come to mind are attractions such as the alluring gardens, stunning art installations located across the terminals or perhaps the Rain Vortex in Jewel.
But beyond these places that we know and love, we tend to overlook an essential part of the Changi Experience - toilets. Studies have shown that a person spends an average of nearly three hours a week, or 45 days a year in toilets. That’s an awful lot of time to spend cooped up in a small cubicle!
So we took it upon ourselves to answer the call of duty (and while we are at it, nature) to find the most unique washrooms in Changi to complete your #ChangiExperience. Here’s a look at five of them.
1. Admire the majestic view of the tarmac at these toilets in Terminal 1
Swap the usual plain view for a unique plane view only at this toilet in Terminal 1. Four special urinals in the men’s toilet provide an extraordinary view of the airside where you can watch aircraft land and take off, all while answering the call of nature.
This is probably the only toilet in Singapore where you can watch planes take off while you answer the call of nature!
This strangely therapeutic experience guarantees that you’ll find yourself unwittingly spending more time in the toilet than you normally do.
For the ladies, freshen up at the dressing tables located in the washroom and at the same time, enjoy the view of the airside through the mirror. The natural light filtering in does wonders for selfies and is also great for applying your makeup!
Freshen up with the view of planes in your mirror.
Location: Terminal 1, Level 2, Departure Transit Lounge, near The Social Tree
2. Freshen up in style in a designated powder room at Terminal 3
A spacious powder room is conveniently located within this toilet in Terminal 3. With plenty of dressing tables equipped with bright lights, comfortable chairs and facial tissues, it is the perfect place to get your makeup on point in between or before flights. Hidden behind a set of curtains is also a dressing room where you can change into a fresh set of clothes!
Because one must always look flawless even when you’re on-the-go.
If you’re seeking for some respite from the crowds in the terminal, the lounge chairs positioned in the powder room are also an excellent option for you to take a rest or even a quick power nap. The best part is - no men are allowed!
A cosy set of lounge chairs await you in the powder room.
Location: Terminal 3, Level 2, Departure Transit Lounge South
3. Reconnect with Singapore’s rich history at this Peranakan-themed toilet in Terminal 4
Take a step into this Peranakan-themed toilet and you’ll find yourself instantly transported to the set of The Little Nyonya.
Peranakan tiles line the entire toilet.
Intricately designed ceramic tiles on display at the entrance of the toilet.
Nestled in a corner of Terminal 4, known as the Heritage Zone, the toilet features intricate Peranakan tiles and beautiful porcelain pots (also known as Nyonyaware), complete with all the modern amenities you’ll expect in a washroom.
Old meets new - the Peranakan-themed washrooms are one of the hottest photo spots!
The bathroom adds to the charm of the Heritage Zone where you can discover elaborately designed shophouse façades reminiscent of Katong, Joo Chiat and Chinatown, while enjoying a cultural mini-theatre show on an LED screen disguised as part of the shophouses.
Peranankan and pera-makan comes together at the Heritage Zone.
Location: Terminal 4, Level 2, Departure Transit Lounge, beside Texas Chicken
4. Feel like royalty in this posh marble toilet in Terminal 4
Add a touch of class to your Changi itinerary with a visit to this chic washroom before your flight. Fully adorned in marble accents and ambient lighting, this Rolls-Royce of toilets will fit comfortably into any six star hotels around the world.
Classy white marble galore with a full-length mirror to boot!
A posh washing area with mirrors and sinks in a toilet at Changi Airport
And of course, no respectable toilet can consider itself luxurious without electronic bidets! These are equipped in every cubicle and will give the ones in Japan a run for their money.
The adventure doesn’t end when you leave the toilet. Step out and you’ll immediately spot the wine red lounge chairs in front of elegant marble walls. Sink into the comfortable chairs and whip out your camera for a final shot for the gram.
An entrance Posh Spice would be proud of.
Location: Terminal 4, Level 2, Departure Transit Lounge, near Steel in Bloom
5. Take a shot for the gram with a floral wall in this toilet in Jewel
Life is indeed a bed (or wall) of roses in this gem of a toilet at Jewel! Made with fresh, real flowers such as roses, gerberas and hydrangeas, this stunning floral wall is undoubtedly the star of the show in this washroom.
It feels almost criminal not to take a photo in this toilet!
This washroom is one of its kind in Jewel. Even the entrance looks like it’s made for the gram with a floral wreath and a gorgeous marble bench to boot, making it even harder to resist the temptation to snap a few more photos before leaving the toilet.
We guarantee you’ll never see toilets the same way again from this point onwards.
Location: Jewel Changi Airport, Level 1, beside Rich and Good Cake Shop
There’s just no shortage of unique things to experience and explore at Changi Airport - even the toilets! While you’re here, remember to also take a breather at the many cafes Changi has to offer or refuel at these wallet-friendly dining options.