At your next layover, skip searching “Things to do in Changi Airport” and take a trip down to the swimming pool at Aerotel in Terminal 1. For those looking for a change of pace from their usual travel routine, come down to fit in a 20-lap workout - or simply lay back and unwind. Here’re 7 ways to have your best time, pre-flight!
1. Bask in the tropical sun
After being stuck indoors for hours, there’s no better way to get some fresh air and enjoy the sun than lazing on the lounge chairs at the Aerotel swimming pool. Besides getting gorgeous sun-kissed skin, clock in your daily dose of Vitamin D while you’re at it!
Remember to apply sunscreen for protection against harmful UV rays.
2. Fit a workout in
What better way to limber up and stretch those sore limbs after a long-haul flight than a few laps in the pool? If that isn't enough of a stretch, there's always the Exercise Corner (opens 12:00pm-10:00pm daily) right next door: equipped with dumbbells, a stationary bicycle and treadmill, there's everything a fitness junkie needs to keep fit on the go.
3. Enjoy some hydrotherapy
For those who prefer something more relaxing, there is also a Jacuzzi available at the pool that can help to ease your tense muscles. Leave the stress of travelling behind and take a long soak in the jacuzzi.
4. Watch planes take off
Strategically located overlooking the tarmac, simply sit back, relax and enjoy watching planes take off as you take a dip in the pool or lounge on a lounge chair.
5. Unwind with a drink on hand
With a pool side bar located just beside the pool, hydration options are aplenty with a wide range of non-alcoholic and alcoholic drinks available.
There’s also an extensive food menu with Western, Asian and Vegetarian options - great for a post-workout grub! If you’re looking for light bites, go for its Chicken Nuggets and Fries (S$6++) or Nacho Chips with Cheese and Tomato Salsa (S$12++), or indulge in some ice cream or a Coke float!
Opening hours: 12:00pm to 10:00pm
6. Fun for the kids
Parents would be happy to know that kids below two get to enter the pool free-of-charge. After being cooped up in the plane for so long, the little ones will surely be thankful for some time to have fun and splash about.
7. Freshen up before a flight
Wondering where to freshen up after dipping in the pool? Fret not! There are shower facilities onsite too. At S$25++, the entry also includes complimentary shower gel and a towel for all visitors. Simply step into the showers and feel rejuvenated for the next flight out. Free lockers are also provided, with more than enough ample space to fit a carry-on luggage and backpack.
Location: Terminal 1, Level 3, Departure Transit Hall (near D gates)
Opening hours: 12:00pm to 10:00pm daily
Directions: Turn right after immigration and keep walking straight till the sign “Transit Hotel” is visible. From there, follow the direction of the sign till two new signs can be seen, “Swimming Pool” and the “Transit Hotel” sign. Turn left and go up the escalator. Behind the revolving doors, Changi’s swimming pool awaits.
Cost per person
S$25++: Access to the pool, Exercise Corner and shower, free lockers (on a first-come-first-serve basis), including complimentary shower gel and a towel
Pro-tip: Guests of Aerotel Airport Transit Hotel get to enjoy complimentary use of these facilities.
Duty-free shopping is great and all, but sometimes a soak in the pool after a long-haul flight is exactly what feels best. With these 7 tips, you can sit back, relax and leave the swimming pool feeling refreshed and all set for their next connecting flight out.
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