Can you think of a better way to escape the usual hustle and bustle of air travel than with a refreshing dip? The three airports below all have a pool, a guaranteed way to beat the boredom and make layovers, delayed flights and cancellations more (much more) bearable.
The first on the list is located at one of the world’s most luxurious hubs: Hamad International Airport in Doha. Open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, the Vitality Spa’s heated pool measures 25 meters long and 5 meters wide and is covered by a glass dome. For $35 (roughly €30), anyone with a layover at this Qatari airport can go for a swim, work out in the gym, play squash or kickback in a stunning hydrotherapy pool.
If you need more adrenaline-pumping activities to relax, check out Munich International Airport. For the past five summers this German airport has hosted Surf & Style, a spectacular indoor wave pool where travellers can surf for 45 minutes. This 204 m2 pool is located between terminals 1 and 2, and entrance is free (with board and wetsuit included!) but keep in mind that advanced registration is required. And if surfing isn’t your thing, you can always have a drink at the beach bar.
The pool that closes our list of airport oases is found at Singapore Changi International Airport, ranked the world’s best airport since 2013. Located on the roof of Terminal 1, this pool provides an unbeatable place to relax and get some sun between flights. The Balinese-themed facilities features a spectacular hot tub overlooking the runway. Guests can enjoy this luxurious space for a very affordable S$14 (roughly €9) and includes a towel, access to the showers and one (non-alcoholic) drink at the bar.
With all these options available, more than one passenger is bound to have gone through security with their bathing suit already on, ready to kick off their holiday a few hours before take-off. What about you? How would you like to spend your next layover: catching a wave or kicking back in a hydrotherapy pool?