1. Singapore Changi International Airport (SIN)
Can long layovers actually be desirable? At SIN, voted Best Airport by a Skytrax survey, standout features include gardens galore (including a butterfly garden), koi pond, swimming pool with Jacuzzi, and an entertainment center with 24-hour movie theater.
2. Incheon International Airport (ICN)
Did you say duty-free Louis Vuitton airport boutique? Yes, it does exist at this shopping mecca, aka airport. ICN also boasts amenities such as a Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course, a large-scale casino and an ice skating rink. The Korean Culture Museum and ongoing dance and harp recitals are just the icing on the cake.
3. Hong Kong International Airport (HKG)
Another airport that makes layovers worth the wait, HKG is home to Asia’s largest 4-D projection screen—a 360-degree theatre where films can include special effects such as wind, fog, water spray and bubbles. Save time to browse Armani’s very first airport boutique as well as 2,669-square- feet chock full of the designer’s signature products.
4. Tokyo Haneda International Airport (HND)
Known for its Japanese-style hospitality, cleanliness and user-friendly terminal facilities, HND also boasts the Royal Park Hotel The Haneda, Japan’s first transit hotel specializing in comfort and elegance. Multiple restaurants stationed across the many observations decks allow travelers to enjoy views of aircraft departing and arriving.
5. Munich Airport (MUC)
What better way to spend a layover than experiencing an exclusive microbrewery? In short, the answer is: there is no better way. MUC’s microbrewery, Airbräu, was established in 1999 and hosts brewing demonstrations that can accommodate 350 people. What’s more, the airport boasts a full-service medical clinic, cycling art exhibitions and a 5-star Hilton Hotel.