(Photo: Courtesy Changi Airport Group)
Hudson News stores and Wolfgang Puck Express can’t compete with these airport shops, spas, and restaurants.
The Butterfly Garden, Singapore Changi Airport
If you’ve had enough of recycled air and persnickety flight attendants, head to this serene, two-story oasis located in Terminal 3, containing a grotto waterfall, timber walkway, tropical plants, and nearly 1,000 butterflies.
Aji Ichiban, Hong Kong International Airport
Nonpareils and Skittles share shelf space with more eclectic treats, like chili olives and shredded shrimp at this innovative, internationally flavored confectionary—perfect for a last-minute souvenir or self-indulgent treat.
Rijksmuseum; Schiphol Airport, Amsterdam
“Behind passport control” may sound like an unpromising address for an art museum. But the airport outpost of the Rijksmuseum (the main building is on Amsterdam’s Museum Square) contains a top-notch permanent collection by artists including Jan Steen and Jacob van Ruisdael, among other Dutch masters.
One Flew South, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport
Fuel up with “Southernational” cuisine at this swanky, Terminal E newcomer. You might forget you’re in an airport thanks to dishes like pork belly with black-eyed peas and seaweed salad.
A Massage Inc., Denver International Airport
Untangle those shoulder and neck muscles at this mini-spa, between gates B37 and B39. Whether you opt for a quick, 10-minute chair massage or a full-fledged body treatment (90 minutes), you’ll leave ready to tackle your second—or third—flight; reservations not accepted.
Fit & Fly Spa, Munich International Airport
Honey-cream hand baths and vitamin C facials await at this facility, complete with a whirpool, sauna, and steam bath in the Kempinski Hotel.
Rental Bikes; Zurich Airport
The stir-crazy can rent a bike and explore a 12-mile trail circumnavigating this busy airport, obtaining front-row seats to the nearly 700 daily take-offs and landings.
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