Lonely Planet Writer

Singapore's Changi Airport wants to make layovers more interesting

Singapore’s Changi Airport is determined to keep the title of best airport in the world for the seventh year in a row and is taking every step possible to be sure of it.

Singapore’s Changi Airport has won the title of best airport in the world for six years in a row. Photo by Roslan Rahman/AFP/Getty Images

That’s why a new addition to the airport’s complex, connecting Terminal 1 to Terminals 2 and 3, is due to arrive in 2019 – but the Jewel is going to be a lot more than a simple link to get from one gate to another. With a budget of $1.7 billion (€1.45 billion), this mixed-use facility will house more than 100 hotel rooms and 300 dining and shopping spots, but it will also have forest-like gardens, floating nets and what will be the world’s biggest indoor waterfall, all divided among ten levels, both below and above ground, and three main areas – the Canopy Park, the Forest Valley and the Rain Vortex.

Changi Airport will add floating nets to its new Jewel facility. Image: Copurtesy of Jewel Changi Airport Devt

The Canopy Park will span an area of 14,000 square-metres and will feature, among playgrounds and gardens, two sky nets, one for walking and one for bouncing, both suspended at 25 metres above-the-ground. It will also offer travelers the possibility of getting lost in two different mazes, one with traditional hedges and one with mirrors, which are supposed to make navigating the maze much more difficult.

Two mazes will keep flyers entertained during layovers. Image: Copurtesy of Jewel Changi Airport Devt

The Forest Valley will be a five-story garden, with seasonal flower displays and short hiking trails. But the most impressive new feature will be the Rain Vortex, which will flow at the very centre of the Jewel. With its planned 40-metre-height, the Rain Vortex will be the tallest indoor waterfall in the world. The Canopy Bridge will have a vantage viewpoint on the Rain Vortex and it will be the perfect spot to enjoy the light and sound shows that the Jewel will offer to its guests.

The Rain Vortex will be the world’s biggest indoor waterfall. Image: Copurtesy of Jewel Changi Airport Devt

So, if you plan on having a layover in Singapore after 2019, you can rest assured you’ll have plenty of things to do as you wait for your next flight. In the meantime, you can find more information about the Jewel on its official website here.