Changi Airport Singapore has once again been crowned the Best Airport In The World for the seventh year running. Practically a national icon, Changi Airport is set to sit comfortably on the ranking boards again when Jewel Changi Airport Singapore opens to the public on 17 April 2019. The massive 10-storey mixed-use development cost an eye-watering $1.7 billion to build and features unusual attractions such as the Rain Vortex, the world’s tallest indoor waterfall at 40-metres high, a five-storey indoor garden, and the Bouncing Net, a 250-metre-wide trampoline.
Take advantage of Jewel Changi Airport’s early check-in and baggage storage facilities
Those with more than three hours to spare before a departing flight can utilise Jewel Changi Airport’s early check-in and baggage storage facilities. Over 26 airlines – including Qantas, Japan Airlines, and Scoot – will offer passengers the option to check in and deposit their luggage well ahead of time, granting passengers more leisure time to explore the retail and dining options at Jewel.
Incoming cruise and ferry passengers can utilise a Jewel Changi Airport’s new intermodal transfer service
Underscoring Singapore’s growth as a cruise hub in the region is a new service catered for inbound passengers embarking on cruise or ferry voyages departing from Singapore. On the operational side, Jewel Changi Airport will ensure that passengers’ luggage are received upon arrival in Singapore and transferred directly to the departing cruise vessels.
Cruise and ferry passengers are not only free to explore Jewel, but will also enjoy access to the Changi Lounge, a comfortable waiting area fitted with nap amenities, showers, and business facilities. Transportation will also be pre-arranged to bring passengers to their cruise or ferry terminal.
Get up-close with over 100,000 different types of plants
With over 2,000 trees and palms, and 100,000 shrubs sitting under Jewel Changi Airport’s soaring dome, casual botanists no longer have to take a day-trip down to Gardens by the Bay for their green fix. Spanning over 120 species, these plants have been transplanted from the world over, including countries such as Spain, United States, and Australia. Two olive trees, each over a hundred years old, can be found at the Canopy Park.
The forest valley encircling the waterfall is marked by two paved terraced trails allowing for visitors to explore the gardens. These vertical trails connect the forest valley to over 280 retail shops and dining outlets spread across five levels of Jewel.
Marvel at the world’s tallest indoor waterfall
More than 9,000 pieces of glass, each distinct in cut and shape, come together to form the striking dome-shaped façade of Jewel. These special glass panels were chosen for their ability to transmit light while reducing heat gain, thus creating an ideal condition to sustain the indoor gardens within.
This monumental structure forms the backdrop for the world’s tallest waterfall to make its debut. Water falls from the apex of the glass roof, raining down from a height of 40-metres. Rainwater, which forms part of the water supply, is harvested for use in Jewel’s irrigation systems.
Dine at restaurants with the best views
There might be over 100 cafes, restaurants, and eateries – but not all come with prime views of the forest valley or rain vortex. Make a beeline for Sama Sama by Tok Tok (#03-225/226) and TONITO Latin American Kitchen (#02-248) to enjoy the terrace dining experience as these F&B outlets enjoy special dining nooks that extend into the forest valley.
The eight F&B oulets located at the Canopy Park (which occupies Jewel’s topmost floor) offer up quite possibly the best views at Jewel Changi. Besides featuring al fresco sitting set amongst the park’s lush greenery, guests at these restaurants also get to dine in a cool, climate-controlled environment. The eight F&B outlets are Aloha Poke (#05-200), Arteastiq Bistro (#05-201), Tanuki Raw (#05-202), Burger & Lobster (#05-203), Prive (#05-204), Tiger Street Lab (#05-205), Herit8ge (#05-206), and Rumours Bar & Grill (#05-207).
Other dining options at Jewel Changi Airport Singapore:
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Put your best face forward at Sultans of Shave
Gentlemen’s grooming den Sultans of Shave have set up a 600-square-feet outlet with a suite of pampering services ranging from beard trims to shaving services – complete with a coat of post-shave balm. Perfect for those who need a little TLC after a transcontinental flight.
Catch a movie at Shaw Theatres
Passengers keen on resting their feet while catching up on the latest cinematic blockbusters can do so at Shaw Theatres Jewel. Movies will be screened at one of seven regular or two Lumiere (offering more luxurious seating options) halls. Some of the halls will feature the latest DTS:X sound systems. x
Park at the new Terminal 1/Jewel car park
While Jewel is designed to be a central node between the airport terminals at Changi Airport, the most convenient carpark for local visitors driving to the attraction would be the one sited at Terminal 1 or Jewel itself. Situated within the building, the five-level underground carpark features a total of 2,500 parking spaces.
Those parking at Terminal 2 or 3 can walk over to Jewel via link bridges while those at Terminal 4 will have to hop onto a connecting bus.