It’s better to travel than to arrive – at least, it is when you’re flying out of one of these terminals…
1. Hong Kong International Airport, Hong Kong
If you’ve done Duty Free, and you’re bored of the bars, you can still find something to entertain you before you fly out of Hong Kong – the SkyCity Nine Eagles Golf Course is open for business all day long, weather permitting. This is also the venue of the world’s first airport IMAX, so if you aren’t optimistic about the in flight movie offerings, you can check out a new 3D release before you get on the plane.
2. Amsterdam Schiphol, Holland
We all know travel broadens the mind, but visitors to Amsterdam’s Schipol airport can get a big dose of culture before their journey begins. The airport is home to a library where you can choose from 1,200 books, translated into 29 different languages – and if you like paintings, there’s a permanent collection of Dutch Masters on display.
3. Dubai International Airport, United Arab Emirates
Stressed out travelers can treat themselves to a little rest and relaxation in one of the airport’s three Timeless Spas, which offer everything from full body massages to beard trimming.
4. Courchevel Airport, France
You might dream of being upgraded and sitting next to a movie star, but if you’re leaving Courchevel, you can do the next best thing and fly out of one. The airport, famous for its dangerous 2008 meter airfield elevation, was featured in the opening sequence of Bond film Tomorrow Never Dies.
5. Singapore Changi International Airport, Singapore
Make the most of the opportunity to stretch your legs before a long haul flight by going for a swim in the airport’s outdoor rooftop swimming pool. If you’re feeling adventurous, check out the spiral slide. If that doesn’t impress you, the 18 ft waterfall will.
6. Madrid Barajas Airport, Spain
In 2006, Barajas airport was redesigned to stylishly accommodate up to 50 million passengers a year – twice its original capacity. Renowned architect teams the Richard Rogers Partnership and Estudio Lamela collaborated to create a light, bright space which affords great views of the surrounding mountains. It has won plaudits from design fans.
7. New York JFK TWA Flight Centre, USA
Robert Stern’s giant landing bird sculpture makes this an airport worth visiting even if you’re not going away. Anyone with an interest in travel history will want to check out the aviation museum. First class flyers can relax in Eames chairs in the Ambassador’s Lounge.
8.Samui Airport, Thailand
It’s not often that you can actually lounge in a departure lounge, but the low lighting, comfy seating and stylish wood and glass interior of Samui Airport will help you extend the holiday vibe for even longer.
9. Denver International Airport, USA
Denver’s airport has a highly distinctive exterior, with a peaked roof created to resemble the snow capped mountains of Colorado, as well as the Native American teepees which were once. Pitched across the Great Plains. The airport is run by a solar energy system which generates 3.5 million kilowatt hours of energy a year.
10. Seoul Incheon International Airport, South Korea
This airport may be modern, but it’s one of the best places to learn about Korean culture. Travelers can listen to traditional instruments being played, watch theatrical performances and look at Confucian artifacts and Chosun Dynasty costumes.