One would be forgiven for thinking you’ve stepped onto the set of a Steven Spielberg sci-fi movie when arriving at the Jewel Changi Airport, winner of the Luxury Lifestyle Awards in the category of The Best Luxury Shopping Malls in Singapore, this first-of-a-kind mixed-use development airport is a complete juxtaposition of nature and technology and has become an iconic landmark almost as famous as the destination it can be found in.
Located to the south of Malaysia, Singapore is often described as one of the cleanest and most orderly cities in the world, notwithstanding its reputation for its glitz and glamour. This island city-state is also undoubtedly one of the world’s most popular visitor destinations, but what was originally intended to be an expansion of the airport’s Terminal 1 led to an architectural masterpiece like none other on the globe.
Traditionally an airport serves as an in-transit stopover or arrival destination, but the Jewel Changi Airport is somewhat of an anomaly. Protected by a striking glass and steel dome, the impressive structure is ultimately a city within a city offering travelers all the ‘outside’ world of Singapore has to offer. From world-class culinary experiences to unsurpassed retail reminiscent of the iconic shopping district of Orchard Road, Bugis Street, and Haji Lane.
Known affectionately as the “Garden City” Singapore is in a country that’s green cover makes up about 46 percent of the land. In keeping with its reputation, renowned architect Moshe Safdie ensured that the Jewel Changi Airport is as ecological as it is structural.
Situated in the epicenter of this ten-story mall is the world’s tallest waterfall. The HSBC Rain vortex towering a majestic 40-meters doubles up as a spectacular light show at night that transports visitors to a serene utopia.
Much like the UNESCO World Heritage Site that is the Singapore Botanic Gardens, the Rain Vortex is surrounded by the picturesque Shiseido Forest Valley, home to over 2000 trees and 100 000 shrubs from around the world.
Not forgetting that this is an airport, after all, business and leisure travelers in transit have the option of staying overnight or simply refreshing at the YOTELAIR in addition to utilizing the early check-in and luggage storage facilities between flights.
No stranger to awards, it’s no wonder the Jewel Changi Airport is often listed as one of the top attractions in the city, there’s no reason to ever leave!