The world's top 5 airport experiences

Don’t despair if you’ve got a few hours to spare in these five top airports

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1. Swim in Singapore

Singapore’s Changi Airport was voted the best in the world in this year's Wanderlust Travel Awards and it’s easy to see why: with a Balinese-themed rooftop swimming pool, free foot massages, specially designed snooze chairs and nature trails, checking in has never looked so relaxing.

2. Hi-tech in Hong Kong

Another contender for the world's top airport, Hong Kong International, has some of the best hi-tech entertainment facilities around. Wile away a couple of hours in the 360-seater 4D Extreme Cinema, play free Playstation games and have a go on the fantastic flight simulators at the Aviation Discovery Centre.

3. Tie the knot in Amsterdam

Amsterdam’s impressive Schiphol Airport even has its own wedding planner for those who fancy saying “I do” at a bustling international airport. No quite the 'dream wedding' we had in mind, but aviation fans will no doubt love the idea of getting married in a hangar or aboard a 1930s Dakota plane as it soars through Dutch skies.

4. Sip cocktails in Saint Martin

Princess Juliana International Airport on the Caribbean island of Saint Martin is the ultimate plane-spotter’s paradise: the short runway means 747s come in incredibly low over Maho beach, offering spectacular photo opportunities. Watch the action with a cocktail in hand at the infamous Sunset Beach Bar.

5. Mini golf in Munich

Trust the Germans to come up with a fabulously kitsch way to kill some time between flights: Munich Airport boasts the country's only miniature golf course, a modern 18-hole course that offers a cheap alternative to maxing out your credit card in duty-free.

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