How do you like passing some good time? If it was summer most of you would reply “at a swimming pool”…unless you are flying to an exotic seaside resort where you can enjoy the natural pool of the ocean. But what if you can have both during your travel? That’s what you could do if you move by aeroplane and choose the right airport. Welcome to the charming, stylish and exclusive world of “pools at the airport”. Only people who go there can have the unusual and unique view over the aircraft that land and take off every day…right in front of them, while they are relaxing in a wonderful swimming pool.
There are not too much in the world yet – which makes them even more exclusive – but they are growing and new ones are scheduled to be opened very soon. In this article we will reveal you the best airport pools you can find on earth – from West to East – and which ones are going to be opened in the next few years.
1. Fairmont Hotel, Vancouver, British Columbia
In the Health Club you can find an indoor heated pool encased in soaring glass panels.
2. Grand Hyatt DFW Airport Hotel, Dallas, Texas
It’s integrated into the Dallas Fort Worth Airport International Terminal D near Gate 22. A fully chlorine-free swimming environment will be at your disposal at the rooftop saline pool.
3. The Westin Detroit Metropolitan Airport, Michigan
This is the only hotel inside Detroit Metropolitan Airport, Located in the McNamara Terminal. The relax is granted in the 35 square metres indoor pool with a view over the airstrips.
4. Hyatt Regency Hotel Orlando International Airport, Florida
You will enjoy your time in the outdoor pool with a alarge sun deck. And in case it’s not enough, don’t worry: as a complete hotel you will find all the amenities, including a 24-hour fitness centre, and nearby championship golf courses.
5. Hilton Munich Airport Hotel, Germany
You can have a good time in the heated indoor pool, while enjoying a direct access to the airport and a walking distance to Terminal 1 and Terminal 2.
6. Hamad International Airport Hotel, Qatar
A 25 metres long pool will wait for you at the Airport Hotel, dedicated to transit passengers. No more boring waiting even if you are not a hotel guest: you can still access the facility paying $48.
South East Asia
7. Novotel Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport Hotel, Thailand
You can rest for a bit at the swimming pool and take your flight in time thanks to a 5-minute covered walk or free 24-hour shuttle ride from the terminals.
8. Aerotel in Changi Airport’s Terminal One, Singapore
It is the only Asian Airport Transit Hotel with an outdoor swimming pool. Not a hotel guest? The access is granted to anyone who pays $12. Pretty affordable, isn’t it?
THE NEAR FUTURE:
9. Punta Cana Initernational Airport, Dominican Republic
Designed by local architect Antonio Segundo Imbert, you will find it in the new VIP Lounge. You’ve never been so close to the aircraft.
10. New TWA Hotel at JFK International Airport, New York
It will be created in place of the old unused terminal (closed in 2001), but it will preserve the iconic Eero Saarinen terminal. It will host a rooftop pool and should open at the end of 2018.
Do you travel by plane? What do you prefer to do during your stopover? Would you relax for a while in a swimming pool rather than sitting and waiting for ‘endless’ hours in front of the gate?