BEFORE your next flight, why not consider staying at an airport hotel for some added luxury?
No longer just a place to rest your head before an early departure – some of the finest resorts now feature stylish rooms and rooftop swimming pools with stunning views.
There are also hotels that have wine-rack-climbing-bartenders, soundproofed lounges and the best views of the runway.
In fact, they’ve become destination hotels.
Here, Sun Online Travel has rounded up some of the finest places to stay before you next board.
Aerotel Singapore, Changi Airport, Singapore
Aerotel Singapore is found in the best airport in the world[/caption]
The outdoor pool is a must for guests to experience[/caption]
The bedrooms overlook the tarmac to watch the planes leave[/caption]
One of the fanciest hotels in the world is of course found at Changi Airport in Singapore – which has been voted one of the best in the world in recent years.
Aerotel Singapore is inside terminal one, meaning it is just steps away from getting to your flight.
It’s the only airport transit hotel to have an open-air swimming pool – an essential stop if you’re transiting through.
It even comes with a hot tub and poolside bar – but be careful not to drink too much before boarding.
Radisson Blu Stansted, London Stansted Airport, UK
The Radisson Blu at Stansted has a Wine Tower with acrobatic waitresses[/caption]
The hotel is just steps away from the terminal[/caption]
The Radisson Blu hotel at London Stansted Airport may not seem like much at first.
But head to the restaurant and you will spot the famous Angel’s Wine Tower Bar, stocked with more than 4,000 bottles.
Order one to see it fetched by a “wine angel”, who climbs the tower and performs acrobatics while collecting it.
TWA Hotel, John F. Kennedy Airport, New York, USA
TWA Hotel has recently opened, harking back to the Golden Age of travel[/caption]
The rooftop swimming pool overlooks the main tarmac[/caption]
The hotel is found in the previous TWA terminal[/caption]
The recently-opened TWA Hotel is found in the former TWA terminal at John F. Kennedy Airport in New York.
Harking back to the golden age of travel, the vintage hotel has a rooftop infinity pool overlooking the tarmac.
Each room also has retro touches that are reminiscent of a Mad Men-esque atmosphere.
Fairmount Vancouver Airport Hotel, Vancouver International Airport, Canada
Sleep better at the Fairmount Vancouver – the hotel is soundproofed[/caption]
Large glass windows allow optimum viewing of the airport[/caption]
The spa also has 120 jet-lag treatments[/caption]
The Fairmount at Vancouver Airport is soundproofed to protect guests from the noisy planes – perfect if you want to get some rest.
But it also featuress a spa specifically to cater to travellers.
The spa menu has 120 jet lag treatments, from a reviving jet-lag recovery massage to an anti-swelling leg treatment.
It is also located just above the terminals, meaning no shuttle is required for early morning flights.
Hilton Munich Airport Hotel, Munich International Airport, Germany
The swimming pool and spa aim to help tired travellers before or after a flight[/caption]
The large glass atrium is the centrepiece of the hotel[/caption]
Some rooms have two glass walls for avid aviation fans[/caption]
The Hilton Hotel in Munich Airport is also a great place to stay if you’re travelling through the airport.
Located between terminal one and two, the hotel’s huge glass atrium makes a striking appearance.
Inside the hotel is a Fit & Fly spa, which offers massages as well as exercises to help tired travellers.
Some of the bedrooms even have glass walls where guests can watch the planes take off.
Punta Cana International Airport, Dominican Republic
While not a hotel, Punta Cana Airport is one of the few to have a tarmac-side pool[/caption]
While technically not a hotel, the Punta Cana International Airport is one of the few in the world to have their own swimming pool directly overlooking the tarmac.
The outdoor infinity pool is part of the VIP lounge in terminal B for travellers who are not ready to leave the beautiful destination.
It isn’t too expensive, with VIP service costing $50 (£39), or free for first and business class travellers.
For guests who need to stay at the airport, they can then pop over to the Four Points by Sheraton, the only hotel opposite the airport in the Punta Cana Village.
Pullman Miami Airport Hotel, Miami International Airport, USA
Water lovers can make the most of the pool and the lagoon at the Miami hotel[/caption]
The hotel is just opposite the airport[/caption]
Can’t decide on a sea view or pool view? The Pullman Miami Airport Hotel has both.
The hotel has a zig-zag shaped swimming pool overlooking the lagoon and is mere steps from the airport entrance.
There’s even space for tennis courts for those who want to keep fit.
The resort-style hotel is surrounded by tropical gardens, perfect for some pre-departure zen.
Hyatt Regency Orlando International Airport, Orlando International Airport, USA
Even if the weather is bad (however unlikely in Florida) the Hyatt Regency Hotel at Orlando Airport has you covered.
The outdoor swimming pool is heated, making it good to swim in all year around.
Aviation enthusiasts can watch the planes take off and land from a distance, or from the pool itself.
The hotel is within the terminal so takes just minutes to get to departures.
Hotel Vagar, Faroe Islands
One of the most unusual airport hotels is Hotel Vagar, found at Faroe Islands Airport.
Built into the hillside, it is directly next to the airport, overlooking the runway.
The chic hotel is simple but has some of the best views, as it’s surrounded by lush green hills and is embedded into the countryside.
If you need to get to the airport, it is just a ten minute walk.
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