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It’s surreal waking in a Superior Runway View Room: you can sip your morning coffee while watching planes jetting off at extremely close proximity. Don’t worry, though. If a sleep-in requirecd, there’s double-glazing and black-out blinds to block the sound and light, and the king-sized beds mean you can really stretch out and luxuriate.
Crowne Plaza, Changi Airport, Singapore
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This is an oasis of subtropical plants, cool, limpid pools and courtyards with lush gardens in the middle of the third most densely populated city in the world. Rooms have amenities aimed at the busy traveller: in-built USB charging ports, mobile phone with unlimited free calls and wireless printing. With business taken care of, relaxation options are at hand: Orla Kiely bathroom products, a Sleep Advantage kit for a restful night and reflexology treatments at the Essence Vale spa to help guests combat jetlag.
Grand Hyatt Dallas Fort Worth Airport, Texas
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Access the Grand Hyatt DFW from Terminal D and enter a world of contemporary comfort. With a rooftop pool, fitness centre, 45 meeting rooms and several restaurants and bars, there’s little need to leave the hotel except to catch your next flight – unless, of course, you’re after a few rounds of golf, in which case the nearby courses (Cowboys Golf Club and Bear Creek Golf Club) will do nicely.
Pullman Kingsford Smith Airport, Sydney
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The Pullman is a brand-new luxury hotel, so from the lobby lounge to the pillow menu, it’s state-of-the-art. Located 600 metres from the domestic terminal, the Executive Club Lounge is a boon to business travellers in transit with workspaces for charging devices, shower facilities and monitors projecting flight info and cocktails and canapés, if you’re so inclined. There’s a kitchen garden providing produce for the uber-cool Mobius Bar & Grill, and a light-flooded 24-hour gym.
Intercontinental Johannesburg O.R. Tambo Airport, South Africa
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As South Africa’s only luxury airport hotel, the Intercontinental Johannesburg O.R. Tambo Airport takes its responsibilities very seriously. It’s perfect for those jetting into Jo’burg for a safari adventure – holidaymakers can spend a few days either end luxuriating in the hotel’s comforts. Rooms are decorated in rich fabrics and warm colours with a fabulous African vibe – think zebra-print ottomans and original artworks.
Fairmont Vancouver Airport, Canada
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Just two minutes at a relaxed stroll will take you from the baggage claim to Fairmont Vancouver Airport. Floor-to-ceiling windows in the rooms frame amazing views of planes taking off or the dramatic Northshore mountains that rise beyond the airport. Conveniently, there’s a 10am check-in for Deluxe and Signature rooms, which means no waiting around at the airport until 2pm if your plane arrives in the morning.
Hilton Munich Airport
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The enormous, green-tinted atrium of the Hilton Munich can be found right between Terminal 1 and Terminal 2. The light and space create a feeling of calm and tranquillity, a balm to the sleep-deprived. The feeling of Zen intensifies with a trip to the Fit & Fly Spa, which is home to an incredible indoor heated pool resembling Roman bath.
Regal Airport Hotel, Hong Kong
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The Regal is enormous, with 1171 rooms, a grand ballroom and “banquet facilities”. Make time for a treatment at the luxurious OM Spa or a spot of shopping in the hotel’s shopping arcade. Rooms range from Premier to Suite, but for our money, the Spa rooms have the best ambience, with wooden floorboards and gentle lighting. The idea is to have a relaxing spa treatment on the in-room massage table, then stay the night for maximum comfort.
Sofitel Heathrow, London
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Sofitel Heathrow is connected to Terminal 5, with its Chanel and Burberry boutiques, so remove your neck-pillow – we’re not in transit anymore, Toto. Moments from the airport, you can sip Champagne in the Perrier Jouet Bar, take high tea in the salon or try the 25 treatments on offer at the Heathrow Spa. Got some time to spend beforehand? Spend it in the aromatherapy room or take a dip in the vitality pool. Don’t forget you’ve got a flight to catch.
citizenM Paris Charles de Gaulle
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This is no ordinary airport stopover hotel. In fact, it’s the kind of place you’d choose to stay, proximity to the airport be damned. The rooms are aeronautically themed in the coolest possible way, with XL king-sized beds, high-pressure rain showers, ambient lighting, air-conditioning, TV and blinds all controlled by iPad. Oh, and kids will approve of the giant orange swing hanging outside the entrance.