The Jewel at Singapore Changi Airport opened recently to much fanfare, attracting hoards of visitors eager to check out the latest attractions and offerings. Its biggest attraction has got to be the HSBC Rain Vortex, the world’s tallest indoor waterfall at 40 metres in height.

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The Jewel is also home to Changi Airport’s newest lounge, the Changi Lounge. Located on level 1, this lounge is located outside the transit area of the airport, and is accessible to all passengers with a same-day boarding pass, regardless of whether you are departing from, or arriving into Singapore. As of now, the lounge does not accept passengers with Priority Pass access. Instead, guests will have to make a payment of S$38 to use the lounge and its facilities for 3 hours.

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At the time of my visit, the lounge was close to empty, most probably due to the fact that free access as part of existing lounge programmes have not commenced yet. Also, most people requiring lounge access are departing passengers who might find the airside lounges in Terminals 1 through 4 more accessible and convenient.

Upon entering the lounge, I appreciated the effort made to beautify the lounge with various decorative ornaments.

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Also, note that all the seats and sofas are arranged around open spaces, avoiding the more high density seating alternative that we’re more used to seeing in some lounges these days.

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At the dining area, you can enjoy a drink or two at the bar if you wish.

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The buffet spread was pretty decent, with some fried noodles, sweet and sour fish, canapés, soup and ice cream.

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Choose between dining at the lovely long wooden bench, or at the more conventional round dining tables.

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Once you’re done with your meal, you can adjourn to the main lounge area, which has multiple power sockets so you’ll never run out of power for your electronic devices.

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For business travellers, you can use the terminals available for work, and a printer is available for use as well.

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Should you require a more private area for discussions, a couple of meeting rooms fully equipped with amenities to run presentations are available too.

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Overall, the Changi Lounge is a great alternative to the airside lounges at Changi Airport. However, depending on which Terminal you’re travelling from, you might want to cater more time should you wish to visit the Changi Lounge before your flight.

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