High demand for Changi’s ‘glamp-cations’

Novel idea: People checking in for their indoor glamping experience at Changi Airport. — Reuters

Staying overnight at an airport isn’t unheard of, especially if you miss a flight. But choosing to spend your holidays there in a tent is something entirely different.

With the coronavirus pandemic severely limiting trips abroad, some in Singapore this holiday season are going “glamping”, or glamorous camping, staying overnight in luxury tents at the retail and leisure wing of Changi Airport.

“Usually we go out of the country every holiday but since we can’t travel much and it’s a school holiday, I thought why not do something different for the children, ” said Fadlina Musa, standing under twinkling fairy lights.

Her husband, Khairil Anuar Malek, said it was nice to get out of the house.

“It has been very tough for all of us, so we wanted to experience closeness at a different level, ” he said.

Glamping isn’t cheap. Guests spend up to S$360 (RM1,091) a night for queen-sized beds, shopping discounts, a cool box for picnics and plenty of festive Christmas lights. Private bathroom facilities are not provided.

Air-conditioned gardens, walking trails and an indoor waterfall provide a sense of the great outdoors, minus the bugs, rain and humidity.

The “glamp-cations” at Changi Airport were sold out until Dec 28, reflecting appetite among Singapore residents for creative distractions that have included flights and cruises limited to the country’s airspace and waters. — Reuters

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