A relaxing transit in the SilverKris lounge at Changi airport, Singapore

With an early morning flight to catch, I had a few hours to spare at the Changi Airport in Singapore on a recent transit to Mumbai. My arrival was early in the morning which gave me five hours before I caught my flight back home.

Since it was in the wee hours of the night, I was tired and looking for some snooze as I walked into the SilverKris Lounge in Terminal 3. Reserved for Star Alliance passengers traveling in Business and First Class the lounge is open 24 hours and situated near the immigration checkpoints by the A gates.

My tired limbs found a comfortable sofa and I plopped down for some F&B before counting some snooze. The seating is such that suits the type of traveler – solo, business or with family or a group. I strolled up to the food counter which was quite elaborate. There was plenty to choose from – both hot and cold foods, and clearly a variety of cuisines too. An obvious move considering the nationalities that pass the gates of Singapore.

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I opted for some refreshing TWG tea, sandwiches and cereals after which I took a short nap. I also enjoyed a glass of champagne keeping sleep at bay. When Charles Heidsieck Champagne is on offer, sleep can wait a tad bit. This is also what you get in the Business class on board Singapore Airlines. Other alcoholic options are also available as well as a draft system to pour yourself some beer.

If you enjoy reading, you will be spoilt for choice at the wide range of international magazine and newspapers that are available in the lounge. There are a few communal workstations for those wanting to catch up on work as well as a business centre. But like the most of us if you prefer to use your mobile phone then the speedy W-Fi won’t disappoint. The lounge also provides shower and nursing rooms.

Once I was done with my food and scanning the lounge, which together didn’t take much long, I slumped into a short nap until it was time to leave. The lounge had its plus points, but for a name the size of Singapore Airlines I expected some more excitement and facilities. I truly missed was a view of the tarmac or even the terminal. Being the busy airport that Changi views of the aircrafts parked on the tarmac would have been truly welcome.

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