Singapore’s cheerful “glampers” select airport stops for year-end holidays

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© Reuters. After checking in to Singapore, children can play a day game at the glamping grounds at Changi Airport

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By Travis Teo and Lee Ying Shan

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Airport overnight stays are not uncommon, especially if you miss a flight. But spending your vacation there in a tent is something completely different.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, which is severely restricting international travel, some in Singapore will be “glamping” or glamorous camping this holiday season and staying in luxury tents in the city-state’s retail and leisure wing of Changi Airport.

“Usually we leave the country every vacation, but since we can’t travel much and it’s school holidays, I thought to myself, why not do something else for the children,” said Fadlina Musa, who was standing under twinkling fairy lights.

Her husband, Khairil Anuar Malek, said it was nice to get out of the house. “It was very difficult for all of us, so we wanted to experience closeness on another level,” he said.

Glamping isn’t cheap. Guests are spending up to S $ 360 ($ 269) a night on queen beds, shopping discounts, a cool box for picnics, and lots of festive Christmas lights. There is no private bathroom.

Air-conditioned gardens, hiking trails and an indoor waterfall convey a feeling of nature, without insects, rain and moisture.

Serene Beh, an accountant who visited the mall with her family, said she liked the idea at the right price.

“I’ll look at the package,” she said. “If it’s worth it, I think it’s a good experience for the kids who have never camped before.”

Changi Airport’s “glamp cations” were sold out through December 28, reflecting Singapore residents’ appetite for creative distractions, including flights and cruises confined to the country’s airspace and waters.

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