An airport is a necessary part of most international trips, and while there are many which you’d describe as not altogether unpleasant, few would be considered as one of the highlights of your trip. If your itinerary includes a stop at one of the airports mentioned in this article however, you’re not going to want to leave the terminal.

Here are the five best airports in the world (and what makes them so good).

Munich International Airport, Germany

We’ve mentioned this airport before, and it’s the leisure options available that really make it stand out from the crowd. Hit golf balls at the driving range, play putt-putt or even hang 10 at the artificial surfing wave before making your flight.

Hamad International, Doha, Qatar

It’s hard to imagine a lengthy stopover without your phone, laptop or tablet these days, but power outlets can be few and far between at some airports. This isn’t the case at Hamad International, which has plentiful charging facilities.

Changi Airport, Singapore

For many travellers, Changi Airport serves as the gateway to Southeast Asia and there’s plenty to see and do from massage therapists, to a cinema, an orchid garden (that’s right), but the pièce de résistance is the incredible rooftop pool.

Pudong International Airport, Shanghai, China

One of the worst parts about travelling is the lengthy connection between the airport and your accommodation, but this isn’t a problem at all at Pudong thanks to the Maglev train that gets your form the airport to downtown Shanghai (around 30 kilometres away), in just eight minutes. The Maglev travels at speeds of 431km/h.

Queenstown Airport, New Zealand

Natural beauty isn’t the first things that comes to mind when you’re thinking about an airport, but travellers disembarking at Queenstown Airport are surrounded by stunning mountain ranges, grassy hills and the beautiful Lake Wakatipu.

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