The waterfall in the centre of Jewel Changi Airport sits amid a landscaped forest valley. Rachey Tay/Business Insider
Singapore’s Changi Airport isn’t famous for no reason. Having held the world number one title for six years running in the Skytrax awards, it’s clear that it’s earned its title — and it doesn’t look like it’s going anywhere anytime soon.
The airport unveiled its first shopping mall, Jewel, to the media and some members of public on April 11, however, the mall is now officially opening to the public on April 17.
Business Insider went to take a look at the $1.25 billion development and we were blown away by how stunning it was.
Here’s what it’s like.
The airport was designed to reflect the country’s reputation as “a city in a garden”
The 10-story Jewel Changi Airport was designed by renowned architect Moshe Safdie.
Before opening, it had already won four awards, including the International Architecture Award.
From the outside, the 38,500 square meter mall looks like a garden in a glass dome.
The mall took five years to build
The mall sits on the space that used to be a carpark for Terminal 1.
Entry to Jewel is free
The mall was built to serve travelers with longer stopovers who have time to kill, but not enough hours to explore the city.
It also had kiosks that let travelers check-in over three hours before their flight, drop off their luggage, then enjoy the mall.
At the mall’s main entrance, there are crystal clouds
The crystal clouds are made from wire and faux gems.
The clouds shimmer at night
Glass walls make the wire and gems in the clouds sparkle at night.
The 40 meter-tall waterfall is flanked by four stories of flowering terrace gardens
After passing through the main entrance, visitors are immediately treated to a stunning view of the mall’s centerpiece.
Rainwater is collected and sent down the waterfall
The rainwater is used to water the gardens around the waterfall.
At night, the waterfall completely transforms
At night, the waterfall turns into the backdrop for a gorgeous light show.
Jewel’s landscaped forest valley houses one of the country’s largest indoor collections of plants
The trees took nine months to obtain and two years to acclimatize in a local nursery before being moved into the mall.
The waterfall alternates between water and mist
Every few minutes, the waterfall switches between different displays.
The mist gives the waterfall a mysterious vibe
While the mist is intriguing, the roaring water of the waterfall display has a majestic feel.
The water cascades down to the lower levels
The waterfall ends in a pool.
The way to the waterfall features sprawling foliage
On the ground floor, pathways to the waterfall are covered in plants.
There’s even a mini bamboo forest
Changi Airport Group managing director Jayson Goh said the greenery helps stressed-out travelers to relax.
You can also walk around the waterfall
It’s incredibly beautiful.
Surrounding the waterfall, there are seating ledges
The ledges offer visitors a spot to rest in between shopping.
There’s also another smaller waterfall
With a bamboo forest, plants galore, and two waterfalls, you’re never far from nature in Jewel.
There are a number of places to eat in the mall
Some eateries even have views of the waterfall.
You can climb the terraces up to the top floor
Visitors can reach the terraces on the top floor via a set of stairs.
Even the route up is spectacular
Colorful orchids adorn the route up.
You’ll find ample flora and fauna as you climb up to the top section
For an indoor space, the mall is impressively lush and green.
The terraces are home to a variety of plants
The tropical rainforest is quite something.
There are fantastic viewing points of the waterfall
From floors six to ten, the views of the waterfall are magnificent.
One of the airport’s skytrains passes through the center of the mall
Though it doesn’t stop there, riders get to enjoy a different view of the forest area.
There’s also a canopy level
A concierge counter is nestled among the trees on this level.
Next to the concierge counter is Cloud9 Piazza
Cloud9 Piazza is an indoor dining area.
Eateries here include London’s famous Burger and Lobster
As well as Burger and Lobster, you’ll find Tanuki Raw and Singapore’s first Tiger Beer “global concept store”.
The Canopy Park’s main attraction was a walkway spanning several play areas
Here’s a walk-through of the whole area.
There are four play areas for children
The play area includes a reflective slide.
There’s also a delightful woodland area
Foggy Bowls is a grassy zone with dips and humps.
Every few minutes, the dips fill with fog
The mist makes sitting in the dips feel like being inside a cloud.
There’s also a hedge maze and a mirror maze
These attractions will only be open to the public from June 10.
There’s a quiet pond too
The pond is another calm place for travelers and visitors to take a moment to breathe and relax.
The pond is teeming with tropical plants
Another serene space to retreat, the pond is lush and spacious.
The topiary section features animals made of flowers
Among the topiary’s “flower animals” is a pink flower elephant.
Even the decor in the forest is inspired by nature
There are also birds made from brightly-colored flowers among the decor.
There’s even a stunning peacock made of flowers too
While there may not be real animals roaming this rainforest, it’s still a great spot to immerse yourself in nature without leaving the airport.
There’s also a photo opportunity with two orangutan models
These are the mascots of the Singapore Zoo.
The mall is definitely worth visiting
It’s well worth seeing — even if you don’t have a flight to catch.