With roughly one flight taking off or landing every 90 seconds, Singapore Changi Airport is one of the biggest transportation hubs in Southeast Asia. Naturally, there is a bevvy of premium lounges on offer, so with the help of Priority Pass, we set off to explore two of the best options on offer: DNATA and SATS Premier Lounge.
We arrived at Changi Airport with plenty of time to spare – it's not every day that you get to head along to multiple lounges in an airport – so we wanted to make sure that we made the most of this experience.
First up, we popped past the DNATA lounge. Conveniently located above immigration, this lounge is definitely one of the nicer ones that the Man of Style team has come across. Upon entering, we were presented with two options: a sizable buffet with a formidable selection of refreshments to the left; or row after row of perfectly curated seating arrangements to the right. Naturally, we went straight for the food before making ourselves at home next to the window looking out into the outdoor garden.
When Max headed back to the buffet for a plate of seconds, I decided to explore the rest of the lounge. After a full day of shooting in the Singaporean sun, I was definitely in need of a shower, so I decided that I would test out the amenities. The lounge had quite sizable bathrooms, comfortably fitting a shower, toilet and section for changing.
Feeling clean and refreshed, I picked up a newspaper and magazine then swung past the Chivas Regal display and poured myself a whisky, neat, then made my way back to our seats. After finishing our food and refreshments, we decided to make a move for lounge number two.
SATS Premier Lounge
Located up the first escalators to the left after passing through departure immigration, the SATS Premier Lounge was both bigger and brighter than DNATA. This lounge had a much more open plan feel to it, the buffet and amenities were front and centre, with the seating encircling.
The quality of the food seemed to be a bit better here than at DNATA, although I wasn't feeling too peckish Max somehow had room for thirds (no surprises here) and his thoughts on the food confirmed my hypothesis.
The selection of magazines and newspapers definitely eclipsed that of DNATA, covering health, wellness, current affairs, travel and everything in between.
After taking a seat near the architecturally intriguing pods, I immersed myself in a travel magazine while Max gave the showers a run for their money. Unbeknownst to me, he definitely hit the jackpot on the shower front. The amenities at SATS Premier Lounge were just that little bit more elegant than DNATA. However when it comes to showers, I'm not too phased, any shower is better than none on long-haul flights.
Shortly after Max finished freshening up, we stocked up on some sparkling water and left for the gate for our flight back to Melbourne.
Head to head, what lounge is better?
Honestly, this one is pretty even. I would say it all comes down to personal preference. I much preferred the relaxed, moody aesthetic that accompanied the DNATA lounge, I feel that the DNATA lounge had the better layout of the two too. However, if I was in 'work mode' I would have preferred SATS Premier Lounge hands down. The work pod stations and the share tables were more suited to travelling groups and business folk.
As a regular traveller overseas, I have no idea how Priority Pass managed to slip past me over the years, but now that we are on board and have access to over 1,200 lounges, it's worth its weight in gold. Bring on European Summer!
This was a paid partnership in collaboration with Priority Pass and was shot by Max Kruse with his Cannon 5D.