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Is Punta Cana's airport the world's coolest?

Punta Cana International Airport recently announced plans for the addition of a swimming pool in a new VIP lounge. Travellers waiting to fly out of the Dominican Republican from Punta Cana will have the ability to take a swim or lounge by the pool, which will be located a short distance from the runway. The new pool will open in December.

Is Punta Cana's airport the world's coolest?

Airports, it seems, are continually in a game of one-upmanship. Just when travellers think they’ve seen the newest and best airport amenities, another airport ups the ante.

The Dominican Republic’s Punta Cana International Airport recently jumped far ahead of the competition with the addition of a swimming pool as one of its amenities. Beginning in December, travellers waiting to fly out of Punta Cana can go for a swim or lounge around the outdoor pool, which happens to be located just steps from the runway.

The pool is just one of a number of luxury features offered at a new lounge, which will be the airport’s third VIP lounge, according to Travel and Leisure. The airport’s other two VIP lounges are located in Terminals A and B and are open to “select elite status flyers on participating airlines” as well as Priority Pass members and passengers who purchase access to both lounges.

The new pool is designed by Dominican architect Antonio Segundo Imbert, and is the latest in a series of expansions the airport has implemented since the 2000s. Built in 1983, the airport has a traditional Dominican architectural style with a tropical and contemporary feel, with open-air terminals with thatched-palm covered roofs and modern interiors.

Punta Cana International Airport is operated by Corporación Aeropotuaria del Este, S.A., a corporation run by the Puntacana Resort Club.

While a swimming pool in an airport may strike many travellers as a novel idea, Punta Cana’s won’t be the first. A number of airport hotels around the world feature pools, though Punta Cana’s may well be the first in an airport lounge.

Singapore’s Changi Airport, which was recently named the world’s best airport for the fifth year running, features a rooftop pool at the top of the Aerotel Airport Transit Hotel. The facility, which overlooks the runway, also features a Jacuzzi, poolside bar and shower facilities.

The size of the pool as well as who will be able to access the airport’s newest lounge, how much a day pass will cost, and what other facilities will be available at the new lounge, are yet to be determined. 

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