The Singapore Airlines Business Class lounge is known as the SilverKris Lounge. In Terminal 3, where we checked in, the lounge is located on the second floor, and is open 24 hours. We missed the chance to use this lounge on many occasions previously as we always preferred to arrive later than earlier, but this time, in order to review the lounge, we made sure to arrive earlier so we and the kids could grab a bite there before we got on the flight.
Access to the SilverKris Lounge
You can't get into the SilverKris Lounge unless you have a Singapore Airlines First or Business Class air ticket, or if you are an SIA PPS member holding an Economy Class ticket.
The lounge is also open to SilkAir Business Class, All Star Alliance First Class and Business Class passengers, Virgin Australia Velocity "The Club" members (departing on a SIA or SilkAir flight), and Air New Zealand Elite members connecting to or from a Singapore Airlines or Air New Zealand flight between New Zealand and Singapore.
SilverKris Lounge Ambience and Food
The first thing that struck me was the sheer space dedicated to the lounge and the soothing yellowish ambient light from the many lamps and natural light coming in from the airport concourse.
There are many different seating areas, ranging from productivity pods, high bar seating, to comfortable armchairs which you can use for watching telly, reading newspapers or snacking.
As our flight departure time was 02:00, flying from Singapore to Johannesburg (the first flight of our free round-the-world tickets on Business Class), we took the opportunity to get some hot food for Ramses and Ranefer so they would have their tummies filled before sleeping on the plane.
There were a couple of hot dishes like stir-fried noodles and the usual cold food section. As it was past midnight, there weren't many heavy dishes, understandably.
The kids hungrily devoured the few dainty chocolate cake slices that were available (but weren't replenished in time for subsequent helpings).
There was also an impressive selection of spirits and champagne to choose from, in addition to cold canned beverages and a hot beverage machine.
Many of the walls are dark wood-panelled, and two framed T-shirts bearing the Team Singapore Olympics attire caught our attention.
One was signed by Singapore's first Gold Olympian Joseph Schooling from the 2016 Rio Games, and another was signed by Singapore's medal-winning Paralympians Yip Pin Xiu and Theresa Goh from the 2016 Games as well.
There were many TVs scattered around the comfortable armchairs; most were showing live football. As we were traveling with kids, we chose to sit in the reading area which was flanked by two long shelves full of newspapers and magazines.
We took out a copy of The Sunday Times and immediately flipped it to the page where we were featured that same day about how we were about to fly around the world on four free Business Class tickets worth US$54,000 using the one million credit card miles we accumulated in 2016. Here you can read more about how we got these free Business Class air tickets.
We had earlier made it our #familygoal to earn that one million air miles mainly through smart credit card hacks, so it was a surreal moment to think that we had actually achieved that goal and were about to fly for nearly free (we only had to pay taxes and surcharges) to five continents with our two toddlers in tow.
As expected, the toilets were very clean and spotless inside the SilverKris Lounge.
While we didn't use the private shower rooms, we looked inside one and it was clean as well.
For those who need to work on the go, power points are mainly situated among the armchairs and there is a computer area in a corner as well.
Singapore Airlines Business Class Lounge (SilverKris Lounge): Our Verdict
We liked that despite there were many people inside the SilverKris Lounge, it didn't feel crowded or cramped at all due to the spaciousness of the lounge. With the many different seating areas in this open-plan space, we felt very comfy and cosy, with the right amount of privacy available.
As more families become affluent and are willing to fly Business, it may be a good move to also incorporate a small children's play area within the lounge so that kids may also be entertained in a dedicated area.
While there are some passengers who may not like the lack of personality in the lounge's decor, I personally have no issue with it as I much prefer it to be more subtle like this. Food-wise, I liked that it showcased local Singaporean dishes.
Grace, Ramses, Ranefer and I got to relax and snack for a while in a very comfortable setting before we headed to the boarding gate. Having been to quite a few Business Class lounges around the world, the SilverKris Lounge at Singapore's Changi Airport ranks as one of the top in our opinion.
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