by Deanna Darr
Tired of depending on a stiff drink in an overpriced airport bar to get you through a particularly hellish travel schedule? Well, if you happen to be heading through the San Francisco airport, there's now a new-age alternative to de-stress—the yoga room.
That's right, San Francisco (where else?) has officially opened a new yoga room just past the security checkpoint in Terminal 2. The room—complete with floating wall, blue light, loaner yoga mats and soon-to-come felt-covered zen rocks—is being billed as a respite for the weary traveler. Airport officials have even kept the less-flexible, stressed-out traveler in mind with its reflection room in the International Terminal.
Of course, a yoga room ain't got nothin' on the nine-hole golf course or free PlayStation terminals in the Hong Kong International Airport, or the sleeping pods in Vancouver, B.C., and Copenhagen. And of course, Heathrow will call your sleeping pods and raise you an 11,000-square-foot Harrods department store alongside Chanel, Paul Smith and Burberry.
If you head to the Charlotte Douglas International Airport, you can cop a squat in one of the more than 100 white rocking chairs in the airport.
Of course, if you really want to go all out, head to the Singapore Changi Airport, where you can swim in a rooftop pool between flights or have tiny fish nibble the dead skin off your feet in the Fish Spa. The airport was ranked No. 1 for leisure amenities in the 2011 Skytrax World Airport Awards.
After getting frisked at security checkpoints, a little de-stressing is just what we need, although most of us would settle for some coffee, free wi-fi and a place to plug in our laptop.