If you’re looking to combine luxury with your off-piste antics, Higashiyama Niseko Village, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, has opened in Niseko.
Ah, there’s nothing like racing down a pristine mountainside, communing with nature as you plough your way through virgin powder, and if you’re like many of Asia’s snow bunnies, Niseko will be where you like to carve up the slopes (when that’s possible again). Arguably the region’s most popular all-year alpine destination, Niseko is a locale that’s always reinventing itself and now, with the arrival of one of the world’s few Ritz-Carlton Reserve properties, things just got even more enticing.
Higashiyama Niseko Village is a stunning ski-in/ski-out property, located at the base of Mount Niseko-Annupuri, that interweaves the highest level of personalised service and care with the charm of Japanese hospitality. As only the fifth Ritz-Carlton reserve property in the world, the all-seasons Higashiyama Niseko Village offers a distinctly luxurious gateway to Niseko’s mountains, renowned gastronomy, culture, and traditions.
Set on 886-hectares of skiable terrain, with access to backcountry slopes as well as hiking trails, activity parks, and world-class golf courses (because let’s face it, this season is a bust anyway), the new Niseko resort offers just 50 luxurious guest rooms and suites, many with panoramic views of Mount Yotei and Mount Niseko Annupuri. Each elegant space is dressed in natural marble, fragrant cedarwood, and flame-brushed granite.
Ease those post-slope aches and pains in your room’s deep onsen-styled soak tub before descending to the resort’s restaurants, where the après-ski scene includes boutique Japanese single malts and signature cocktails fire-side at the Ume Lounge, the freshest sushi at Sushi Nagi, and a celebration of seasonality at Yukibana.
Alternatively, make for the spa, home to traditional Japanese onsens mineral springs, a modern fitness centre, and a menu of holistic treatments that will soothe and nurture adventurous souls in preparation for another day on the slopes.
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