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Travel Year-end escapades: A white holiday at Ki Niseko

Year-end escapades: A white holiday at Ki Niseko

Year-end escapades: A white holiday at Ki Niseko
By Lin Gwee
September 11, 2014

If a wintry ski holiday is what you’re hankering for this December, Ki Niseko offers that — and more.

Exterior of Ki Niseko

Ski enthusiasts, rejoice. Gruelling long-haul flights to ski retreats in France or Switzerland can now be passed over with the opening of Ki Niseko, a brand new luxury hotel in Japan. Ki Niseko is situated in the Niseko ski resort strip, an area often referred to as the St Mortiz or Aspen of Asia. Imagine slopes filled with powder-fine snow and you'll begin to picture the sweeping landscape that backdrops this luxurious hotel. Ki Niseko will open its doors this December — just in time for those planning for a year-end getaway. 

Deluxe bedroom with a view of Mount Yotei

A room with a view

Couples, families, or groups of friends are all well catered for as the hotel offers several accomodation options: standard rooms, one or two bedroom apartments, and two exclusive penthouses – calibrated for the ultimate luxury experience. The well-appointed rooms are fitted with sizable windows in each, offering guests breathtaking views of Mount Yotei (Hokkaido's answer to Mount Fuji) or Hirafu alpine panoramas. Each room is equipped with complimentary Wifi, satellite television with English language channels and thoughtful amenities including traditional Japanese-style hotel wear known as Jinbei. 

Skiing & more

Hitting the ski slopes has never been easier. The hotel is connected to the ski grounds via a bridge from the second floor, giving you direct access to various ski sites. Tour operators and guides are available for those seeking the adrenaline rush of skiing off-piste, with pick-up at the hotel itself. Partaking in other snow sports such as snowboarding, snowmobiling, snow tubing and snow shoeing is also possible. For those who visit the hotel during the summer months, activities such as golfing and water rafting will keep you suitably occupied.

Deluxe bedroom with a view of the ski resort

Winding down

Ki Niseko is also focused on improving your overall physical health and bringing you closer to mother nature. Their private natural thermal onsen is just the right place for those who prefer less heart-pumping thrills. The mineral-rich water is drawn from hotel's own source and boasts soothing and rejuvenating properties for the fatigued body. In addition, massage services are available at your disposal. Bathroom amenities are chosen to help the body cope with the cold and dry air — a thoughtful gesture that nods towards the hotel's commitment to providing for your every need.

View from the bedroom

Feast

Feeling peckish? Look no further than An Dining, Café & Bar. The all-day dining outlet offers a buffet-style breakfast and a la carte options for lunch. Come evening, the space transforms into a stylish izakaya proffering dishes accented with local Hokkaido produce. Here, you'll find a selection of fine sake to enjoy with your meal alongside famed Nikka whisky from Yoichi.  

Bookings are now open for the winter 2014/2015 season. Visit www.kiniseko.com for more information.


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