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The Hilton Niseko Village Set to Become Asia’s Leading
Branded Mountain Resort Destination, Located on the Island of Hokkaido
Singapore, 27 May 2008 - The Hilton Niseko Village, opening on July 1st, 2008, is set to become Asia’s premier internationally branded mountain resort destination, located at the foot of magnificent 1,309 meter Mount Anupuri on the Northern Japanese island of Hokkaido. The 506-room full service deluxe Hilton-managed hotel (formerly the Niseko Higashiyama Prince Hotel) will enhance the hospitality offerings at Niseko Village, a popular destination resort. Niseko Village comprises a ski area with manicured pistes and deep powder glades and boasts summertime activities including golf, horse riding, fishing, and rope courses. It also provides the perfect base for the region’s white water rafting and adventure options.
Niseko is renowned for its powder-perfect dry snow and low humidity summers. With its powerful combination of secluded natural beauty, mountainous landscape, hot springs and one of Japan’s purest water sources, Niseko’s diverse attractions cannot fail to inspire visitors to get out and enjoy what the great outdoors has to offer.
Oded Lifschitz, Vice President Operations Hilton Hotels – Japan, Korea and Micronesia commented, “Niseko is experiencing a growth in tourism with increasing visitor arrivals from Japanese cities as well as Australia, Asia and Europe. We see great potential for the tourism market to grow here, in the summer season as well as in winter. Hilton Niseko Village is a response to growing demand for deluxe hotels here”.
Hilton Niseko Village
The hotel lobby, which was designed by renowned Japanese interior designer, Yukio Hashimoto Design Studio, will be kept warm during winter by one of Japan’s largest fireplaces, a 2.7 meter high enclosed gas flame hearth, suspended from the 3 storey high lobby ceiling.
Boasting a ski-in, ski-out location, skiers will be able to come straight off the piste and into the hotel’s ski lounge, where a Ski Valet will be on hand to assist guests and store their equipment with a boot-warming facility. For guests that wish to explore the countryside by renting cars, the hotel offers valet parking and door-to-door transfers by snow mobile. In summertime, nature and wildlife tours can be made by golf cart.
Hilton Niseko Village’s focus will be on delivering 100% hassle-free experiences including arranged airport pickups, school bookings, rental arrangements and valet services for rental cars through to the ambassadors, dedicated to helping guests identify how to spend their time in Niseko and get the most from their experience.
The Food and Beverage offerings will set a new standard for the region through striking design and innovative menu concepts. Restaurants with breathtaking views of Mount Yotei include a steakhouse and grill and an all day dining restaurant. A comprehensive Japanese restaurant will offer a Teppan Grill, Sushi station and Japanese eatery. Hilton will also manage the restaurant, Mak, at the top of the mountain. (Mak means ”mountain top” in the aboriginal Ainu language of Hokkaido).
A highlight will also be the ambience of the après ski bar, “Ezo” (the ancient name for Hokkaido), a stunning pub designed by Yukio Hashimoto Design Studio, overlooking the ski piste and complete with smooth wooden communal benches and a range of iconic beverages including Japanese Sakes and Sochu, Chinese and Korean liqueurs, and European Glüwein and Schnapps.*
Hilton Niseko General Manager, Daniel Welk commented, “The Hilton Niseko Village will be all about real experience and personalized service that will combine to give our guests great memories of their time in Hokkaido’s nature. The beauty of this hotel and destination lies in its diverse appeal. It is the sum of its many parts - appealing to families that want to spend quality time together all the way to extreme sports-fans or even companies that want to offer their employees a whole new team building experience”.
The hotel has a traditional Onsen (a Japanese hot spring) with baths indoors and outdoors where guests can soak in mineral-rich 42 degree water and gaze over the breathtaking views of Mt. Yotei and the hotel koi pond.
The hotel will also house an intimate and luxurious spa, using pure aromatherapy oils, the healing properties of indigenous stones and herbs coupled with traditional massage techniques practiced in the area.
Established as a tourist destination over 40 years ago, today Niseko is one of Japan’s most successful and popular recreational destinations.
Within Japan, Niseko is designated as a "Special Heavy Snowfall Region".
An annual 11 meters (430 inches) of snowfall and a long winter season allows
Niseko to provide some of the world’s best-known powder skiing, snowboarding
and winter activities. Niseko Village provides guests with the ultimate
ski-in, ski-out base for adventure and offers a diverse array of activities
including skiing, snowboarding, night skiing, adult and children-specific
Snow School programmes; snowmobiling, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing,
and winter horseback riding. Niseko Village’s ski lifts access a wide expanse
of groomed and un-groomed inbounds
Steps from the lobby of the Hilton Niseko Village, the Niseko Village Golf Course boasts rolling fairways separated by silver birch and larch trees and vistas of Mt. Yotei and Mt. Annupuri. This beautiful 18-hole 73-par course has an outstanding par-6, stretching out a challenging 721 yards.
*Service of alcohol is subject to local laws.
With more than 500 hotels and resorts on six continents, Hilton continues to be an innovative leader in the full-service hospitality segment and one of the most recognized global names in the industry.
|Also See:||Citigroup Principal Investments Japan Signs Hilton Hotels to Manage the Niseko Higashiyama Prince Hotel; The Re-branded Hilton Niseko Village Expected to be a Top Mountain Destination Resort in Japan / November 2007|