August 13, 2014 01:00 By Phoowadon Duangmee The Nation
Eight luxury townhouses add to the range of luxury accommodation for the winter sports enthusiast in Hokkaido's Niseko Village
Boutique and spa resort brand YTL Hotels recently added winter sports to its elegant collection with the launch of the Kasara Niseko Village Townhouse – a collection of eight townhouses in the heart of Hokkaido’s award-winning Niseko Village.
Scheduled to open their doors to visitors from December 1, these three-bedroom townhouses on the very edge of the slopes are ideal for friends and families.
In parallel, Niseko Village is delivering on the first steps of its masterplan with the creation of a premium alpine shopping, dining and entertainment village a stone’s throw away from the resort’s luxurious hotels and residences.
“The Kasara Niseko Village Townhouse and new retail and dining experiences are the realisation of the first stage of the unique and exclusive developments under YTL Hotels’ Niseko Village masterplan,” says Luke Hurford, vice president of sales and marketing for the hotel chain.
“All these elements will create a world-class alpine destination with the unique touches of Japan and Hokkaido subtly interwoven with contemporary Western comforts and sophisticated dining and entertainment,” he adds.
The announcement followed on the heels of the company’s unveiling of its new Kasara brand in July, promising authentic and unforgettable experiences in exotic locations across the globe.
Staying true to the Kasara brand essence, the award-winning Design Intervention, has created a bespoke interior that captures key Japanese design principles. Each townhouse embraces shibumi and its principles, crafted with a sense of calm and a touch of richness, through contemporary furnishings that bring an undercurrent of glamour and warmth.
They include a traditional tatami room, shoji screens, lush fur throws and natural materials in gentle hues of greys, taupes and browns.
Guests at Kasara Niseko Village Townhouse will be entitled to priority privileges such as making fresh tracks on a guided Niseko Village mountain orientation with a local expert, access to both onsen and gym at the Hilton Niseko Village and The Green Leaf Niseko Village, and in-residence ski or snowboard boot fitting along with a host of personalised services including a residence concierge and complimentary driver-on-call.
The first phase of Kasara Niseko Village Townhouse comprises two blocks housing four townhouses each, all of which will have a view of the majestic Mount Yotei.
Each ski-in ski-out townhouse encompasses a minimum floor space of 240 square metres and accommodates up to six people. Three bedrooms, a flexible tatami-style dining room, a fully-equipped kitchen and laundry room set the foundation for a fabulous alpine getaway.
Adding vibrancy and energy to the destination, the new retail, food and beverage developments within Niseko Village are just moments away.
Inspired by traditional Japanese machiya architecture with its unmistakable sliding screens, wooden lattice facades and walkways lit by lanterns, the development will encourage guests to take leisurely strolls and enjoy dining on gourmet food and shopping for souvenirs.
Setting the benchmark for other Japanese ski resorts, an Asiatic tapas pub with a rustic Hokkaido twist will provide a dynamic place to socialise, eat, drink and party the night away.
Celebrated Michelin-starred Austrian-German chef Johann Lafer is also opening a brasserie that will operate year round and offer contemporary twists on European classics such as Wiener Schnitzel and pork knuckle.
“Niseko has evolved into Asia’s hottest ski destination over the past 10 years and it excites us to push it to even greater heights with Kasara Niseko Village and Asia’s best apres ski experiences. Coupled with the exotic appeal of the Japanese culture and traditions, we are certain that Niseko Village will draw new audiences from farther afield while exciting and retaining our loyal visitors,” says Hurford.
Kasara Niseko Village Townhouse is already taking short and long-term bookings for the 2014/15 winter season, beginning at US$2,000 per night for a three-bedroom townhouse.