Friday, September 19, 2008

New Hilton Hotel in Niseko

On July 1, Hilton opened a new 506-room deluxe Hotel at the foot of 1,309 meter Mount Annupuri in one of Japan’s premier ski resorts.
Hilton Niseko Village has a ski-in, ski-out location and it is only a few metres away from the Niseko Gondola at the base of the Niseko Annupuri Area. A low pressure weather system from Siberia is responsible for dumping an average 11 metres of unusually dry snow, allowing you to to enjoy the spectacular deep powder that blankets the uncrowded slopes of the three areas of the Niseko United (48 kilometres, 61 ski runs served by 38 lifts) and 30 kilometres of challenging off-piste back country.
After a day in the slopes, you can slip into the open hot springs to enjoy bright blue skies and views of verdant Mount Yotei, or slip off to the spa for some pampering and revitalization.
To complete a perfect ski day, you can enjoy your dinner in the Melt Grill and Bar or immerse yourself in Japanese food culture and enjoy teppanyaki dishes at Ren Japanese Restaurant.
General Manager, Daniel Welk believes it’s only a matter of time before Niseko and Hilton Niseko Village become the buzz word for the international traveller. "The Niseko region has everything to lure the international traveller: big nature, vibrant villages and an intoxicating combination of historic culture and cuisine. On top of that, we are surrounded by some of the purest snow in the world and an enduring ski season that starts in November and lasts well into April", said Mr Welk.
"There is somewhere in the vicinity of a billion people living within a radius of four hours’ travel time of Hokkaido’s major airport and with an infrastructure that runs on time, every time, coupled with champagne snow conditions, this has got to be the one of the best ski areas around. Niskeko is on par with the best of the European and American ski resorts, complete with a unique Japanese mystique", Mr Welk added.
Mr Welk argues that what the Hokkaido region has not had until now is a premium resort operated by a recognized international brand that ensures a seamless experience. “We want our guests to be greeted in their own language at the airport by a Hilton person who can assist them to travel smoothly to the resort. While there, they can order authentic Japanese dishes as well as western cuisine in English at any one of our seven restaurant outlets, and have a ski and snowboard instructor they can easily communicate with”.
In summer you can tee up in the 18-hole course designed by Arnold Palmer, go horseback riding out in the crisp northern air, or try white-water rafting down Shiribetsu River.