HotelsFounder Gordon Oldham leads ceremony to launch latest project in Japan’s popular ski destination

Pavilions breaks ground in Niseko, Japan

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The Shinto shrine ceremony.
The Shinto shrine ceremony.

Two hours from New Chitose Airport, a short drive from the centre of Hirafu and 800m from the nearest ski lifts, Niseko’s newest luxury accommodation valued at US$100 million, will span a 40-room, all-suite hotel as well as luxurious private residences to be dotted within the forested estate and the nearby shopping and entertainment village – all with views of Mount Yotei. 

A local Shinto shrine ceremony and luxury bbq marked the ground-breaking ceremony for Pavilions’ upcoming 20-hectare estate that will encompass The Pavilions Niseko Hotel, The Ginto Residences and Ginto Village.

Two hours from New Chitose Airport, a short drive from the centre of Hirafu and 800m from the nearest ski lifts, Niseko’s newest luxury accommodation valued at US$100 million, will span a 40-room, all-suite hotel as well as luxurious private residences to be dotted within the forested estate and the nearby shopping and entertainment village – all with views of Mount Yotei. 

The Pavilions Niseko, opening 2019, will feature sukiya architecture, low-rise suites and signature Pavilions Signature Bar and Restaurant surrounding a Japanese garden courtyard, all designed with typical Japanese refined, understated elegance. The indoor and outdoor onsen pools complement the spa and fitness centre, and there will also be a library.

The Ginto Residences, secluded within the forest for total privacy, offers 31 plots of land for purchase and private villa development, starting at 1,000sqm and priced at US$1,000 per sqm, of which several have already been sold. Traditional Japanese fusuma and shoki (wall panels and room dividers) sit harmoniously within the contemporary interiors with floor-to-ceiling windows showcasing the tranquillity of the surrounding forest. Owners can expect preferred pricing and services at The Pavilions Niseko, as well as a ski valet and lounge, fridge stocking, housekeeping, event hosting and a 24/7concierge among other perks. 

Founder Gordon Oldham announced tie-ups with local restaurant and entertainment company Dragon Master for Ginto Village, as well as Explore Niseko for activities.

“The beauty of Niseko, and in many ways its best kept secret, is that it’s an all seasons destination,” said The Pavilions Hotels & Resorts’ founder and CEO, Gordon Oldham. “Families in Asia can enjoy exceptional winter season skiing, as well as a temperate climate that’s ideal for activities in the spring, summer and autumn months. To make the most of every season, we have partnered with these highly experienced operators to provide the best activities and attractions for our guests.”

The properties open to the stunning national forest countryside with year-round hiking and mountain biking trails on the doorstep. Watch the seasons pass with viewings of the local sika deer or Siberian chipmunks, basking in the cherry blossom season, summer with its multiple shades of green, koyo when birches and maples turning to autumn colours and contrasting with the evergreen pines, and of course to winter when the region is enveloped in the tangible silence and beauty of snow.

The properties join Pavilions’ existing resorts in Phuket, Bali and Pokhara, Nepal as well as boutique hotels in Amsterdam and Rome, with Madrid and Lisbon to open.

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