Luxury hotel group Aman is set to open a new resort in the Niseko region located in Japan’s northern Hokkaido Island in 2023.
Situated on the high slopes of Mount Moiwa in Hokkaido’s Niseko region, Aman Niseko will be an “all-season retreat” featuring 30 guest rooms as well as wellness facilities and a number of restaurants on a 187-hectare site.
It will also be “just minutes away” from the restaurants, cultural museums and entertainment options in Niseko’s five main areas: Moiwa, Hirafu, Niseko Village, Annupuri and Hanazono.
The resort will pay homage to Japan’s ryokan (traditional inn), with its views of the surrounding forests and mountains, open fireplaces, private furo (Japanese bath) bathtubs in each room and onsen (hot spring) facilities, as well as wooden accents in the interiors.
Aman bills this new property as “the first full spa and wellness resort in Japan”. Japanese and European spa and healing rituals, fitness and mindfulness activities, healthy cuisine, as well as personalised retreat programmes “crafted in consultation with each guest” will be offered at the resort.
The Aman Spa will feature single and double treatment suites, pre-treatment lounges, relaxation pods and thermal spa areas, including Finnish saunas, a Watsu treatment chamber, cold plunge pools, steam rooms, Moroccan hammam bath, experience showers (shower spaces with lighting and aromatic effects) and onsen (Japanese hot spring).
Other facilities inside the Aman Spa will include an indoor lap pool and an aqua fitness pool that both overlook an outdoor terrace with forest and mountain views, as well as a spa lounge that leads to a boutique and a tea room.
There will also be a two-storey kids’ club with a reception area, a healthy refreshment area, a matcha bar, an indoor playground, a bowling alley, games zone, theatre, half a basketball court, indoor swimming and wading pools, changing rooms, an outdoor terrace, a toddlers’ play area and a nap room. There will be staff members looking after children on site.
The dining options in the resort will feature Japanese fine dining, Aman’s own Italian dining concept Arva, as well as seasonal cuisine – international comfort food for winter or lighter flavours for summer.
What’s more, Aman Niseko will also be home to 31 exclusive Aman branded residences built on a mountain within the nature resort, which Aman said is a first in Japan. The residences, set on a forested slope, will have seasonal views of Mount Yotei.
This two-storey property will feature three en-suite bedrooms over two floors, with a loft-like mezzanine level. Other in-residence facilities include private indoor and outdoor onsen hot spring facilities, entertainment areas, staff quarters, covered garages, dedicated ski rooms and storage spaces. Aman added that home theatres, massage rooms, wine cellars and cigar rooms are “all possibilities” that can be added.
Residence owners will enjoy “privileged access” to all the wellness and dining facilities in the resort as well.
The Niseko region is a popular ski destination during the winter season, and is known for its abundant snowfall and long ski runs. During the summer months, the mild weather makes it an ideal destination for hiking, mountain biking and river rafting as well.
In other news, Aman recently announced the launch of its second urban US property in Miami.