HOTEL THE VALE NISEKO
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Just off the corner of Grand Hirafu’s main intersection sits a strikingly angled hotel designed by architectural firm Nikken Sekkei. Rising layers of balconies capture competing views of the ski hills of Mount Annupuri and the snow-capped Mount Yotei. The Vale is a collaboration between Australian-born architect Nerida Bawtree and Nikken Sekkei. Nikken Sekkei has completed over 20,000 projects and 100 years of design in over 40 countries, they rank as the number one architectural firm in the world by BD world Architecture magazine. Nerida Bawtree is a pioneer of the synthesis of International style and Japanese luxury. Her experience includes projects with highly acclaimed firms Future Systems of London, Alex Popov of Sydney and Marques & Zuchirchen of Luzern, Switzerland. The Vale Niseko is crammed with luxury amenities like a gorgeous pool and onsen and personalised service designed to deliver guests a complete relaxation package in Niseko’s winter wonderland.
AT THE DOORSTEP OF GRAND HIRAFU
Step outside the hotel and the ski lifts, schools and equipment rental services unfold before you in seconds. This is one of the premier Ski-in Ski-out locations in Niseko that offers 2100 acres of powder runs. Altogether there are forty-nine guest units comprising one, two and three bedroom apartments.
For those travelers looking for an ultra-premium experience The Vale Niseko offers penthouse units at the top of the building. Private Onsens. 300 degree panorama views and luxurious furnishing make this one of
Niseko`s most exquisite residences.
Acclaimed interior firm Nikken Space Design combined with luxury furnishing firm Yamigawa to offer the perfect blend of both Japanese style grandeur and elegance. From the lobby right through to each apartment, stunning lighting is selected for artwork and feature highlighting, functionality and mood. Walking nearby at night reveals the beautifully allotted interior choices that comfort and soothe the senses.
Literally on the ski run, in the heart of Niseko, centre of the worlds best powder snow. The Vale Niseko`s ultimate location renders 2100 acres of sublime powder terrain and all village amenities literally at your doorstep.
Japanese interior design is the overarching style of The Vale Niseko and includes reknowned Miele appliances, natural stone surfaces, darkly-hued hardwood flooring and bespoke joinery. The aesthetic is clean, modern and rich in tones and textures. Clever details offer a high functioning environment with graphic signage done particularly well.
Entering the onsen room, natural material surfaces like jet-black slate tiles, polished blond timber and reflective glass emerge from the steamy air. The Vale infuses essential oils into the vapor of the onsen area,including soothing pine, sandalwood, lavende and jasmine. Showers are equipped with cedar stools and matching wood wash bowls as is typical in Japanese onsens.
The hot spring is called Kakenagashi – meaning the thermal water is not filtered from the source nor recirculated back into the pools at anytime. The Kakenagashi cycle of natural filtration takes 160 years for the water to filter down from Mt. Yotei which allows the mineral rich volcanic rock to season the water slowly over time. Minerals present in the water includes Natrium, Magnesium, and Calcium. The Vale Niseko onsen taps 700m deep into this mineral rich volcanic region to collect its natural thermal spring water.
Designed for ultimate relaxation the smell of sandlewoods and cedar soothe the mind as ambient lighting quietly reveals the Zen garden outside. Onsen designer Suzuki San of Nikken Space combined the traditional Japanese ‘’wabi sabi’’ simplicity to create a memorable open air bathing experience. The outside baths use dramatic contrasts of light and steam to create a magical setting. The inside baths mix stone, timber, glass and a gentle infusion of essential oil such as mountain pine, sandlewood, lavender or jasmine.
The Vale Niseko is designed for maximum lifestyle appreciation. Rooms are fitted with reverse cycle air conditioning, open fire places, private natural onsens, twin high speed elevators and personal gear dry cabinetry for the ultimate in morning fresh ski gear.
The hotel resort rooms in The Vale Niseko afford owners their own space in Hirafu’s most coveted address combined with all the most-desirable facilities. These rooms are heavily booked throughout the winter due to their unrivaled convenience and competent service all in the centre of Niseko’s action.
DINING AT THE VALE
Casual convenience is the best way to describe dining options at the Vale Niseko Hotel. Just outside the lobby is the Vale Grill offering all day food service from large breakfasts, grilled lunches and boozy aprés ski drinks. There is enough variety and choices to please the casual traveller although those with more fickle palates will want to book reservations at some of Niseko’s better dining establishments like Niseko Izakaya Bang Bang just up the street.
LOCATION: 166-9 Yamada, Kutchan-cho, Abuta-gun, Hokkaido 044-0081, Japan
WEBSITE: THE VALE NISEKO