The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, LLC has announced that the Ritz-Carlton Reserve to be built at the center of Niseko Village will open up its doors in 2020. Niseko is located at the base of Mount Niseko-Annupuri, renowned as among the world’s best ski haven in Hokkaido, Japan.
The Ritz-Carlton Reserve is one of the two new luxurious properties that the world-class hotel brand will be putting up in the Asia Pacific region in direct collaboration with YTL Hotels. The partnership will also see another branch of Ritz-Carlton to seen rise in the island resort of Koh Samui, Thailand.
When the Ritz-Carlton Reserve is completed and becomes operational, it will be the fifth for the popular hotel brand in Japan. Ritz-Carlton has existing braches in Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto and Okinawa. As for YTL Hotels, the Ritz-Carlton Reserve will serve as their number four hotel in Niseko.
According to Herve Humler, president and chief operating officer of The Ritz-Carlton, the Ritz-Carlton Reserve will boast of “one-of-a-kind boutique resorts positioned in unique settings, each with a distinctive personality and sense of place reflecting its history and culture.”
As part of the Niseko Village landscape, which is regarded as one of the world’s best ski resorts, the Ritz-Carlton Reserve will be in the same league of winter resorts found in St Moritz, Switzerland and Aspen, Colorado.
The hotel will mostly focus of its “ski-in and ski-out” service with the guest accommodations limited to only 50 de-luxe room, further highlighting the exclusivity of the Ritz-Carlton marque.”
“A refuge from the expected, Ritz-Carlton Reserve is for travelers seeking to discover a singular location and peerless resort that will offer guests’ exotic, hand-selected ‘hideaway’ destinations in a relaxed, casually elegant atmosphere. Niseko is a natural choice to complement our existing exclusive portfolio,” Humler said.
Also, the Ritz-Carlton Reserve stands to benefit from the rising stature of Niseko as among the world’s all-season vacation destination. Forbes has shortlisted the Hokkaido town as one of the best ski resorts there is. For its part, The New York Times said Niseko is a must-visit and is easily part of the Top 20 tourist spots in the world.
Since the Ritz-Carlton Reserve resort will rise at the heart of Niseko Village, guests will have direct access to some of the best ski slopes in the world and Niseko’s famed dry champagne powder snow during winter time. For summer activities, Niseko also offers a diverse range of outdoor recreation such as golf, trekking and horse riding.
Or visitors can simply marvel at the breathtaking view of Mount Yotei, also known by locals as Ezo Fuji, in reference to the mountain’s close resemblance to Mount Fuji.