Hot on the tails of Aman Kyoto’s opening last month, Aman Hotels & Resorts has announced its fourth property in Japan will be in the world-renowned ski resort, Niseko. The luxury wellness hospitality brand has announced Aman Niseko, slated to open in 2023, an all-season wellness spa retreat which will be the first of its kind in Japan.
Designed by Kerry Hill Architects, the same designers who conceptualised Aman Tokyo, Amanemu and Aman Kyoto, the resort incorporates its natural location into its design with sweeping views across mountains and forests from terraces and floor to ceiling windows, as well as warm wooden accents in the design materials.
Situated in 187-hectares of nature reserve on Mount Moiwa in Niseko, Hokkaido, Japan’s northern region, the boutique ryokan-inspired spa resort will feature 30 guest rooms, each with its own private Furo bathtubs and onsen facilities. Unlike the brand’s other properties in Japan, Aman Niseko’s focus predominantly on wellness rather than operating as a healthy hotel, with personalised retreat programmes which combine traditional Japanese healing and European approaches to health. Spa, fitness and mindfulness activities will be offered alongside healthy dining for a holistic wellness programme to revitalise guests.
Perhaps the most exciting part of the property, the Aman Spa mixes Japanese and European wellness traditions together for an extensive thermal bathing suite of Finnish saunas and Watsu treatment chambers, as well as cold plunge pools, steam rooms, hammam, experience showers, an onsen and an indoor lap pool. Single and double treatment rooms cater to solo travellers and couples, and the lounge space includes relaxation pods, a pre-treatment lounge and a Spa Tea room.
Deep nature immersion is a huge wellness travel trend for 2020 and beyond as people try to reconnect to the natural world and seek out more unique, slow-travel experiences that transform and inspire. Guests at Aman Niseko can expect skiing on some of Asia’s top ski slopes, while during the summer months, hiking, biking and river rafting are just a few of the outdoor adventures that await.
Vladislav Doronin, Chairman and CEO of Aman, said: “The announcement of Aman Niseko follows the recent and successful debut of Aman Kyoto. Aman Niseko is designed in harmony with its expansive and serene surroundings and the resort and residences will embrace Aman’s devotion to detail and impeccable service. This all-season resort will be a haven of peacefulness immersed in the purest Japanese scenery with the renowned thoughtfulness of Japanese hospitality.”
Guests can expect world-class Japanese and Italian dining venues, in addition to wellness spa cuisine, and for families looking for a holistic healthy holiday, a supervised kids club means parents can unwind while the little ones have fun. In addition to the resort, 31 Aman-branded residences are also available for prospective healthy holiday homeowners, which all come with exclusive access to the wellness and dining facilities at Aman Niseko.