This year marks the 7th Annual World Ski Awards, a collection of accolades that reward outstanding players in the ever-growing ski tourism sector, and in 2019 the Niseko region is representing well among some of the giants of the industry.
In the Japan's Best Ski Chalet and Japan's Best Ski Boutique Hotel categories, 3 of Vacation Niseko's Prestige Properties have been nominated, attesting to our dedication to providing great accommodation options with incredible service in the high-end market. More and more guests are coming to Niseko each year to experience not only world-class powder snowsports but the best service, accommodation, views and experiences money can buy. We are so excited to be recognised in these categories as we believe our properties and expert team are some of the best in the region.
Our Aspect property was once again nominated, and is a frontrunner for Japan's Best Ski Chalet in 2019. It's spacious apartments, second-to-none concierge team and incredible design has earned it the spot in the top 5, and we think it has what it takes to earn the title! Aspect is consistently one of our most popular properties, with luxury and convenience at every turn, making your accommodation rivalrous to the Niseko powder as the best part of your stay.
LOFT Niseko was nominated in the Japan's Best Ski Boutique Hotel category and is revered for it's understated yet sophisticated interiors, penthouse-style apartments and spectacular views. Consisting of only 4 apartments, LOFT Niseko is the best option for those looking for ultimate privacy, and it's scandi inspired design gives guests a relaxing, open feel to rest the body and mind whilst on vacation. A friendly concierge team is also available every day to help with last minute bookings, travel tips and of course complimentary shuttles to the lifts and anywhere else in the village.
And finally MUSE Niseko was also nominated for Japan's Best Ski Boutique Hotel in 2019, offering a convenient central village location, urban design elements and of course, views to impress. MUSE Niseko is popular among couples and small families for it's perfect balance of luxury and size, and is one of our few properties that offer 1 bedroom apartments and studios. It features native Ainu painting scattered throughout the property and cutting-edge architecture by Riccardo Tossani. A daily shuttle service to the lifts each day ensures guests can make first chair in comfort.
A highly sought-after prize in the World Ski Awards is the Japan's Best Ski Resort title. Japan is exponentially being recognised as one of the best snowsports locations in the world, and with more and more Japanese resorts being discovered by travellers, earning the #1 spot is a big deal. Last year nearby resort Rusutsu won, putting Hokkaido firmly on the watchlist for best resort, and this year Niseko United is nominated and vying for the win!
With constant expansions and renovations to accommodation and amenities in the village, along with further development in the outer villages and HANAZONO Resort, Niseko United is constantly striving to be the best intersection of incredible snow, great facilities and unbeatable nightlife in Japan. Improvements aren't slowing down anytime soon, so a win in this category would not only be deserved for 2019 but potentially a title to be held onto for years to come.
Japan's Best Ski Resort
Nominee - Niseko United
Japan's Best Ski Chalet
Japan's Best Ski Boutique Hotel
World's Best New Ski Hotel
Nominee - Skye Niseko
Japan's Best Ski Hotel
World's Best Ski Transfer Operator
Nominee - SkyExpress