THE construction of luxury private ski lodges is the next development stage for Niseko to become the ‘Aspen of Asia,’ according to Keith Rodgers, President of Taiga Project Management.
“Leading Swiss ski resorts such as Verbier, St Anton, Zermatt and St Moritz offer private ski chalet accommodation with relaxed but sophisticated luxury, supported by live-in staff to attend to all the guests requirements including cooking, cleaning and driving them to and from the ski slopes, bars and restaurants,” Rodgers says.
This style of luxury ski accommodation is coming to Hirafu with the opportunity for an owner or syndicate of owners to own Kitsune, which is managed by Taiga project management. Kitsune (which means ‘fox’ in Japanese) is designed to be a chalet, a luxury boutique hotel, and a private residence all at once – mixing Swiss charm with Asian design.
It will be Niseko’s first private residence where owners and guests have the optional support of two live in staff to provide VIP service. Located in Hirafu’s East Village, Kitsune will feature 500sqm of luxury living over three levels with a wellness spa including Jacuzzi, sauna, and massage/beauty rooms. The double sized en-suite bedrooms will be the largest in Niseko, giving each guest an abundance of space to stretch out and relax.