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Club Med unveils its Newest Resort in Kiroro Japan which reveals the Extraordinary Side of Hokkaido

Henri Giscard d’Estaing reaffirms the global mountain leadership ambition of Club Med with one of its newest addition, Club Med Kiroro

Club Med Kiroro to open in Hokkaido, Japan in December 2022, offering unconventional and unspoiled highlights of the region—from pristine views and snow slopes to brilliant nature and local culture.

Singapore, 28 June 2022 – During a reveal event with partners in Club Med Singapore’s newest office, Henri Giscard d’Estaing, President of Club Med, announced its newest addition to its portfolio of resorts in Hokkaido, Japan. Opening in December 2022, Club Med Kiroro, Hokkaido will offer an ideal getaway for city folks—with one-of-a-kind untouched snow experience and natural environment right at the thick, where mountain meets ocean and offering guests access to some of the best powder snow in the world, with long ski seasons and fresh ski tracks.

The new Club Med Kiroro will be a takeover and combination of two existing properties to create one integrated snow resort with two distinctive buildings, located just a 3-minute buggy ride or a short gondola ride apart, that blends seamlessly with the Kiroro ski domain. Recently with The Kiroro voted as the best ski resort in Japan in the World Ski Awards 2021, the re-branding and re-designing of the resort to Club Med promises a new chapter of elevated mountain vacations delivered with signature programming that will continue to draw families, millennials and the next generation of avid vacationers from all around the world.

Conducted in two phases, Club Med Kiroro Peak will open this December followed by Club Med Kiroro Grand in 2023. With the opening of both buildings, Club Med Kiroro will offer close to 400 guest rooms with the support of over 450 G.Os (Gentil Organisateurs) and G.Es (Gentil Employees) during the peak winter season. Guests will be able to make a reservation for Club Med Kiroro Peak as soon as 1st August 2022. Club Med has three other resorts in Japan—the trendy Club Med Tomamu in Hokkaido, the debonair Club Med Sahoro in Hokkaido and the vibrant Club Med Kabira Ishigaki in Okinawa.

“Club Med Kiroro lies in the outer bounds of the conventional, where being different and distinctive is the ordinary. With the resort’s accessibility, panoramic mountain views, quality powder snow in the winter and close to travel hotspots like Otaru coastal town, there are endless opportunities to create a constant stream of activities all-year-round. As we continue to invest and grow in our ski leadership with the goal of doubling our mountain capacity in Asia by 2023, we are excited to include another property in Japan yet keeping it distinctive from others. This addition to our ever-growing portfolio will allow guests to discover another side of Hokkaido in the heart of the untouched Kiroro domain.” said Henri Giscard d'Estaing, President of Club Med. “Club Med Kiroro’s one-of-a-kind facilities and unique experiences will appeal to thrill-seeking mavericks – a destination unconventional and unspoiled.”

Delivering an Unconventional Hokkaido experience

Known internationally as a powder skiing mecca and being situated on the outer fringes of Niseko between the south of Otaru city and to the west of Sapporo city in Hokkaido, Club Med Kiroro, Hokkaido boasts the finest powder snow in the world produced by the combination of Siberian winds meeting the cold waters of Hokkaido Island and has the most snowfall at 21m annually on average, more than anywhere else in the country.

Located 90-minute drive away from the New Chitose Airport and easily accessible by train to Otaru Chikko Station, the ski-in-ski-out resort offers snow enthusiasts direct access to an untouched ski domain with 23 courses for all levels and pristine off-piste ski slopes, providing avid skiers an unparalleled backcountry exploration across both the Asari and Nagamine mountains. Families too can have a ton of fun in the powdery snow with snowboarding, snowshoe experiences and a majestic snow park. To top it off, delight in a spectacular view of the ocean from the top of the mountains and revel in all that Hokkaido has to offer. This unique experience is nothing but exceptional.

There is no such thing as ordinary at Club Med Kiroro, where after-ski activities here are designed to impress. Expect the unexpected – cheese fondues with a twist, DJ parties on the slopes and not-so-traditional hot cocoa after a day out on the slopes. In the summer, watch as the mountains come alive with lush greenery and get treated to activities within the resort that include panorama gondolas, mountain stream walking, mini-golf, tennis and mountain biking, bringing guests closer to nature. The area is also home to plenty of wineries and fruit orchards, perfect for an explorative summer adventure.

Club Med Kiroro will be home to the finest collection of experiences for the unconventional travel seeker. Take the first step into the lobby and be enchanted by the art-inspired décor that effortlessly combines local culture with an artsy twist. As guests make their way through the resort’s main building (also known as the mountain centre) into the next, they can expect the visual spectacle to continue with featured works from Japanese & international artists, sparking creativity and spontaneity. The two resort buildings provide distinct experiences but will seamlessly be integrated into one resort, creating an idyllic space where art meets culture.

Capturing the essence of Hokkaido while celebrating the Brand’s French roots

Club Med Kiroro Grand

Bringing on a new dimension to vacation experiences, Club Med Kiroro will provide guests with a multitude of facilities including workshops, nature centres, an indoor resort pool with a dedicated kids zone and an in-house public bath. All of which are designed with an artistic touch to grow curiosity and ignite new passions.

Designed for couples and families with teenagers alike, Club Med Kiroro Peak has a minimum age access of 12 year old while Club Med Kiroro Grand houses a wide host of family-oriented activities and facilities suitable for all ages. Aprés ski the Hokkaido way as Club Med Kiroro Grand also boasts a 100% hot spring water natural onsen, a cedar-wood sauna and a stone sauna that encapsulate an oriental design. 

Guests can also discover local Hokkaido delights and craftsmanship right within the resort. Wander through the gallery that showcases handmade Otaru glass crafts and local artist paintings or savour sake from local breweries and appreciate the artisan brewing process that produced the crisp and fresh nihonshu.

Embark on a gastronomical adventure with Club Med Kiroro as the resort integrates the perfect mix of European conviviality along with all that the region is known for – from sampling the freshly baked pastries made with artisanal Hokkaido flour and the wide range of local wines and cheeses to indulging in an avant-garde dining experience that combines the best of Japanese local produce, know-how and the French savoir faire in our French Alps speciality restaurant.

As the pioneer provider of premium all-inclusive holidays, Club Med endeavours to create a sense of adventure and experience for all guests, providing them an insider’s perspective into local cultures and activities, and encouraging family bonding and growth for guests across all ages. Club Med is the world leader for all-inclusive holidays, having crafted more than 70 years’ worth of experiences in over 70 resorts around the world, bringing across a unique holiday experience enjoyed by one and all. Here at Club Med Kiroro, one-of-a-kind discoveries await.

Consolidating Club Med global mountain leadership with its expansion plan

As the global leader of all-inclusive snow holidays, Club Med accelerates with new openings this winter across the world with:

  • Club Med Val D’ Isere, France will open in December 2022. The resort is undergoing a complete transformation to meet Exclusive Collection status. As such, it will be the brand’s first entirely Exclusive Collection Resort located in the mountains, with a total of 216 rooms available for booking in winter and summer.
  • Club Med Tignes, France, will open December 2022 in Tignes Val Claret, a natural sports paradise where Club Med has called home since 1958. The resort will feature 430 rooms, including 25 Exclusive Collection suites, two restaurants, a full spa and wellness salt wall, the largest Club Med pool in the Alps, a full childcare program and a ski domain suitable for every level
  • Later on, Club Med San Sicario, Italian Alps will open December 2024 as a new addition to Club Med’s mountain portfolio in the Italian Alps. The bi-seasonal resort will feature 200 rooms located on a prime ski location from the 2006 Turin Olympics
  • Club Med Utah will open December 2024 as its first-ever Exclusive Collection resort and the first new resort in the United States of America in more than 20 years. Located at Snowbasin, Utah, the resort will feature 320 rooms and ski-in-ski-out access to surrounding slopes.
  • Many others in China

With more than 70 years of experience, Club Med continuously pioneers the best snow destinations and experiences to offer unique holidays to millennial families and active couples looking for hassle free all inclusive holidays.

SOURCE: Club Med


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