Singapore, 15 December 2022 – Club Med’s newest addition to its portfolio of snow resorts in Asia, Club Med Kiroro Peak, is officially opened. Set in Hokkaido, the 2.1-hectare resort is aimed at city dwellers looking for experiences beyond the ordinary. With a one-of-a-kind untouched snow experience in a natural environment complete with direct access to a pristine ski domain, Club Med Kiroro Peak offers some of the best powdery snow in the world of an average annual snowfall of 21 metres and long ski season lasting up till May each year, the only Club Med mountain resort in Asia to offer spring skiing.
Club Med Kiroro Peak has 126 rooms, along with the brand’s first traditional Japanese onsen, distinctive restaurant and bar concepts, a full-service spa and wellness space, modern event spaces, and much more. At Club Med Kiroro Peak, being different and distinctive is a lifestyle. Those who visit Kiroro will find themselves at the fringe of the extraordinary with experiences that are first-of-its-kind, brought alive by the authentic Club Med spirit and an amazing international team from more than 110 different nationalities. With the beautiful mountain landscape as its backdrop and interiors celebrating local craftsmanship, an all-new upscale experience awaits in this brand new ski resort.
From left to right: Wu Min, Paul Hiriart, Marc Letourneau, Rachael Harding, Momotu Baba, Diane Wong, Abdel Ziati, Tatiana Poujol, Jun Tsunoda
“Hokkaido has always been a popular destination especially in Asia Pacific. The opening of Club Med Kiroro Peak is a continuation of our portfolio’s expansion and growth of mountain destinations within the region and across the world,” said Rachael Harding, Chief Executive Officer, East and South Asia & Pacific Markets. “We are excited for our guests to experience this breathtaking resort that offers unconventional and unspoiled highlights of the region—from magnificent views and powder snow slopes to unrivalled natural beauty and local culture. Club Med Kiroro Peak also enhances our destination portfolio, where there is a resort to suit everyone’s ideal vacation.”
Designed by hospitality interior specialists, Studio HBA, Club Med Kiroro seamlessly blending tradition and modernity with contemporary touches and upscaled comfort for the unconventional travel seeker.
Take the first step into the lobby and be charmed by the art-inspired décor that effortlessly interprets local culture with a twist. As guests make their way through the resort, they can expect the visual spectacle to continue with featured works from Japanese and international artists, sparking creativity and spontaneity. The well-designed spaces flow organically into one another through the avant-garde design of Japanese clean lines combined with bold, contemporary Western elements, providing guests with high-end aesthetics and comfort to elevate the vacation experience in an informal yet chic ambience, all while complementing the holistic Club Med experience.
The 126-room resort boasts three accommodation categories - 113 Superior and 11 Deluxe Rooms, and two Suites, customisable to suit guests’ comfort preference. Every room at Kiroro Peak is warmly furnished with an inviting palette of alpine timbre combined with touches of comfortable bespoke Japanese patterned fabric collage and Western tartan patterns. Guests will be invited to dream at Kiroro Peak as reflected in the Japanese stylised wide-brush calligraphy painting above the headboard in each room.
“Club Med Kiroro Peak features an uncompromised way of living culture, unspoiled natural scenarios and undiscovered sight-seeing gems that we believe match our guests’ desire to reconnect with the sights and sounds of nature,” said Jean-Charles Fortoul, CEO of Club Med APAC Resorts, “We are thrilled to introduce this unique location to our guests by developing a strong product offering in Club Med Kiroro Peak and delivering the best in-resort experience for today’s travellers.”
Bringing on a new dimension to vacation experiences, Club Med Kiroro Peak offers a multitude of facilities and activities. Adventure seekers can blaze new trails and experience the best high-altitude adventure playgrounds. 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 Peak, Hokkaido boasts the finest powder snow in the world with 160 days of winter and the most snowfall at 21 metres annually on average, more than anywhere else in the country. The resort will offer guests unlimited ski-in, ski-out access to an untouched ski domain with 23 courses and pristine off-piste ski slopes, and access to daily group ski and snowboard lessons, ranging from beginner to advanced.
Guests seeking active experiences outside of traditional skiing and snowboarding can choose from activities like snow trekking, yoga, cardio training, digital darts and swim sessions at the resort's indoor pool. For a more relaxing experience, guests can also indulge themselves in a full body and wellness experience during their winter holiday.
Enjoy a moment of zen at the brand’s first-ever traditional Japanese Onsen* filled with 100% natural hot spring water, or choose to be surrounded by the snowy mountainscape and take a relaxing soak in the Rotenburo outdoor hot bathtub or simply indulge in soothing treatments at the Club Med Spa.
An exciting culinary lineup awaits at Club Med Kiroro Peak. The resort will feature three restaurants and one main bar. Otaru, the resort's main restaurant serves a wide variety of international and Japanese delights, The Kaen*, a yakiniku specialty restaurant presents an authentic Japanese barbecue experience featuring premium local Hokkaido and Wagyu beef, and fresh seafood, and The Ogon*, an Asian Fusion specialty restaurant that specialises in Chinese and Thai cuisine paired with fresh, locally sourced ingredients from the region. Perfect to recharge at after a day out on the slopes, The View Bar offers snacks and beverages all day, complemented by the picturesque views of snow-covered peaks, which transforms into a theatre in the evening for nightly live entertainment.
While Club Med Kiroro Peak has a minimum age access of 12-year-old, new programmes and activities are designed for couples and multi-generational families to allow each family member to spend some “me-time”/personal alone and quality time together as a family.
Discover local Hokkaido delights and craftsmanship in the nearby Otaru Coastal Town, a port city known for their glasswork and oil lamp factories, music boxes and sake distilleries just 40 minutes away from Club Med Kiroro Peak in the northwest of Sapporo on Ishikari Bay. Wander through streets that showcase handmade Otaru glass crafts and local artist paintings, or try a hand at creating beautiful pieces of art to bring home at the Otaru Glassmaking Workshop**. Savour artisanal sake and beers from local breweries in the Otaru and Yoichi Distillery Visit** and uncover the secrets of the unique brewing process that produces the crisp and fresh nihonshu.
In the summer, watch as the mountains come alive with lush greenery and experience 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.
For more than 60 years, sustainability has been part of the Club Med DNA. Club Med has forged a strong belief: that moments of happiness offered to the guests are to be shared and cannot be experienced at the expense of others or of nature.
With 100% of Club Med resorts worldwide Green Globe certified and powered by Club Med’s very own ‘Happy to Care’ initiatives, Club Med Kiroro Peak is committed to continue the Club Med pledge to care. Initiatives that will be implemented at the resort include “Bye-Bye Plastic”, a programme that eliminates all single-use disposable plastic in the resort’s bars, rooms and restaurants. In addition, special care is taken to select regional (and seasonal) food products which encourage the use of short supply chains combined with an optimised management of buffets to reduce food waste.
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, whilst encouraging family bonding and growth for guests across all ages. Here at Club Med Kiroro Peak, one-of-a-kind discoveries await.
*These facilities are located a 3-minute bus ride or a short gondola ride apart at the adjacent Club Med Kiroro Grand, which is set to open in December 2023.
**These excursions are available at additional costs and can be booked through Club Med Kiroro Peak Excursion Desk.