Hong Kongers have endured the coldest January since 1977, and a pretty darn chilly February too! I can't complain too much though, I know there are much colder places in the world. So I'm thinking if you can't escape the cold and get to somewhere exotic like Waikiki, then embrace it and go to the snow!
Niseko village is a few hours out of Sapporo in the Northern most island of Japan, Hokkaido. A place famous for beer, crab and skiing, and a favorite haunt for some of my friends. I never did make it to Hokkaido when I lived in Japan, but I might just need to organise a trip soon....and The Green Leaf resort may just be the place to say.
Newly designed by Alexandra Champalimaud and her team, The Green Leaf in Niseko, a 200-room ski-in, ski-out resort has unobstructed views of nearby Mt Yotei. The resort has been designed in a style which incorporate traditional elements of European mountain lodges with touches of Japanese style and local art.
One of the great things about Niseko is that its just as beautiful all year round, with plenty to do when its not of ski season. Even during ski season at The Green Leaf there is plenty to do for non-skiers (such as myself), the natural onsen and spa look like a great place to stay warm and still enjoy the views.
What am I waiting for..?
Exterior - beautiful both at night and during the day
Looks like a nice place to sit around with some warm Sake I think...
The traditional onsen. trust me, there is nothing better on a cold day, and such an authentic Japanese experience
Above 3 images are the "Tomioka" Lounge
Above two images of the "Goshiki" Bar (check out the stunning views!)
All photographs taken by Aaron Jamieson,
care of Champalimaud Design