[dropcap size=small]I[/dropcap]t’s a testament to Niseko’s appeal that property developments in the past decade have gone beyond hotels to include residences, allowing the international jet set to enjoy the comforts of home away from home.
For the well-heeled, a new luxury condominium resort has been launched, this time by leading Singapore-based luxury developer SC Global, the same name behind illustrious properties such as The Marq on Paterson Hill, Sculptura Ardmore and Martin No. 38.
The property, Setsu Niseko, boasts the signatures of an SC Global development, beginning with the location. It’s situated in the prime area of Niseko’s Grand Hirafu village, just off Main Street, a few minutes away from Hirafu Gondola Station, as well as bustling bars and restaurants. It is set on 2.5ha of freehold estate, and is flanked by Mount Yotei – hailed as the Mount Fuji of Hokkaido – to the east and the ski haven of Mount Annupuri to the west.
Many may think of Niseko solely as a winter destination, but frequent visitors will know it is lovely throughout the year. Setsu Niseko refers to this in its name, inspired by the phrase “setsu getsu ka”, which means “snow moon flower” in Japanese. It alludes to the beauty of Niseko in all seasons – pristine powder snow in winter, the coolness of the autumn moon, the highly anticipated cherry blossoms each spring, and the lush verdant green of summer.
To be sure, nature is an important motif here, and the architecture and design of the property reflect a deep-seated respect for the environment and its surroundings. SC Global envisioned a minimalist simplicity and timelessness that underscore Japanese design aesthetics, and translated that into an architecturally interesting resort.
Compared to the buildings on Main Street, Setsu Niseko has a distinctive appearance with its three-block, six-storey design. At its heart, a beautiful open-air courtyard works in harmony with the mountainous backdrop, with dainty water features and terraced landscapes. Inside, each of the 190 fully furnished freehold apartments offers a contemporary living space that conforms to the same design philosophy as the exterior.
Apartments come in varying sizes, ranging from studios to one, two, three and four-bedroom apartments, to penthouse units. Luxe design touches include Japanese shoji screens, and wall-to-wall windows that provide each unit with spectacular views of the landscape, which dwellers can enjoy while lounging on built-in daybeds. The one- and two-bedroom apartments even feature a tatami room with closets and Japanese futons, giving families with children more flexibility to use the space as they please.
A trip to Setsu Niseko will offer the comfort of home with the convenience and luxury of staying in a fine hotel. Amenities include an array of restaurants and a boutique on the ground floor, a bar, a children play area, a function room, indoor and outdoor parking, as well as concierge services. A Spa and Wellness Centre offers both indoor and outdoor onsen, a sauna, treatment rooms, and a gym.
Naturally, Setsu Niseko also presents a solid investment opportunity. With direct flights to Sapporo from key Asian cities such as Singapore, Hong Kong, Beijing and Shanghai, annual visitor arrivals are steadily on the rise, making Niseko an increasingly well-known year-round destination.
In fact, Niseko’s summer tourism figures make up 48 per cent of the total yearly visitors. Of these visitors, 64 per cent choose Grand Hirafu, where Setsu Niseko is located.
Should owners choose to let their unit to third-party guests, an in-house professional management and letting service will handle all transactions, giving total peace of mind. Just as important, it is an investment that one can reap rewards from, for many years to come.
For more information, visit SC Global Developments’ sales gallery, or visit www.setsu-niseko.com.