What We Love
- A boutique mountain retreat in Hokkaido, with breakfast and a private hot-spring bathThe picturesque town and the lovely cycling and hiking trails around it
- Spending a couple of hours in the evening in the natural onsen
- Enjoying a date night at Snow Castle for an exquisite omakase
What To Know
- There is free shuttle service between the resort and Niseko Mountain Grand Hirafu
- The NAC Niseko Adventure Center is just a few minutes away—head there to arrange activities like rafting
- Free WiFi works well
There’s a sense of otherworldly charm in the mountain town of Niseko (known as the Tuscany of Asia). It could be due to the presence of the towering Mount Yotei, a behemoth that watches silently over its surrounding Hokkaido countryside, bursting with color from flowers and greenery in the summer. Popular among adventure-seekers, honeymooners and those seeking an idyllic escape from the city, the town boasts many charms impossible to describe in totality. They have to be experienced.
On the foothills of the mountain, you’ll be able to view the Mount Yotei in all its glory from your room. It’s the perfect base for exploring Niseko’s range of activities, free from touristy buzz. Take the time to hike through Niseko’s many picturesque trails, go golfing, visit local farms, go horseback riding, take a hot-air-balloon ride or pick up some Japanese cooking skills from the locals. There’s an endless array of things to do.
In your downtime, you’ll be pampered by traditional Japanese hospitality and spoiled by luxury amenities, stylish accommodations and panoramic views from your room. The boutique hotel, elegantly appointed, is all class and understated glamour. Warm up in its spectacular natural hot spring, or “onsen”. Just for hotel guests, it has an indoor and outdoor area. For those a little shy about sharing the onsen, the hotel also has a private onsen that can be booked.
How to Get There
my mum and i spent 6 nights at chalet ivy and had the most wonderful stay. the staff at the front desk were welcoming and very efficient in helping us with dinner reservations at various restaurants, as well as taking care of our transport to the welcome centre on the last day, which is where the bus to sapporo departs from. the rooms were spacious and pleasant, with full length windows allowing loads of natural light to shine in. special mention must be made of the daily breakfast buffet: unlike the usual continental breakfast, we were treated to a spread of local cuisine - a salad bar including unconventional dishes such as pumpkin, wakame seaweed, chinmi (japanese delicacies), tamago, and bamboo shoot / udon or soba on alternate mornings / a ramen bar / miso soup and corn soup / cold tofu / soft boiled eggs / salmon roe / and more. of course though, if you would prefer a more typical menu, they do also serve cereals (and milk), juices, toast, croissants, muffins, fried eggs, potatoes, waffles, yogurt, fruit, and the like. we looked forward to breakfast every morning, truly a satisfying start to the day. our compliments to the chef!
although the slopes are a bit of a trudge away (about a 10-15 mins walk from chalet ivy to the base of the ace family quad lift / near the nbs store where we rented our ski gear), we like to believe it was a good warmup before each day of skiing. to make up for it, chalet ivy is right on the street where many of the restaurants are - abucha, bang bang, the alpinist etc. you even have a drug store (hirafu188) just 2 mins away where you can get snacks and small bites.
we thoroughly enjoyed our stay and will definitely be back!
We stayed in this hotel during our ski trip and had an excellent stay there. It is very close to the grand hirafu ski lift, just walking distance carrying our gears. Kids are loving it with the fire place. Will definitely come back there to stay next season.
Chalet Ivy has everything you need for a ski holiday in Niseko - ski concierge and shuttle bus, friendly English speaking staff who are only too happy to help arrange restuarants and activities, and well appointed rooms. The bed was also reasonably soft for Asian standards, which was an added bonus after a long day out and about. We did find the room a little hot to sleep in initially but once we figured out how to turn down the radiator it was better. Breakfast was a good mix of Asian and Western food, and the croissants were definitely a must-try.
We have just arrived home from our second stay at Chalet Ivy and are delighted that we chose to stay there a second time. Everything just works. We rent reception as we approached the "Welcome Centre" and we were picked up in the time it took to unload the bus. Breakfast is a great start - one of the best omelettes I have ever had. Mini-van to and from the slopes with no waiting. Clean and comfortable rooms. Incredible bathrooms. Great locker room service. Relaxing in house private Onsen. We will be back!
The hotel is still quite new with modern and clean design. Specially like the wood-fire heating area. The breakfast is very good compare to the size of the hotel. It has ski rental store, ski lockers, offer ski classes and also shuttle bus to and back from the ski slopes. The staff are good English speaking and very helpful. Though I was mad at one of the staff when we try to have the hotel shuttle bus to pick us up from the Hirafu welcome center as I've arranged with the hotel on the email and over the phone, but in the end everything was fine. The best thing about this hotel is the onsen. You can go for free public onsen or pay for the private onsen. Both have indoor and semi-outdoor onsen. Recommend to try the outdoor onsen. It is very relaxing lying in the heated water in freezing cold weather!!