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Club Med’s newest resort in Hokkaido, Japan, is redefining a winter getaway with its family‑friendly activities, all‑ inclusive ski passes, decadent food, and more


Club Med has opened its newest resort in Kiroro, Japan. Located on the Northern Island of Hokkaido, Club Med Kiroro Grand is an allinclusi­ve resort perfect for ski- and snowboard-loving families. After all, Kiroro is known for its 21 m snowfall and 160-day winter.


After a two-hour drive from New Chitose Airport, I arrived at the resort and was promptly greeted by staff who helped with my bags and the check-in process. The lobby was stunning, to say the least, with beautiful chandelier­s and sculptures of shima anaga, native Hokkaido birds, hung from the ceiling. The chandelier­s were shaped to resemble bird cages with shima anagas flying towards them—as if they were flying home. Warm hues completed the lobby’s cosy ambience, setting the mood for the rest of my stay at the resort.


The Superior Room that I stayed in was lavish and modern. Large windows offered a spectacula­r view of the snow-capped mountains surroundin­g the resort—and it was something I looked forward to each time I headed back to the room. Guests who are looking for a more traditiona­l experience can book the Junior Family Deluxe Room (Tatami), featuring authentic tatami mats and low beds for a full Japanese experience.

Like other Club Med resorts around the world, there is a wide range of all-inclusive activities to choose from, with the main attraction being Mount Kiroro itself. With 23 different courses spanning various levels, I was eager to get on the slopes. Having not skied in a while, I opted to attend a ski course as a refresher—there was a course available for every level from beginner to advanced.

Little ones can learn to ski and snowboard at the Mini Club Med, where lessons are grouped based on the skill level of each child.a Japanese onsen experience awaits— both indoor and outdoor onsens are available on-site, with the latter filled with natural spring water. Soaking in the onsen is extremely rejuvenati­ng especially after a ski session as it helps alleviate any sore muscles and aching spots.


The all-inclusive package includes access to the resort’s two buffetstyl­e dining concepts: Yoichi and The Ogon. The former is the main restaurant offering an extensive selection of local and internatio­nal dishes—think pesto gnocchi, Hamburg steak, karaage and more. The latter specialise­s in hot pot with fresh seafood from Otaru and meat and vegetables from Hokkaido. The dining options at the resort are not limited to just these buffet restaurant­s. For an additional fee, dig into sushi at The Ebisu or savour grilled meats at The Kaen.


While there is plenty to do within the resort, don’t forget to venture out too. During my stay, I explored Otaru, a coastal town located a 40-minute drive away from the resort. The charming town is known for its glassworks, music boxes, and sake distilleri­es. I visited the quaint town in the afternoon and took to the streets of Otaru, which has various cafes and souvenir shops. If you find yourself on Sakaimachi Street, pick up some glassware and souvenirs to take home with you. Various street food stands can be found along the street, so stop for a bite while making your way around.

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