Wave goodbye to the sweltering heat and take off to a winter wonderland at Niseko, Japan or the European Alps with luxury tour operator Scott Dunn. Psst... Don't miss the two special offers below!
As much as we love strolling down Orchard Road (while malls try to one-up each other with towering Christmas trees and glitzy decorations), there’s nothing quite like a real white Christmas. If you’re planning a wintery getaway from Singapore for the festive season, or just want to beat the heat with a ski holiday, we’ve got the scoop from luxury tour operator Scott Dunn on the best ski resorts in Japan and—if you want a European Christmas vibe—the Alps.
Zip down the slopes in snowy Niseko
When it comes to a stellar ski experience in Japan, there’s no place quite like Niseko. The ski resorts in Hokkaido see tonnes of powdery-white snowfall every year – making it a hotspot for ski buffs from around the world. After zooming down the sprawling ski slopes that stretch across the resorts of Annupuri, Niseko Village, Hirafu and Hanazono, head to the town centre in the evenings where you’ll find loads of restaurants, bars and boutiques.
Where to stay: For those travelling with kids, opt for Aya Niseko hotel that boasts underfloor heating and high-tech entertainment systems. In addition to a variety of rooms – from studio apartments to penthouses that can accommodate up to nine people – the hotel also has a kids’ club to keep the children entertained. Besides hitting the slopes, you can try your hand at snow rafting or snowbiking. Our favourite part, however, has to be the private family onsens, where you can relax your muscles after a full day at the slopes – bliss!
For a super convenient option, Ki Niseko is a boutique-style hotel with a fabulous location at the foot of the mountain in Hirafu village. When you’re not busy skiing, fuel up with fresh Hokkaido produce at An Dining, the hotel’s restaurant, or soak in a private onsen overlooking Mount Yotei.
Book to stay at Ki Niseko during the stated dates here, and save up to 25% on accommodation costs.
Experience the world-famous Alps in luxury
Adrenaline junkies, skiing in the Alps should be on your bucket list. Cross it off in the most luxurious way possible: by staying at one of Scott Dunn’s ski chalets in St Anton, Courchevel 1850, Courchevel 1550 or Val d’Isère. Each chalet comes with a private chef and personal host who’ll serve you Champagne in front of a roaring log fire and help you arrange amazing experiences such as booking a meal at a mountain restaurant. Bringing the kids along? Book your little ones into the exclusive Scott Dunn Explorers kids’ club, which is run by fully qualified nannies.
Where to stay: If you’re planning a holiday with your whole crew, then check out Chalet Husky, Scott Dunn’s flagship residence in Val d’Isère. The huge chalet sleeps up to 14 people in seven en-suite bedrooms and is packed with facilities to keep you busy. Take a dip in the indoor pool, sweat it out in the sauna, and (for those who still have plenty of energy) work your muscles in the private gym or conquer a climbing wall. That’s not all – you can also request for massages and spa treatments, all in the comfort of your chalet.
Prefer a cosier but still luxurious option? Book the new Scott Dunn Residences at Six Senses Courchevel, conveniently located in the heart of Courchevel 1850. These stylish self-catered apartments come with two to three bedrooms and superb services including a Scott Dunn kids club, a ski-in and ski-out concierge service and a sensational spa with an indoor pool.
Book at least three months in advance and receive up to 20% off accommodation. Plus, you can enjoy an additional 10% discount on bookings for 11 nights or more!
Find out more about Scott Dunn’s personalised luxury holidays online, or call 3158 6530.
This article is sponsored by Scott Dunn