ONYX Hospitality to open first hotel in Japan

WCN Editorial Team 9 Oct 2019 ASIA BUILDINGS

Thailand-based hotel management company ONYX Hospitality Group has signed a management agreement with Hong Kong-based real estate development, investment and asset management firm Metropoly Holdings to open its first hotel in Japan with Amari Niseko.

The resort is scheduled to open in 2024 and will be the central feature of the Aruku-zaka Street mixed-use development, which has been designed to complement the unique character and setting of the Hirafu area.

Aruku-zaka Street, created as a village hub for visitors and the local community, will comprise a series of low-rise buildings surrounding central plazas and a pedestrian walkway.

It will feature a selection of lifestyle, retail and food and beverage offerings, which will be complemented by residential apartments and the new Amari resort.

ONYX Hospitality Group president and CEO Douglas Martell said: “Originally from Thailand, Amari has been going places and introducing its unique take on contemporary Thai-ness to new markets like the Maldives, Malaysia, China and Sri Lanka in recent years.

“We are excited to be introducing our flagship brand to yet another new destination with the signing of our very first hotel in Japan.

“We look forward to a long-term collaboration with Metropoly Holdings as the sole hotel operator of the landmark Aruku-zaka Street development in one of the world’s most popular ski destinations.”

Amari Niseko and Aruku-zaka Street will be located in central Hirafu in the Kutchan town of Abuta-gun district off Route 343 and can be easily accessible from Sapporo’s New Chitose Airport.

It will be a year-round resort and a base for skiing in the winter, as well as hiking and biking in the greener months.

The hotel will consist of 126 rooms in the configurations of studio, one-bedroom suite and two-bedroom suite.

Furthermore, Amari Niseko will feature contemporary Thai-inspired design and a concept restaurant that transforms from an all-day restaurant to a cocktail bar at night time.

Metropoly Holdings managing partner Renyi Ang said: “Aruku-zaka Street will be the first development of its type in Niseko, a large-scale private development aimed at providing generous public space and endless activities for the local community and tourists alike.

“We have always believed in our vision to create a vibrant year-round destination with plenty of shops, restaurants and open space.

“We are confident that the brand-new Amari Niseko will leverage ONYX Hospitality Group’s expertise in hospitality management and success as one of Asia’s fastest growing Asian hotel companies, and propel Aruku-zaka Street to become an exciting landmark project that continues to further bolster Niseko’s reputation as a world-class tourist destination.”

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Image: Amari Niseko will be the central feature of the Aruku-zaka Street mixed-use development. Photo: Courtesy of ONYX Hospitality Group.

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