The Maldives islands are home to some of the very best scuba diving in the world. Even if you’re not a diver, snorkelling in the warm waters offers wonderful opportunities to spot a wide variety of marine life. Some resorts have their own diving schools, whilst others have their own reefs and you may even see whale sharks.
Japan has been getting lots of attention for its winter offering these past few years, and it’s of little surprise to the few who have made the trip. Here’s why:
Upon the North Island, Hokkaido is legendary for the masses of snow that comes in each winter. Geographically it’s perfect, taking dump after dump of snow after freezing Siberian air has soaked up precipitation on the way over the Sea of Japan. This has resulted in a season average of 15-18m of fresh powder.
Forget charcuterie boards and Vin Rouge, Apres in Japan is more focused on bowls of hearty ramen, swimming in beefy miso broths, all washed down with sake. This comes after a soak in the Onsen baths, traditional Japanese hot springs, perfect for rehabilitating the legs after a long day on the slopes.
Unlike their European counterparts, the days don’t end at 5 pm when the sun sets and the lifts shut. The vast majority of Niseko’s pistes are floodlit until around 8.30 each evening, meaning you get WAY more bang for your buck when it comes to gross time available on the slopes.
We would always recommend Niseko, firstly because of the guaranteed snow, and secondly because of the guaranteed quality of accommodation available there. We have great relationships with both there Green Leaf Niseko and Hilton Niseko Village, allowing us to secure top rooms for guests, whether you’re a couple, family, or large adult group.
Off-Piste and Backcountry
Niseko is particularly well-catered for when it comes to off-piste skiing. Most back-country skiing needs little to no hiking, while for the most experienced and adventurous we can set you up for a day of cat-skiing to get the absolute most out of what #Japow has to offer.
Another joy of Japan is flying in or out of Tokyo will allow you to take in the sights and sounds of one o the worlds most impressive cities. We’ll get you booked into a sushi making class or a city food tour to get an authentic Japanese experience. For the ultimate in city luxury, end your trip with a stay at the famous Mandarin Oriental Tokyo, one of the finest hotels the Far-East has to offer.