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From left to right: Diogo Aragao, Club Med VP for Operations, Japan; Jean-Charles Fortoul, Club Med CEO for Asia Pacific Resorts; Andrew Xu, Club Med CEO for China; Hu Ting Zhou, Yuyuan Garden Rotating President; Takuya Yamada, Fosun Hive Chairman; Henri Giscard d’Estaing, Club Med Global President; Momotu Baba, Akaigawa Town Mayor; Rachael Harding, Club Med CEO for East, South Asia and Pacific markets; Gregory Lanter, Club Med Chief Development, Construction & Property Officer and CEO for Mountain Strategy; Seiji Takeuchi, IDERA CEO; Marc Letourneau, Club Med General Manager for Northeast Asia.

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Club Med Opened a New Premium Resort, Kiroro Grand, in Japan.

Located on the Northern Island of Hokkaido, the new Resort elevates the benchmark for premium, all-inclusive mountain holidays for families in Asia Pacific.

Located on the Northern Island of Hokkaido, the new Resort elevates the benchmark for premium, all-inclusive mountain holidays for families in Asia Pacific.

Malaysia, 4 January 2024 – Club Med, the pioneer of premium all-inclusive holiday experiences, proudly announced the official opening of Club Med Kiroro Grand.  Nestled in the heart of Hokkaido’s pristine Kiroro region, renowned for its record-breaking 21-metre snowfall and an extended 160-day winter, Club Med Kiroro Grand is poised to redefine Asia’s alpine holiday experience.

The project, completely overhauled and reborn in less than one year, is part of Club Med commitment to the Hokkaido ski destination, where the brand has been present since  1986 with its first Mountain Resort, Club Med Kiroro.

The Resort, opened on December 1st under the direction of Merlin Chelliah, Chef de Village, permitted the creation of 300 job positions.

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It will be fully booked for festive weeks, thanks to vacationers from Asia Pacific, in particular, Japanese, who are loyal to the brand, which has been present in Japan since 1979.

Henri Giscard d’Estaing, President of Club Med, emphasised the significance of Club Med Kiroro Grand in the realm of snow vacations, particularly in the beautiful region of Hokkaido, Japan, a perennial favourite among Asia Pacific travellers.

“The addition of Club Med Kiroro Grand marks a strategic milestone for our expanding portfolio in the world’s most desired travel destinations. We are excited to include another property here within the region while keeping it distinctive from others.  Following a record-breaking performance in 2023 that was driven by remarkable demand for our mountain Resorts, we are confident that Club Med Kiroro Grand will further reinforce our leadership in snow and summer mountain experiences,” he said at the opening ceremony of Club Med Kiroro Grand.

Momotu Baba, Mayor of Akaigawa Town shared during the opening ceremony,  

“Akaigawa boasts proximity to nearby towns like Yoichi, Otaru, and Niki and offers diverse activities during all seasons, from historical sightseeing to farms and the ocean.  The opening of Club Med Kiroro Grand symbolizes a new chapter for our community, and I am confident that the town will become a cherished destination. We look forward to welcoming back past visitors and opening our region to new ones. A brighter future is upon us, thanks to Club Med.”

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Highlighting the success of the destination and the resort’s allure, Rachael Harding, CEO of Club Med East, South Asia and Pacific markets, added, “The success of Club Med Kiroro Peak last winter season was remarkable, and we expect no less from Club Med Kiroro Grand, particularly with our signature family offerings. We started this winter season with very high occupancy, with festive weeks and most of January already at capacity before the doors officially opened. We look forward to delighting our guests as they immerse themselves in the breathtaking panoramas and pristine powder snow slopes while exploring the rich beauty of the region and Japanese culture. With the addition of Club Med Kiroro Grand, our array of destinations is enriched, offering yet another exceptional experience to suit every  traveller’s holiday preference.”

Kiroro Grand – a cultural blend of Japanese and Western fairytales

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KIGC Deluxe Tatami Room.

Immersed in the breathtaking beauty of Kiroro’s natural landscapes, Club Med Kiroro Grand unveils a haven for the senses. Inspired by the allure of the ethereal forest, the resort weaves a spell of alpine enchantment, beckoning guests into a sanctuary where nature and design seamlessly intertwine. This enchanting forest theme whispers throughout the 266 guestrooms, where sophisticated touches blend seamlessly with natural elements, inviting guests on a mystical journey up the surrounding mountains.

The Resort will provide direct access to an immaculate ski domain, boasting 23 diverse courses catering to skiers of all levels, with pristine off-piste slopes spanning the Asari and Nagamine mountains. Ski and lift passes will be ready upon arrival, ensuring that every possible moment is spent relishing the breathtaking ski slopes.  Guests can choose to partake in group ski and snowboard lessons tailored for all ages and skill levels, overseen by dedicated professional ski Gracious Organisers (G.Os), or to enjoy a private lesson with our ski or snowboard G.Os, ensuring an unforgettable winter holiday experience for all. 

Those seeking a more serene experience can pamper themselves with a holistic wellness journey during their winter retreat. Unwind in the tranquillity of the Club  Med’s first traditional Japanese Onsen in an indulgent, leisurely soak overlooking the picturesque snowy mountainscape. For ultimate relaxation, guests can also treat themselves to soothing therapies at the Club Med Spa.

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KIGC Yotei Bar.

Culinary adventures galore await at Club Med Kiroro Grand. Within the resort, guests can indulge in a selection of four distinctive restaurants and a vibrant main bar. Savour the flavours of Yoichi, the resort’s primary dining spot, offering a diverse array of international delicacies. For an exquisite blend of Asian cuisine crafted with locally sourced ingredients, The Ogon is a hot pot haven for those seeking comfort and warmth in the heart of winter. Gather with friends at The Ebisu*, a sushi specialty restaurant, for an exquisite treat after a day out from skiing. Delight in the tantalising experience at The Kaen*, where the art of yakiniku grilling comes to life with top-tier local Hokkaido and Wagyu beef, along with delectable snacks and handcrafted beverages, against the stunning backdrop of snow-draped peaks at Yotei Bar.

Additionally, explore the lesser-known wonders of Hokkaido through Club Med Kiroro Grand. Embark on a day trip to the Otaru Coastal Town, a mere 40-minute drive from the resort, to discover the city’s rich history, signature exquisite glasswork, oil lamp,  and music box craftsmanship. Enjoy Hokkaido’s finest whiskey, meticulously crafted using traditional distillation methods, at the historic Yoichi Distillery, founded in 1934.

Uncover the hidden gems of Hokkaido, from its captivating culture to its breathtaking landscapes, all while basking in the unparalleled comfort and elegance of Club Med  Kiroro Grand. Pre-registration for Winter 2025 holidays will commence from 3 January  2024 and booking channels will officially open on 30 January 2024. During this period, early birds will enjoy up to 35 per cent discount* on bookings for Club Med’s four resorts in Japan. (*Terms & Conditions apply) 

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