Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH), the champion of exclusive, independent hotels has announced two new additions this month, both part of YTL Hotels. MUSE St Tropez in France and the Kasara Niseko Village Townhouse in Japan expand the geographical diversity of the YTL hotels currently in the SLH collection, offering guests the opportunity to experience world-class hotels and resorts across four diverse countries and further cementing the relationship between the two companies.
YTL Hotels currently within the SLH collection include Pangkor Laut Resort, Cameron Highlands Resort, The Majestic Malacca and Tanjong Jara Resort in Malaysia, Gaya Island Resort in Borneo and the Spa Village Resort Tembok, Bali in Indonesia.
Luke Hurford, Senior Vice President – Sales and Marketing for YTL Hotels says: “YTL Hotels is excited to bring two more iconic destinations to the SLH brand. Muse Saint Tropez – Ramatuelle, the epitome of style, is a chic hideaway within Saint Tropez and embodies the defining features of SLH. Niseko Village has over the past decade become the hottest ski destination in Asia and a must-ski mountain for skiers from around the world. Winter travelers find themselves returning for summer for its world-class golf courses, activities and to get a taste of Hokkaido’s renowned seafood, meats and farm-to-table seasonal produce given Niseko’s reputation as Japan’s breadbasket. Kasara Niseko Village Townhouse joins a rarefied collection of ski resorts around the world with SLH properties including Jackson Hole, Zermatt, Gstaad and Courchevel, and becomes the first at a Japanese ski resort. Partnering with SLH in Niseko is another step forward in our plans to evolve Niseko Village into one of the world’s great year-round mountain resorts.”
Daniel Luddington, Vice President of Development for SLH comments: “The addition of these two exceptional properties in St Tropez and Hokkaido exemplify our independently-minded approach and provide our guests with two very different experiences in an established and an emerging destination. They also beautifully complement the existing and iconic YTL hotels that have been with SLH for several years. We are excited that we have now been able to extend this relationship beyond Asia and look forward to continuing to provide YTL with a valuable association with SLH for many years to come.”
MUSE Saint Tropez – Ramatuelle, France
Encapsulating the laid-back glamour of the Riviera, MUSE Saint Tropez – Ramatuelle is a chic retreat that reflects architectural simplicity nestled in the heart of an award-winning ecological and self-sustainable garden designed by Sophie Agata Ambroise. Its 14 well-appointed suites open onto private gardens or wooden terraces and plunge pools in selected suites. The main pool is interpreted as a water salon surrounded by a bar, cabanas and loungers for sun seekers, massages, light meals or sundowners, complemented by soothing lounge music. The exquisite ‘M’ restaurant brings to life the flavours of the earth and sea, evoking the senses with locally sourced produce from the Mediterranean and the Atlantic coastline. Rejuvenation through old world spa traditions using exclusive spa products based on the gentle hydrolat technique where microscopic oil droplets are suspended in water, can be experienced in the comfort of each suite. In addition, concierge services, conveniences for mobile devices to complimentary shuttle services to town or the beach and custom-made bicycles, guests’ needs are met around the clock.
Kasara Niseko Village Townhouse, Hokkaido, Japan
Located at the base of Mount Niseko Annupuri, Kasara Niseko Village Townhouse occupies a position at the heart of Niseko Village, an all-season destination that has become legendary among the skiing cognoscenti and internationally acclaimed for being one of the premier powder destinations in the world. Niseko Village is centrally located within the Niseko United ski area and accesses its inter-linked ski resorts, an international snow school, award-winning hotels with spa and onsen facilities, luxury residences, a dining and retail village hub, an outdoor nature park and two world-class golf courses with future development phases in the works – now made even more accessible by the extension of the bullet train service to Hokkaido which commences on 26 March. The eight exclusive townhouses are an ode to Japan’s heritage townhouses that were inhabited by craftsmen and wealthy merchants from the Edo period with bespoke interiors that embody authentic Japanese charm with contemporary elegance. Each three-bedroom townhouse accommodates up to six adults with a flexible dining area that can be converted into an additional bedroom for two children, and comes complete with a personal residence concierge. Priority privileges include a complimentary one-hour guided Niseko Village mountain orientation for advanced to expert level skiers and a welcome by instructors at your doorstep for any private ski or snowboard lessons booked during winter while during summer, golfers or families can take advantage of either complimentary rounds of golf at two renowned courses or enjoy Super Passport tickets at Pure, an activity and adventure park within Niseko Village.