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Hong Kong and Macau

Residential Units at Japan's Capella Niseko Resort and Residences to Launch in Hong Kong

Year-round luxury homes in a picture-perfect setting that will become part of your family holiday legacy

Residential units at Capella Niseko Resort and Residences will be launched for sale in Hong Kong between the 4th and 6th of December at The Landmark Mandarin Oriental Hotel.  Situated in Japan’s popular ski destination of Niseko in Hokkaido, the 149-unit luxury residential development is part of Capella Niseko Resort and Residences, a signature resort designed by world-renowned architect Tadao Ando and managed by the legendary hotelier Horst Schulze.

Niseko, located on the island of Hokkaido, offers four distinctive seasonal scenery and activities.  Aside from fantastic Hokkaido food and onsen, Niseko is the powder snow haven of the world, with facilities on par with the world's most famous ski resorts. During the mild weathered Spring, Summer and Autumn seasons, visitors can enjoy cherry blossoms, world class golf, horse-back riding, white water rafting, sea kayaking, fly fishing and a host of other activities.  Aside from these, guests may also opt for quiet solitude and simply appreciate the beautiful natural surroundings and Japanese culture.   Niseko is easily accessible by rail and by road, as well as through direct international flights to Sapporo’s new Chitose Airport, located just 120 km away.  Rivalling Whistler, Aspen and the Swiss Alps, Niseko has become the playground for well-heeled Asian travellers for all the above reasons, including its proximity and identical time zone.

The architect Tadao Ando is one of the world’s most respected architects. His works have been honoured with nearly every major architecture award in the world, including the Alvar Aalto Medal (Finland), Gold Medal of Architecture – Académie d’ Architecture, Chevalier de I”Ordre National de la Legion d’Honneur (France), the Praemium Imperiale (Japan), the Pritzker Architecture Prize, Gold Medal of the American Institute of Architects (USA) and Gold Medal of Union Internationale des Architectes. Despite never having received formal training in the field, Ando’s architectural creations have influenced and inspired a generation of architects. Ando’s approach puts emphasis on the creative use of natural light and forms that follow the contour of the landscape.

When asked to give an insight to his creative theme for Capella Niseko, the master architect stressed the importance of ‘respecting the natural beauty of Niseko and creating a symbiotic and comfortable relationship with the environment.’

Capella Niseko Resorts and Residences is the first project in Japan by Annupuri Land and will be managed by Capella Hotels and Resorts, led by hotelier Horst Schulze of Ritz Carlton fame. It will feature a 67-suite hotel and 149 residences set on 32 acres of greenery, just minutes away from the Annupuri-Niseko ski mountain.  The first Capella resort in Asia was opened in April 2009 in Sentosa, Singapore.  This Norman Foster designed city resort has already been hailed as the best resort hotel in Singapore.

As the Sole Marketing Agent for the residences, Jones Lang LaSalle will hold the official Hong Kong launch of Capella Niseko Residences from the 4th to the 6th of December 2009 at the Presidential Suite of The Landmark Mandarin Oriental. Prices for the apartment units, houses and villas are in the range of USD 1–5 million. The entire development is scheduled to be completed in 2012.

Anne-Marie Sage, Regional Director of Residential at Jones Lang LaSalle Hong Kong, says, ‘It is a good opportunity for potential buyers looking at investing overseas. At Capella Niseko Residences, buyers will not only be able to appreciate the collectable homes designed by Master Architect Tadao Ando and enjoy the fine luxury provided by the Capella Hotels Group, but also delight in the fineness of the Annupuri-Niseko Mountain and its surroundings.’

‘Capella Niseko Resorts and Residences was well-received in Singapore, where it was launched last month, as more than ten units of apartments and villas were reserved.  Japan is the perennial favourite destination for Hong Kong travellers; we are confident that the project launch will also make a big splash in Hong Kong with key buyers due to its proximity and its increasing popularity as an all-season playground,’ adds Sage.

Horst Schulze, CEO of West Paces Hotel Group and founder of the Capella Hotels and Resorts brand, says, ‘We are confident that Capella Niseko will perfectly embody the Capella philosophy – in which the guest determines the experience at all times. Our guests may choose an atmosphere of serenity and renewal at one moment or opt for the excitement of world-class outdoor recreation the next.’

Ernest Tsang, General Partner of Annupuri Land, reiterates, ‘Our goal at Capella Niseko is to create a resort that provides the very highest level of personalised service in every aspect of the guest’s stay or the residential owner’s experience. We have chosen to work with only the best of the best in the respective fields – from the architect and interior designer to the spa consultant and hotel management company – because we are building the first and foremost Asian all-season resort that will compete with the world's finest.  The purchase process of Japanese property is simple and clear, while the free-hold title and the hotel branding of the residences ensure long-term capital appreciation potential.  Capella Hotels will undertake the entire process of property management, whether your residence is put up for rental (thus earning attractive rental income) or for self-use, making it a true hassle-free investment. ’

BenWood Studio Shanghai is Capella Niseko’s master planner, Peter Silling & Associates is responsible for the interior design, Sylvia Sepielli is the spa consultant, and Kume Sekkei is the local project manager and architecture company.