Exploring The Pavilions Residences In Niseko
This summer, I’m thrilled to travel to Japan, to explore The Pavilions Residences, famous for beautiful properties in various locations from Phuket to Lisbon. Now they are launching luxury villas for sale in Niseko.
The last time I was in Japan was in winter with the children. In fact, my Journey To Residence Yasushi, was essentially a tale of Nozawa Ski Bunnies Vs Mama Bear. Since then, I’ve wondered what it’s like to be in Japan when it isn’t covered in snow. In fact, I’ve wondered what it’s like to be in Japan when I’m not covered in kids.
Although it is 6 o’clock in the morning, I’m feeling upbeat in anticipation of visiting The Pavilions Residences. By contrast, little M6 sees me off but it is so early he has forgotten his shoes as well as his smile.
The flight by Japan Airlines from Singapore to Tokyo takes 7 hours followed by a domestic flight to Sapporo that takes another 2 hours. By the time the car pulls up at The Pavilions Residences, it is 11pm. But would you believe it, I’m still all smiles. Clearly, this is essentially a tale of Mama Bear on holiday alone.
The Ginto Residences
Do you see the statue of the rabbit greeting me in the doorway? This area, Ginto Hirafu, is named for the moon rabbit from an old tale. Within The Pavilions Residences, The Ginto Residences are the premium properties for sale. I visit three of them.
In the morning, the first of The Ginto Residences I visit is the imposing Katsura Villa. I am awed by the striking Scandinavian A-frame design and sheer height of the double storey property. On the first floor, the living room is meticulously decorated with statement pieces like wicker chairs from Danish craftsmen, Carl Hansen & Son.
Lights, Camera, Action
The patient photographer with me today is from http://www.nisekophotography.com. I am grateful he likes the interplay of light & shadow as much as I geekily do. We particularly love the lights that hang over the dining table by Italian designer, Gubi. As I move upstairs, I see beautiful Japanese lamps by Noguchi. These are purely decorative today as plenty of sunlight streams in through the panoramic windows. The second floor reveals unique art pieces in the bedrooms. In total, there are 5 bedrooms in this stunning property. I find myself actively trying to figure out which ones are best suited to my kids, in the ultimate logistical fantasy.
A Taste Of Tradition
By contrast, the next villa I explore has a very different aesthetic. Architecturally, Hinoki Villa displays a contemporary take on the classic Sukiya style. However, the interior sports a Spanish modernist design. As before, this villa is also tastefully decorated. Instantly, I see B&O speakers and bold furniture from innovative Danish designer, &Tradition.
Smallish & Stylish
As I wander across the first floor from the living room, into the master bedroom and onsen, I feel like I’ve stepped into the pages of a style magazine. Although this villa has 3 bedrooms, I can’t imagine children tearing through. Or perhaps, it’s just mine that shouldn’t wreak havoc in this intimate villa.
A Room With A View
My favourite villa from The Pavilions Residences is Keyaki Villa which has six bedrooms. While those on the second floor have easier access to the enormous onsen bath, I like the one downstairs. You see, the bedroom on the ground floor commands a stunning view to wake up to. As I sip my coffee, surrounded by an oasis of greenery, I don’t realise that Hirafu village is merely minutes away. Breakfast is easily put together with appliances from Miele, in the fully functioning kitchen.
In Living Colour
This open kitchen extends into a dining room decorated with Timothy Oulton fixtures. Further on, is a beautiful deck featuring beams of light oak and dark cedar. On either side of the dining room are living halls, which can be partitioned off by Japanese screens. Comfortable sofas, rugs & throws in various shades of tan & taupe playfully beckon in one hall with the television and video games. In the other hall, elegant, dark hues dominate. One feels this is a place for grown-up conversations about politics by the fireplace. Or, you could simply roast marshmallows and enjoy s’mores as I did.
A Funny Thing Happened
Before I set out, I thought I would enjoy time on my own. Ironically, all I’ve done, is picture my family here with me. When it comes to buying a family home from The Pavilions Residences, Keyaki Villa seems the easiest to imagine living in. Luxurious but not precious, this house is a home.