Best New Mountain Resorts
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Kimamaya Boutique Hotel, Hokkaido, Japan
This luminous barnlike hotel designed by Andrew Bell in the ski region of Niseko-Hirafu on the northernmost island of Hokkaido opened in 2011 and is also a new member of Design Hotels. The lobby fireplace crackles, jazz sets the mood, and elm floors and black granite make a dramatic design statement. The nine rooms are customizable with three types of pillows, timber floors, and granite bathrooms, while a stone-and-oak onsen (thermal baths) hits the spot after a day on the slopes.
designhotels.com; rooms from $157