Highly recommend Aqua Alpine. Recently stayed here nearing the end of the Hakuba snow season however had such an amazing time and there was still SOOO much snow in mid-march! The management and other staff at Aqua Alpine go above and beyond to make you feel at home and give hospitality second to none. We were actually on our honeymoon after being married in Thailand and found the location and friendly laid-back service really great. Due to changes in booking staff the team weren't aware it was our honeymoon on arrival as this would have been nice given the contact we'd had, however they well and truly made up for that by organising a beautiful candlelit private onsen which is located in the hotel itself, complete with champage and chocolate & strawberries. Thanks so much for this special treat guys!
As much as we usually love to immerse ourselves in the culture of our travels, we'd found our short stay in Tokyo full on and quite a culture shock so we appreciated the warm and friendly welcome from the Australian staff, many of which were very in tune with the locals and their language...and on this occasion we appreciated the comforts and ease of communication, along with the staff helping us to liase with locals for anything, and in particular recommend the best japanese restaurants.
We loved the open fire, loved the comfy warm beds with beautiful doonas and the heaters beside which are so nice to come home to after a day on the slopes. The proximity to Goryu ski resort is incredible and we found most times we'd walk through the picturesque village to get to the lifts, however whenever we wanted to venture to another resort the friendly resort basically offered us free taxi service when and wherever we needed to go. That aspect was amazing.
Whilst staying there its great to take the opporrtunity to eat out when you can and we'd totally recommend, Sushi-Katsu, Pizza Kaya and Canada-Tei... all awesome restaurants! Just get onto them early in your trip so you leave youself enough nights to return again! The hotel cooked breakfast is so tasty.
One of our highlights was having the staff encourage us to get up the mountain in our wedding attire for the perfect photo opportunity and we were stoked when Sam joined us to take the photos! Snowboarding down the main run in my wedding dress will remain one of the most fun things I have ever done and something we'll never forget!
Hakuba is such a beautiful area and it's so amazing to be within close proximity to 11 different resorts!!! So spoilt for choice! and just never enough time to enjoy them all! You must all go to Cortina for the pow pow!
A huge thanks to Josh and Sam! You guys are amazing! and you truly know what hospitality is about! We really can't wait to return some day! Emily, Andy, Mark and Ben - you were all awesome as well!!!
See you again next time! A huge thanks from the newlyweds- Saskia and Matt :)
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