Blessed with arguably the finest powder in the world as well as jaw-dropping scenery and a dining scene that would give many major cities a run for their money, Niseko is a spectacular winter holiday destination whether you’re headed for the slopes or the onsen.
Opened just over a year ago, Ki Niseko is the area’s newest boutique hotel, offering stunning views of Mount Yotei, traditional Japanese onsens, an alpine spa and a ski valet service – a first among Niseko hotels.
Having learned his trade at the famed Tetsuya’s in Sydney, Chef Yuichi Kamimura combines the freshest Hokkaido produce with French fine dining at his eponymous – and exceptional – intimate 40-seat restaurant in Niseko.
With its striking geometric design and invitingly warm interior, chances are most visitors would make a beeline for The Barn even if they didn’t serve the best cocktails in town – which, thankfully, they do.
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With its beautiful beaches, legendary party scene and yoga-centric vibe, Goa has long drawn those looking for a higher state of consciousness. Recent years have seen the Indian state add a cosmopolitan edge to its laidback atmosphere, making it an ideal destination for an exotic dose of winter sun.
For a true slice of luxury, nothing beats the Park Hyatt Goa Resort and Spa. Set amidst acres of landscaped gardens just minutes from Arossim beach, it combines zen-elegance with distinctive regional character.
Matsya Freestyle Kitchen’s chef Gome Galily has worked at esteemed restaurants Nahm and Noma, so its no surprise that he eschews anything so orthodox as a menu in favour of taking guests on a customised culinary odyssey.
With a reputation for top DJs, creative cocktails and a cool crowd, Ø phase is one of the best places to party the night away right through to sunrise.
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A short hop away, Taipei is perfect for a quick weekend break with minimal travel. Foodies flock to the numerous night markets for eclectic eats, while no visit is complete without sampling the dumpling that Taiwan has turned into an art form: xiao long bao.
A hip oasis in the heart of the city, The W Taipei offers the perfect blend of style and substance for the discerning traveller who needs to be close to the action.
Din Tai Fung may be a global empire these days, but for dumpling devotees a pilgrimage to the chain’s original restaurant in Xinyi is a must. Our tip? Go at off-peak hours or be prepared to queue.
Live music bar Roxy Rocker is a vinyl junkie’s dream thanks to a back lounge lined with thousands of records and a DJ on hand to play them on request.