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Club Med Sahoro Hokkaido
Hong Kong, China
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“Best snow EVER!”
Reviewed March 18, 2012

Club Med Sahoro, Japan
2 adults, 4 kids (7, 5, 2, infant)
Early March 2012, 1 week

If you love skiing and have children I highly recommend spending your holidays here.

Different levels of skiing lessons (from 4 years old) or snowboarding lessons (from 8 years old) are inclusive and are offered daily, in the mornings and in the afternoons.
They are held by international qualified instructors who all speak English. Private ski lessons can also be taken at an extra charge.

I would suggest you bring along as much ski wear and equipment as possible, as renting it can become a very costly side expense.
Here are some figures to give you an idea:
Adult leisure ski rental (skis, poles, boots) approx. 5,000yen/day.
Child ski rental (skis, poles, boots) approx. 4,000yen/day.
Adult snowboard rental (snowboard, boots) approx. 5,600yen/day.
Adults pants and jacket 3,500yen/day.
Kids’ pants and jacket 2,500yen/day.

Apart from the Mini and Junior Club there is also a Petit Club for very young children between 2-3 years old. Various activities (indoor, outdoor and pool) are organized by this club, which is open from 8:00 – 20:00. The GOs were extremely patient and enthusiastic and did great job keeping the little ones entertained.

The buffet offers a big variety, however I can’t say there were any highlights. Overall we always all found something we liked to eat.

The size of the rooms was fine. The size of the bathrooms not so fine. They were really tiny and could do with an upgrade. Ask for 2 futons on top of each other, if you are sleeping on the floor in the tatami room.

Most important of all though is the snow. It is simply fabulous. Powder snow as soft as you can imagine! I have never experienced snow any better than this. Furthermore the slopes are spacious and not crowded and there was ample space to be able to ski, relax and enjoy the scenery.

Would I go again?

No hesitation at all. Absolutely.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with family
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Singapore
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66 reviews
27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 218 helpful votes
Reviewed February 29, 2012

All inclusive concept so you don’t have to worry about organizing lessons, food, accommodation separately, so overall a pretty good option for families with young kids, large groups, and those who want to take lessons every day. Once you arrive you can totally relax for the next couple of days. Think of the cost premium as a convenience fee. What is not included is ski rental, which WILL cost you an arm and leg (maybe even a pound of flesh…ouch).

IMO there are better options out there for singles/couples/small groups who are more adventurous and independent travellers.

Good snow, empty slopes, ski in ski out. You can ski starting from your arrival day depending on what time you arrive. Sufficient runs for maybe 4 days after which you’d probably find it pretty repetitive (see photo – trail map). Chairlifts open at 845am. Gondola (to the peak) and most lifts close at 4pm, although some lifts to the lower green slopes open until 6pm.

Après-ski for adults considered poor as the resort is isolated (no nearby towns that you can walk to), but the very talented GOs do their best to put up some nice entertainment every evening and lead the crazy sign dance after that. Free flow drinks include basic alcohol e.g. beer/wine/sake (yes there is even sake at lunchtime). Feels quite like a school/summer camp with the fixed mealtimes and super enthusiastic GOs.

Really struggled to find information on this club med (such as ski rental cost) before I came here so read my forum post for more tips/information especially if you are coming to club med for the first time. Didn’t want to make this review too long!

Link to forum post (how to get here, ski rental cost, types of ski classes, review of free wifi etc):
http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g298143-i5078-k5203996-Beginners_guide_to_Club_Med_Hokkaido_Club_Med_Sahoro-Hokkaido.html

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with friends
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Surfers Paradise, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed February 24, 2012

My girlfriend and I stayed at Club Med Sahoro for a week in early January, 2012. In our opinion yu couldn't ask for a better holiday. Apart from ski hire everything was included in the price. The staff really make the place and I would give them a 10 out of 10 in every respect. The skiing was great with virtually your own private mountain. No crowds. It was a fun atmosphere, great for adults and kids alike. We're keen to go again next January, hopefully for a little longer than 7 nights this time.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
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Kuala Lumpur
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Reviewed February 13, 2012

We have been to Bintan, Cherating properties of Club Med. Saharo's food is below our expectation. This Club Med thrives on the fact that it has lovely snow and skiing. The Chinese food was a disgrace. The Chinese porridge was strange looking with vegetables thrown in.Tim sum was only siew mai only daily. Steamed vegetables was over steamed everyday.

Roast was ample every meal. If you are late for a meal, be ready for empty plates with little food. No attempt to replenish. Eggs are precooked and cold on the tray. You do not get eggs made to order.

If you like snow trekking, it is good. The resort is resting on its lucky location with good ski location and snow.

Services is below par. GOs try very hard to please. Our WiFi, promised on the brochure did not come on till our last two days. It took at least 3 rounds of maintenance tweaking our room router. Another guest told us that the WiFi is not consistent.

Our ski instructor,an elderly Japanese speaks bad English. He does not take pains to teach proper stopping skills and was negligent in alerting us at the end of the lesson when we were to ski down a long stretch when 50% of us still could not control our skills and all of us fell one after another. The lackadaisical attitude may be due the lessons being foc! Ski shoes, ski and staff however have to be rented.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
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hong kong
Level 3 Contributor
19 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed February 7, 2012

A very good Club med experience but thought things had slightly deteriorated since last year the food is good but not great and thought the food choice was less than previous years with the remodelling of the dining room (more seats, less room for food buffet?).The cereal selection was very limited & a lot of Chinese food, apparantly to strangely satisfy the Japanese clients. There was also a higher proportion of only Japanese speaking ski coaches, they have a large Japanese client contingent but my wife was stuck for 4 days with no english speaking coaches. Overall a very satisfactory experience, great snow quailty & empty slopes but if you want more challenging slopes, more variation in food & not travelling with young kids you could consider Niseko.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with family
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Perth, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed February 3, 2012

This is our 2nd year and we are already planning to go next year and for longer. 8 days was not enough! All inclusive skiing holiday, no meals to cook, ski passes, 2 lessons a day, kids club, fabulous selection of food including alcohol, good entertainment, ofuro to relax in after a day's ski, massage is too expensive though. Bring own ski clothes if you can. Hiring can get expensive but if you have no choice it might be more convenient rather than lugging skis etc. Very cold -10 to -16 every day but it snowed the 4 days in 8. So beautiful powder to ski in. Slalom race for Club 4 and above. Kids Star 4 can also participate. Tues and Fri. Easier to get to from Obihiro Airport (flies out from Haneda - Tokyo), CM bus waits for the flight and it took only 1 hr 15 min

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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with family
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Singapore, Singapore
Level 5 Contributor
82 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed January 30, 2012

I am still stunned at the cost of this trip. It was our most expensive holiday to date! In typical club med style, everything was included, except ski rental, which for 2 adults and 1 5 year old was US$200 per day! If you want to buy ski goggles (our both broke in transit) that will set you back US$100 for the cheapest pair. Once you have put aside the giant price tag, this was an amazing holiday! If you are beginner to intermediate skiers than this is the IDEAL place. Their are plenty of bunny runs and easy poma and chair lifts for beginners, plus many gentle green runs to practice your new techniques on! The club med ski school is very clever. 5 hours of group lessons are included each day and they are divided into groups from beginner to club 6 level. depending on how many people apply for each group daily, the group is often further split depending on your ski level and technique. This allows you to ski with your same level skiers and to learn things relevant to your ski level. I really felt my skiing improved on this trip! Plus you can dedicate 5 -6 hours to skiing each day, as the kids are cared for from 8am to 5pm. They will help them dress for ski classes, feed and entertain them. Only children 4 up may ski in their ski school. age 2-3 go to the petit club. Our 3 year old really enjoyed the petit club and didn't complain once! The food was also pretty good. We are great fans of Japanese food, and enjoyed the Japanese section each day! There was of course the standard pasta and nuggets and chips and hamburgers and hotdogs each day as well as lovely salad buffets and carvery! We especially enjoyed the sushi (four times in the week) and lovely alaskan crab legs and lobster one night! The kids OD'd on the delicious hokkaido soft serve machine too! None of us wanted for anything food wise! Drinks wise, although we weren't too taken by the house red, we enjoyed the warm sake and the hot sangria (AKA gluwein) after our afternoon ski! With young kids we didn't participate in too may of the night time entertainment, but there is something on every night if you are keen. We all loved the hot jacuzzi and outdoor canadian bath as well as the Japanese onsen and sauna. It's the best way to warm up and soothe the days aches away. We had a wonderful holiday and everyone was well taken care of and catered for! Our room was very comfortable. The kids LOVED sleeping on the futons in the tatami room. We did have to ask to have our two single beds pushed together and made up into a double bed. Although the bathroom was tiny, we mostly showered after the pool and jaccuzzi or used the onsen, so only landed up using our shower in our room a few times.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with family
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Property: Club Med Sahoro Hokkaido
Address: 147 Niinai Nishi 6-sen, Kamikawa-gun, Shintoku-cho 081-0039, Hokkaido
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Location: Japan > Hokkaido > Kamikawa-gun > Shintoku-cho
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels / Ryokan in Shintoku-cho
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Club Med Sahoro Hokkaido 4*
Number of rooms: 196
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Japan, the alternative winter sports world. Sahoro is a place of refinement, in full Japanese style. The microclimate that reigns over the island of Hokkaido, which has less rainfall and is cooler than the rest of Japan, ensures optimal snow cover for an intense skiing experience. And after all that skiing, revival is guaranteed, with the choice between Ofuro, traditional Japanese hot baths, and Canadian outdoor baths. Indoors you will find a heated swimming pool, jacuzzi and saunas. ... more   less 
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