Naked Retreats was started by Grant Horsfield and his wife Delphine Yip in 2007 when Mr Horsfield stumbled across Shanjiuwu Village on Moganshan, a bamboo clad mountain two and a half hours drive from Shanghai. The brand currently has two retreats, the original Naked Home Village, and the newly opened Naked Stables Private Reserve.
The sustainable Naked Home Village resort is made up of 12 existing buildings, which have been restored using recycled timbers, windows, doors, roof tiles, brick and rubble. Local natural materials are also used and so are local craft skills. The entire resort is outfitted with energy saving services such as gray water recycling systems, wood fire ovens and solar heated water tanks. The resort also fosters the local environment and culture by employing local staff, growing and cooking local food and organizing sustainable activities such as tea picking and bamboo harvesting for guests.
The new-build Naked Stables Private Reserve is currently targeting LEED Platinum Certification, which should tell you something of their attitude towards sustainable build and construction. Visit their website to see an impressive list of practices and green services Naked Stables has already implemented in the name of ecological preservation and sustainability.
For more information on Naked Retreats, visit their website here.
*Editor’s Note 01/04/2019: Since publishing this article in 2013 it seems the original Naked Home Village is now no longer in operation.