The Luxe List 2017: Naked Castle, Moganshan

Naked Retreats has debuted its most exclusive property to date, complete with a turreted castle.

Inside Naked Castle’s plush Glenturret whisky bar.

Credited with bringing Moganshan—an early-20th-century mountain resort beloved by Shanghai’s urban elite—back from obscurity, Naked Retreats has debuted its most exclusive property to date, complete with a turreted castle. Situated just uphill from Naked Stables, which opened in 2011, Naked Castle is perched 800 meters above sea level overlooking a verdant panorama of tea plantations and bamboo-shrouded mountains. Of the 77 farmhouse rooms and bungalows, the streamlined Cliffside suites are the ones to book: they come with huge window-front bathtubs that hang right out over the mountainside. Apart from a dramatically cantilevered infinity pool, there’s a bowling lawn, day spa, and hiking trails to explore. The pinnacle of the resort is a re-creation of the hilltop’s original British-style castle, built by a Scottish doctor in 1910. A central stone staircase, classical soundtrack, and whisky lounge evoke bygone glamour, while its guest suites—with themes like Gangster, Diva, and Dungeon (complete with bedside chains)—conjure countless possibilities.

86-21/6431-8901; Naked Retreats; doubles from US$276

This article originally appeared in the October/November 2017 print issue of DestinAsian magazine (“The Luxe List 2017: Naked Castle, Moganshan”).

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