Our Commitment to Sustainability

naked Retreats is committed to sustainable design and operation, specifically preservation and regeneration of both the environment and communities in which we operate. As we provide creative and inspiring experiences for our guests, we do so in a pioneering fashion that challenges convention. Our core values guide us to do things we believe are good, beautiful and right. For example, we:

  • Employ local staff and service providers whenever possible
  • Reduce waste generation through compost and recycling systems that support the local community
  • Support the local economy featuring local resources on site, buying locally grown food and purchasing regionally sourced building materials
  • Manage guest energy use with energy metres installed on all units and incentives given to reduce energy consumption
  • Purchase locally and in bulk to minimise transportation and excess packaging
  • Recycle water within resorts via private water filtration systems to minimise usage
  • Contribute to local communities through employment, trainings and career enhancement opportunities
  • Use biodegradable and environmentally friendly soaps, cleaning agents and products whenever possible
  • Organise long-running environmental education programs involving members from the local government and community, as well as students from local and international schools
  • Promote environmental awareness amongst staff, guests and local community with green trainings and leading by example

DesignBuildOperate

We design, build and operate our own resorts. Our properties meet the highest standards in design excellence, building quality, energy conservation and environmental friendliness, offering luxurious comfort and top tier service. Simply put: because we design and build our own resorts, we know how to make the best use of them.

  • Design
    naked Retreats’ properties are designed by Delphine Yip-Horsfield, wife of naked Group Founder Grant Horsfield. Previously a partner at Ben Wood Studio Shanghai, renowned for Shanghai’s Xintiandi, other “tiandi” projects in China and numerous Asia resorts. For naked Retreats, Delphine created a design that fit into the natural setting and environment, bringing guests as close as possible to nature, in comfort, striving for a sense of home, peace and tranquility.
  • Build
    All construction is overseen and managed by the naked Retreats team to ensure the highest quality of execution. We work with local materials and traditional crafts, as well as state-of-the-art construction techniques.
  • Operate
    We put as much care into operating our resorts as we do in creating them. Our aim is to provide personalised, professional services, with a naked touch. That means using local staff and resources, purchasing local produce, reducing energy consumption and waste, without compromising on comfort and guest experience. Thus, our guests find themselves in a relaxing, restorative retreat accompanied with a sense of fulfillment.

naked Stables – LEED Platinum Certification

To build a brand new stylish resort in a remote, forested valley was an incredible challenge. It was also a wonderful opportunity to do things ‘right’, right from the beginning. naked Stables (Tree Top Villas and Earth Huts) has been awarded LEED (Leadership in Environmental Energy Design) Platinum Certification.

LEED is recognised globally as the leading voluntary system for benchmarking and rating the world’s top green buildings. At naked Stables we aimed to achieve sustainability in each of LEED’s five key areas of human and environmental health with the goal of attaining the highest possible certification, LEED Platinum.

Site Development

At conception, the purpose of naked Stables was to “return to nature”. For this reason, maintaining the natural environment around the resort was the first priority and was a central theme throughout construction. Examples of solutions we implemented include:

  • Reintroducing wildlife to the site
  • Narrow road spaces
  • Protection of natural fauna and flora
  • Recycling program for all resort waste
  • Uncut tree lines
  • On site organic garden
  • Site location and orientation
  • Compost program for kitchen and vegetable waste
  • Green roof
Water Efficiency

Our water strategy for naked Stables is: Reduce, Reuse, & Treat. As a first mandate, we reduce our overall water demand, thus cropping the problem of consumption at its source. Next, natural features are used to collect and then reuse as much water as possible without having to draw from the local aquifer. As a final stage, outgoing water is treated and then fed back into the resort’s water cycle at the highest standard of quality. Overall, the hotel consumes over 30% less water than a typical hotel, due to the following strategies:

  • Closed loop water system
  • Wetland filtration of run off Water
  • Rainwater collection from roofs and roads for grey water recycling 
  • Use of low flow bathroom fixtures and dual flush toilets/waterless urinals
  • Work closely with PACT Shanghai for grey and black water treatment
  • All waste water is recycled in two unique containerised treatments plants and reused for irrigation
  • Toilet flushing is from treated lake water naturally replenished from the surrounding hills’ run off
Energy Efficiency

The philosophy behind naked Stables’ energy efficiency is an “energy pyramid”. This concept states that to truly reduce consumption, energy demand must first be reduced before alternative energy sources can be explored. As a final step, offsetting remaining energy use can be considered. The combination of these solutions allows us to achieve energy savings of up to 35% compared to standard buildings. Main strategies utilised include:

  • Solar hot water heaters for preheating water
  • Energy metre installed on all units to monitor guests’ energy use
  • Centrally controlled outdoor lighting
  • Bamboo pellet boiler for heating (bamboo pellets come from a factory 20 minutes away from site)
  • LED and compact fluorescent lamps throughout the property
  • High insulation value for all exterior walls and windows
  • Maximised natural day lighting and ventilation for all buildings
  • Use of double glazed Low E glass for doors and windows
  • Energy efficient water sourced heat pumps to heat and cool buildings
  • Main site accessed by golf carts only, powered by solar power recharging stations
  • Villas equipped with heat recovery units to reduce energy consumption
Materials Selection

The objective for naked Stables was always to be an example of sustainable luxury in nature. This can be seen in the selection of materials used throughout the entire property. All products have been individually chosen for their aesthetic value as well as their environmental impact. Conscious materials selection includes:

  • Over 50% of new wood is certified by FSC (Forest Stewardship Council)
  • Reuse of old windows and doors
  • Use of carbonised bamboo flooring, a renewable material
  • Railway sleepers used as entryway stairs
  • 90% of all construction materials are sourced in nearby areas within a radius of 800 km
  • Spa made from all reclaimed/reused wood
  • Over 95% of construction waste was recycled
  • Rammed earth
  • Limited use of cement
  • Use of regional materials, such as bamboo
  • Use of recycled old wooden roof trusses, columns, column bases, window frames, bricks and roof tiles
Indoor Environmental Quality

As a luxury resort, while interior finishes and decoration are aimed at style and luxury, the maximisation of indoor occupant health and well-being is equally important. A healthy interior space is achieved by:

  • No smoking indoors
  • Low emitting materials
  • Ventilation performance
  • Daylight and views
  • CO2 monitoring