Naked Cas­tle

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Cred­ited with bring­ing Mo­gan­shan—an early-20th­cen­tury 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.cn; dou­bles from US$276

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