China Resort Company Plans $160 Million Expansion

China Resort Company Plans $160 Million Expansion

Vacation News » Asia Pacific Vacation News Edition | By Francys Vallecillo | March 22, 2013 10:29 AM ET

Shanghai-based resort owner Naked Retreat plans to invest more than $160 million in new projects as demand grows for eco-themed resorts in China.
While Hyatt and other traditional international hotel chains continue to expand in China, there are still few options for alternative eco-themed resorts, Naked Retreats co-founder Grant Horsfield told Forbes. Naked Retreats wants to create more choices for tourists in China.

"If we had another 1,000 rooms, we could fill them," Mr. Horsfield, told Forbes.

Mr. Horsfield and co-founder wife, Delphine Yip, a Hong Kong-born architect, are planning to expand in areas near the Great Wall in Beijing; on an island in Taihu Lake, in the Jiangsu province; and in the Shanghai and Guanzhou areas, Forbes reports.

Investor financing for the planned expansion hasn't been confirmed, but "there is no shortage of money," Mr. Horsfield told Forbes.

Overseas resorts such as Banyan Tree are also interested in expanding in the country, hoping to capitalize on the growth of high net worth individuals in China. There were 122 billionaires in China in the 2013 Forbes Billionaire list, demonstrating the country's economic growth in the last decade.

The company's current facilities include Naked Home Village and Naked Stables, which are located in the Moganshan area outside Shanghai.

Mr. Horsfield moved to China from South Africa in 2005. Before moving to China he founded e-Bites Limited, a publishing company and a call-center facilitations company based in Cape Town.

In 2011 they opened Naked Stables Private Reserve, a collection of tree-top villas and huts near the farming hamlet of Shanjiuwu. Earlier this year Naked Stables earned a LEED platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council for 70 of its 90 buildings.

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