Maybe it's the desert sun and the dry climate of Palm Springs that has made it such a popular clothing-optional destination. Au natural resorts here have been well attended for decades, and perhaps never so much as by gay men who know they don't have to get dressed up to have a good time. Here are a few options, and you can always ask for a day pass if you aren't ready to commit to an overnight.



Cathedral City, Palm Springs, United States

On 3.5 landscaped acres, the 45-room CCBC is the largest clothing-optional gay men's resort in California. It hosts regular special events and offers a nature walk, a military area, a waterfall, a dungeon with videos and and biking trails. A shuttle is provided to downtown Palm Springs about four miles away.

Warm Sands Villas

Warm Sands, Palm Springs, United States

Warm Sands Villas is a 28-room, clothing-optional hacienda that features king-sized beds, heated pool, a rooftop deck, fire pit and a meet-and-greet for guests every evening. Back in the 1930s, movie stars hung out in the lush gardens.

The Hacienda

Warm Sands, Palm Springs, United States

In the gay-popular Warm Springs neighborhood, The Hacienda is a clothing optional resort that prides itself on its staff-to-guestroom ratio and greeting each guest with a basket of goodies. The all-suite resort is in a lush tropical setting with two swimming pools, misting systems, a Japanese pond and a multi-tiered Spanish fountain. Guests gather poolside on for sunning, complimentary breakfast and lunch and a Monday night wine and snacks. It offers a three-night honeymoon package with rose petals.

Desert Paradise Resort Hotel

Warm Sands, Palm Springs, United States

The Desert Paradise Resort - clothing optional - is a landscaped mid-century property with 14 poolside rooms and suites with California king beds. Each room is named after a diva like Judy Garland, Mae West or Cher. The "presidential suite" honors Marilyn Monroe. Amenities include an 8-man jacuzzi, salt-water pool, fire pit and closed-circuit cameras throughout the estate guests can access online.


Warm Sands, Palm Springs, United States

Gay-owned Santiago is a chic, swimsuit-optional retreat, which boasts the large swimming pool (heated) of any gay resort in town, string hammocks for two, an outdoor spa, an outdoor mist system and complementary poolside lunches. The 23 guest rooms have either a king or two queen-size beds.

Bearfoot Inn

Movie Colony, Palm Springs, United States

The clothing-optional Bearfoot Inn is close by the Uptown Design District and walking distance to plenty of great restaurants and shopping on the north end of town. Hosts Glen and Jerry have restored the property to its mid-century charm but added plenty of 21st century amenities like large flat screen TVs, individually adjusted climate control and extra firm bamboo memory foam mattresses on platform beds. The heated saltwater pool is ringed with sun lounges. Day passes are available.

Tortuga Del Sol

Tahquitz River Estates, Palm Springs, United States

Tortuga Del Sol - just south of downtown - is a laid-back clothing-optional resort within walking distance of Warm Sands activities. Rooms with queen or king beds are decorated in a Southwest theme and come with organic papaya bath amenities. The grounds include private cabanas, a 10-man jacuzzi, BBQ and fire pit. Originally the mid-century Arrowhead Arms Hotel, it's popular for extended stays for both singles and couples. Hosts Ric and Rob live on-site.

La Dolce Vita

Palm Springs, United States

La Dolce Vita is set on an acre of land at the foot of the San Jacinto mountains about two miles from downtown nightlife and shopping. Non-hotel guests who book at The Men's Spa at the resort have complimentary access to the two swimming pools, two whirlpools and steam room or are welcome to lounge around the clothing optional grounds.

Canyon Club Hotel

Downtown, Palm Springs, United States

The 32-room clothing-optional Canyon Club Hotel is a mid-century property with a 52-foot swimming pool, sun lounges, a hedge maze, indoor playroom and a koi pond. Its spa includes sauna, steam and a 20-man hot tub. Active military, students and airline personnel receive discounts. It also offers day passes. When a large women's event is in town - like the Dinah Shore - the hotel is turned over to the girls.

Vista Grande Resort

Warm Sands, Palm Springs, United States

The 26-room Vista Grande is clothing optional with king-sized beds, two swimming pools and a 15-man hot tub on a 1.5-acre estate where weddings in tux, shorts or nude are often held by the waterfall. Around for 30 years, it serves a complimentary breakfast and lunch every day and dinner on Fridays and Saturdays.

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