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.



South Palm Springs, Palm Springs, United States

Gay-owned and -operated, Escape is a clothing-optional 1950s property with a 15-person hot tub and a pool, heated in winter/cooled in summer, which is open 24/7 and never in the shade. It offers weekend social hours, queen- and king-bed options and active-military discounts. It's under two miles to downtown.

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.


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.

Chaps Inn

Uptown, Palm Springs, United States

Chaps Inn is a 10-room clothing-optional resort catering to leathermen and bears. It offers a heated salt water pool and outdoor sling and Saint Andrew's Cross. Most rooms have king beds and kitchenettes or full kitchens. Some rooms have sleeper sofas to accommodate a third person.


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.

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.

La Dolce Vita

Palm Springs, United States

La Dolce Vita is a clothing-optional resort on an acre of land about two miles from downtown nightlife and shopping. Its 20 rooms are basic with wood floors and its spa full-service with two swimming pools, two hot tubs, steam, sauna. Office and check-in hours from 8 am to 7 pm.

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.

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.

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