Above: Poolside at Tortuga Del Sol, one of the many clothing-optional, gay resorts in Palm Springs, California.

How to choose a men’s clothing-optional resort

PALM SPRINGS, CA – There’s no need to pack a big suitcase for stays at these Palm Springs resorts. The city is home to more than 20 men’s clothing-optional boutique hotels, where guests are free to roam the property sans attire.

These resorts are known for their gorgeous pools and spas, steam rooms, gardens, and comfortable accommodations. For first-time visitors, there are some things to keep in mind when it comes to choosing a clothing-optional hotel.

Small boutique hotels that cater specifically to gay men and women, or anyone who wants a clothing-optional experience, provide spaces that are “worry-free, stress-free, and nonjudgmental,” says Michael Green, owner of The Triangle Inn Palm Springs.

It’s key to remember that not wearing clothes is optional, and if a guest doesn’t feel comfortable removing their garments right away, that’s OK — they can wait until they feel more comfortable, or remain clothed during their entire stay.

Clothing-optional resorts attract all ages of gay men seeking a safe refuge, where they can feel free from outside influences,” INNdulge owner Jon Jackson says.

Palm Springs is known internationally for welcoming members of the LGBTQ community, and they flock to its resorts because they “are able to find an experience they literally cannot find anywhere else,” Green says. “Lots of our guests get to the resort, do some shopping, then come back and pretty much never leave except to shop or hike or see the sights. We are a destination within a destination for them.”

People choose a clothing-optional resort because there is less pretense when a person is naked,” notes Ric Gomez, owner of Tortuga del Sol. “The majority of gay clothing-optional resorts are owner operated and exceed the hospitality and amenities levels of larger, mainstream hotels.”

These resorts also draw guests of all body types, because “Nudism is a lifestyle that embraces the human body in all its forms,” says Robert Aikens, head innkeeper at La Dolce Vita Resort and Spa.


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