The city of Palm Springs in Southern California is a secluded resort destination tucked into the shadow of the San Jacinto Mountains, about 110 miles east of Los Angeles. With 350 days of sunshine each year, it's easy to see why clothing-optional resorts in Palms Springs have flourished under the expansive beauty of the desert sky in this area. Social nudism is accepted and encouraged at select properties, and most make it optional.
Terra Cotta Inn Resort & Spa
The Terra Cotta Inn Resort and Spa on Racquet Club Road is one of the most prominent clothing-optional properties in Palm Springs. Popular activities at this property include a free nude Super Bowl party and a New Year's Eve clothing-optional party with all-you-can-eat steak and lobster. It also sponsors a casino night that is free to registered guests featuring black jack, roulette and craps. Resort amenities include a daily poolside breakfast, outdoor fire pits, barbecue facilities and outdoor pool with a hot tub. The spa services pamper guests with massage, salt glows and reflexology. Guests from other hotels can visit this resort with a day pass.
An economical choice for those who want the option of shedding their threads is the Morningside Inn, the closest clothing-optional property to downtown Palm Springs. With three heated pools, barbecue and tennis courts, the basics in outdoor facilities are covered. All guest rooms have refrigerators, microwaves and cable television, while deluxe rooms are equipped with full kitchens. Accommodations are in a hotel, a courtyard motel, condos and apartments. Massage therapists offer Swedish, therapeutic, stone therapy and deep tissue massages. According to the hotel's website, 99 percent of guests are nude for at least part of their stay at the Morningside Inn.
The area of Palm Springs known as Warm Sands, just south of Ramon, has more than two dozen gay hotels. Many of them are clothing-optional, including the Desert Paradise, a Spanish-style hacienda that was built in the 1940s, and now caters specifically to gay men. The atmosphere is tropical, with huge palm trees, a saltwater pool and an outdoor shower garden. Fire pits are dotted throughout the grounds, surrounding the clothing-optional Jacuzzi. Themed guest rooms feature plantation shutters, ceiling fans and wet bars.
Areolas Spa & Resort
Desert Hot Springs, just outside of Palm Springs, is often referred to as "Spa Town USA" because of the dozens of spas and hot mineral springs located there. The clothing-optional Areolas Resort focuses specifically on the art of tantra to enhance sensual relationships between couples. Rooms and suites are themed after the tantric tradition of divine forces, with names like Om, Shakti and Shiva, and some are equipped with kitchenettes. Complimentary sarongs are provided to wear while walking around the resort. Classes, clinics and retreats focus on "techniques to expand and liberate the unconscious." The spa menu includes couples treatments and tantric massage