We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

“Relaxing place to visit”
1 of 5 bubbles Review of Shangri La Ranch

We can't find prices for this accommodation
Our online travel partners don't provide prices for this accommodation, but we can search other options in Phoenix
Check In dd/mm/yyyy Check Out dd/mm/yyyy
Shangri La Ranch
Lacombe, Canada
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Relaxing place to visit”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 April 2014 via mobile

I decided to visit Shangri-la after reading about it. The units looked good. The grounds looked roomy. Upon checking in I found the unit we were given was an "older" mobile home that had been divided into two units. The room offered what was needed but it certainly was in dire need of being taken care of as things were quite run down. I felt the grounds were quite crowded as they fit in as many camper trailers and the like as they can. At least there is an area where it is unable to be developed easily where there are a couple walking trails. There are two pools and one of them the people there do aqua exercises almost daily as well as play water volley-ball. There are plenty lounge chairs in the sun or shade as desired. The entire grounds are clothing optional or nude whichever you choose so you can go through the day and not need to get dressed at all if you wish. The office person(s) are OK but really have no customer friendly personality, very business and curt in their manners, certainly not really making you feel welcome nor appearing like they are glad you are there.
I would give it a 1 star rating for the accommodation we were in.
I would give it a 2 - 2.5 for the grounds mostly because of the closeness of the units. For the pools, etc of that nature I would rate it higher like maybe a 4. There don't seem to be an abundance of places available for nudity that are smallish and quite costly so I try out what I can find within my budget.

Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
Helpful?
10 Thank Del H
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Write a Review

27 reviews from our community

Traveller rating
    6
    14
    5
    1
    1
See reviews for
3
17
4
Business
0
Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
Traveller tips help you choose the right room.   Room tips (8)
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Any
English first
Reno, Nevada
Level Contributor
19 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2013 via mobile

Nothing at all like what I expected but I still had a great relaxing day. It is a "resort" but also home to many. If you are staying more than a day you can rent small cabins or rooms but for just a day you can soak on the whirlpool or sit in the sauna. They have 2 pools and activities to go along. A natural trail and horseshoes or tennis. Best part is you can enjoy in the buff.

  • Stayed November 2013
    • Location
    • Cleanliness
Helpful?
8 Thank michaeljacobs79
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
North Dakota
Level Contributor
137 reviews
116 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 138 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2013

In fairness, It must first be pointed out that our stay was on a "fall festival" weekend and it was very crowded, so our experience may not be the norm.

We first tried to contact the resort by email, after two were not answered, we called. The phone call went much better, with the office staff actually being rather pleasant. We made a room reservation with no problems (and no credit card required). A follow up call confirmed that we did, in fact, have a room. Check in went well, although, somewhat abrupt. The "cabin" a trailer converted to two units was as expected--basic but clean. There was a microwave, small fridge, a coffee maker (but no coffee or filters), two double beds (actually quite comfortable) and a workable bathroom with a shower. Not sound proof, you can hear what's going on in the adjoining unit.

We arrived around noon and found that pool was already overfull, all the sunbeds and loungers were taken--some reserved with towels, but sat empty most of the afternoon. We did find a couple of chairs and squeezed them in as best we could.

We tried the restaurant for lunch and it was not a good experience. Although not even close to being full, the wait staff seemed overwhelmed. After first getting the wrong order (which the waitress seemed to blame on us) we got our food after about an hour--a burger and a chicken sandwich. We also got a couple of packages of chips that we did not order, but only one order of fries. After this, we decided to drive back in to town for dinner.

Our biggest issue was the pool behavior. Obviously, we are not prudes or we would not have been there, but we were not comfortable. There were children in the pool and, although we prefer an adult only setting, we would have been ok with the kids if standards of behavior had been enforced. There was a constant parade of genital jewelry (mostly male) and some very risque poolside dancing. Later, while visiting with another couple, they told us that if we objected to the pool behavior, we definitely would not like the dance. Turns out the dance was right accross the street from our cabin, but the loud A/C drowned out the noise.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
7 Thank muskrat2
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Phoenix
Level Contributor
6 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2013

Once you check in, avoid the office staff at all costs. They are irritable and act like we are a burden to be there or to ask them questions! No kidding. However, if you meet the owners, a nice old German couple, they are pleasant and are full of nice and interesting stories. Of all of my hotel/resort reviews, this one presented the biggest problem because we really did have a good time and the owner could have been my dad or grandfather. He is a sweet old man who has worked hard in developing this resort/hotel into something nice, but on the other hand, his staff are just plain strange (I'm trying to be nice). The accommodations are simple and basic but clean. Nothing elaborate. However, people don't come here for the rooms. Did I tell you this is a clothing optional resort? We travel a lot in Florida or California and on occasion will stay at a clothing optional resort. We took a chance on this one just outside of Phoenix. If you have also stayed at such resorts in FL or CA, you may be disappointed because their quality is much higher than this resort but on average, this is not a bad clothing optional hotel/resort. Despite the name, it is a ranch and resort in name only. The location is superb, surrounded by beautiful rolling hills and saguaro cacti. The pools are nice and clean. The lounges around the pools are plentiful but many are in need of repair. There is a nice clubhouse which is used for Saturday night dances. There is a cafe on weekends and the food is just OK. There are a couple of nice trails that take you around their sprawling property that allows you to hike/walk naked if you so choose. We highly recommend taking the hike on their trail around the property. On the weekend when we went, the facility was attended mostly by couples. There is a strong core of "members" who spent most of their time having fun playing water volleyball. They have a very nice traditional volleyball court but we could not find enough people interested in starting a game. There is a nice large hot tub where people gather at night to share with others their most recent nightmare experience with the office staff. Despite of our unpleasant experience with the office staff, there was an outside worker, a young Black man, who was extremely pleasant and helpful who made us forget the staff in the office. We would recommend this place if it wasn't for our experience with the office staff plus hearing other stories from other couples. I would not say this place is to be avoided but just to avoid the staff.

Room Tip: Avoid the older rooms as the a/c is inadequate for the summer heat. The smaller trailer type rooms...
See more room tips
  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
6 Thank BobMart
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Level Contributor
7 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 March 2013

We stayed at the Shangri La Ranch on a weekend in March. This was our first trip to this property, and we very much enjoyed it. The weather here would be cool in the winter (cold to me, but that depends on where you're from), probably too cool to walk around naked all the time. Summer will be blisteringly hot. Spring/Fall are ideal times to visit.

The Shangri La Ranch is located in New River, Arizona, just a few minutes north of Phoenix in a rural high-desert area. We live on the south side of Phoenix, and it was about an hour's drive. Maybe 45 minutes from the airport. The Roadrunner Cafe is nearby, and they have live music and dancing on Saturday night. The food there is good. It is NOT a dive, as reported in some reviews. It is a typical rural western bar and restaurant. If you're expecting an urban nightclub, you'll be disappointed. There is a convenience store about 10-15 miles away (head out of the ranch, turn right, and keep on going). For groceries or other supplies, you'll have to go back to I17 and head south to Anthem, a few miles away.

Check in was quick and easy, and the clerk was very polite and helpful. As first time visitors, we received a discount on our stay (present the coupon from the website). There is a small store in the office but it sells mostly souvenirs, not sundries. Note that this is a clothing optional resort, so you can be in any state of dress or undress as you wish, except in the pools/spa where no bathing suits are allowed.

There are a limited number of rooms/cabins for rent. Mostly, it is residents (either permanent or seasonal) with RV's, trailers, and mobile homes. You can, of course, rent a spot for your trailer/RV and I am told there is also a tent camping area, but I didn't see it.

First, the room. We stayed in a cabin which is really more like a one bedroom apartment, with a common area (including kitchen), a separate bedroom with king bed, and a bathroom with shower (no tub) and a closet. While the furnishings were not new, the room was clean. It included a small table with three chairs, day bed, coffee table, TV with DVD/VCR (a modest selection of channels), full kitchen including range/stove (ancient), sink, full frig, and microwave. The bedroom had a king bed, two nightstands (one with an outlet nearby), and dresser. The light in the kitchen was flaky, and it took forever to get hot water, but otherwise it was comfortable. There is AC in the common area and bedroom, and a heater in the common area. Don't expect a hotel-quality room with new furnishings, but it not a bare-bones cabin either. For $105/night (plus grounds fees), it was a great bargain and far more than we expected.

Next, the pool area. There are two pools (one heated year-round to 86F which has a volleyball net, the other is solar heated) with plenty of chaises, a covered area for shade, and smoking areas. The pools are immaculately clean. The pools are open 7am-9pm, but you can access the pool area any time. It seemed that usually the covers on the pools were not removed until after 7am, and were put back in place before 9pm. In the pool area is a game room with ping pong and billiards.

The clubhouse complex includes a restroom, men's and women's showers (I did not use them, but was told they were not working at the time), massage room, spa (open 24 hours), dry sauna, large common room with dance floor and plenty of tables/chairs, and a sort of library with a large selection of VHS movies, books, and a large TV. There are activities here on Saturday night; the night we were there, there was a dance but I didn't go.

Also in the clubhouse complex is the very small cafe. The food was very good and reasonbly priced, service was great, and you can count on friendly banter with the cook and other guests.

There are a few tennis courts, but I don't know if you have to bring your own equipment or if any is provided. There is a hiking trail, but I did not go on it.

The guests. When we arrived on Friday afternoon, we headed to the pool and it seemed everyone else there were residents, I would guess aged 50 and up. On Saturday, more guests and day visitors showed up, aged 30's and up. The men far outnumbered the women, I'd say about 70/30. I saw only one gawker, though he wasn't obvious about it; he just walked around the pool and other areas, looking at the women as he went by.

I cannot compare the Shangri La to other nudist resorts, as this was our first time at one. I wouldn't travel across the country to visit it, but since we live locally it is very convenient for us. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and will definitely be returning.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
11 Thank bakerj7
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Casper, Wyoming
Level Contributor
25 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2012

My wife and I won a 2 night stay at the Shangri La so we booked. The start of our experiance was a bit confusing as when we came to the office to check in there was no one there to check us in so we just stood around and waited for about 10 minutes. The lady did come and checked us in but seemed a bit irratated that she had to help us. (Not real freindly) (two other couples we talked to noticed the same unfrindly experiance at check in). The room was dated but respectable although we found that the tub faucets weren't working right along with several other items. The pools, and hot tub area were clean and in order although we found the game room and the library floors not vacuumed and not in order. The cafe is only open on weekends so other than in room cooking (our cabin had a stove, refridge, microwave, cooking pots and pans, dishes and the likes), we had to dress (Shangra La is a clothing optional facility) and drive a minimum of 7 miles to the closest cafe. All the facility guests staying at the resort were very nice and polite (as nudist always seem to be) so we met many nice and interesting people from all over the world. Upon leaving, after our second night, to check out, we left at shortly after 8 am and the office was locked up, so we just left the keys. We would stay again if the occastion comes our way.

Room Tip: We stayed in cabion 21. Not to bad but needs upgrades. Not dirty, just well used. :-)
See more room tips
  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
7 Thank wyoed1
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Orem, Utah
Level Contributor
43 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 February 2012

This is a clothing optional resort, so that is generally the main reason you would be visiting, The pools, decks, hot tub and sauna are well kept, nice big deck to lay out on, the hot tub could be bigger. Week-end activites are available. The room we stayed in was very outdated, could use an upgrade. Was clean and comfortable. The kitchen cupboards had what looked garage sale specials, or just mugs, etc that had been left behind by other tenants.
Close enough to restaurants and shopping, nothing available onsite.
We were there for the sun, so the room was not that inportant. Priced right for what you get.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
6 Thank KateH206
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Hotels you might also like...
Also consider these accommodations in or near Phoenix
Deer Valley
Drury Inn & Suites Phoenix Happy Valley
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
Desert Ridge
JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices

Been to Shangri La Ranch? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Shangri La Ranch

Property: Shangri La Ranch
Address: 44444 N Shangri La Ln, Phoenix, AZ 85087-7988
Region: United States > Arizona > Central Arizona > Phoenix
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 25 Speciality Lodging in Phoenix
Number of rooms: 15
Also Known As:
Shangri La Ranch Hotel Phoenix
Shangri La Ranch Phoenix, Arizona

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing