This was our third trip to Desert Sun and would still recommend it! Went for Memorial Day weekend this time and we were told that the entire resort was sold out when we were there, so understand that the staff was pushed to the limit. Will update the pros and cons for you:
--It is definitely a bit pricey. We spent about 150% of what we’d typically spend on similar quality facilities and food at a textile resort. Of course, we are used to spending a little more to be nudists...
--Two words: Towel Game. Maybe when the resort isn’t sold out it isn’t a big deal but people were actually putting their towels out on the prime poolside lounge chairs the NIGHT BEFORE to reserve them and not a thing was done about it by the resort. Then, of course, those chairs would remain unoccupied until noon the next day. We HATE this at any resort and at other places have often seen the 5 a.m. towel gamers but have never actually seen it at eleven p.m. the night before. We would rather lay on the lawn than stoop to that kind of behavior.
--There is a community here. That sounds like a plus and IS a plus, but not necessarily so if you aren’t a part of that local community. There are condo owners and members and, oh yeah, a few out-of-towners. As out-of-towners, it’s easy to feel a bit left out. That said, people there were certainly friendly. They just already had their friends and their plans for the weekend. We tend to feel more comfortable at a resort where everyone else is also there on vacation. We did meet a few very nice couples.
--Restaurant was pricey (see above) and service was slow this weekend. The servers were very nice and friendly and working very hard but we (and others we spoke to) waited a really long time for our food. So much so that there was no way we dared to eat there on the day of our departure in fear that we could miss our flight.
--Grounds are incredibly beautiful and immaculately clean. The whole resort is absolutely gorgeous.
--LOVED karaoke with Chuck (a resort member who was so welcoming and kind to us) and dancing in the Bare Buns lounge. I don’t think they do this every weekend but if you get the chance, go!
--Great location. Nice and feels very private and secluded but only takes about a half hour or less to walk to downtown Palm Springs. Airport is about a 5 minute drive.
--Hotel rooms are recently renovated and very nice. They include a small refrigerator and nobody fusses if you have your own food/drinks around the pool.
--Very relaxing atmosphere.
--If any “lifestyle” activities were going on, it was behind closed doors
--As nudist resorts go, it’s about as luxurious as we’ve seen in the U.S.
--In the past, we had problems with a couple of aggressive inebriated single guys, (admittedly, the resort couldn’t do anything about it because we did not report them--it was late at night and we didn’t know their names) but this time we experienced nothing like that.
We actually had a bit of a misunderstanding with the resort owners our first night there and got off on the wrong foot. However, they really are very nice people and it is clear they have put tons of time/effort/funding into the resort. The fact that we still want to give Desert Sun a great review is testimony to that fact.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Experience Palm Springs in Au Naturel Luxury. Adults Only, 3 Swimming pools, 2 Jacuzzi, tennis court, restaurant on site, spa, fire pit, night club. Try clothing optional freedom in a beautiful natural setting with waterfalls, flowers, streams and lots of trees. Minutes from airport and downtown Palm Springs. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Desert Sun Hotel Palm Springs