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Reviewed 20 April 2014

First off, the grounds at this place were really well maintained, everything was super clean and beautiful. We'd never been to a resort before this as we were worried we'd be bored laying around doing nothing for a couple of days, but it turns out this place was very relaxing.

We felt comfortable immediately and never felt self concious. We even met a couple of people who were long time regulars of this place who had tried other similar resorts in the area. We're definitely going back as soon as we can.

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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8  Thank Eddy S
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Reviewed 13 April 2014

The facilities are nice, but the hotel rooms needed an update, which I just happened. The pools and grounds are beautiful. It is a nice feature that it is so close to downtown Palm Springs and the shops and some really good restaurants. That location makes up somewhat for the limited hours of the restaurant and bar. You can only get breakfast, lunch and dinner on the weekends which make it tough if you want to spend the week there. You have to leave the property for breakfast and dinner during the week and bring in your own cocktails for the evenings. Foot was good and could use fresher options. When we are on vacation at a resort, we just want to relax and not worry about going out to dinner and making our own drinks. I think Caliente in Tampa does a better job of mixing a residential nudist community and a resort. (Caliente desperately needs to update their hotel rooms as well). Desert Sun needs to make the commitment to being a full time resort, not just a weekend getaway. ( We will be back the next time we are in California.

Room Tip: Top floor rooms away from the pool.
  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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8  Thank BeachNatural
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Reviewed 13 April 2014

Arriving at the airport on an afternoon the 90 degree heat was just what I was wanting. The cab ride from the airport was $18 not including tip.

Tony at the front desk was professional, friendly and cheerfully answered all my questions. The entire staff were exceptional. My room looked as though it had recently been renovated. The lush towels & bedding combined with great pillows and mattress made for a great stay. My room was spotless and nicely maintained.

My room was above the volleyball pool and I loved it. It was fun to hear vacationer’s fun filled laughter and cheers during the volleyball game. Many of the rooms have small tables and chairs outside on the walkway for use which allows you to watch the volleyball games.

During the day I spent my time at the quiet pool located in the rear of the resort. I found myself enjoying the entire pool area by myself for several hours. What a rare treat! Where can you go where the three pools and hot tub are open 24/7? The office is staffed 24/7 with coffee always available.

I can’t give an opinion about the resort menu as I made the decision to explore other options. The resort is located across the street from Rick’s where one can get great Cuban food. Happy Hour is 3-7 and free poured pints of Mojito’s and Margaritas can complement your meal at a low price of $5!

Exploring during the week I found that the city bus stops about two blocks from the resort. Buses run every twenty minutes and seemed to be on time the short few days I was there. Bus #24 took me to the airport for fifty cents senior fare. Adult fair is $1! The ride provides you a tour of a Palm Springs neighborhood you might not otherwise see.

The only problem I had was that I had to leave!

Shirley from Oregon

Room Tip: If you want to experience the sounds of vacation fun and laughter ask for a room above the pool. Peace and quiet just ask when you make your reservation and if possible they will accommodate you.
  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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9  Thank Shirley G
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Reviewed 30 March 2014

My wife and I were a little nervous but didn't need to be. Within 10 minutes we felt comfortable, the staff was very helpful and all the guests were nice and polite. The grounds are beautiful and our room was clean and comfortable. I loved the heated salt-water pool. The resturant was crowded, so service was a little slow, but the food was fine. We had a great vacation and will definately be coming again.

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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8  Thank carpenter201
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Reviewed 28 March 2014

The owners have really improved the facilities and grounds from years ago. The hotel rooms are dated, small but clean. Did not eat at the cafe. The grounds are beautiful and there are quiet area that you can find if the 80s music by the main pool gets to be too much. Noisy rooms at night.

Room Tip: Get one away from the entrance and upstairs to avoid the noise.
  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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5  Thank GeorgeF592
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desertsunps, Owner at Desert Sun Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 30 March 2014

Thank you for sharing how nice the facilities and grounds are. Since we purchased the property six years ago, we have consistently improved the beautiful grounds that are guests have become accustomed to. We are the only West Coast nudist resort that offers our guest three swimming pools and two Jacuzzis to choose from every day! For many of our guests, they can spend three days at our resort and enjoy a different pool each day. It is like taking three different vacations without ever leaving the property!

Another amenity that we are so proud of is our full-service bar and restaurant. You probably did not know that we are the only nudist resort in Southern California that has a full bar and restaurant. Our restaurant is open seven days a week. We don’t hand our guests a take-out menu and then expect them to wait hours for their cold food to be delivered. We take pride in offering an extensive menu with “made to order” fresh food. The quality of the food is usually the first thing our guests praise us on upon checking out. We are pleased that our guests can order just about any adult beverage and have it made fresh right there in front of them. Our guests can thoroughly enjoy the “resort experience” by having drinks delivered to them poolside. No other nudist resort in Southern California can legally do this.

Our spa has never been better! We offer a choice of five different therapists. We are proud that our guests can enjoy their massage inside a clean and comfortable spa building. A guest just commented how she had a massage at another local nudist resort and they could only offer her an outdoor massage, or one in her room. She complained about constantly hearing the noise from the planes flying overhead (the resort is in the Palm Springs airport flight path) and other guest’s conversations. At the Desert Sun Resort Spa, you will enjoy a climate controlled private room; and the only noise you will hear is our smooth calming spa music.

Thank you for mentioning our hotel rooms. We are not sure when you stayed with us, but if you stayed after January 1st, you would have experienced our brand new hotel rooms! We are proud that we just completed a FULL renovation of our hotel rooms in December. Desert Sun Resort offers seven different types of rooms from a clean, modern hotel rooms to a two bedroom condo (1,250 square feet) with a full kitchen and two bathrooms. The hotel renovation involved replacing every hotel room with brand new custom furniture (9 new pieces in each room), a brand new 40 inch HD flat screen TV with a DVD, new improved lighting with four new lighting fixtures per room. They are the most modern, cleanest, and comfortable rooms in the industry today.

Desert Sun Resort is currently in the midst of breaking every record that our resort has had during the past 20 years! The bookings at Desert Sun Resort are up over 20% from this time last year! Our resort has in excess of 60 rooms available for rent every night and since January; we have either been sold out, or very close to being sold out every weekend. Weekdays, we have been filling up no less than 30 rooms per night. We have had several days that we have had to turn away guests. As a result, we just hired three additional housekeepers during the past 30 days. More and more people are trying Desert Sun Resort for the first time, and they are quickly learning that there is no other place like it. If you want a clean, comfortable, modern room with a large enough property to explore, then Desert Sun Resort is your place.
We invite anybody to login to our website and click on the “Nudist Resort Comparison” on our front page to see why Desert Sun Resort is the most popular nudist resort in the world. Come see why nudist that visit our resort, consistently tell us that Desert Sun Resort is the finest resort that they have ever stayed.

Thank you for taking your time to post a trip report. We appreciate your comments and will use them to better improve our guest’s experience.

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