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Desert Joy Clothing Optional Bed and Breakfast
Ranked #24 of 48 Tucson B&B and Inns
Woodbridge, Virginia
1 review
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“Desert Joy”
Reviewed 20 April 2014

This was our first time at a bed-and-breakfast location and, for future travel, I'm afraid it set the bar very high. From our first moments at Desert Joy, until we left 5 days later, we felt pampered by small attention to detail and enjoyed amazing hospitality from our host. We relaxed more than words can express, felt welcomed by out host and his lovely "family" of well-behaved dogs and cats. We had everything we could ever want available on a luxury vacation! We enjoyed relaxing in the lovely surroundings of a perfect pool area, large outdoor kitchen, and great outdoor showers after a day of sun. There is no doubt that our host enjoys sharing his home, which he has appointed with talent and skill. Each breakfast was more amazing than the day before, allowing us to skip lunch altogether! A "to go" breakfast was even provided on a morning we planned an early hike in a nearby state park.

One highlight—of seeing the desert sunset from a vantage point only a resident would be able to find, and the fun of 4-wheeling to get there, was such a thrill! The rest of the time, we felt we were in our own oasis of relaxation, to do what we wanted, and to enjoy time, music, pool, hot tub, and lovely surroundings. A special treat was to share an evening meal with our host in the beauty of the outdoors.

We will definitely return and hope our host knows how special he made us feel! Thank you seems altogether inadequate. We hope to visit again later in the year and enjoy once again the peace and beauty of Desert Joy! First-timers to clothing optional resorts, this one is for YOU!

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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C-OHome, Guest Relations Manager at Desert Joy Clothing Optional Bed and Breakfast, responded to this review, 29 July 2014
What a great compliment to our host at Desert Joy! We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay and were able to simply relax and enjoy your surroundings...isn't it great! We look forward to your return to Desert Joy or one of our other Clothing Optional Home Network homes.
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Reviewed 1 April 2014

"Desert Joy is just that—a unique joy in the Southwest desert. This is where you get a flavor of what it is like to be in quiet of the Arizona desert with views of mountains in the distance. We loved the feel of the home and the area. The home and grounds are gorgeous and absolutely immaculate. The food is extraordinary. In the home you can enjoy the owner's interesting collection of masks, sculpture and other artwork that ranges from the whimsical and fanciful to the sublime. The owner is an intelligent, traveled gentleman with an open smile and quiet, clever friendliness who obviously relishes catering to his guests and doing anything and everything to make them feel at home and comfortable. He intuitively knows whether to engage you in conversation or leave you to enjoy the solitude. The pool area is just amazing as it has the feel of what you might expect in a first class resort. There is a very large open area with many places to lounge or just walk around. The portable heater and open hearth are terrific for the Arizona evenings, and the hearth is within a covered, full outdoor kitchen, the roof of which doubles as a large stargazing area with swings. The clear, dark skies of the nights offer a wonderful opportunity to see the stars as you have never seen them before. You would feel completely comfortable here clothed or unclothed. We were fortunate enough to arrange for the owner to take us off roading in the surrounding desert and mountains - an experience unlike we have had anywhere else. We cannot wait to go back. We are very familiar with the Tucson area, having visited here for many years. You will not find anything comparable. Thank you, Desert Joy!"
— Roger from Indianapolis, Indiana

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed 27 March 2014

We love Desert Joy! My husband and I spent 9 days at this oasis in the desert. We did not want to leave! Our host welcomed us into his beautiful home and we felt at ease immediately. Our room was very comfortable and we slept in luxurious bed linens! The closet space was ample. We were able to unpack our belongings and either hang clothing or lay it out on the many large shelves in the closet. Everything was always within easy reach. Bath towels, beach towels and robes were provided. There was even a night light! The home and outdoor amenities were spotless. We enjoyed sunbathing by the pool while listening to our choice of music. Our host checked on our needs often but also allowed us as much time to ourselves as we wanted. I stayed in the sun too long on our first day and the umbrellas around the pool gave me protection from the sun while allowing me to still lay by the pool and enjoy the outdoor surroundings. We hot-tubbed under a million stars in the desert sky. I even saw a shooting star! Other evenings we sat around the fire and enjoyed interesting conversation with our host. The mornings were amazing!  Breakfast was served whenever we wanted it and the food was absolutely amazing! It was not typical breakfast food but rather works of art. Delicious and oh so plentiful!  We brought some food with us and prepared some of our meals but asked our host to provide a few dinners towards the end of our stay. During that time there was another couple staying at Desert Joy and we enjoyed dining and visiting with them. They, and my husband, are vegetarians and our host accommodated their dietary needs. We ate like kings! 
We asked our host to take us on a desert tour. His 4 wheel drive vehicle is perfect for this activity. We watched a movie about the desert coming alive before our tour and it was extremely informative.  We planned our outing so that we'd be in the desert at sunset and it was breathtaking! Watching the sunset from the upper terrace of the ramada at Desert Joy will also have you oohing and ahhhing. We just can't say enough wonderful things about this clothing optional property. From showering in the sun while gazing at the mountains to swimming in the chemical-free pool and everything in between, Desert Joy proved to be the perfect getaway spot for us! We are already planning our return visit!






  • Stayed March 2014
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C-OHome, Guest Relations Manager at Desert Joy Clothing Optional Bed and Breakfast, responded to this review, 29 March 2014
Wow! We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay at Desert Joy! It sounds like it was just what you were looking for in a clothing optional holiday. We look forward to your return!
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Vancouver, Canada
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Reviewed 14 March 2014

I have just enjoyed one of the most relaxing special weeks in a long long time, here at Desert Joy. The B&B home has every amenity you can think of! The bedrooms are extremely comfortable. Great bathroom. The living area is amazing. The host does an amazing job of making you feel right at home. Breakfast, omg! Awesome dishes, felt so bad I could never finish off any of the overly generous portions. And tasty, yummy! The pool and back patio area is so relaxing. It truly is an oasis! I enjoyed Desert Joy on my own so if you're single or a couple, it works great. Didn't wear a stitch of textile the entire time, was so comfortable and naturally relaxing.
The booking and payment was so easy with Clothing Optional Network.
Give a clothing optional B&B a try....it is an amazing wonderful experience.

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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled solo
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C-OHome, Guest Relations Manager at Desert Joy Clothing Optional Bed and Breakfast, responded to this review, 16 March 2014
Thank you for sharing your experience at Desert Joy! We are so pleased that it was a great experience for you. We look forward to your return to Desert Joy or to one of the other Clothing Optional Home Network homes!
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Villa Grove, Colorado
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Reviewed 7 March 2014

We only had two nights at Desert Joy but wish we could have stayed longer. It is a wonderful, beautiful, peaceful refuge. Our friendly host went to great lengths to make our stay comfortable and to make sure all our needs were taken care of. We really enjoyed the four legged hosts at Desert Joy (two dogs and two cats) all of whom did their part to make us feel completely at home. (Note to those who aren’t animal lovers, they are very well behaved and aren’t allowed into the guest rooms.) The pool area is spacious and beautifully landscaped, and includes the hot tub, firepit and a complete “summer” kitchen. Breakfasts were delicious, presented beautifully and bounteous. Desert Joy is fairly remote, and it is a long way to restaurants or other shopping, but if you’re looking for a clothing-optional getaway in lovely southwest style we highly recommend it.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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C-OHome, Guest Relations Manager at Desert Joy Clothing Optional Bed and Breakfast, responded to this review, 14 March 2014
Thank you for the very nice comment! We enjoyed your short stay and look forward to your return soon!
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Vancouver BC
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Reviewed 6 March 2014

We are a mature couple who has recently become occasional vacation-nudists. Previous experiences include both clothing optional beaches and AANR affiliated resorts. During late February 2014, we visited Desert Joy of the Clothing Optional Home Network for a 5 day stay, our first experience with a clothing optional B&B.
Desert Joy is a Santa Fe-style, three bedroom home (two rentable) in a rural desert location about 45 minutes northwest of Tucson International Airport, about 8 miles north of Marana AZ (closest area of retail and restaurants) and 4 miles off Interstate 10. Although there are a few other homes nearby, the property is nicely secluded, with wonderful views of saguaro and mesquite desert and the Tortolita and Santa Catalina mountains beyond. The house, pool and spa areas and ramada are interestingly decorated with art masks, paintings, Mexican tiles, metalwork and statuary. There is no TV, but excellent wifi connectivity and a delightful musical ambience indoors and out, selected to meet guests’ tastes. Sunsets and the starry night sky are amazing from the ramada roof and hot tub.
Our host is friendly, helpful and sensitive to his guests’ needs and interests. He is readily available with information and assistance when needed, but also disappears into the background with his friendly Labrador retrievers when one wants to enjoy peace and quiet at the pool or ramada. His breakfasts are generous and tasty, usually fruits, pastry, eggs, bacon or ham. Sleeping accommodations are simple and lovely and the B&B is spotless. Our bed was a bit soft for us and there is just a single shared bathroom.
As mature newlyweds and a couple looking for a restful and relaxing vacation, we heartily enjoyed our Desert Joy experience.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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C-OHome, Guest Relations Manager at Desert Joy Clothing Optional Bed and Breakfast, responded to this review, 7 March 2014
We are so pleased that you spent your honeymoon at Desert Joy! It is always exciting for our hosts to be part of such a wonderful memory. Our host was happy to share his home and introduce the desert lifestyle to you. Aren't the stars amazing?! We look forward to your return.
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Anthem, Arizona
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Reviewed 25 February 2014

My wife and I wanted to take a short get away from home and experience for the first time a clothing optional B&B. From the moment we arrived at desert joy we were treated as royal guests and we can't say enough about our host. The home is very nice, very clean and very private. We were allowed to proceed at our own pace, but it didn't take long for us to feel right at home at this naturist retreat. The family pets made it even more home like. The panoramic views were amazing and star watching from the hot tub each night was dream like. We can't wait to return!

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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3 Thank Christian S
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C-OHome, Guest Relations Manager at Desert Joy Clothing Optional Bed and Breakfast, responded to this review, 27 February 2014
Firstly, Happy Birthday! We are pleased you enjoyed your birthday celebration at Desert Joy. Our host and the other guests had a great time with you both while watching the stars from the hot tub and interesting conversations. We look forward to your return!
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Property: Desert Joy Clothing Optional Bed and Breakfast
Address: 7850 N Silverbell Rd, Tucson, AZ 85743-8219
Region: United States > Arizona > Tucson
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #24 of 48 B&Bs / Inns in Tucson
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Number of rooms: 2
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Situated on nearly 5 acres in the Sonoran Desert, Desert Joy was planned as a naturist retreat from the time the Host purchased the home. The masterpiece of the home is the pool and outdoor living areas! Designed with peace and tranquility in mind, there are sculpture and art pieces gracing the grounds plus a fresh water copper-ionized pool. Being a member or AANR and a part of Clothing Optional Home Network, you can be assured a quality clothing optional experience. ... more   less 
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