Review: Desert Sun Resort in Palm Springs, California

Review: Desert Sun Resort in Palm Springs, California

One of the things we’ve noticed during our trip in America is that the word “resort” is used in a different way than in Europe. In the states, every type of accommodation can be called a resort, even campgrounds. In Europe, resorts are the type of accommodation where the visitors rarely leave the place because everything is available inside. There are often different swimming pools, bars, restaurants and lots of organised activities to keep the guests busy.
They are little islands of pure vacation pleasure at a holiday destination.

 

The Desert Sun Resort in Palm Springs has everything to complete our European idea of a “resort”. This is the perfect place for those who love the Palm Springs weather but have no further intention to experience anything which requires wearing clothes. Or at least not during the first week of their stay.

 

Location
The Desert Sun couldn’t have been located more conveniently, right on the corner of Indian Canyon drive and the 111. If you’re coming from the west, it’s pretty impossible to miss. Shops, supermarkets, bars and restaurants are right around the corner, but why would you bother? We’ve told you before, this place has everyting onsite! Well, except for a supermarket that is. If you like to prepare your own snacks or drink your favourite wine you may have to put those pants back on and walk those couple of hundred meters to the shop.
Even though there are two big roads right next to the resort, you barely notice anything about this because the buildings are taking away all of the noise. It’s impressive how a place can be this serene on such a busy corner.

Accommodation
The resort has about thirty rooms which are divided in two main categories: the Chapparal rooms and the Courtyard rooms. The Chapparal Lodge was once famous among movie stars and is now the main building of the Desert Sun Resort. All rooms have a king size bed (or two twins), a mini fridge and a terrace with view over the main pool. The Courtyard on the other hand is an oasis of silence inside the Desert Sun. The rooms and suites around the Courtyard are more spacious than those at the Chapparal and provide a nice hideaway for those who prefer to get away from the crowds. The Courtyard is located next to the spa and the Quiet Pool.

 

Then there are also about 50 privately owned villas and condos which are available for rent as well. We had the opportunity to stay in one of the one bedroom villas and it kind of felt as if we were staying in our own apartment in the naked city Desert Sun. A fully equipped kitchen, a nice living room, a huge balcony and a bathroom with its own jacuzzi… This was better than just an apartment.

Facilities
The major advantage of staying at a place like Desert Sun is that the facilities are endless. We’ll try to list the most important ones, but excuse us if we forgot something.
First of all there are three large swimming pools, the main pool is also called the “activity pool”, has a volleyball net and is the place where most visitors hang out during the day. Then there’s the quiet pool next to the spa. The comfortable couches next to this pool are ideal for reading a book or dozing away after lunch and the third pool is the salt water pool. This one is tucked away between the rows of villas and is often even more quiet than the Quiet pool. Next to the salt water pool and the Quiet pool are two jacuzzis for those who like it more hot and bubbly.

 

Several patches of lawn are spread over the property and provide even more spots for sunbathing, there’s a massage service, there are BBQ areas, there’s a gift shop, an outdoor fire pit for chilly evenings or mornings, a tennis court, a gym, a gift shop, a meeting room, a bar/restaurant and this list can go on and on.
If you think that with even all these amenities you would eventually get bored, think again. Several activities are organised on a weekly basis, ranging from happy hours to karaoke nights (ask about our legendary performance of “Hotel California”) to theme parties and concerts. Check the calendar for more info.

Surroundings
Palm Springs is an oasis in the Coachella desert, greenery inside the city, wide and desolated desert just outside of it. Several parks are nearby of which Joshua Tree National Park is the most famous. The more active among us can spend their days hiking through the desert and the different parks and gaze over magnificent landscapes, but if that’s not you’re thing you could as well opt for hiking up and down Palm Canyon Drive while checking out the stores and stop once in a while for a well deserved Margarita.
All of this depends of course whether you’re actually planning to leave Desert Sun resort at all.

 

Staff
Our first experience of Desert Sun Resort and one that will probably stick for a long time is a warm smile that came with the name Alba. She was the receptionist on duty when we checked in and made us feel welcome from the moment we handed in our passports. And she was a reference for most of the staff. You have to keep in mind that the Desert Sun resort is a big business that has to keep running and that the staff is often very busy. But yet they take the time for a little chit chat, enquire about how you’re doing and what the plans for the day were and always greet you with a smile. The fact that in such a big place the staff does the effort to remember several of the guest’s names, says a lot.

Guests
Although we were not at Desert Sun during peak season, the place was pretty crowded. The average visitors were couples between 40 and 60 years old (rough guess) who came over to soak up some desert sunshine. Most of the others, or at least the ones we’ve spoken to, were Americans but a map at the reception showed us that the Desert Sun receives guests from all over the world.
This is a big resort and you can’t expect the social level that comes with the smaller ones. Visitors come for all kinds of reasons and some just want to be left alone during their week off. But most guests were friendly and talkative and created a positive social vibe.
If this would be your first time at a nudist place, do mention it during your reservation or at the reception and Michael, the manager, or one of the staff members will guide you to the more secluded areas, like the salt water pool, so you can take your time to get comfortable.

 

Summary
We’re not going to lie to you, a visit to Desert Sun Resort will take quite a bite out of your budget. The place is not cheap. But you certainly get what you paid for: A nice place to be naked, a great place to relax and amazing staff who make sure that your drinks are cold, your food is hot and your stress is nowhere to be seen.

 

Read more about Desert Sun Resort on NUDE
More information and bookings: Desert Sun Resort Website

 

IMPORTANT NOTE: If you make a reservation at Desert Sun Resort before the end of June 2018 and you mention “Naked Wanderings”, you’ll get a 10% discount. How about that?

 

Disclaimer: We have been invited as guests of Desert Sun Resort, but of course all opinions are our own. We are super confident you will like this place as much as we did!

2 thoughts on “Review: Desert Sun Resort in Palm Springs, California

  1. Desert Sun is definitely “Hands Down” the Nicest Nude Resort in all of California.
    Nothing even comes close, to what they have to offer and with how immaculate the place is.
    Yes there are some smaller quaint older Nude / Clothing Optional resorts around Palm Springs and California, but they are all Volkswagen Beetles compared to the Rolls Royce of Nude Resorts. Seriously, do your own Reviews, by just doing a simple “Day Pass” at all the Nude Resorts in the Palm Springs area, and you will see for yourself, which one is the BEST of them all. Nothing and we mean Nothing even comes close to what Desert Sun is and what they have to offer. The ONLY thing, that would ever make us ever want to try out another Resort, would be….if we could stay there for FREE! Even then, we would rather Pay to go to Desert Sun, than to lower our expectations, and go to a much older smaller dated venue. Desert Sun is definitely the Best, nothing even comes close.

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