How to Find a Great Naturist Hotel

For the longest time, going on a naturist vacation meant that you had to go camping. There was no way around it, naturist campsites were the only places in the world where you were allowed to stay and mingle with others, without clothes. But those days are over, for quite a while already. As nude vacations started to gain popularity, the need to accommodate those who don’t feel much for staying in a tent or camper became more apparent. As a result, the first naturist hotels started opening their doors.



How “naturist” are hotels?

Many of you will agree that naturism is about more than just being naked. It’s also about appreciating our bodies, meeting great people, and being close to nature. If you’re staying in a hotel, to what extent can you still connect to your surroundings?


It’s easy to get dragged into the good old “naturist vs nudist” conversation, but we don’t really like putting specific labels on people. In the end, it’s all about what your preferences are and how much you value the different aspects of naturism. If the connection with nature is the most important part for you, maybe a naturist hotel may not be your preferred vacation destination. Just like camping deep in the woods is not ideal if you like to meet many other naturists.


As far as we’re concerned, as long as we’re talking about places that promote nudity in a non-sexual way and that create spaces where respect for others is important, we believe that we can talk about naturist hotels. But feel free to replace the word “naturist” with “nudist” or any other term of your preference in the following paragraphs.



Naturist BnBs

Naturist Bed and Breakfasts are the smallest type of naturist hotels and often consist of not more than a handful of guest rooms. We’ve noticed an increasing popularity in these during the last few years, especially in Europe, North America, the Caribbean, and Bali. The idea is that you’re staying in a private person’s house, or at least on their property and that breakfast is included in the price. In France, you’ll find the concept of “chambres d’hôtes”, where you’ll often have the chance to join your hosts for dinner as well.


Naturist BnBs are very social places and most often you can expect a lot of interaction with your hosts and the other guests. Unlike large hotels, B&Bs provide an intimate and cosy atmosphere, often hosted by locals who offer genuine hospitality and insider knowledge about the area. As there are few rooms, there often aren’t that many facilities either. If you’re planning to travel with the family, it’s best to check upfront if there’s enough to do for your children.



Naturist Boutique Hotels

One step higher on the naturist hotel ladder are boutique hotels. These smaller hotels are known for their individual character and design, often reflecting the local culture. With a limited number of rooms, guests can expect a more tailored and attentive service, as staff can focus on their specific needs.


Similar to BnBs, if there is a restaurant, it will often have locally sourced cuisine. Naturist boutique hotels are a great choice if you appreciate authenticity and personal service, but if BnBs are a bit too small for you. The number of facilities will also be larger than at a BnB. Naturist boutique hotels are increasing in popularity in Europe, especially in countries like Italy, Portugal, and Greece.



Naturist Hotels

Then we get to the actual hotels. Just like in the textile world, naturist hotels often have a large number of rooms and typically provide a comprehensive array of amenities and services. They will also more often be found in popular destinations, like at the beach. On the other hand, they offer a less intimate and personalised service and often have a specific dress code, like no nudity in the restaurant.


Naturist hotels are a great choice if you appreciate a lot of things to do and meet many other guests, although some people specifically choose a hotel because it gives them more anonymity. Naturist hotels are common in popular naturist destinations in Europe like Vera Playa, and Île du Levant as well as in the Caribbean. In Thailand, naturist hotels are the default type of naturist accommodation.


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Naturist All-Inclusive Hotels

The final step on the naturist hotel ladder is all-inclusive hotels. One of the primary benefits is the simplicity and ease they provide. All-inclusive packages typically include accommodation, meals, beverages, and often entertainment and activities, all bundled into a single upfront price. This eliminates the need to constantly budget and make dining or entertainment decisions, allowing guests to fully relax and enjoy their stay.


A downside of all-inclusive hotels (and to an extent also regular hotels) is that they are often not very environmentally sustainable. Many all-inclusive hotels end up with lots of waste and water and electricity usage. This is partly due to their concept, but also partly the responsibility of the guests. So if you stay in one of these, please mind the environment. Turn off the air conditioning when you’re not in the room and don’t take more food than you can eat.


Naturist all-inclusive hotels are great if you just and to get away from the world and don’t want to think about anything. Many people choose these hotels for pure rest and relaxation, although there are quite often activities being organised. Naturist all-inclusive hotels are mostly found in the Caribbean.



Naturist Hotel Activities

So what do people do at a naturist hotel? The possibilities largely depend on the type of hotel that you choose. Most naturist bed and breakfasts will have a swimming pool and sunbeds, some will also have spa facilities like a sauna or jacuzzi. The most important activity here is socialising though. Boutique hotels will often have more facilities, like a bar or a petanque court, and are more likely to organise activities for their guests. Often with a local touch.


Naturist hotels and all-inclusive hotels provide the largest range of facilities and amenities, often featuring different pools, a beach, sports, wellness, etc. They will also have the most activities. In many naturist hotels, it’s very easy to keep yourself busy from morning to evening if you’re not the “lay next to the pool all day” kind of person.



How to find a great naturist hotel?

There are quite some good resources online that give an overview of naturist hotels around the world, including a list of facilities and often reviews from previous guests. We regularly use Blootkompas, Naturist Directory, and GetNakedGermany.


In the Naturist Destinations section of this website, you can find our personal reviews of the naturist hotels that we have visited, with an overview of the facilities and the general feel of a hotel. On our brand new YouTube channel Destination Clothes Free, you will soon also get to see the inside of naturist hotels around the world.


Another good indicator is always the reviews on Google. By reading what people like and dislike about certain hotels, you can often get an idea of whether this place will be something for you or not.

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9 thoughts on “How to Find a Great Naturist Hotel”

  1. I can recommend the Clover Hotel and Spa in Birmingham in the UK.
    Only a small hotel with 7 rooms but that adds to the intimacy.
    You can either book to stay overnight and pay for a day visit.
    Facilities include a steam room, sauna,restaurant/bar and jacuzzi built by the owner.
    There is also a large garden where you can lounge around naked.
    I’ve stayed overnight twice and had a wonderful time.

  2. Another type of accomodation are privately rented vacation homes, lodges and guest houses. Although theoretically any such location might be suitable for naturism, in practice it is not so easy to find places that provides 100% privacy, such as a a garden without any insight. What tips and tricks do you have to find such locations?

    • That’s a very good question and an idea for a separate blog post. It’s kind of difficult though, and privacy could be a very interesting selection option. But unfortunately it doesn’t exist yet.

      • For several years we tried to find gites in France that could come under the heading of ‘naturist-friendly’. That is, their outside space was not overlooked and their owners (if living adjacent) did not have an issue with the concept of nudity. It was difficult and frankly time-consuming.

        The trick we learned was not to spend too much time on detailed searches, figuring was was overlooked or not using Google Streetview, but to bang off enquiries to anything that looked possible with the question ….. “is your property overlooked because we like to sunbathe naked.” Those that didn’t even reply (a fair number) naturally removed themselves from the ‘possibility list’. Worked for us LOL.

  3. Silverleigh Naturist hotel & Spa (near London) offers the widest range of naturist facilities in the uk
    Indoor heated swimming pool/2x jacuzzi s / steam room/ sauna/ restaurant/ rest rooms etc…
    Outdoor 2 lovely flowered gardens & table tennis etc …

  4. Very nice article! I really appreciate somewhere that is nude as soon as you cross the threshold of the property. It’s very annoying to have no-go sections, including any eating areas. Nothing more than a towel tossed over the seating should be required.


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