Desert Sun Resort in Palm Springs, California
A truly “California Kewl” kinda place you are certain to enjoy
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Desert Sun Resort has acres of landscaped grounds, a full spa and 354 days of sunshine a year, all in a great location a mile from downtown Palm Springs and the Palm Springs International Airport. It’s everything you need for a perfect clothes free vacation whether you’re a nudist, naturist or total novice.
Desert Sun is one of the more complete resorts of any type in Palm Springs, including a lit tennis court, restaurant, bar, three heated year-round pools and two hot tubs. It also has a wonderful spa to complete your blissful relaxation that a clothing optional vacation provides.
It’s Adults Only and attracts both couples and singles in an upscale atmosphere… lots of places to meet people, around the pools, hot tub and fire pit… not to be missed. Day Passes and Annual Memberships are now Couples Only.
Here’s a list of special events this year:
DECEMBER 31- NEW YEAR’S EVE PARTY
Desert Sun is near downtown Palm Springs just down the street from city center.
Planes, trains, automobiles and buses can get you there. Flights into the Palm Springs airport are numerous but expensive. Best bet for a cheaper airline ticket is to fly into Ontario’s airport an hour west of Palm Springs and rent a car to drive into Palm Springs on I-10. If you’re going to rent a car anyway, fly to Ontario, where flights and cars are usually cheaper.
Desert Sun Resort offers a retreat of comfortable elegance, unmatched service and hospitality, a chance to relax and unwind, be clothes free, and ultimately refresh in style like no other Palm Springs spa resort.
The Desert Sun features all of the amenities that you would expect at any fine resort; tennis, three swimming pools, two hot tubs, full service restaurant, outstanding spa and beautiful guest rooms, villas and condos.
But most important is the friendly and welcoming staff and assortment of guests just like you who are looking to escape from the standard.
The Desert Sun Resort is just great to get away from it all and relax. You will find your share of everything from entertainment and movie industry types to a good mix of locals. More often than not, majority of the guests will be from southern California with the other guest claiming home from around the world.
We have met some terrific people at the Desert Sun so make sure to enjoy your fellow guests and introduce yourselves. Make friends with the owners/managers–they are all just wonderful people to meet.
We do not have listed group trips to Desert Sun, but that doesn’t mean its not a great place for two, three or even dozens of couples to get together for a group trip. Trips with just two couples are easily accommodated with the two-bedroom condos. If you have other couples that might want to join you, please contact us and see what kind of group trip deals we might be able to package especially for you.
Your choice of: golf, gambling, shopping, tennis, fishing, bingo, dining, drinking, people watching and sunning. You can also enjoy spa treatments, hot springs, dancing or a tram ride to the top of the nearby mountain range. If you really want to, you can drive into Los Angeles two hours away if you can’t find enough to do in the area.
NOTE: While the Desert Sun is certainly a high quality nudist experience, remember it’s still as smaller property. Yes, the Desert Sun has a lot to offer on it’s own, but it’s not a full service type of resort with all amenities available 24/7/365. You would visit the Desert Sun to relax, meet people, swim, barbecue, hot tub and visit the local area’s attractions. So plan on getting out to experience other of Palm Springs attractions and restaurants.
The Palm Springs Follies are a group of former professional performers the youngest is 56 and the oldest was 86. The lady who is 86 is listed as the oldest performing showgirl in the Guiness book. They are song and dance performers. The follies have been performing for 19 years. They perform from Oct thru May, 9 shows per week. The website is www.psfollies.com.
Desert Sun has it’s own onsite Oasis Restaurant which features solid American food. But NOTE: It’s only open 5 days a week offering a Bar and Lunch on Monday & Thursday, a bar, Lunch and Dinner Friday and Saturday and a bar, breakfast and lunch on Sunday.
But no worries about finding ample nearby dining opportunities. One of our favorite past times is to try the many terrific restaurants in Palm Springs and the surrounding towns for any type of food you want at reasonable prices.
A nice touch: The resort usually maintains a nice inventory of menus from local restaurants so you can day dream about your evening meal while floating nude in the pool in the afternoon. Plenty of local restaurants offer delivery service, too.
Rates start at about $350-400+/night for the basic “Chaparral Hotel” rooms and go up from there. If you travel as two (2) couples, the 2-bedroom condo at Desert Sun may be the best deal for you. Some give you a choice of rooms with kitchens or kitchenettes, some have units that can sleep four people. The resorts may also feature various specials for mid week stays or other discounts during summer time or even January, which can be a low-occupancy month. The specials either are reduced rates or a free night or two for a certain number of nights stay, typically during the off season or during a mid-week stay.
Holidays and weekend rates are slightly higher.
Chaparral Hotel: The original hotel rooms with balconies and views of the main pool. Rooms feature King or 2 twin beds, A/C, Mini-Frig, cable TV, VCR /DVD player, pool towels, and personal amenities. Keurig coffee is in the hotel lobby 24/7.
Courtyard Suites: 9 exclusive rooms and suites nestled in an intimate Spanish-style courtyard and feature king beds, A/C, cable TV, VCR/ DVD players, Mini-Frig, pool towels, IPOD docking clocks and personal amenities. Certain rooms are available with kitchens, coffee makers and full refrigerators. Keurig coffee is in the hotel lobby 24/7.
Villas: The one-bedroom nudist villas have private patios or private balconies presenting you with the most spectacular views of the San Jacinto Mountains. See-through fireplaces that open to the bedroom and to the living room and Jacuzzi tubs are features found in each villa.
One Bedroom Condos: Two-story one-bedroom condos with full kitchens, fireplace in the living room, washer/dryer, private balcony and patio, king beds, and whirlpool tub, available poolside or garden side.
Two Bedroom Condos: Two-story two-bedroom condos with den, fireplace in the master bedroom and the living room, full kitchen, skylight, washer/dryer, private balcony and patio, king bed in master bedroom, whirlpool tub, queen bed in second bedroom, some villas with outdoor shower, available poolside or garden side.
Preferred Condos: Experience the ultimate nudist escape in one of our preferred condos or villas. Discover why these four units (322, 321, & 314) are our most sought after and reserved rooms. Whether you seek a larger room, closer proximity to the activities and social areas, or breathtaking views, the preferred rooms offer the peak of luxury.
▲ The weather–great in the fall, winter and spring; hot (100+ in the shade) in the summer.
▲ Nice touches are the “misters” at most of the resort buildings, shop and restaurants around Palm Springs that emit a fine spray of water that really cools down the surrounding area. You don’t get wet–you just stay cool.
▲ Don’t be shy: This is a guaranteed way to meet strangers: Introduce yourselves to the front desk folks, ask questions and meet other guests. Chances are many of them are repeat guests. The odds are: You will meet someone who’s been there before on not -OR- you’ll meet someone else who is visiting for the first time. Use either of those questions to strike up a conversation and ask questions. Everyone has a story they like to tell you about: 1) The last time they visited there or 2) The other resorts they’ve visited. There is no wrong answer and everyone likely has something to: 1) Brag about or 2) Tell you about.
Mostly adults only from 20’s to 60’s with most in the middle.
Best Time To Go
Palm Springs is a year-round destination plus you may find seasonal rates and specials offered during the summer months.
● Have a few places in town that are open late. Palm Springs seems to roll up the sidewalks earlier than usual. However, local merchants have established a fun street market once a week, usually Thursday nights, where the main street is closed for shoppers and vendor stalls. You will find some great local crafts and wonderful gifts at the local vendor stalls, too. Ask at your resort’s front desk for information about the street market, time, date and location.
The photos in our Desert Sun album were supplied by the resort. We’ll be adding more of our own on our next visit. If you have recently visited the Desert Sun we invite you to send in your photos for us to display. To contribute you own photos (or trip reports), go to our Contribute Trip Report / Photographs page.
If you have recently visited the Desert Sun, we would appreciate you contributing a trip report. You can contribute to this section buy using our Contribute Trip Report / Photographs page. Here is one we have from a recent visitor
Sept. 2011 – VG
My husband and I spent 4 nights at the Desert Sun Resort. The hotel is located just a few blocks from downtown and we found we could walk to several restaurants and shops. When we arrived we were taken for a tour by Brady the Manager who was very accommodating the entire stay, as were the office and bar/restaurant staff. Check-in information is all computerized and the process was extremely quick.
The grounds of this resort are beautifully landscaped and extremely well maintained. There are fountains and waterfalls and shade trees. There are two large comfortable, clean seating areas with fire pits for cool nights. There are 3 pools to choose from, all very nicely maintained. There were plenty available chairs around all three pools, although a limited number of umbrellas. The towels provided were skimpy but I noticed some guests had more than one, so they were not stingy with them. There were plenty of floats and noodles to use, lots of tables for your drinks and a nice Satellite radio station playing at just the activity pool. Volleyball was played for quite a while on Saturday, but no games took place on other days. There are two designated smoking areas a good distance from the pools and rooms. There is a ban on cell phone and laptop usage in some areas.
There is a hot tub which is has a roof cover over it, with chairs around it and plenty of seating. There are misters attached to this roof for those that want to sit near it and be cool.
The restaurant was open for meals, mostly on weekends. We did not eat there as there are so many good restaurants downtown we prefer to go out. We would probably choose to eat there for dinner more likely if the lunch menu or lighter choices were available for dinner. The bar was open, and drinks were served to you by the Activity pool or you could go into the bar and get your own. Prices we thought were reasonable for a resort, $5 for a beer, $8 for a slushy drink, and you could bring your own to the pool if you preferred. There was also a meet and greet on Friday night with 1/2 price beer and wine and complimentary snacks, nachos and popcorn. There were also water fountains by the ice machine which was a nice addition.
We stayed on the first floor in the Chaparral Hotel located right near the activity pool. Our room was designated non-smoking which we liked. The room was very nice, fresh and clean, although small. The lighting was good, not great, the bathroom definitely could have benefited from brighter bulbs. The bathroom looked new and had a beautifully tiled glass enclosure shower, no tub, and small vanity. The towels were behind the toilet which meant dripping water across it to dry your hands, and no shelving to put any personals down, but the vanity was empty with lots of space for things. There were only two bath towels, we prefer four but did not bother to request more due to shortage of storage space for them. The water pressure was not great but there was plenty of hot water. Air conditioner was good but loud. The biggest inconvenience was the refrigerator which is not a refrigerator at all but an empty mini-bar. We were able to put a bottle of wine, one bottle of tonic, some limes and a container of salsa. There is no way you would fit a 6 pack of beer in there. It also had no controls and did not feel very cold but my husband suggested leaving the door of the cabinet that enclosed it open in the day and the temperature did feel colder. The bed was very comfortable with the mattress topper and nice smooth sheets, pillows were okay. There were plenty of outlets for charging your electronics. The room was made up promptly before noon, most days before 10 am.
There is a small discount per night for AANR members. If you leave the hotel, you need to ring the intercom system to be let in. Although the office staff was extremely prompt and even recognized us (on camera) after the first day, we would prefer to have a key or code to the front door. We felt bad having to inconvenience someone just to run out to the car.
The guests were mostly quiet and kept to themselves unless we initiated a conversation. About half the clientele appeared to be younger than us, but we had absolutely no issue with day visitors or loud people, everyone was very nice and we met a few couples that we will definitely keep in touch with. Desert Sun is a real RESORT, just what you wish for on vacation. We wouldn’t hesitate to go there again and are already looking at our calendar to plan our next visit.