Summer is just around the corner and that means plenty of opportunities for fun with your buns in the sun. And there’s no better place to bare it all than poolside in Palm Springs. The gay mecca knows how to have a good time when the heat of summer is up, but also how to do it discreetly and in style.
These smaller clothing-optional boutique resorts exemplify the new and old of Palm Springs style. They all feature intimate grounds, usually centering a courtyard and pool. The architectural styles vary from retro to modern to shades of a Spanish villa. There’s even a shaded koi and turtle pond poolside at one resort.
Are you ready to leave your cares and clothes behind? Then here are seven of our favorite clothing-optional boutique resorts you can visit in Palm Springs.
The first men’s resort to open in Palm Springs in more than a decade, the owners of sister resort Santiago created Descanso from a completely renovated property, reimagined in a blend of what its website calls “the Hollywood Moderne style and a California garden patio.” descansoresort.com
Desert Paradise Resort Hotel
This Palm Springs classic is a quiet oasis on Warm Sands Drive. The manicured grounds have a tropical feel with plenty of plants and shade. There’s even poolside dining next to a turtle and koi pond. www.desertparadise.com
El Mirasol Villas Resort
Located on Warm Sands Drive, the grounds of the El Mirasol feature fireplaces and fountains, gardens and citrus trees, two swimming pools, and a new 10-man jacuzzi. The goal here is to relax and unwind in a setting right out of the 1940s. www.elmirasol.com
The Hacienda Inn at Warm Sands
Step through the wooden gate and perfectly manicured privacy hedge at the Hacienda at Warm Sands, and you enter an outdoor space reminiscent of a Spanish countryside villa with architectural touches like Saltillo tile pathways and a sculpted outdoor fireplace overlooking the jacuzzi and pool. thehacienda.com
Since its reopening after extensive renovations in 2015, the Santiago has offered discreet guests rejuvenated grounds with a beautiful pool, and 24 rooms tastefully redecorated in a Modern Ranchero style. santiagoresort.com
Triangle Inn Palm Springs
The walled compound of the Triangle Resort hides lush tropical gardens, a pristine pool and sundeck with incredible mountain views, and all just steps from Palm Canyon Drive. www.triangle-inn.com
Vista Grande Resort
With its lush green grass and pleasure garden, three heated pools, and stunning views of the San Jacinto Mountains, the Vista Grande Resort lives up to its name. www.vistagranderesort.com