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5 Best Clothing-Optional Gay Stays

The summer sizzle draws intrepid gay travelers to clothing-optional men’s resorts in Palm Springs, where guests can let it all hang out poolside.

Anthony Grant LGBT

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Escape Resort, a 1950s property, boasts of being one of the longest running clothing optional gay resorts.

There’s no better antidote to the desert heat than a swimming pool, which, at the end of the day (or more likely during it), is the focal point of the classic Palm Springs escape. Sun worship is not relegated by record-setting temperatures, especially when it is the commodity that attracts gay travelers to the desert from around the globe.

“Some people look at it as a challenge,” says Mark Hunter, co-owner of Escape Resort in Palm Springs. “Last year we didn’t have a single day over the slower summer months that we were empty. So yes, there are many people around — even during the heat!”

For all those would-be sun-roasters out there, here are five bare-it-all gay inn recommendations — for this or any season.

Suggestions on what to do while you’re in town: Where to explore in Palm Springs.

Triangle Inn

It’s not exactly shaped like a triangle, nor is it a mirage: In fact this small clothing-optional compound is a perennial favorite of those who favor a quieter location away from the heart of the higher-profile Warm Sands district.

The pool is not large, but a majority of the rooms featuring full kitchens and dining room are a nice touch. The grounds are lush and quiet, creating an intimate, insider kind of ambiance.

Triangle Inn, 555. E. Lorenzo Road, Palm Springs. 800-732-7555;


An intimate hideaway surrounded by lush grounds where boys are bound to have fun.

Escape Resort

They could just as well call Escape Resort “the hideaway” — that’s what it feels like. Though there are only a dozen-or-so rooms, there’s a feeling of spaciousness thanks to a surprisingly large garden adjacent to the pool. The guest rooms are minimalist and white, and most come with private patios. The poolside furniture is white too, adding to the midcentury-meets-Mediterranean aesthetic.

The rooms come with sitting areas and a private patio.

Escape Resort, 641 E. San Lorenzo Road, Palm Springs. 760-325-5269;

Looking for a day trip while you’re here? Take a tour on Highway 74.

Desert Paradise Resort

This is one of the clothing-optional classics of the Warm Sands area and always a good bet in terms of location and offerings. A dozen guest rooms surround the pool and Jacuzzi and they are named after gay icons like Judy Garland and Lucille Ball. If you need a little more room to roam following your poolside chill-out, consider the Marilyn Monroe/Monica Lewinsky Presidential Suite. There’s also a steam room, dry sauna, and a cool misting system to stay refreshed in summer.

Desert Paradise Resort Hotel, 615 S. Warm Sands Drive, Palm Springs. 760-320-5650;

Behind the entrance door of the Desert Paradise Resort are 19 fountains, and 2 fish and turtle ponds.



There are two swimming pools you can lounge next to.

La Dolce Vita Resort

The neighborhood around La Dolce Vita is not the “gayborhood” of Warm Sands, but that’s not a bad thing. And despite or because of the fact that the location is slightly obscure, it adds to the appeal of the almost Key West–style torpor you’ll find behind its gates. Room décor is definitely a bit dated, but no need to linger inside when there are two swimming pools you can lounge next to (or in) sans bathing suit, plus a steam room (save that for winter) and professional men’s spa. There are 20 rooms and the weekend vibe can be frisky.

La Dolce Vita Resort, 1491 Via Soledad, Palm Springs. 760-325-2686;

The Hacienda
at Warm Sands

If you think that many of the clothing-optional resorts have a hint of kitsch, you’d be right. But the camp factor is conspicuously absent at this luxe retreat, where distinct Southwestern details surround two swimming pools.


This patio suite is situated away from the resort’s two swimming pools.

With just a handful of guest rooms and suites, the Hacienda is more suited to traveling couples (Vista Grande next door has a more convivial vibe), so it’s a great place to kick back and get your zen on in style.

The Hacienda at Warm Sands, 586 S. Warm Sands Drive, Palm Springs. 760-327-8111;

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