About us: Married 15 years, ages 41 and 38, two school aged kids, we try to take an “us” trip without the kids at least once a year.
The Top 10 Things to Love About DSR:
1. The Grounds. As nice as the photos on the website are, the reality is actually far better. Flowers everywhere, mature fruit trees, butterflies, manicured lawns, hummingbirds, intricate firepits, fountains and water features. The grounds are immaculately kept and easily on par with any 5 star resort anywhere, bar none.
2. The Size. Although I heard the hotel and courtyard rooms were sold out for the Saturday we were there (the condos were not), it was always easy to get a lounge chair, a spot at the pool or anywhere else you wanted to be. It never felt crowded.
3. The Location. Many clothing optional properties are in the middle of nowhere. DSR is not, located right in Palm Springs, within a mile or so of the downtown core, casino, Villagefest, tramway turnoff, etc. It’s right where you want to be.
4. The 3 Pools / 2 Hot Tubs. Whether you are seeking privacy or looking to socialize, a quiet place to read a book or some music and social scene by the pool, one of the pools or hot tubs will likely meet your needs. It’s great to have options and choices, depending on what you’re looking for.
5. The Clientele. Good age range (mostly 30s – 60s), almost all hetero couples, all well adjusted "regular" folks. You won't feel out of place.
6. No Kids. We’re a married couple and have school age kids. We love kids. But that’s not why we come here. Great policy.
7. The Courtyard. Great spot to sit and eat breakfast in the morning at the outdoor patio tables, catch up on e-mail or websurfing (free wireless works great throughout DSR) or just relax outside.
8. The Alcohol Policy. Mini fridge in rooms, OK to bring your own alcohol (no glass) to the pools and outdoor public areas.
9. The Access. Some clothing optional properties make you parade by the front desk or ring a doorbell to get in every time you come or go. You feel like you’re being closely watched, which of course you are. DSR does a great job of not overtly doing this, allowing guests to come and go using gates (access codes provided at check-in) near conveniently distributed parking around the resort perimeter. They do check IDs at check-in of course, and do have cameras on the entrances (exterior only). It’s the right balance of security without intrusiveness.
10. The Nudity. Let’s be honest, there’s dozens of great resorts in Palm Springs, no one goes to DSR only because it’s a great resort (although it is). You go for the social nudity. It’s done very well, with no gawking, no judgment, or anyone made to feel uncomfortable. Be aware that while it is officially clothing optional (except for the pools and pool decks), most people (men and women both) chose to stay completely nude, more or less all of the time and everywhere, with the exception of the fitness room. It’s a safe and comfortable environment to be naked around others, whether it’s your 1st time or your 50th.
But the three things that hold DSR back from my 5 star rating:
1. The Breakfast Card. DSR provides a free “continental breakfast”, consisting entirely of a single straight-from-the-bulk plastic bag, grocery store bagel. To make matters worse, they give you a “breakfast card” informing of the “limit 1”, with extras charged at $2.50/ea. See the picture of the card posted with this review. Even the cheapest of cheap motels wouldn’t do this. You certainly can’t come across as this cheap and miserly if marketing yourself as a luxury resort. Judging from the parking lot full of luxury cars, I can’t imagine many guests absconding with loads of cheap bagels. This policy makes the “resort” feel economy instead of luxury, and can’t represent savings of more than $5/day (for the whole place) to their bottom line, a true pittance as compared to revenue and insulting given $200+/nt rooms. If I were resort management, I’d ditch this policy tomorrow.
2. The Linens. While clean, bedroom linens (sheets and bedspread) were strictly bottom-of-the-line economy, in sharp contrast to the furniture which was pretty nice quality, and certainly in sharp contrast to the grounds.
3. The Bathroom. The bathrooms in the courtyard rooms are original ~1940s vintage and very small. Just an old pedestal sink (no vanity), a very small shower and toilet. See the attached photo, it was hard to even get a picture, the bathroom is so small. The whole bathroom can’t be more than 30 square feet. Because the footprint is so small, it’s nothing that could be easily or inexpensively upgraded without knocking down walls, so it’s nothing I’m complaining about. Just the way it is, but luxury, the bathrooms are not.
While there are a few nits, on balance, the resort is awesome and by far the best stateside clothing optional property we’ve visited. The "Top 10" (and I could have added a few more) far outweigh any concerns that I also included for sake of completeness. While this was our first visit here, we’ll definitely be back again!
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