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Desert Sun Resort
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   1533 Chaparral Road, Palm Springs, CA 92262 (Formerly Desert Shadows Resort)   |  
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Ranked #16 of 69 hotels in Palm Springs
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“Wonderful relaxing time”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2012 via mobile

My husband and I have tried a few nude beaches and resorts over the past few years. Our time at the Desert Sun Resort was by far the nicest and most relaxing time we have had. The other guest were very friendly without being pushy or overly friendly. I would recommend this resort to anyone wanting to relax and shed their clothes without any hassles. We will definitely be returning in the near future

  • Stayed November 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2012

We absolutely love this place. We took our first "leap" at a nude vacation here three years ago and it is now a must trip for us each year. We always rent a villa so we don't have to leave the property at ALL since my wife just loves being naked for her entire vacation. We usually try to make the annual Halloween party but just missed it this year due to family obligations, but there was still a nice crowd and plenty of very nice people to meet and chat with. The attention to the property landscaping is a huge reason we come back. It is a beautiful property and spotless whenever we visit. The staff are always so helpful and pleasant when we return.....especially when I left my car keys on the counter...they immediately tracked me down to return them.
Now that we are "empty nesters" we plan on making more trips to DSR each year to take advantage of this rejuvenating resort that keeps our marriage romantic and fun. My wife would come every month if we could get the time off from work, but I promised her more trips in the near future.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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edmonton
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55 reviews 55 reviews
27 hotel reviews
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53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2012

Spent a fabulous week at this resort at the beginning of November. The weather was fantastic and that undoubtedly contributed to the experience.
We had a ground floor room with a king size bed in the Chapparal complex- the room was spacious. Some other reviews have complained about the size of the washroom - we did not find that a concern - it's adequate for all you need to do in there.
The grounds are spacious, with a salt water pool in the condo area - a nice quiet place to get away - and a quiet pool as well as an activity pool in the other area.
We found the loud music played over the loudspeakers next to the activity pool distracting so spent most of our time at the two other pools.
There were very few guests for most of the week - we pretty well had the place to ourselves until the weekend, when the crowd descended.
We really enjoyed our massages with Renska - she's quite extraordinary.
Some pluses and minuses:
Pluses - the spacious grounds, choice of areas to relax in. RENSKA
Minuses - the mini fridge in the Chapparal rooms sits on the floor next to the closet. Come on folks - surely you could provide a small table for it, and maybe even put in a small microwave. Music poolside much too loud. No breakfast included to speak of - just a cup of coffee.
On balance, this was a great experience and we're looking forward to our next visit.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Denver, Colorado
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2012

Decided to take a 3 day weekend from Cold Colorado and head to sunny Palm Springs for our 2nd Visit to DSR. Unfortunately, I think we brought the cold weather with us, as all 3 days, the highs were only in the 60s. Despite the cool weather, our stay at DSR was again phenomenal.

Staff was great. They heated the pools (more than usual) to accommodate the cold weather. We met some new friends and saw a few folks that we already knew from before.

New Restaurant in PS called Workshop Kitchen + Bar. It is excellent for the foodies, beer and wine snobs out there. Def something that PS has been missing for a LONG TIME.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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rhnaks
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30 reviews 30 reviews
21 hotel reviews
Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2012

On our recent trip to Palm Springs, we decided to stop by DSR for a day pass visit again. This was our third visit over the years. The resort remained the same peaceful, clean and wonderfully manicured property as before. We also ate lunch at the restaurant and would rate it a 10 for the generous portions and quality of food. I must admit at first, my wife was hesitant about leaving our other (expensive) resort to spend extra time and money at DSR. But I really wanted to suntan and play tennis in the buff. Once we got there it was so quiet and peaceful without any kids running around she was glad we did go.We are already talking about going back, and perhaps next time, stay at the resort instead.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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So. California
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85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2012

My wife and I recently stayed at Desert Sun Resort, Oct 11 -14, and I have to say we had the best weekend getaway ever! This place is just a outstanding clothing optional resort. Last year we stayed at the other popular C/O resort in Palm Springs and were a little disappointed, so while we were in Palm Springs we took a tour and decided that we would try Desert Sun Resort on our next trip and we are so happy with our decision.

The main thing we liked were the grounds, with 3 pools and 2 Jacuzzis and plenty of space to relax and chill, or be entertained watching a volleyball game. Even though the Chaparral and Courtyard rooms were fully booked and some people were there on day passes it didn’t seem crowded at all.

We stayed in the Chaparral building room 45 and were pleased with the room, even though the room was a little on the small size it had everything we needed, is was kept very clean, the bed was comfortable and the furnishings were in good shape. The bath was very small but it seemed to me that they did what could be done with such a small space. Besides how much time do you want to spend indoors at a clothing optional resort? Our only complaint with the bath was lack of water pressure in the shower, I don’t know if they can do anything about that, just make sure you have plenty of time to rinse all the shampoo out of your hair, it might take awhile.

We really enjoyed the café and bar, at first we were unsure about eating and drinking with other guests while in the nude, but actually the experience wasn’t strange at all and was just something else you did while at DSR. The food and drinks were good, prices good and service outstanding. While on the subject of food the only other complaint we had was the included continental breakfast, your only choice as noted in previous reviews were bagels, I had figured that they would have more available in the mornings, even a Super 8 motel offers more choices. I know for us the last thing we want to do while vacationing at a clothing optional resort is to get dressed and go somewhere else for breakfast. Sunday morning the café was open for breakfast and it was great, I wish that they were open every morning, then I wouldn’t care about the bagels. Next trip we will bring our own breakfast items.

The Staff at DSR were great, very friendly. And just like all the other places we have tried that were clothing optional the other guests are very friendly and sociable. We are already looking forward to returning, hopefully not too long in the future.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Clarksville, Tennessee
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28 reviews 28 reviews
18 hotel reviews
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75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2012

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!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 1533 Chaparral Road, Palm Springs, CA 92262 (Formerly Desert Shadows Resort)
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Location: United States > California > California Desert > Greater Palm Springs > Palm Springs
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Green Hotel in Palm Springs
#13 Romantic Hotel in Palm Springs
#16 Business Hotel in Palm Springs
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3 star — Desert Sun Resort 3*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Experience Palm Springs in Au Naturel Luxury. 3 swimming pools, 2 jacuzzis, tennis court, restaurant on site, spa, fire pit, night club. Try clothing optional freedom in a beautiful natural setting with waterfalls, flowers, streams and lots of trees. AANR and TNS affiliated- minutes from airport and downtown Palm Springs. ... more   less 
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