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“Holiday Fun” 5 of 5 stars
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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 #17 of 71 Hotels in Palm Springs
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Los Angeles, California
Top Contributor
71 reviews 71 reviews
13 hotel reviews
Reviews in 32 cities Reviews in 32 cities
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
“Holiday Fun”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2014

We spent 4 days at Desert Sun for the New Year. We decided to rent a 1 bedroom condo instead of a hotel room for the advantage of a kitchen and 2 way fireplace for the bedroom and living room.
Holidays are always fun, with bigger crowds and the hotels specials for each holiday. The New Years celebration was fun with a NYE party with champagne flowing, dancing to a DJ with lots of friendly people. All this was included free if you were staying there.
We had 75-80% during the day and when it got cooler at night, we had fun in both jacuzzis meeting people from locals to all around the world. This is a great naked resort for fun and sun.They do have a restaurant but there are so many great restaurants a few blocks away, you must try a few. Hope to run into you next time!

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  • Stayed January 2014, 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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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    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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edmonton
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56 reviews 56 reviews
27 hotel reviews
Reviews in 33 cities Reviews in 33 cities
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2013

We have just returned from our third visit to this bit of Shangri-La. As always, the staff was friendly and helpful, the grounds immaculate, and the other guests friendly. Thank you Theresa, Amanda and Michael! We also enjoyed our usual fabulous massage with Renska - not to be missed if you visit! We stayed in tne Courtyard because we like the additional quiet and privacy. Already counting the weeks to our next visit.

  • Stayed November 2013, 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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Fort Macleod, Canada
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2013

This was my first experience of public Nudism, but I doubt it will be the last as I will definetly be returning to DSR. I really like the ability to air all parts of your body and not care a jot about anything. The grounds at DSR are very well maintained and the pools are cleaned every morning. It's not the place you would visit to rack-up your "hits", but if you want a more quieter, liberating and relaxing time it will work wonders for you. The weekends are busy with the week days less busy - there are plenty of Cafes to eat in nearby district and I liked the Irish Bar. Much easier if you rent a car from the airport, if your flying in as I was and plenty of room to park. The hot Jacuzzi was great and I just ended up chatting with other couples as it can hold about 10-12 people. Though theres a lot of times when you can have a session on your own, early in the morning. Weather was fab and I expect it similar most times of the year bar December? So I will be heading back Jan/Feb next year! I didn't see that many single women or men for that matter but singles are welcomed even if you do feel a little akward sometimes. But as a first-timer I really enjoyed the atmosphere and the unhurried way you could go about.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled solo
    • 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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beecher
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4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2013

we only stayed one night,but found it clean,comfortable and well laid out,the hot tubs and pools were warm despite the cool weather,rooms were slightly outdated but for the reasonable price we will not complain and will go back if we are in the area,D+A

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Hong Kong, China
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Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2013

This is a truly wonderful resort - clean and well presented, with a nice clientele and very pleasant staff. The grounds are beautifully kept, the pools excellent and the overall ambience is wonderful. It is more "adult oriented" than some nude resorts, but only in the sense that it is adults only. It is not a "lifestyle" resort, but an upmarket resort catering to discerning clientele.
The hotel rooms are adequate, but hardly luxurious. That does not really matter as most time here is spent outside of them.
I would echo the comments about the limited opening hours of the restaurant. I understand why they are limited, but we prefer our nudism 24/7 if possible.
That said, we have just spent our second visit there in 5 weeks, and we come from a long way away, so this resort must have something special to have brought us back so soon. A lovely place overall, congratulations to the owners.

Room Tip: We stayed in both the Courtyard for our first visit, and the hotel (room 39) for our second. In our...
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Costa Mesa, California, United States
1 review
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2013

I really enjoyed my stay at Desert Sun Resort. The staff was very friendly and very courteous. The unit was clean and very comfortable. The food at the restaurant was excellent, prime rib and Caesar Chicken Salad. This was my first stay and look forward to coming back.

Room Tip: With 3 pools, if you want a room near the pool, ask for one.
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled solo
    • 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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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
2 reviews
111 helpful votes 111 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2013

We just returned for our 3rd visit in 13 months! Once again our trip was awesome! We elected to stay in the villa again! It was wonderful! We were there for 7 days and can't say enough about DSR. Once again the staff, Michael, Theresa, Amanda, Tony, Roberto, Tara, Jessica and others were awesome! They make you feel like family! We were there for the Halloween party! What a fantastic party! Once again, we met lots of wonderful people. John and Elizabeth have a first class operation! We can't wait to return again! Thanks for a wonderful time!!

  • Stayed October 2013, 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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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 High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Green Hotel in Palm Springs
#14 Romantic Hotel in Palm Springs
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Desert Sun Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 32
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. Minutes from airport and downtown Palm Springs. ... more   less 
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