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Desert Sun Resort
Ranked #35 of 75 Hotels in Palm Springs
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Reviewed April 25, 2010

My wife and I were looking for some sun and relaxation. We found that and much more at the Desert Sun Resort. First timers to a naturalist resort of any kind, we were surprised to find the resort located so close to downtown Palm Springs. We toured all the different size rooms available for the week. All were well maintained and sparkling clean. We chose a one bedroom suite, complete with all the amenities one expects from a first class resort. The entire staff was attentive, positive. The grounds are a tropical paradise. There are three pools to choose from. We chose the quiet pool and the pool at the condos to spend our time at. The guests that we met were friendly and respectful of everyones private space. At no time did we feel uncomfortable, threatened, or weirded out. Quite the opposite. Their business card says it all..."retreat, relax, and refresh" That is exactly what we found. Can't wait to go back.
Michael & Marie

  • Stayed: April 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 24, 2010

We just returned from our first stay at Desert Sun Resort and we couldn’t have been more pleased. It’s located within a half hour walk of downtown Palm Springs, right across the street from the newly remodeled, chic Riviera. You can choose to go out at night very easily, or just mellow out on site with your fellow vacationers.
The moment we walked in, Michael and the rest of the staff made us feel completely comfortable. We stayed in a nice recently remodeled room right next to the pool. It’s a real treat to walk only twenty feet from your room to your lounge chair. You can also rent or even own different sized condos on the property. There is a nice tennis court with a basketball hoop and a decent workout room, as well as a restaurant and bar, with very friendly wait staff. One fun thing to do is to walk over the nude bridge over the street outside of the resort. There are three pools, including the main/volleyball pool just outside the hotel (Chapparal) rooms, a quiet pool and a pool in the condo area. There are also two outdoor hot tubs where a lot of good conversation occurs at night. Finally, there is a fire pit with comfortable chairs around it which also hosts many good conversations, especially at night.
The facilities are obviously very nice for a nudist resort. It is a lot of fun to eat dinner naked in the restaurant and dance naked in the Bare Buns Lounge. However, the reason we were still beaming at each other when we got home for a couple of days was the atmosphere. It was very romantic and relaxed for us. Desert Sun feels friendly like a bed and breakfast, yet it is a little bigger resort. You can vegetate by the quiet pool all day or choose to socialize a little more. We met quite a few friendly people from all over the world, and many from southern California. We definitely met some very nice couples. The resort allows families, although we did not see any children during our visit. There are also some single men there, but only one acted inappropriately and we believe he was acting so freaky because it was way too late at night and he was way too inebriated when we ran across him. Indeed, the only other man who acted inappropriately was a married guy who was out a little too late and was also a little too inebriated while his wife slept in their room. Honestly, when you visit a topless pool or even a textile pool in Las Vegas the single men behave much more aggressively. The single men at Desert Sun seemed to be there for the right reasons. One was visiting from Europe, and another was a Brit who currently lives in Canada. Another was a charming older man who was taking a break from the difficulties he was facing in his life at the time.
We highly recommend visiting the Desert Sun Resort, especially if you want a romantic time with your spouse with the opportunity to meet nice interesting people.

  • Stayed: April 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 16, 2010

Quite Time or Activity around the pool.
This resort has 3 pools. A quiet area pool, Activity pool with a volleyball net set up, and the salt water pool.
Restaurant with bar, and spa with skin and massage care.
The grounds are well groomed and maintained.
Michael Williams, manager, and the front desk staff are present to assist with directions and Palm Springs happenings during your stay.
Long time visitor to this resort.

  • Stayed: April 2010, traveled solo
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Reviewed March 16, 2010

Having not stayed at the Desert Sun Resort since 2006, I have to tell you that this resort has undergone a tremendous makeover.

The former Desert Shadows had been showing its age, when last I visited. It had not been well-maintained. That's why I hadn't been back in four years.

After learning about the new ownership and remodeling, I decided to give the
resort another try. Upon my arrival, I was pleasantly surprised. The gounds were
immaculate, and so were the rooms.

At happy hour, I met the new owners. Had a pleasant conversation. I
congratulated them on their good work, and wished them the best. They are truly
"good people".

The next day, my ex-girlfriend and her husband visited for a few hours in the
afternoon. They were in town for a wedding, visiting from New Zealand.

We all get along extremely well... and decided to celebrate the few hours we had
together by the pool. Despite the miles apart, Shayla, Steven and I are close friends. Our reunion was a happy time for us. We settled into our own space, away from the main congregation of people, by the volleyball pool. We were off to the side, in the grassy area... enjoying our time together, just us. We had no interest in mingling with others, as we hadn't seen each other in a long time. Couples and friends relax and enjoy each other's company like this on the grass, in public parks, all over the world, every day.

To our surprise, out came the daytime manager, saying that our body language was inappropriate and could offend some guests!

Needless to say, we were quite offended ourselves... as to the way that this issue was handled.

In a followup conversation with the resort owner, we learned that there had been
a complaint. Another guest felt I was a "single, aggressive" guy, and "moving in"
on a couple. You have got to be kidding me! What an insult. We couldn't understand where this opinion came from. We were having a blast together! It was obvious from our body language that we were all getting along well.

It was unfortunate that the manager jumped to an inaccurate conclusion, and brought a cloud into our sunny day together.

So... I have to rate my experience here as being not that great. I won't be
back.

The resort has so much potential. Too bad that its staff so uptight.

If you want a clean, relaxing, nude experience in the sun, this place is great... if you can avoid the bad karma from some of the staff.

  • Stayed: March 2010, traveled with friends
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desertsunps, Owner at Desert Sun Resort, responded to this reviewResponded November 27, 2010

This was a single guy who said that his ex-girlfriend was staying in his room so as to avoid paying a day fee for her. We received compaints about his public displays of affection with this woman in front of the husband. Their constant display of public touching and inappropriate behavior is clearly a violation of our guest rules. Desert Sun Resort works to provide a safe, non-sexual atmosphere that our guest appreciate.

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Reviewed March 5, 2010

Start with Caveats. This is not a no smoking facility. The rooms are supposed to be non-smoking but our only blanket reeked of smoke (immediately, graciously and apologetically replaced by desk clerk on duty). There was a single smoker among the total of 6 people we saw at any one time. But we imagined on a busy weekend with dozens of people, and the usual ratio of smokers, the smoke drift could be considerable.

The second caveat is night noise. There were no signs around about noise, and the lengthy rules list did not discuss hours where noise was acceptable. There were only about 5 rooms occupied as far as we could tell. But the occupants of two used the pool, banged on doors and shouted from 9:30pm to 12:30am one night. They stopped about 11pm the next night. The grounds are not that large. There would have been no escaping this. If you are the party hearty type, no problem. We are the asleep by 10pm type.

With those in mind: The grounds are lovely. The pools clean. The grounds staff discreet and the hotel staff very pleasant and helpful. Coffee and tea available in the lobby early AM. Rooms are smallish (Chapparel) but ok. The fridge is tiny. You can use your laptop at one pool, but not the others. The cafe was only open Wednesday from 11am to 5pm (we were there Mon-Wed) as attendance is low early week. The food was decent, the woman running it very helpful.

The central Palm Springs strip is about a mile away. There are a few restaurants in easier walking distance.

This is not intended to be a negative review. But we would not return unless the entire facility was no smoking and some attempt at "quiet hours" was implemented. (The Travelodge Palm Springs so highly rated here where we stayed one night has a noise disclaimer from 10pm to 7am). So I could only recommend this to a friend who smoked and partied more than I.

  • Stayed: February 2010, traveled as a couple
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desertsunps, Owner at Desert Sun Resort, responded to this reviewResponded November 24, 2010

Desert Sun Resort has all non smoking rooms. We immediately replaced a blanket as soon as we received a complaint. On the grounds, we do not allow smoking anywhere around the pool, the pool decks, the fire pit area, outside of the rooms or inside the restaurant, spa, gift shop or night club. We have a few smoking areas on the grass for smokers that are away from other guests. I believe that we have stricter smoking policies than any other nudist resort.

Desert Sun Resort is one of the largest clothes free resorts. There are over 5 acres of grounds, 3 pools and 91 rooms. Any complaints of noise are handled immediately if reported. I checked the security report for this evening and we had no complaints. Our staff is always willing to try to make every guest's stay as pleasant and as relaxing as possible.

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Reviewed March 4, 2010

1 - The grounds look sooooo much better! Good job you guys!
2 - Karaoke Night! - Chuck in his Fairy outfit was crazy but I thank him for investing himself so deeply.
3 - The new chef David was very spirited and his creations nothing short of brilliant. In the restaurant, we had some meals we loved and unfortunately a few we didn't love...But we understand there are 2 other cooks when David isn't there. So we wish the food was a bit more consistent with David's level of expertise. It's very obvious when the "chef" isnt' in the kitchen.
4 - The attention to detail is back! Be it at "check in" or the "fantastic new bartender Jimmy". He brings a new level of class and personal service to the bar. Awesome cocktails, service and eye candy!!! WOW
5 - As always - we love the general manager Michael. He's an outstanding host and deserves a huge thanks for overseeing such a fantastic new staff and keeping the facilities so beautiful.
6 - However - bows to the Youngs. I can't remember their 1st names but I have seen them. What a beautiful couple. They have sunk their heart, soul and bank account into the resort and we are so grateful.

Thank you so much. We were worried about the place a few years ago and now we cannot imagine a nicer place to stay, whether it's for nudists or not! The Desert Sun is the premiere naturists resort with it's 1st class amenities and 1st class staff. I will spread the word! I hope The Desert Sun is now spending money on excellent advertising. There is an entire world of naturists who need to know about the 1st class resort and facilities. GET THE WORD OUT!

  • Stayed: February 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 14, 2010

We are getting ready to leave the resort and I am sad. We're just starting to settle in and balance the wonderfull resort with the fantastic location of Palm Springs. This is only our second "clothes free" experience (the other being Hidden Beach) and it has been exceptional. During oru stay the resort was mostly empty on Thursday, got a little busier on Friday, and was pretty full on Saturday. It's a combination of Hotel / condo with a significant number of local couples who use it as day trip destination. We didn't experience many "single men" as other reviews had listed. We asked some of the locals for dining reccomendations and they did not disappoint.

The main activity pool, hot tub, and quiet pool is where all of the people hang out. The other pool area is very nice but in the "condo" area. We never saw anybody else in the other pool, even on Saturday. There are plenty of lounge chairs and grass areas to catch the sun if that's your thing. The resort staff is exceptional and ready to assist with whatever needs you may have.

There is a restaraunt on site and it serves up the basics. They'll accomodate special requests but it is a small staff so anything too unique may take some time, especially at the busy lunch time. The food itself, while not bad, doesn't even come close to what you can get downtown. I would use the resort restaraunt for lunch and plan an leaving the resort for dinner. Zin, Matchbox, and The Seafood Market were all fantastic. Avoid Tony's.

My wife and I would be more than happy to answer any questions you may have about the resort.

  • Stayed: February 2010, traveled as a couple
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Address: 1533 N Chaparral Rd, Palm Springs, Greater Palm Springs, CA 92262-4601 (Formerly Desert Shadows Resort)
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
#12 Romantic Hotel in Palm Springs
Hotel Class:3 star — Desert Sun Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 33
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Experience Palm Springs in Au Naturel Luxury. Adults Only, 3 Swimming pools, 2 Jacuzzi, 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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