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“Caliente ~ Nice Short Au Natural Vacation”

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Caliente Club and Resorts
Mid Florida, Florida
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44 reviews
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“Caliente ~ Nice Short Au Natural Vacation”
Reviewed March 29, 2014

Hubby and I went to Caliente, Tampa, on March 24-26, 2014. Some of our friends from Hedonism told us about Caliente and that it was a nice short trip from our Central Florida home. We decided to give it a try. I chose not to go through the time share talk and booked their regular rate for a Casita (1 bedroom park model mobile home). Add a hundred bucks a day because we are not members of the resort. We brought our own groceries/drinks to have at the Casita; it had a full kitchen. We were glad we brought our own beach towels even though the resort provided each of us with one (theirs were not as soft).

The resort had very few visitors. We met some nice folks on the first day who told us a few things to do around the resort. We found the hot tub and conversation pool on the upper deck. It was really nice. The conversation pool is heated to a comfortable temperature; it’s long and only about 6-8 feet wide with seats all the way around. Hence, the name, as you can easily talk to lots of folks who might be sitting next to and across from you. All the pools were nice, the large main pool is not heated and almost nobody stayed around it because of the weather.

The weather was not optimal – cold and cloudy on day one, then cloudy/rainy /cold on the morning of day two…day two the sun came out and it was gorgeous! Still chilly in the shade and wind, but lovely. The hot tub and conversation pool had lots of folks around them.

Because there were few guests (it being early in the week), the night club was closed and the fine dining restaurant had no diners that we saw. The Sports Bar was the place to be and also where we had to go to purchase drinks and food while in the pool area. The resort does not allow anyone to bring their own food or drink into the pool complex area. We knew this and had budgeted for it; we know it is one of the ways the resort stays open because it must be a large source of income especially on the weekends and busy weeks.

Short and Sweet ~ the Pros & Cons

Pros
• Drinks YUMMY and strong
• Sports Bar Food was pretty good
• People friendly
• Staff knowledgeable and helpful
• Walking path around the resort was nice to stroll through all areas (Casitas, Condos, Homes)
• Casita had little porch that caught the afternoon sun and we sat out nekkid the second afternoon having a few beers
• You can be nekkid everywhere on the resort; the resort takes great pains to protect guest privacy

Cons
• Extra expense of the food and drinks as most of one’s day is spent around the pool
• Queen bed in Casita was hard and noisy when one got up or rolled over
• Only 2 pillows and bath towels in Casita, no extra blanket (for the money, I’d like at least the amenities of a standard hotel room)
• Low occupancy causing little of the pool complex to be open

All in all, we think that we would love to return to Caliente with friends. It would be nice to get one of the 2 or 3 bedroom condos or villas.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed March 28, 2014

We booked 2nd April weekend for the SBBC party weekend at the resort, we went in Sept and had an unbelievable time even though the weather was a little Wet.The food is great and reasonable except the appetizers are small and cost almost as much as a meal. The drinks are very fair priced and not weak by any means. The resort is a little costly to stay if you are not a member but its totally worth it, we are considering membership because we have been feeling homesick since we left last time. The resort hosts different parties and Sbbc has been our favorite. they are the nicest people and throw the best parties and leave nobody out of the fun.we are excited to get back to Tampa and see all the familiar faces and get Naked in luxury

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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Jupiter, Florida
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Reviewed March 22, 2014

We love everything about Caliente...We always meet new friends in this relaxing clothing optional environment. The service is GREAT...Anasthasia and Stanka at the front desk are always friendly and accommodating...Lisa, Lexi and Colleen are the best servers...can't wait for our next trip!!! L Grayhills

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Minneapolis
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Reviewed March 20, 2014

Just returned from our first trip to Caliente Resort and we had a blast. There are actually four accomodation options Hotel - right next to the clubhouse, casitas - one bedroom trailers, condos and townhomes. We stayed in a casita. It is a bit of a walk, about a half mile to the clubhouse, but we did not mind and they have golf cart shuttles that will pick you up and take you back anytime. Only issue with the casita was that online they say they have king beds, they do not. None of the casitas have a king bed - take note. The extra room in the casita was nice, and a bit less expensive than a one bedroom condo. We did get to see a condo and they look very nice! They are actually the farthest from the clubhouse, but again there are shuttles.

The clubhouse, pools, disco, restaurants and facilities are all very nice. 5 star, no. Yes, there are things that need some maintenance, but we did see some of the work happening now that it is getting warmer out.

We had a great crowd the weekend we were there. Standard agenda is layout by the pool, grab some diner, hit the disco, and then hit the hot tub. Caliente is a clothing optional resort and it is leaning more toward the swinger lifestyle than nudist. You will not see any displays of affection during the day, but you will late at night around the hot tub and upper heated pool. If you are a nudist and this bothers you, don't go there after the disco. We never felt threatened and found everyone to be very friendly and respectful. We loved the vibe and energy in the air.

Bottom line is we had a great time and we will be back.

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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Vancouver, Canada
Level 2 Contributor
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Reviewed March 13, 2014

First class all the way. Has all the amenities; pool, spa, tennis, restaurant, bar/lounge, nightclub, and much much more. Good choice of accommodation types. I have stayed here twice and enjoyed both the hotel section and the rental homes. Great neighbourhoods to walk around. Never felt out of place. On both stays was able to be nude 24/7 with no issues whatsoever.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled solo
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Salt Lake City, Utah
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74 reviews
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Reviewed March 2, 2014

The resort is seriously good fun. We unfortunately were there during the brief cold spell during February 2013, but still had a blast. The two-bedroom condo accommodations were fabulous, clean and perfect. The food at the restaurant was great and drinks were generous. Not cheap by any means, but not costly either. The clothing optional provision allowed us to do our thing without the risk of a nude beach and potential citations.
With great regret though, their hot tub was out of service the weekend we were there but the conversation pools were plenty warm and allowed us to soak in the warmth even though the outside temps were in the 60's.
We can recommend Caliente for those who want to have a bit of a different travel/hotel experience. It was nice to enjoy a bit of European mentality when it comes to the human body. We will return when the weather is just a big warmer.

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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Port Saint Lucie, Florida
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Reviewed January 1, 2014

We went to Caliente for their big New Year's Eve party. We'd heard some pretty bad reviews of the hotel area that we were booked in. The rooms certainly weren't 5-star rooms, but they weren't all that bad either. They were clean, the towels & bedding fresh & the furniture in decent shape. Nothing to brag about, but nothing to complain about either. The desk staff, bartenders and golf cart shuttle drivers were incredibly nice. The drinks are expensive but the food is good. Though we decided to leave a day early due to the crappy weather, we'll definitely be going back for some more visits in the future.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Caliente Club and Resorts
Address: 21240 Gran Via Blvd, Land O Lakes, FL 34637 (Formerly Caliente Resort and Spa)
Phone Number:
Location: United States > Florida > Land O Lakes
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Specialty Lodging in Land O Lakes
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3 star — Caliente Club and Resorts 3*
Number of rooms: 105
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Caliente Tampa is a captivating blend of clothing-optional solitude, exhilaration and sizzle that is ideal for the seasoned clothing-optional traveler and first-timer alike. Inside Caliente Tampa, you will be pampered, wined, dined, and treated with world-class sensitivity you so richly deserve.Beautifully appointed Villas, Condominiums, vacation Casitas and Hotel Suites will become your secluded home away from home for a stay that might last but a week or two, yet the memories will last a lifetime.Just outside your door, turquoise lagoons, a sapphire lake, sports and fitness facilities, tiki bars, decadent cuisine, and sumptuous Spa Sereno are just a few of the many opportunities that beckon. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Caliente Resort All Inclusive
Caliente Hotel Land o Lakes
Caliente Club And Resorts Florida/Land O Lakes

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