Nudist resorts - uncover your perfect vacation
I have a thing for nudist resorts. I like to visit them. I like to write about them. And I know it's going to shock you, but I'm neither a hippy or a sex addict.
Naturism can be elegant, provocative and yes, a powerful aphrodisiac. But if you're like most people and have "thigh hopes" scaring you away, the naked truth is freeing. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and looking good naked is easier when you see we all have not-so-perfect bodies.
Switch off the BlackBerry (and your boss), drop the kids at Grandma's and think textile-free for your next vaca. These 5-star resorts are nice enough to tell your parents about - if you dare!
Sea Mountain Ranch Resort And Spa, California
Ranked by the New York Times, Maxim and Spa Finder as a "must-stop destination in Southern California, Sea Mountain Resort is our top pick for a spacation with your lover. It's adults only and couple friendly - meaning naked couples are encouraged. Singles, not so much.
Sea Mountain is a boutique resort with only 15 overnight rooms and day visitors capped at 100. The Spa VIP Pass gives you full access to the grounds, a couples massage and lunch for two for $289 per couple.
Who knows, you might even spot a celebrity or two here, just hanging out at the pool - but cameras are forbidden.
If vacationing friction-free tops your priority list, but getting to far away from civilization doesn't, Sea Mountain Resort is for you.
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Reservations & Information: 877-928-2827
Hedonism II & III, Jamaica
Some visitors to Hedonism believe there should be warnings at the entrance - Cross this threshold and anything goes. Perhaps the most well-known of naturist resorts in the world, it also has the reputation as the most risqué. But don't get us wrong, they also have an extremely high recidivism rate - one visit and you're hooked for life.
With more than 200 rooms (including the swim-up variety) there's plenty of choice. You'll find a fully grown spa here, with choices that run the gamut from couples massage to facials, pedicures and reflexology. After all, if you're going to be hedonistic, you may as well embrace it body, mind and soul.
If sex on the beach is more than a drink, and you're eager to check out alternative lifestyles while in the all-together, Hedonism is for you.
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Reservations & Information: 877-467-8737
Desire Resort and Spa, Mexico
Twenty minutes from Cancun airport you'll find a well-designed playground just for adults. But this isn't Hedonism. Nudity is encouraged, but overt sexual activity is not. As well, proper dress in restaurants is a must. The resort caters solely to couples who want to sunbathe nude, enjoy a spirited vacation and possibly explore an alternative lifestyle.
There are 34 ocean-view rooms and 64 with a garden view . There's a sexy playroom for couples and a seductive selection of restaurants, from haute cuisine to nude Jacuzzi lounges to themed dances at the Y Night Club.
If you're looking for a sexy, chic resort that's designed for lovers (not swingers), Desire Resort is for you.
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Reservations & Information: 888-201-7551
Hidden Beach Resort, Mexico
Mexico is a hotbed (no pun intended) of textile-free vacationers. Hidden Beach Resort offers adult naturists a unique opportunity to spend an entire week nude, or hop over to the adjoining resort and enjoy some clothed fun. Public areas within Hidden Beach - pool, restaurant, bars, disco - are nude-friendly and completely hidden from view, while giving guests full all-inclusive privileges at El Dorado Resort.
All 42 suites are ocean view and 18 (first floor) are swim up via an artificial river that connects the entire resort.
If you've got nothing to hide and want to truly get away from it all, Hidden Beach is for you.
Please note: Hidden Beach Resort is closed for renovations from September to December 2010 and will commence booking in January 2011.
Reservations & Information: 888 754 3907
Vera Playa, Spain
What's the perfect naturist vacation to you?
- 2 miles of beach you can walk nude
- City streets you can walk nude and receive friendly waves from the local police
- Temperatures every day that encourage - even demand - freedom from clothing
- A place where nudity is encouraged, not demanded
Vera Playa is a safe place to explore nudism if it's your first textile-free adventure. Many European (and particularly Spanish) Naturists don't practice the 24/7 rule found in North America and the Caribbean. Naturism here is weather dependant and practiced heavily on the beaches - but clothing has its place. Decorum rules ask that everyone be clothed by 8 pm, for dinner and the bars.
Accommodations consist of rentable private apartments and a 300 room hotel. Although it's listed as a 4-star facility, expect basic, clean rooms but not a lot of luxury. Opt for the B&B rate and skip the all-inclusive option - there is more interesting dining outside the naturist zones.
If you're looking for a family oriented nude vacation and don't need all night discos to keep you enthralled, Vera Playa is for you.
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