10 best clothing-optional resorts in the world exposed

Clothing-optional tourism is a $400 million industry, according to the American Association for Nude Recreation. And while several myths about nude tourism linger, the growth of this segment is undeniable.

There are 270 clothes-free and clothing-optional resorts. But which one is best? Leave it to our friends over at TripAdvisor to expose the ten best nude resorts. Here they are, along with what some of the site’s members had to say about their experiences:

1. Hidden Beach Resort – Au Naturel Club, Riviera Maya, Mexico
Average Nightly Rate: $541

Nothing is actually hidden at this beautiful Kantenah Bay Riviera Maya resort that makes a clothing-optional vacation a truly luxurious – and liberating – experience. According to one TripAdvisor traveler, “Everyone is just there to relax and enjoy the sun and to unwind. I cannot think of a better place to do all of those things.”

2. Garden of Eden Resort, Isla Solarte, Panama
Average Nightly Rate: $130

Tucked away on Panama’s Caribbean coast, this pristine island’s laid-back atmosphere will inspire you to experience Eden in the same manner Adam and Eve once did—without clothes. According to one TripAdvisor traveler, “Good food and good company in enchanting surroundings. One can spend a day totally relaxing or exploring the waters and islands nearby.”

3. Living Waters Spa, Desert Hot Springs, California
Average Nightly Rate: $260

Between the hot mineral water pools and the luxurious accommodations, Living Waters Spa is the perfect place for total au naturel relaxation in the California sunshine – tan lines optional. As one TripAdvisor traveler said, “If you enjoy a clothing-optional environment where you can just completely let go and relax, this place is perfect.”

4. Terra Cotta Inn, Palm Springs, California
Average Nightly Rate: $149

Once a celebrity retreat site, the Terra Cotta Inn is now a relaxation destination where all visitors are welcome to feel comfortable and pampered, movie star body or not. One TripAdvisor traveler called it, “A place where you can feel totally comfortable shedding your stress, worries, and cares right along with your clothes.”

5. Caliente Caribe Resort and Spa, Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic
Average Nightly Rate: $235

Stay clothed on the lush Caribbean grounds if you wish, but undress for a comfortable experience that is naturally delightful. As one TripAdvisor traveler commented, “Watching the stars and moon from the beachside hot tub was one of our most memorable moments.”

6. Sorobon Beach Resort, Bonaire
Average Nightly Rate: $190

Visitors love the tranquility of this beachy (and bare) Bonaire haven, with its shallow barrier-protected bay that makes swimming, scuba diving and snorkeling a delight. According to one TripAdvisor traveler, “The total concept of being nude 24-7 was very relaxing. The island is very beautiful and we will be back to this resort next year.”

7. Cabanas Copal, Tulum, Mexico
Average Nightly Rate: $95

Relaxing in a seaside Caribbean cabana is reason enough to head to Cabanas Copal, but candlelit evenings in this eco-friendly tropical retreat make this in-the-buff destination even more appealing. One TripAdvisor traveler said, “Waking up in paradise inside a beautiful cabana surrounded by the jungle, and looking at the turquoise color of the sea, is priceless!”

8. Club Orient Resort: St. Maarten
Average Nightly Rate: $396

Pristine white beaches and uninhabited nearby islands often leave guests feeling uninhibited at Club Orient in St. Martin. As one TripAdvisor traveler put it, “Staying at Club Orient is as close to heaven as you can get without dying! Nudity feels so natural that even first timers have no problem shedding their clothes.”

9. Grand Lido Negril Resort & Spa, Negril, Jamaica
Average Nightly Rate: $523

Whether you dress up for a romantic meal, or really “dress down” at the clothing-optional beach, this couples destination combines high luxury and natural beauty. According to one TripAdvisor traveler, “The beach is beautiful, crystal clear water that is so warm and calm, and they provide floats so you can float all day in paradise.”

10. Punta Serena, Tenacatita, Mexico – Average Nightly Rate: $240

Featuring hot tubs overlooking the water, beautiful beaches and a lively bar and pool, this au naturel resort is a Mexican gem. According to a TripAdvisor traveler, “Overall, it was the most relaxing and romantic week we have ever spent at a resort.”

Christopher Elliott

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  • http://www.evolution-slimming.com acai

    Really interested
    about the “Living Waters Spa” a decent Nightly
    Rate as well. Pretty good information though. Thanks for sharing.

  • Eddrick Trumpler
  • Eddrick Trumpler
  • melissakiss

    Love the intense and upscale Sea Mountain Nude resort and lifestyles hotel and day club-what a winner -go http://www.nudespa.com

  • Amy & Lindy

    Hello, from Amy and Lindy at Abbott’s Glen clothing optional 4 season Inn and Campground located in beautiful southern Vermont. This 55 acre property includes a pond and a wooded trail that runs along the North River. Seasonal activities include tubing and swimming, as well as snowshoeing and cross country skiing in the winter months. This is a great getaway for a nude weekend in the colder months for those who can’t go south for a week. Guests may also enjoy the warmth of a wood fired Finnish sauna or a hot tub. Treat yourself to Chef Amy’s European style dining on the weekends. Daily breakfast included in rates. Finish the night dancing in our clothing optional Club Sugar shack. Visit us at http://www.AbbottsGlen.com or call 802-368-2525 for advance reservations. Check us out on TripAdvisor.

  • http://www.iloveCaliente.com Lori Jennings

    Caliente Caribe is amazing in the D.R., but don’t forget no passports are required for it’s sister resort Caliente Resort and Spa in Florida!

  • http://www.iloveCaliente.com Lori Jennings

    I second
    the nomination at the Caribe in the D.R.! But, their sister resort Caliente
    Resort and Spa in Florida is pretty awesome too! http://www.iloveCaliente.com

  • http://desire.originalresorts.com/index.asp Desire Resorts

    Thanks for sharing, very good choices.

    In México, don’t forget to visit Desire Resorts, is a Adults only resort in the mayan riviera.

    In Desire you can live unforgettable moments.

    Indulge into the world of the couples-only, all-inclusive Desire Resort; a clothing optional retreat with sexy amenities in a tropical paradise.