There's a lot to love about clothing-optional resorts: the sexy atmosphere, the ability to sunbathe sans restricting bathing suits, and the (often) fun entertainment. And after visiting many across the globe, we've found that the more luxurious resorts offer more impressive facilities and sleeker rooms than the mid-range or value options. So whether you want to go completely au naturel or simply avoid tan lines at nude-friendly beach and pool areas, check out our picks for the best luxury clothing-optional resorts in the world.
1. Hidden Beach Resort by Karisma, Tulum
The luxurious Hidden Beach Resort by Karisma is an adults-only, clothing-optional resort located between Playa del Carmen and Tulum. This all-inclusive property is set along an attractive stretch of beach, though it's too rocky for real swimming. Instead, guests can hang out at the large pool, which has a swim-up bar and hosts communal activities such as volleyball. The 42 elegant rooms here are all suite-style, outfitted with two-person hot tubs, ocean-view outdoor spaces, and free minibars. Ground-floor units offer swim-out access. There's only one restaurant, minimal nightlife, and no spa, but guests can use all facilities at the next-door El Dorado Seaside Suites, though clothing is required. Visitors tend to be in the 50-and-over crowd, and the atmosphere is relaxed.
2. Desire Riviera Maya Resort, Puerto Morelos
The 114-room Desire Resort & Spa is a clothing-optional all-inclusive resort for couples only, attracting a mix of older married couples, young nudists, and swingers. This swish property has an explicit sexual atmosphere, as public sex is allowed in the whirlpool area and the Sin Room — a space equipped with round beds and straps for those who want to take part in activities with their partners and other guests. Sexy theme nights are also popular nighttime experiences. Non-sexual on-site amenities include a lovely ocean-view pool and hot tub, a small spa with a variety of treatments, and four restaurants serving Japanese, Mediterranean, and international buffet-style fare.
3. Grand Lido Negril Au Naturel All-Suite-Resort, Jamaica
The clothing-optional Grand Lido Negril Au Naturel All-Suite-Resort is a small luxury property with all-inclusive rates for adults 21 and over. With just 26 rooms, the atmosphere is intimate and laid-back, and guests tend to be an older crowd. Upscale rooms all have ocean-view terraces, jetted tubs and separate two-person showers, and butler service, plus six are swim-out suites. The main infinity pool spans two levels and has ocean vistas, a swim-up bar, and an adjacent hot tub, but some past guests have complained that it's clothing-optional and not nude-only. A Jamaican eatery and ocean-view French restaurant are on-site, and guests get free access to everything at the neighboring Royalton Negril and Hideaway at Royalton Negril resorts, though clothing is required.
4. Desire Riviera Maya Pearl Resort, Puerto Morelos
Like its sister property, the all-inclusive Desire Riviera Maya Pearl Resort is a couples-only, clothing-optional resort. Although it still has a sexual atmosphere, with theme nights, a playroom, and a sex-friendly hot tub, it's a little more relaxed than its sister property. It's located on a beautiful white-sand beach right outside of quiet Puerto Morelos, which is a 30-minute drive south of Cancun International Airport. The 88 rooms are spacious, and all have furnished balconies or patios, iPod docks, and separate showers and tubs. Resort amenities consist of a huge beachfront pool with a swim-up bar, nighttime parties, a full-service spa, and two restaurants.
5. Temptation Cancun Resort