A Guide to Clothing-Optional Vacations

A Guide to Clothing-Optional Vacations

Where to send clients who dare to bare it all By: Camille Frigilana
<p>Each room at the Vassaliki Natural Resort provides guests with a great view of Kefalonia, Greece. // © 2017 Vassaliki Natural Resort</p><p>Feature...

Each room at the Vassaliki Natural Resort provides guests with a great view of Kefalonia, Greece. // © 2017 Vassaliki Natural Resort

Feature image (above): Clients looking for nudist vacations can find a variety of resorts and cruises that will cater to their needs. // © 2017 Vassaliki Natural Resort


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Packing for a trip can be the most time-consuming part of the vacation process. However, the task is a breeze for clients selecting clothing-optional destinations or cruises.

Whether they’re a seasoned “naturist” (the technical term for those who prefer to live life clothing-free) or a newcomer to the clothing-optional world, the following companies cater to all experience levels and uphold strict rules to make sure that everyone remains comfortable at all times. 

Bare Necessities Cruises
Bare Necessities first set sail in 1991 and has continued to offer trips around the world. In April, cruisers will spend two weeks sailing around French Polynesia, stopping at ports such as Bora Bora and Tahiti. 

In July, Bare Necessities will set sail throughout the Mediterranean with stops that include St. Tropez, France, and Ibiza, Spain. In addition to these trips, Bare Necessities charters a Carnival Cruise Line ship for its annual “Big Nude Boat” trip, where the number of passengers is up to 3,000, making it the largest trip it has (the usual size ranges between 200 to 300 people). Clothing is required at each port, in the main dining rooms and during the Captain’s Gala Cocktail party, but is optional at any other time. 

www.cruisebare.com

Desire Cruises
For couples wanting to add some spice to their vacation, Desire Cruises is offering two eight-day cruise trips that feature onboard playrooms and themed nights. 

The first trip, which takes place this September, starts and ends in Venice, Italy, with stops at various ports in Croatia and one in Slovenia. The second trip is in April and starts in Barcelona before making stops throughout France, Monaco and Italy. When not exploring port cities, guests can spend their time in designated clothing-optional areas or participate in couples’ workshops.

www.desire-experience.com

Hidden Beach Resort by Karisma
This five-star, adults-only resort is located in Riviera Maya, a 30-minute drive away from Cancun. All facilities — including restaurants, bars and spas — do not require guests to wear clothes so long as they respect the resort’s rules. Each of the property’s 45 rooms offers access to the nude beach, and the resort hosts an array of daily activities, including bingo and water balloon fights. During the evening, guests can attend various themed events, including a glow party and a karaoke night.

www.hiddenbeachresort.com

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Naturists and clothing-optional travelers can get onboard Bare Necessities’ “Big Nude Boat” cruise, which has a stop in Aruba. // © 2017 iStock

Naturists and clothing-optional travelers can get onboard Bare Necessities’ “Big Nude Boat” cruise, which has a stop in Aruba. // © 2017 iStock

Desire Cruises provides themed nights and onboard playrooms during its trips around Europe. // © 2017 Desire Cruises

Desire Cruises provides themed nights and onboard playrooms during its trips around Europe. // © 2017 Desire Cruises

Each suite at the Hidden Beach Resort offers access to the property’s private, clothing-optional beach. // © 2017 Hidden Beach

Each suite at the Hidden Beach Resort offers access to the property’s private, clothing-optional beach. // © 2017 Hidden Beach

A swim-up bar is just one feature that guests at Hidden Beach can enjoy sans clothing. // © 2017 Hidden Beach

A swim-up bar is just one feature that guests at Hidden Beach can enjoy sans clothing. // © 2017 Hidden Beach

Paya Bay in Honduras hosts a Naturist Week throughout the year, offering special clothing-optional excursions. // © 2017 Paya Bay

Paya Bay in Honduras hosts a Naturist Week throughout the year, offering special clothing-optional excursions. // © 2017 Paya Bay

Paya Bay Resort
Although not exclusively naturist, Paya Bay Resort in Roatan, Honduras, encourages guests to be one with the environment. For some, the true way to experience nature is to follow an au naturel path, and Paya Bay embraces those who decide to take that route. The resort encourages naturists or naturist-friendly people to book during its Naturist Week, when a special excursion to Pigeon Cay enables guests to snorkel swimsuit-free. Otherwise, two coves located on the property have been designated as clothing-optional, and guests can enjoy sunbathing and swimming with or without a bathing suit.

www.payabay.com

Vassaliki Naturist Club
Vassaliki Naturist Club, located on the island of Kefalonia, Greece, offers 12 apartment-style accomodations ranging from studios to two-bedroom “apartments.” Guests can choose to relax on-site at the resort’s pool bar, dine at its nudist-friendly restaurant or enjoy a massage from the on-site masseuse. They also have the opportunity to book an excursion by way of motor cruiser for a day of swimming and lounging at secluded bay, or they can take their own boat to enjoy some time on a deserted beach at their leisure. A weekly beach barbecue night is held for guests to get to know each other and the staff while enjoying local Greek cuisine. 

www.viglanatura.com

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