Our nudist Palm Springs resort is built on land where Errol Flynn, Horace Heidt, and Doris Day once owned hotels.
Back in the old studio-system days when actors were under long-term contracts with individual studios, they were often contractually forbidden to travel more than 100 miles from Hollywood without explicit studio permission. Palm Springs is exactly 99 miles from Hollywood. Thus Palm Springs became a very fashionable destination to which actors could “escape in secret,” without informing their studio bosses.
Desert Sun Resort is in the “Movie Colony” neighborhood. It is called this because many of the houses were built specifically for the Hollywood elite. The local architects who were designing the new post-war housing in the mid and late 1950s were all about innovation, progress and the future and the Mid-Century Modern housing was the overwhelming cultural trend.
The flamboyant lifestyle with which the Movie Colony was synonymous was epitomized by the clothing-optional, luxury Normandy Hotel that actor Errol Flynn built in 1943. (It was later named Casa del Sol and burned down in 1990.) Flynn built it for himself and his friends as a retreat from the hectic ways of Hollywood. Hollywood’s extravagant crowd flocked to Flynn’s hotel and set the precedent for our Desert Sun Resort which currently occupies the same site.
The Desert Sun Resort Story:
Desert Sun Resort is formerly known as Desert Shadows.
1992- Started at the former Breakaway Inn, an 11 room bed and breakfast which is now our Courtyard Rooms
1993- Expansion which included acquiring the once famous Chaparral Lodge, now our 21 Chaparral Hotel Rooms, and built tennis court on the property that used to be owned by Errol Flynn, The Normandy Hotel, which was built in 1943 and later called Casa Del Sol
1997- Built 38 two-story luxury Condominiums on the property which used to include the hotels, Casa De Linda and Horace Heidt's Lone Palm Hotel, one of Frank Sinatra’s favorites
1998- Added 21 Villa Suites on site of the Chandler Inn, once owned by Doris Day
2000- The Naked Bridge was built to connect 17 private condos across the street with the resort
2008- Desert Shadows was purchased by new owners and renamed Desert Sun Resort
The new owners have continued to build and improve the property with complete renovation of the hotel rooms and pools, remodel of the café and spa, and added two new conversation areas- the fire pit area and the loggia area.
For over 20 years, the property at Desert Sun Resort has been a favorite to nudists from all over the world.
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