Our nudist Parlm Springs resort is built on land where Errol Flynn and Doris Day once owned hotels.
Our Nude Tennis Court is built on the grounds of Errol Flynn's Lone Palm Inn where he once hosted celebrities from around the world! This was the first place that Frank Sinatra stayed on his maiden trip to Palm Springs according to the book “Palm Springs in Vintage Post Cards.”
On the site of the Chandler Inn, an inn once owned by Doris Day, are our 21 villa suites.
The Desert Sun Resort Story:
Desert Sun Resort is formerly known as Desert Shadows.
Desert Shadows opened in 1992 at the former Breakaway Inn, an 11-room bed and breakfast. The following year, the property underwent an expansion, which included acquiring the once famous Chaparral Lodge, site of legendary movie star parties, adding a full service au naturel restaurant and tennis court and a second heated pool.
In 1997, Desert Shadows had a second expansion which cost over $5.8 million and included the villa project comprising 38 two-story luxury condominiums. The condos sold out in 1996 before the building was even completed. Further expansion added a third pool, second outdoor spa, activity room, gated parking, three waterfalls and a river and the country's first full-service naturist spa.
In 1998, Desert Shadows bought the last hotel on the block: the Chandler Inn, once owned by Doris Day. Again, 21 villa suites were sold out before completion in 1999. The resort now sits on an entire city block.
In 2000, a lot across Indian Canyon Drive that had been vacant for 40 years was acquired and expansion began on the 17 luxury condos across the street from the resort. A bridge was needed so homeowners did not have to get dressed to go across the street to the resort.
The world’s first nude bridge was built. The 140 foot and 25 ton pedestrian crossing traverses Indian Canyon Drive, one of the busiest streets in Palm Springs. Some refer to it as “the naked bridge”. CNN today called it the “bridge of thighs,” a word play on the Venice’s Bridge of Sighs.
In 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 a $1 million dollar 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 almost 20 years, the property at Desert Sun Resort has been a favorite to nudists from all over the world. We continue to grow and prosper even in the worst economy because we truly offer somewhere unique and magical. Come see for yourself why we have one of the highest numbers of return guests in Palm Springs.
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