One of the most well-known properties in the Warm Sands neighborhood—an area of Palm Springs with a dozen or so hotels and resorts catering to gay men—is INNdulge. Couples and singles come from all over the world to enjoy the clothing-optional resort and to meet up with friends or make new ones.
Each of the 24 rooms has free Wi-Fi and a mini-fridge. The aqua and blue color scheme feels like you’ve brought the pool with you, but guests can upgrade their room for views of the pool itself and the party scene. Suites are updated, with dark, zebra wood countertops, ¾-sized refrigerators, microwaves, and wet bars. On-site laundry is also available.
Bathrooms are standard, with large vanities and either stall or walk-in showers.
The lobby is exceedingly contemporary, with granite tiled floors and a large check-in desk. The building itself is mid-century; guests can see these elements in both the exterior and the exposed beam ceilings. The outdoor gardens feature manicured lawns and curated desert-scapes.
Both the pool and 12-man Jacuzzi hot tub are boomerang shaped. The saltwater pool—no swimsuit required—is open 24-hours. On the weekends, INNdulge hosts pool parties.
The equipment is traditional, but useful, with free weights, weight machines, benches, and cardio.
There’s no on-site restaurant, but INNdulge does provide a complimentary daily continental breakfast. On Thursday there’s a pool-side pizza party.
The resort prides itself on creating a friendly and social atmosphere. Each night, they host “social hours,” designed to encourage guests to mix and mingle.
The hotel is in the Warm Sands neighborhood, just outside of downtown Palm Springs, surrounded by other nude resorts catering to gay men. Parking is free on-site and it’s an 4-minute drive or 20-minute walk to downtown.
The ever-popular Lulu’s California Bistro (5-minute drive) is home to a killer brunch deal and 12 hours of happy hour. Couples and new couplings might enjoy Spencer’s (5-minute drive), a local favorite and romantic outdoor dining spot. For desert kitsch and delicious food, check out Wang’s in the Desert (3-minute drive), a lovely Chinese restaurant with an indoor river and waterfall.
As the name implies, Chill Bar Palm Springs (4-minute drive) is a fairly relaxed spot with giant windows and a lovely patio; it does get more bouncy as the day turns into night, so choose your own adventure based on the time of day. The super retro Tropicale (5-minute drive) is a vibrant sea of 1950s pink with an ever-changing seasonal menu. Meanwhile, Peabody’s Cafe & Bar (8-minute drive) is a super casual joint (think almost diner) with lots of karaoke on weekends.
WHY WE LIKE IT
The emphasis on socializing means that solo travelers, couples, and groups of established friends all have opportunity to enjoy themselves. One of the better known clothing-optional, male-only resorts, INNdulge tends to attract an older, established crowd of professional gay men but is still in the midst of the Palm Springs party scene.