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June 20, 2008

No Shirt, No Problem: Adults-Only Hotel Zones

The Bare Pool at Mirage.

by Beata Loyfman

Do you ever want to get naked? Just strip to the buff, but without the judicial stares of everyone around you? Well, good news: Many hotels now have dedicated adults-only areas.

Here are a few clothing-optional playgrounds:

Occidental Grand Fuerteventura in Spain's Canary Islands has a private naturalist area with a pool, steam rooms, and lounge where you can watch the sunset over Playa de Butihondo. Just keep your eyes on the ball.

Closer to home, Bare at the Mirage in Las Vegas is a posh, rooftop pool lounge where 21-and-over guests can bask in the sun European-style, while sipping cocktails and listening to the DJ mix. You may even run into the newly demure Britney Spears (thanks for the tip TMZ). Reserve day beds and boat beds in advance.

Nearby, the Sapphire Pool at Rio does away with any pretense to classiness with a similar adults-only pool lounge. But this one is courtesy of Sapphire Gentlemen's Club. Ahem. As you'd suspect, Brazilian beauties frolic in the waterfalls, and VIP cabanas are available for privacy-seeking guests. You know the motto: What happens in Vegas...

Check out HotelChatter's list of top 10 reasons to vacation at a clothing-optional resort. They make some excellent arguments.

Have you been to these or any other adults-only hotel zones? Post a comment and tell us all about it. 


The European Pool for topless bathers at the Wynn, is on the other side of the outdoor gaming tables. Even with the option, there are very few topless women here; I was one of only three who dared to go bare, mainly because the men tend to stare unlike in Europe. The crowd here is older and the pool is a nice secluded area away from frolicking children, so it's a nice quiet pool option if you want read a book.

Chalk that up to our Puritan roots. But with the influx of more and more European-style hotel zones, perhaps shy Americans will get accustomed to sunbathing au naturale.
Check out my next post about clothing-optional locales on Friday, June 27.
- Beata Loyfman

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