Taking a hedonistic holiday is nothing new. Spring Breakers are notorious for their Dionysian pursuit of pleasure, as every year they travel to Acapulco, Punta Cana and Panama City Beach, among other sun-kissed and bikini-optional destinations, to engage in casual sex, funnel and Jell-O-Shot drinking competitions, and Girls Gone Wild wet T-shirt contests. However, if a neon-soaked “bikini’s and big booties, ya’ll! That’s what life is all about ” type of holiday sounds like a nightmare better left to today’s youth, then where does one travel if the objective is to experience something more salacious and risqué than an all-inclusive Sandals resort or a two-week stay at the Walt Disney World complex?
Triposo conducted an online survey in which it queried 700 globetrotters about their travel behavior. Here’s what it found: “A quarter of respondents copped to a one-night stand while traveling abroad. Six percent admitted to cheating on their significant others while traveling. An equal number said they had solicited sex while traveling abroad. Sixty percent of respondents admitted to partaking in some sort of adventure that was fueled by alcohol, and fifteen percent of respondents admitted to buying or selling drugs while abroad.” Triposo’s survey proves that traveling, for many, is all about cutting loose and letting your hair down. Sex tourism, drug tourism -“debaucherism” is a perhaps a better name than tourism for these types of subversive and anything goes holidays. However, what if strip-club tours or room-service for sex toys isn’t your thing? What if all you want to do on vacation is get naked? Are there holiday destinations that fall somewhere between the homogenized wholesomeness of Disney and the self-indulgent kink of a Red Light District? From topless pools and adult’s only resorts to annual festivals and events, here are 8 places to get naked on vacation.
8. Hot Baths: Japan
Bathhouses are a national and cultural tradition in Japan, and although the number of these unique bathing areas has declined in recent years, “onsens” and “sentos” are still perfect places to relax in the refinement of Japanese culture, take cure from life’s aches and pains, and socialize with the locals. Typically framed by mountain foliage and babbling brooks, the Japanese onsen is fed by natural hot springs; most onsens feature Zen gardens, Koi and turtle ponds, and Finnish saunas, and they have the look and feel of turn-of-the-century spa resorts. Sentos, on the other hand, are public, city bathhouses –the name means “hot water for coins” –and best suited for the more adventurous, and less modest, tourist.
7. Hot Springs: Aspen, Colorado
Imagine floating in a beautiful infinity pool, but without the price tag of a five-star luxury hotel or the restrictions of a swimming suit. Located 11,500 feet above the town of Aspen, Colorado, there’s a clothing optional hot springs. Sounds like heaven, right? Here’s the catch. In order to reach the hot springs, which is situated at the top of the Conundrum Pass, travelers need to hike 9-miles. In other words, by the time one reaches the pristine infinity pool at the top of the world, there’s a good chance they’ve dropped those few pounds and won’t be shy about going au naturel.
6. CHM Montalivet, France
CHM stands for Centre Helio-Marin –translation: Center of Sun and Sea. CHM Monta opened in the 1950s and is considered the world’s first naturalist holiday resort. The resort is comprised of twenty villages, 1000 privately owned bungalows and caravans, 960 sites suitable for touring caravans and 260 for camping.
Moreover, with a wide range of sports facilities, a shopping center, cultural center, library, movie theater, 3km beach, and 12 km of internal roads, the CHM Monta is more like a commune or nudist colony than a conventional vacation resort. There’s even a mail system and cash points.
5. Hedonism Resorts, Jamaica
Goodbye inhibitions, hello swim-up nude pool bar. Hedonism Resorts have been entertaining pleasure-seekers for over 30 years. If pleasure is the highest good and proper aim of human life (which is the definition of hedonism), then these super-inclusive adult playgrounds let it all hang out. Located in Negril and Runway Bay, Hedonism resorts have everything that traditional resorts have (land and water sports, unlimited drinks, a sumptuous variety of cuisine), and then they spice it up a naughty notch with nude beaches, toga parties, and Mardi Gras theme nights.
However, the Jacuzzis and swim-up bars have both “nude” and “prude” sections, so if it takes a couple of days to lose those inhibitions, don’t worry.
4. Bare Pool Lounge: The Mirage (Las Vegas)
What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas -right? While Vegas parties 24/7, there’s more to Sin City than four-on-the floor dance beats and strobe-lit nightclubs, or waking up with an anvil-dropping hangover and a Mike Tyson face tattoo. There’s more to Vegas than gambling, too. DJ-ed pool parties are the “It” hangouts in resorts like The Palazzo, The Venetian, and the Hard Rock Hotel. However, the Bare Pool Lounge, in The Mirage, takes it a step further and caters to an adult’s only, bare it and flaunt it crowd. There’s nothing like naked sunbathing on a cabana daybed to get ones mind off the fact that Lady Luck hasn’t been kind. However, expect the sexy vibe to come at a cost. Admission for men at the Bare Pool Lounge is $40. Women get in for $10. There’s a clothing optional lounge (Go Pool) at The Flamingo, too.
3. World Naked Bike Ride: Cities Around the World
“What to wear? Do not fear! The World Naked Bike Ride dress code is “Bare As You Dare”…
From Seattle and Vancouver to London and Auckland, every year cities around the globe participate in what has become the world’s largest naked protest. The purpose of the WNBR is to draw attention to oil dependency and the negative social and environmental impacts of a car dominated culture. However, the event is also a platform to creatively celebrate cycling and the beauty of the human body; body art, body painting, music, art bikes and human-powered art installations all create a fun, immersive atmosphere.
2. Key West, Fantasy Fest
There is never a sleepy, uneventful day in Key West, Florida. At 2 miles wide and 4 miles long, the island has more bars per capita than anywhere in the U.S. American writers Ernest Hemingway and Tennessee Williams enjoyed the legendary nightlife on Duval Street, and gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson coined the phrase “When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro” when he was holed up on the island on the 1970s. Key West has a reputation for being a liberal, laid-back, and year round party town, but the revelry reaches an apex during Fantasy Fest, a 10-day celebration at the end of October.
First held in 1979, Fantasy Fest includes masquerade balls, costume competitions, Aids fundraisers, drag queen contests, body painting, and a one-of-a-kind parade. The event is like the combination of Mardi Gras and San Francisco’s Gay Pride Parade. Over 100,000 people attend Key West’s glittery bacchanal every year, and it attracts everyone from swingers and exhibitionists to those simply looking to delight in an adult’s only atmosphere.
1. Mardi Gras, New Orleans
Mardi Gras is known more for its public nudity than its colors (purple, green, and gold), doubloons, Kings cake, and lavish masquerade balls. Ask someone who’s never been to Mardi Gras if they know anything about the Flambeaux or the Mardi Gras Indians, and chances are they’ll look at you with glazed eyes; however, inquire about bead throwers and nudity, and they’ll know all about the women who flash their breasts up and down Bourbon St. in order to get their hands on plastic necklaces and trinkets. Mardi Gras, which culminates on the day before Ash Wednesday, is one of the largest parties in the world, and flashing for beads, body painting, or simply going topless is all part of the fun. However, once the clock strikes midnight on Fat Tuesday and the street-sweepers head down Bourbon St., the penitential season officially begins, so put a shirt on because the party is over.