Up for a risqué holiday? Then you may want to check out one of these 10 retreats where the romance is high and the clothing in optional.
Afterall, what’s more enticing than your lover frolicking without a care in the world? Well, whisking your beloved off to an exotic location donning little more than a smile would probably trump it. Here are some ways to moon your honey, but you don’t necessarily need to wait until the honeymoon to lose all inhibition…
1. Veil? Tick. Bouquet? Tick. Wedding gown? Optional?
Make a head start on the honeymoon and say “I do” at the Chan Resort with or without your wedding garb. Once the eye diverting guests recover from seeing the nuptials in all their glory, they may even get into the swing of it when they realise naturism is an expression freedom. Recently opened, the resort is modern with an emphasis on relaxation and discretion. Once the guests have gone home, the charms of Pattaya and beyond await, where you can get as raucous or as romantic as you desire.
Chan Resort, 391/137 Moo. 10 Soi Thappraya 15 Nongpure, Banglamung, Chonburi, Pattaya, Thailand, 20150, www.chanresort.com, prices range from 1400 to 2400 Baht depending on the room type and the season and day visits are 500 Baht.
2. In the raw
Malapacao Island, Philippines
Nourish what lies within and escape to the pristine Malapacao Island where guests are welcome to shed their unhealthy habits along with their clothes. Offering mostly raw food; alcohol, tobacco, and coffee are taboo. What is missed from the menu will be more than made up for with the beachfront cottages and the indulgent pampering treatments accompanied by the sound of lapping waves. 14 night packages are recommended for a full de-stress, although there’s a risk you’ll forget where your home is by the end of it.
Malapacao Island, El Nido, Palawan, 5313, Philippines, +63 928 231 7476, www.malapacao.com, 5-14 night twin-share per person packages start at $335-$605 (no frills), $509-$1,045 (most frills) and $649-$1593 (all frills)
3. Cape Tribulation, North Queensland, Australia
Although not officially a nudist’s area, Cape Tribulation in Northern Queensland is located between The Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree National Park. With stunning views, secluded spots, deserted beaches and a camping area (North Cape Tribulation) where the rain forest meets the sea, it’s a naturist’s paradise. For those who love their showers and fluffy towels, Ferntree Rainforest Lodge and the remote Cape Kimberley offers the Crocodylus Resort tucked away in the rainforest.
Cape Tribulation: www.capetribulation.com.au; Ferntree Rainforest Lodge; Camelot Close, Cape Tribulation, Queensland, +61 7 4098 0033, www.ferntreerainforestlodge.com.au, rooms available for $87; Crocodylus Village Resort; Lot 5, Buchanan Creek Rd, Cow Bay, Queensland, +61 7 4098 9166, www.crocodyluscapetrib.com, cabins and bungalows cost $85
4. An undressed de-stress
Although generally single sex (apart from mixed baths called konyoku), luxuriating naked in a Japanese bath house (onsen) with strangers can be a relaxing and sensual experience, especially when you meet your honey for some shiatsu afterwards. Hananoyu combines bathing styles found around the country all in one location; from Western style to hot springs, a bedrock bath (with detoxifying qualities), and a concentrated carbonated rock bath. Set in a lush landscape Yumato no Yu will make you forget all about the wedding stress as this onsen is ideal for tension and muscle aches.
Hananoyu; 2-40-1 Kozunomori, Narita-shi, Chiba, 286-0048, + 81 476 28 2444, http://www.hananoyu-narita.com/english, 800 yen; Yamato no Yu, 1630 Ohtake, Narita, Chiba, +81 476 28 8111, http://www.yamatonoyu.com/eng, prices start at 700 yen and a private open-air bath with a dining table 2,800 yen
5. Luuuurve Hotel
While most Love Hotels border on the kitsch, the Bali An Hotel and Resort chain is a classier option and with hotels scattered throughout Japan you can have a tropical rendezvous away from the madness of Tokyo. With its four-poster beds with canopies, large TVs, massage chairs, karaoke machines, roomy baths, and spacious suites, you could almost imagine you were in Bali instead of at a hotel rented by the hour in Japan.
Bali An Hotel and Resort; located in Chiba- Chuo, Shinjuku Honten, Shinjuku, Kinshicho, Toumei Kawasaki Ic and Yokohama; www.balian.jp; rates vary depending on the room, day of the week and season and a four hour stay starts at 4,000 yen
6. Bare boating around the world
Zealot naturists will embrace sailing the high seas as free as the day they were born with a Bare Necessities Tour and Travel, which cruises to Fiji, French Polynesia, and a world record 8-day nude cruise from Fort Lauderdale to the Panama Canal, and check out all the hype about the largest naked cruise in history. Those who prefer less of a crowd may opt for a smaller cruise with Skinnydip Tours in Cairns (Northern Queensland) and New Zealand. Or charter a vessel from In The Wild World Wide Yacht Charters and hand-pick your own travelling companions and destination. Modesty will prevail once you dock of course; wouldn’t want to upset the natives.
Bare Necessities Tour and Travel, 904 West 29th Street, Austin, TX, 78705, 1 800 743 0405, www.cruisenude.com; Skinnydip Tours, 0061 41 788 7474, www.skinnydiptours.com.au; In the Wild World Wide Yacht Charters, PO Box 7505, St Thomas, US Virgin Islands, http://www.inthewild.org/charters/nude.htm
7. Spa by the Taj Mahal
With the romantic Taj Mahal nearby its hard not to feel loved-up; especially while surrounded in luxury. The Kaya Kalp Spa at the ITC Mughal will leave you feeling like Mughal yourself with treatments fit for royalty. As far as views go, it’s hard to top soaking in a bath at The Oberoi Hotel Amarvilas with the world’s most romantic gesture shimmering in the distance. You’ll be massaged, wrapped, exfoliated, pampered, and delivered to your loved one in a state of bliss. The Oberoi also offers couples massage lessons so you can practice your new found techniques in private.
8. Get bendy with it
In the heart of the Sri Lankan jungle and surrounded by the Galgiriyawa mountains and rice paddies is Ulpotha Village. Dedicated to Ayurveda treatments and yoga, the rules of reality don’t apply as lovers get back to nature in private rustic huts. The real luxury lies in the soothing landscape and the simplicity of a self-sustained village lifestyle. The open-sided dining room laid-out with a nightly Sri-Lankan feast beckons you to lounge around and feed your lover Pompeii style. If you can’t bear to be away from the water, have a deserted beach fantasy at Uplotha’s sister property Bar Reef Resort on the island’s western peninsula.
Ulpotha, Galgiriyawa mountains, www.ulpotha.com, +44 (0) 208 123 3603, $1250 or $1300 per person per week all inclusive; Bar Reef Resort, Palmyrah Rd, Alankuda, Kalpitiya, +94 (0) 777 35 2200, www.barreefresort.com, Double cabanas $75 (low season) and $150 (high season) and two bedroom villas are $125 (low season) and $215 (high season)
9. Barefoot luxury
Zanzibar’s powdery white sand cocooned by an azure sea is the epitome of an idyllic lovers’ retreat. Take the escapism even further with a stay on Mnemba Island at Mnemba Island Lodge where each Zanzibari bandas comes with its own private beach for complete seclusion. Explore the Indian Ocean by dhow and snorkel or scuba dive with giant turtles and an array of sea-life. If you tire of being scantily clad and waited on hand and foot, day trips to the mainland can be arranged by boat.
Mnemba Island, +27 11 809 4314, www.mnemba-island.com, the all-inclusive (accommodation, meals, laundry, water sports) nightly rate is $1155-$1500
10. 2011: A love Odyssey
Arthur C. Clarke penned his famous novel 2001: A space odyssey while living on Taprobane Island off the south coast of Sri Lanka. It’s easy to see the source of his inspiration as the only structure on the tiny island is a five-bedroom Dutch colonial mansion with sprawling verandas, an infinity pool and a personal chef. The only way onto Taprobane is to wade through the sea at low-tide but soggy underwear is a small price to pay. Although no-one is going to notice if you ditch your attire entirely.
Taprobane Island, Weligama, Sri Lanka, + 94 91 438 0275, $1000-$1750 per night for the entire island depending on the season