The decision to create Palm Springs’ newest clothing-optional boutique hotel was driven in part by the serendipity of a furniture sale.
Tuscany Manor opened as a hotel in March 2019. Previously, it was a sober living facility and had been vacant for several years. But other than the mid-century design of the property, owner Steve Bein and the rest of the operating team were wondering how to set it apart from the hundreds of other valley hotels.
Then Bein heard about a furniture sale at a clothing-optional hotel that was shutting down. In addition to snagging a few patio pieces, he started to hatch a new idea.
“Someone said, ‘Oh, there’s another hotel which is closing, and they’re liquidating some of their furniture,’” Bein said. “And it turned out that was Terra Cotta, and Terra Cotta was one of the top 10 clothing-optional hotels.”
(The Terra Cotta, which had first operated on East Racquet Club Road and relocated to a corner lot on South Warm Sands Drive in 2017, closed in August 2019. The property is now the home of Les Cactus, which opened this month.)
So far, Tuscany Manor has had a successful winter hosting many former guests of the Terra Cotta, which is using its website to refer its clientele to Tuscany Manor. They’ve also hosted unique buyouts like a motorcycle club.
In the naturist community, Palm Springs already has a reputation: Visit Palm Springs lists the city has having 18 clothing-optional resorts, including several exclusively for gay men.
Source: Desert Sun
Original publication 7 February, 2020
Posted on NatCorn 10th March 2020
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