As the temperatures begin to dip up north, resort season is upon us! So leave those sub-zero temperatures behind and enjoy one or all of these gay getaways this winter.
Here are five warm and welcoming gay resorts to enjoy.
1. Grand Resort and Spa, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
When some people think of a “gay resort” they assume it’s basically a seedy bathhouse. This preconceived notion of mine was quickly checked at the front gate of Fort Lauderdale’s Grand Resort and Spa.
Just steps from the beach, this luxurious second home is the best place to stay while visiting the “Venice of America.” Keep your bathing suit on at the front pool, but the tropical courtyard — with its decadent 30-foot fountain and 10-man hot tub — is where you can feel free to drop trou.
Between cocktails and sunbathing, take advantage of the fabulous spa that offers everything from haircuts to manzillian waxes. You can’t have pleasure without a bit of pain, right?
2. Pink Rose Guesthouse and Spa, Somerset West, South Africa
Opened in November 2009 by German couple Lars and Detlaf, Pink Rose Guesthouse and Spa is a gay bed and breakfast for men that’s only a 30-minute drive from Cape Town.
Stay in one of its four stylishly furnished apartments and enjoy your days hanging at the “chill-out area,” where you can lounge by the clothing-optional pool, sauna and Jacuzzi, or indulge in an extravagant massage.
With incredible sweeping views, the guesthouse is close to local restaurants and several vineyards.
3. Hotel Gaythering, Miami, Florida
Miami Beach’s only gay-owned resort, Hotel Gaythering is a chic and fun spot to stay while you play. Its Men’s Self Spa is an oasis equipped with a Jacuzzi, dry cedar sauna, aroma steam room and mud lounge.
In a city known for loud nightclubs and glitz, the Lounge at the Gaythering is the antithesis of what you’d expect in South Beach: no velvet ropes, no guest lists, and their Friday “HoPPY HoUR”? is not to be missed. A good-looking crowd of locals mix in with explorers, kicking off the weekend on the perfect note.
4. Island House, Key West, Florida
The award-winning Island House is the largest and one of the last gay resorts in Key West. A completely private compound, inside you’ll find men floating in the pool, sunning on the clothing-optional second floor sundeck, napping under a palm tree or letting off steam in the Jacuzzi. Island House prides itself on being a complete gay resort.
One of the country’s best clothing-optional destinations, it offers a pool, gym, steam room and sauna, plus guest rooms that feature tile floors, AC and flat-screen TVs.
You’ll make new friends at happy hour, where locals and day-passers mix and mingle.
5. Escape Resort, Palm Springs, California
Escape Resort is one of the longest-running clothing-optional resorts serving the gay community in California’s Coachella Valley.
Located less than a mile from Downtown Palm Springs, this beautiful 1950s property is an easy walk to several bars and restaurants.
Surrounded by spectacular mountain views and lush tropical grounds, the open pool lets you enjoy unlimited access to the sun all day, making it much easier to get a tan that’ll make everyone jealous back home!