Naturism is a subject associated with a certain amount of taboo. But to the many who expound its virtues, its philosophies are something to be admired and explored. When pursued in a welcoming environment that promotes health, well-being and an improved sense of self, naturism is simply a lifestyle choice and an opportunity to share the experience alongside like-minded people without judgement.
For those who enjoy the freedom of naturism, Croatia is a wonderful choice for a holiday break. At Prestige Holidays we’re proud to include a handpicked selection of specialised resorts in our collection, chosen for their privacy, authenticity and wonderful surrounds. If you’re planning to bare all for the first time, some of the tips I offer below may set your mind at ease, and any of these three exceptional accommodation options in our portfolio will make you feel safe, welcome and relaxed.
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The Philosophy of Naturism
When distilled to its purest form, naturism is about making or rediscovering a connection with nature through the experience of naked living. When practiced in a community of people in a nurturing, safe and welcoming environment, the freedom to go deeper into one’s own identity affords a sense of freedom and peace that advocates say is unequalled in any other way.
Many say that the practice counters the rigours and stresses of everyday life, promoting a sense of calm and allowing a deepness of breath (both internally and through the skin) that allows you to be more mindful and focus on the present without distraction. It’s also a method of establishing an authentic connection with, and acceptance of, your own body.
Some of the most important aspects the practice promotes are the inspiration of improved tolerance and the breaking down of judgements. While I’d never want to contradict the Bard, the statement that “clothes maketh the man” can be all too pertinent in today’s society, so experiencing a level playing field (so to speak) can be both freeing and fundamentally life changing, in some cases.
Respecting the Values
To ensure a safe and comfortable environment for all, there are certain values you’re expected to adhere to when staying in a dedicated nudist resort.
First and foremost you must be respectful of other guests and ensure your behaviour is not counter-intuitive to any of the basic philosophies of the lifestyle. You may be asked to sign a declaration at some resorts, committing to upholding their values. Depending on the resort there may be certain dress codes in communal areas like bars and restaurants.
Joining the community also requires an adherence to the values of eco-awareness, and acting in the interests of protecting and conserving the environment at every opportunity.
First Timers’ Nerves
Statistics show that the majority of people are not shocked in the slightest at the existence of naturist resorts. However, experiencing communal nudism yourself for the first time can be a daunting prospect. When undertaken in a supportive and tolerant environment, though, there’s no need to be unduly apprehensive.
It’s a very good idea to make it known that it’s your first experience, and you’ll find other, more experienced guests will be only too happy to address any questions you may have on etiquette. They’ll encourage you to feel relaxed and at ease; concerns about how you’ll react to others being naked and how they’ll react to you will usually be quickly allayed.
The handpicked Prestige Holidays’ Croatian portfolio includes these excellent resorts where you can dare to bare with confidence.
The Koversada Naturist Resort was a vanguard in Europe when it opened its doors 53 years ago. Today it’s an award-winning resort that caters to families, sports enthusiasts and every other kind of guest, offering superb accommodation and facilities for everyone, no matter how they like to holiday. Located in a secluded position, but just 10 minutes from the village of Vrsar, its picturesque position at the entrance of an inlet gives it wonderful access to the sea and some fabulous beaches.
The resort is equipped with an entertainment complex with eateries, supermarkets and a range of souvenir and sports shops. Accommodation is available on a bed and breakfast or self-catering basis, and the well-appointed apartments provide all the mod cons and facilities for a comfortable stay, sans clothes.
Solaris Resort, Porec
Solaris is one of the best known of all the resorts in Europe for those who prefer to holiday without clothes. As part of our collection you can rest assured that whether you choose to stay in the hotel or the apartments, you’ll be able to feel completely relaxed in this superb accommodation, which is just 10 kilometres from pretty Porec. Set on a lush peninsula, the resort has recently undergone total renovation and its flexible accommodation options make it a fantastic choice.
The Pavilion Rooms of the hotel are offered on a breakfast only or half-board basis and occupy an elevated position just a short walk from the beach. You’ll have access to all the resort facilities, which include supermarkets, a beauty centre, kids club, bakery and shops.
Guests can dine at the main restaurant onsite and also have use of two other a la carte restaurants. (Dress codes vary.)
The lovely apartments at Solaris provide a more spacious option for those who’d like the option of self-catering. With a well-equipped kitchenette, a separate dining area and a balcony, the apartments make a very comfortable home-from-home in an extremely picturesque location.
Whether you’re a first time or regular naturist, feel free to get in contact with one of our helpful advisors. They’ll be able to tell you more about these excellent naturist hotels and help you arrange the perfect accommodation for your clothing-free holiday experience.