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“Daring for a Day” Boomers at a Clothing Optional Resort in Jamaica

March 2, 2019
Hedonism II: A Clothing Optional Resort in Jamaica

Guest bloggers John and Sandra Nowlan visit Hedonism II, a clothing optional resort in Jamaica, and offer their report from the front.

There was a Prude Side and a Nude Side.

But during our afternoon and evening visit to the Hedonism II Resort, just a few hundred yards from our main hotel, the Hotel Riu Tropical Palace in Negril, Jamaica, very few guests stayed by the white sand beach on the quiet Prude Side. Those who did quickly disrobed.

A whimsical sign welcomes visitors to Hedonism II, a clothing optional resort in Jamaica

A whimsical sign welcomes visitors to Hedonism II, a clothing optional resort in Jamaica

But the Nude Side, especially the pool, was crowded and noisy with everyone required to disrobe. Only newbies had suntan lines. The popular 280-room resort at the extreme west end of the famous Seven Mile Beach is obviously adults-only but we were surprised by the lack of young people. Very few were in their 20s and early 30s. The majority were older, mostly in their 40s and 50s but some well into their 60s and 70s.

The couples were mostly heterosexual but the resort also welcomes singles and gay couples. The scene was definitely not from Playboy as all body shapes and sizes were on display without embarrassment. No one was shocked by the gentleman with a Prince Albert piercing (look it up). The resort prides itself as being non-judgmental. As one recent guest posted, “Nearly everyone here is decidedly imperfect…and nobody cares.”

What’s it like to be wicked for a week?

The motto of Hedonism II is “Be Wicked for a Week” and, judging by the pool activity, guests from around the world come here to shed inhibitions (as well as clothing) and to live out their fantasies. We stayed mostly on the Prude side (greatly enjoying the freedom and relaxation of swimming in soothing warm water in the altogether) but heard guests talking about the erotic pool games on the Nude side. One was called “Car Wash” which involved plenty of soap bubbles. We can only imagine!

We quickly got used to nude couples walking back and forth between the two areas of the resort, saying hello and chatting to strangers. Nakedness is also allowed in many other areas of the property but not in the dining rooms.

Sandra on The Prude Side, literally

Sandra on The Prude Side, literally

Dining at the resort

We were invited to stay for the Friday night gala buffet and, with everyone clothed, it was much like buffets at other Jamaica resorts. The Executive Chef at Hedonism II is Anthony Miller, a displaced Texan who seamlessly moved from Bar BQ to jerk chicken and ackee & salt fish.

Lobster off the grill at Hedonism II

Lobster off the grill at Hedonism II

He told us that Jerk is extremely complex and takes his BBQ skills to another level. The food at the buffet was indeed excellent, especially since it included unlimited lobster tails, roasted over coals.

Being curious about these things we were very happy with our short visit to Hedonism II, a clothing optional resort in Jamaica, and consider it to be among our travel adventure highlights. And, since we were asked many times, there was never a Hedonism I. No one knows why.

Sunset at Hedonism II: A clothing optional resort in Jamaica

Sunset at Hedonism II: A clothing optional resort in Jamaica


John and Sandra Nowlan are travel and food writers based in Halifax, Nova Scotia.


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Hedonism II, Negril, Jamaica


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  • Reply
    Cathy Sweeney
    March 4, 2019 at 7:12 pm

    Ooh la la! Although I’m far from a prude, I’ve never had a desire to go au naturale at a resort. But I have to give John and Sandra a lot of credit for their subject matter research! 🙂

    • Reply
      Sandra
      March 5, 2019 at 11:35 am

      Thank you for your kind comments. Sandra is a retired research scientist so these kind of undercover challenges come easily.

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    michele h peterson
    March 5, 2019 at 9:05 am

    Interesting post! I’m happy to hear that there’s no nudity in the dining room. I’ve been to a few all-natural resorts and that was a bit much! The car wash game also sounds a bit over the top lol . Personally, as someone who spends a lot of time at beaches and in hot and humid conditions, it’s definitely tempting to want to get rid of my bathing suit top. But full on public nudity – not really for me!

    • Reply
      Sandra
      March 5, 2019 at 11:38 am

      Thanks for your note. A first time for us but shedding inhibitions and clothing was not at all difficult.

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    Carol Colborn
    March 5, 2019 at 10:49 am

    No, I would never do it! But is that John and Sandra in the headline photo? Congrats to them for being wicked for a week, even on the Prude Side!

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    John
    March 5, 2019 at 11:41 am

    Thank you Carol. Not sure if we’d want a full week but the Day of Daring was quite fun.
    And no, the relaxed couple by the Hedonism sign was not us.

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    sheryl kraft
    March 5, 2019 at 7:50 pm

    That’s more daring than I’d dare! Good for them!

    • Reply
      John and Sandra
      March 6, 2019 at 8:25 am

      Thanks Sheryl,

      Even at our age we love Adventure Travel. And this was certainly adventurous.

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    Carole Terwilliger Meyers
    March 5, 2019 at 10:04 pm

    The only time I ever encountered a clothing optional resort was one that was next door to a family-friendly resort I was staying at with my children. One day we decided to take a long walk down the beach, and there it was! I was shocked at first, but that only lasted a few minutes as we walked on by. We were looking for sea shells. No one paid us much mind. As a vacation idea for myself, I’m not much interested in the concept.

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      Sandra and John
      March 6, 2019 at 8:31 am

      Carol, our main resort (the Riu Palace) was also just a short walk down the beach from the clothing-optional Hedonism II. Hence our curiosity. No one paid us much mind either.

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    Judy Freedman
    March 8, 2019 at 5:07 pm

    OMG what a daring couple. I think I’d be on the prude side. I remember a few years ago while on the beach in Greece when a European woman I was talking to started to disrobe to do some sunbathing. It seemed like such a natural thing for her.

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    Sue Reddel
    March 10, 2019 at 1:19 pm

    What a wonderful experience! You certainly dispelled some of the things I always wondered about, like dining. As I’ve gotten older I have to confess that I’m not as anxious to drop my clothes as I used to be. I’d definitely be up for it on the beach.

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