Six spots to get naked around the world
Regardless of your reason to go buff—wellness, spirituality, self-experimentation, exploratory art or just because it’s the 46th item waiting to be ticked of on your bucket list—more travellers are dropping their inhibitions [and clothes that hold them] to take a ‘skination’! Don’t know what it means? A vacation where you wear nothing but the comfort of your skin.
Perhaps some alcohol or high stake dare would help you loosen up the buttons and give up your skinny-dipping virginity. Strap that seat belt on your birthday suit [be warned—it may hurt] as I have handpicked spots to go without your clothes—from two hours to two weeks, depending who you are and where you are. Nudity meets travel in its millennial avatar to hang loose [pun most intended] across the globe.
Racquet and Tennis Club, New York
This exclusive recreation club in the navel of Manhattan is a post-work catch-up spot— not for a drink but for its naked swim session. It has managed to hold its men-only rule [women are only allowed for special events, that too if accompanied by a male member] to its game courts for several decades now. Statesmen and CEOs, the elite and expense account addict alike, de-stress in buff if they manage to cross its velvet rope to jump into its pool on the prized Park Avenue property that reminds you of an Italian palazzo. Bare bottomed power brokers definitely don’t talk shop here, but stick to a serious swim lap and power nap routine before next dinner meeting beckons.
Bare Fact: Many still trying to fathom if there is an alternative agenda during those bare swims…perhaps to compare ‘growth notes’ over male bonding.
Where: 370 Park Avenue, between East 52nd and 53rd Street, New York
Blue Lagoon, Iceland
You will find enough alluring arctic blue eyes here to justify its name. About an hour’s drive from the capital city of Reykjavik, it’s beyond a spa to be a geo thermal destination in itself, powered by nature. Clothing—optional allowance must be taken to enjoy its luxurious setting after being lathered in silica mud. The welcoming water of the pool maintained at warm 37 degree C, even in the freezing winters, while the varying sunlight on adds to this stunning spectacle of topography and Scandinavian design. The Nordics savour its organic food and wellness facilities when they are not letting every pore of their skin soak in the minerals of its hot springs in silence.
Bare Fact: Make the most of the country’s volcanic advantage that adds to its heat quotient [besides the leggiest blondes in the region] to indulge in their uber cool lounges dotting the complex.
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