Posted on: 08-08-2015
Posted in: France
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Lying on the sand as the waves gently roll in, I contemplate our week at Bagheera Naturist Resort in Corsica. The only cloud we’ve seen in seven days was a light dusting of icing sugar in an otherwise deep blue sky. With daytime temperatures in the mid-thirties and nights so hot we had to sleep on top of the sheets, needless to say we haven’t worn a stitch of clothing all week, other than during a visit to the neighbouring town of Aleria to visit its Roman ruins.
With such perfect weather conditions, I’m sure you imagine that everyone here is as naked as us. Sadly, as seems to be the trend in all Corsican naturist resorts, nudity is only permitted in designated areas. One is expected to dress to enter the restaurants or even to ask a question at reception. In spite of the heat, two thirds of the resort’s residents walk around fully dressed. It appears to be the old domino effect, visible in so many other resorts; one person gets dressed and others follow suit, either because they feel it’s expected or because they’re uncomfortable around clothed people.
The message that this type of restriction sends is that nudity is dirty. After a lifetime living the naturist lifestyle, visiting nude resorts where I often eat naked at restaurants, plus hosting and attending naked dinner parties throughout the year, never have I seen a body part fall into a salad, never have I fallen ill because someone was nude. I would go so far as to suggest that clothes are dirtier than the human body. Most civilised people shower at least once a day. As naturists, we tend to have even higher hygiene expectations, showering before we swim, after we swim, before we go to a nude dinner, etc. Clothes are often the breeding ground of germs and bacteria. I’d much rather have a bare bottom sitting on my sofa than a pair of jeans that has just been sitting in public transport.
Resorts like Bagheera need to make nudity the rule and clothing the exception. When people book a holiday in a nude resort, they should feel free to stay naked during their entire stay. It’s only after three days without clothing that one really starts to unwind and feel the true benefits of naturism. There is a HUGE market for someone to open a resort where nudity is obligatory in all of the resort’s facilities. I am often asked if such a place exists.
Back to Bagheera itself, the resort is a combination of different types of bungalows plus a camping ground. It is one of several nude resorts along a 3km stretch of nude beach on Corsica’s east coast. One of our preferred afternoon activities was a stroll from one end of the beach all the way to the other and back, passing by different resorts along the way. Activities at Bagheera include tennis, volleyball, yoga and the very popular water aerobics class in the sea at 10:30 every morning. In this late July season, the resort is heaving with Germans, Dutch, Belgians, Swiss, Italians and French, plus a few Austrians, Brits and even some Danes and Bulgarians.
The resort’s owners and staff couldn’t be friendlier. The warm welcome and daily greetings are what make so many people return here year after year. The supermarket is managed by a terrific guy who treats every customer like a good friend.
So now, as the sun sets over the Mediterranean, the waves continue to roll in, combined with the sound of multigenerational families frolicking in the sea, and our holiday draws to a sun-kissed close.