This might be a great potential investment given the growing trend among wealthy vacationers. It could also be a top spot for you vacation, if you’re into the naked old people thing.

The photo pictured is a perfect example of the uncomfortable nude shenanigans I am inclined to want to avoid. (Cannon-balls!) However, according to an article in Sunday’s New York Times, these places are where the big vacation money is going:

The real boom in nude vacations is coming at the high end, as upscale hotels and resorts have begun seeing the economic potential in the no-clothes crowd. In 2007, nude recreation represented a $440 million industry — up from $400 million in 2001 — and it’s still growing.

The all inclusive luxury hotel, Hidden Beach Resort, in Mexico along the Mayan Riviera charges $300 per person. Which sounds like a good deal, but when we’re talking about nude hotels, how inclusive does that go? Apparently it also includes nude dining, nude open bars, and nude games of tennis and volleyball. Nothing beats dipping your balls in a stiff cocktail after a sweaty game of nude tennis.

Now that all sounds great and gross and everything, but with the current real estate market where it is, is investing in new luxury nude condos the way to go? The reason these new resorts are doing so well is because of the clientèle they attract. Most nude-cationers earn over $100k, drive a luxury car, and spent over $3,000 on travel. Many of these spas and resorts have no problem filling rooms priced from $300 to $900 a night. Those are some attractively financed individuals. The problem for the rest of us is that those people very rarely tend to be attractive.

This is a great little vacation for anyone out there with these ‘liquid asset’, but they must not being going there looking to see unwrinkled young nude people. All butlers, wait staff, and guest relations personnel are under a strict very formal dress code.

Fun Fact: According to the article in the NY Times, both founding father Ben Franklin and famous transcendental author Henry David Thoreau enjoyed naked walks in the woods, which they referred to as ‘air baths’. I believe there are some parts of Europe where air baths are referred to as ‘regular baths’.

Although this might not be your ideal vacation, it might be a good potential investment to look into. Or at least read about, without any unnecessary photographic evidence.

Let us know in the comments section if you’ve ever been to one of these places and if they’re decent. Otherwise feel free to voice your disgust at the accompanying slideshow.

New York Times: No Shirt, No Shoes, No Worries, April 27, 2008