Media Highlights

Media Highlights

ABSOLUTE Palm Springs – Magazine

“DesertParadise Resort Hotel is one of Palm Springs finest Gay resorts,offering the best accomadations in a scenic lush tropical park-like landscape”

“..outstandig service and perfect ambiance make the Desert Paradise Hotel the hotel to visit”

2006 ABSOLUTE PALM SPRINGS MAGAZINE. All Rights Reserved. advertisementDesert Paradise Resort Hotel is one of Palm Springs finest gay resorts offering the best accommodations in a scenic, lush tropical park-like landscape. This lavishly decorated hotel features outdoor chandeliers, tall palm trees, vivid magenta bougainvilleas and hibiscus only found larger in hawaii. Desert Paradise blends tropical elegance with palm springs style at this clothing optional resort with outdoor fireplaces by the large jacuzzi, or sun bathing in the salt water pool surrounded by Warm Sands most spectacular mountain view. Comprised of 14 elegant suites, each with its own design, each suite named after noted gay icons of different generations, immortalized in oil, set above king sized beds for your complete comfort, large bathrooms and tile showers built for 2, a kitchen, entertainment system with a complimentary adult and movie video library broadcasted on 15 channels. Palm Springs is best enjoyed under the night sky, with the serene sound of outdoor fountains trickling water around its lush tropical garden, aimed to make you forget lifes hustle and bustle. Outstanding service and perfect ambiance make the Desert Paradise Hotel the hotel to visit! Desert Paradise Resort Hotel 615 Warm Sands Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92264 TOLL FREE: 800-342-7635 Visit their website for more information

Palm Springs Gay Guide

“Intimate, friendly getaway”….”Stylish well appointed accommodations”….. “Free Continental Breakfast”….

Palm Springs Gay Guide Gay Palm Springs Resort

“Intimate, friendly getaway”….”Stylish well appointed accommodations”….. “Free Continental Breakfast”….

The Guide

THE GUIDE – October 2004

“Casual elegance”…. “Clean, Friendly envirornment”….”Newly renovated, many ammentaties” Multiple Out and About Awards

Seattle Gay News

“The grounds are absoulutly beautiful…” “The kind of place to make life long frineds”… “First property in Warm Sands to offer wireless internet”… Free internett access in the friendly resort lobby”…”Attention to detail, cleanliness and comfort”…

East Bay Express

Multiple awards, “A true Paradise”…. “Romantic outside firepit”…..”Outdoor showers”…. Sauna and Steam Room”….

XODUS Magazine

“The pool area alone makes this place well worth the stay. The old-world charm of Palm Springs”…

Adelante Magazine

“Commisioned artwork of Legondary Hollywood Starlets in everyroom”….”The yard is a lush exotic tropical garden”…. “All rooms have refridgerators, microwaves and free popcorn”…. A romantic home away from home Paradise”….


“Elegant embroidered sheets and towels”…”Rooms wonderfuly appointed to include massaging showerheads”…”Beautiful plantation shutters for privacy or open them to overlook the clothing optional pool”…”Truly a home away from home The Desert Paradise has several guests who have stayed up to 6 weeks at a time”…


Philadelphia GAY NEWS
“The perfect getaway”…..”This Luxurious Gay Resort”…..”A restful escape complete wth lush tropical plants and mountain views”

Nicholas Snow

Desert ‘Pair-A-Dice’ is No Gamble You’ll win every time… by Nicholas Snow DESERT PAIR-A-DICE IS NO GAMBLEYOULL WIN EVERY TIME By Nicholas Snow If you enter the Warm Sands area of Palm Springs during the daytime youll spot the hotel by the giant sized pair of dice on the roof. If you enter by night, youll spot the large, lighted chandelier in the sky, suspended between two towering palm trees. Either way, when you ring the bell, a fun-loving, gracious man will answer the door and greet you with, Welcome to Paradise! Im Dale. Hes Dale Dawursk, and youve just entered his Desert Paradise Resort Hotel. This is no lieDale can speak for over an hour with barely a pause telling you all the great reasons to stay at Desert Paradise Resort Hotel without repeating himself, and hes telling the truth. Hes owned the property for several years and hasnt stopped upgrading the facility for even a minute (hes spent over a million bucks so far). The grounds are filled with custom art, including a multitude of pottery fountains, towering palm trees, vast bougainvilleas, Jacuzzi, pool, fire pit, and a chaise lounge for every guestno need to fight over them. Not only to the rooms have the freshest of linens, but all pillows, bedspreads, and blankets are washed after every stay, and air dried for the ultimate in freshness; and when placed back on the bed, the blankets are double-wrapped in sheets ala the Plaza Hotel in New York City. If you wish, the hotels staff will do your laundry for you at any time during your stay at only $15.00 a load. Each room has a direct dial cordless phone with its own answering machine, and the phones reach extends throughout the entire property, so no need to miss your friends when they call to finalize party plans. And, finally, your room key is equipped with a Ralphs Grocery Store discount card so you can enjoy those savings youre used to at home! Okay, so Ill mention more amenities! Theres an outdoor kitchen for those who like to cook; an outdoor grill for meat eaters; and Dale says people from cold climates just love using the outdoor shower in his clothing optional palace. And for the Hollywood crowd, every room is named after a star, but get this: when you check in, the stars movie will be playing on your TV. The Joan Crawford Room (adjacent to the Bette Davis Room) has a wet bar and then theres the Marilyn Monroe/Monica Lewinsky Presidential Suite (gee, I wonder what movies are on in that room during check-in?). By the way, the only wire hanger on the entire property is in the Joan Crawford room. Theres an ice berg in steamy Warm Sands, because what Ive told you about the Desert Paradise Resort Hotel is truly just the tip! You wont believe this place, and Im not exaggerating. Heres the ultimate compliment. Sometimes, if youre at a small owner-operated property, you feel like you might be imposing on the owner. Not true in this Desert Paradise. At every moment, Dale and his staff show their delight in serving you. Really! The bad news: The eight hunky policemen from New York have already gone home. The good news: Theyll be back, as everyone returns. If youre gone too long, Dale will send you a postcard to let you know he misses you, similar to the one he sent to confirm your reservationif you were able to get one! Rates begin at $99.00 and go up to $199.00 for the Elizabeth Taylor Bridal Suite (because shes been a bride the most). For more information, call (800) 342-7635; visit; email; or drop by 615 Warm Sands Road.

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Desert Paradise Resort It’s the many little details that the management tends to that makes Desert Paradise such a hit with fans, including the loyal contingent of repeat guests. The 14-room spread in the heart of Warm Sands, close to gay bars and restaurants, has a decidedly whimsical, almost campy sensibility – rooms are named for leading divas (Barbra, Cher, Judy, et al), and immaculately kept, furnished with high-end pieces and useful amenities (wall safes, wet bars, cordless phones, and so on). The rooms open around a decent-size pool, but you’ll also find a dry sauna, steam room, fire pit, guest computer stations, fireplace hot tub, outdoor garden shower, and gurgling fountains everywhere you look. It’s the definitive gay Palm Springs resort of fun-seekers.

East Bay Express

Multiple awards, “A true Paradise”…. “Romantic outside firepit”…..”Outdoor showers”…. Sauna and Steam Room”….

Out and About Travel GDeseruide

OUT_-_ABOUT_EDITORS_CHOICE_7_yeatsDesert Paradise Resort Hotel (615 S. Warm Sands Drive; 760/320-5650 or 800/342-7635;; $109-$259) Desert Paradise’s superb management is friendly and has instituted numerous improvements and thoughtful perks, including a full misting system, Cal-King sized beds (plus clever, armoired Murphy beds in certain suites, some of which sleep four), central air-conditioning and fans, 15 adult video channels in each room — as well as a “Desert Paradise Resort” channel! — cordless room phones, wireless Internet (throughout the property), tile floors, plantation shutters and some decorative exterior improvements, such as night lighting, a Soloflex workout gazebo, a barbecue grill, an outdoor shower, and some over-the-top statuary (note the erect-cock sculpture in one garden); there’s also a guest Internet workstation. Desert Paradise is the only gay resort to feature a saltwater swimming pool, complete with changing colored lights at night and an adjoining cozy outdoor firepit with lounge seats. Rooms have complimentary snacks and refrigerators stocked with drinks. Rooms are named after and decorated with individual kitsch paintings of gay icons (Barbra, Marilyn, Joan, Cher), giving accommodations their themes. The grounds are manicured amid lush foliage and cacti with numerous nooks, distinctive metalworks and water features, especially charming at night under the gold chandelier strung high between two palms that can be seen from nearly every resort in Warm Sands. The extremely attentive owner is constantly working on updates to the property, with a new roof deck, steam room and sauna that have recently opened. Some pet-friendly rooms, and the clientele tends towards executives and businessmen. (Rooms: 14; Nude sunbathing: yes; Sexual temperature: med-; clientele: men; Meals: CB)

Best Gay Resort in Palm Springs

It’s the many little details that the management tends to that makes Desert Paradise such a hit with fans, including the loyal contingent of repeat guests. The 14-room spread in the heart of Warm Sands, close to gay bars and restaurants, has a decidedly whimsical, almost campy sensibility – rooms are named for leading divas (Barbra, Cher, Judy, et al), and immaculately kept, furnished with high-end pieces and useful amenities (wall safes, wet bars, cordless phones, and so on). The rooms open around a decent-size pool, but you’ll also find a dry sauna, steam room, fire pit, guest computer stations, fireplace hot tub, outdoor garden shower, and gurgling fountains everywhere you look. It’s the definitive gay Palm Springs resort of fun-seekers.

Outlooks Canada’s GLBT Magazine

The Desert Paradise has a long standing tradition of offering friendly service with many planned activities to welcome guests and give them the opportunity to get to know each other and then some.

Warm Sands Palm Springs

Palm Springs is home to 24 unique neighborhoods organized through the city’s Office of Neighborhood Involvement ? and the Warm Sands neighborhood, just off of Ramon Road near Indian Canyon Drive, is a wonderful example of diversity ….. See web link for full story.

Desert Daily Guide

This week is the first installment of our newest feature The Resort Report. The featured resort this month is the Desert Paradise Resort Hotel located at 615 South Warm Sands Drive, in the center of the Warm Sands Area of Palm Springs. Your host this month is Mr. Dale W. Dawursk. We spoke with Dale about his arrival in Palm Springs and the events that led to his establishment of the Desert Paradise as one of the premier gay resorts in Palm Springs. And this is what we found out Desert Paradise Please click any picture for larger image. Dale has loved Palm Springs since way back before Palm Springs was GAY — yes, there was a time when Palm Springs was not a GAY MECCA as it is today. Back in the 60s and early 70s when Dale was a buyer for the Bloomingdale store in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (where he was born) called The Milwaukee Boston Store, he would travel around the world as a buyer, but his favorite place was Palm Springs for the spring and fall Men’s buyers show. That was when California manufactures would try to sell their fashions for the men’s market to the rest of the country. The small hotels became, for about 10 days each, a show room for the California fashion market. The hotels would be taken over by a vendor and the vendor would have cocktail parties as the buyers from around the world would shop the new men’s fashions. Every major and a lot of minor vendors would have a hotel to show their fashions. The extravagant shows were so much fun and the expense of the parties were unbelievable – Like the launch of the Mark Spits swim suit line after the 8 gold medal win. Ralph Lauren was a tie salesman in NYC – Yup that was before there was a POLO brand other then in moth balls as a men’s tie logo — can you imagine? The large size ice shaped lemons and limes floating in the swimming pools, the bridges over them for fashion shows and the evening extravaganzas all to woo the buyer to their fashions. I bet you do not know when fashion came to men — it was in the Kennedy Era, Jack discarded his hat and Jacquelyn had Ole Cassini design her gowns and it went quickly to Mens ties and thus the beginning of the mens fashion designers the years 1963 -4 – 5. In the late 80s the Men’s show moved to LA for a few seasons and then to where it is now in Las Vegas for many years. Dale came to the shows each springs and fall and on his first visit he fell in love with Palm Springs. The small quaint town was a relaxed place to be, like a Hilton Head Island of the west coast, with tennis and golf and that wonderful weather. A small hotel was a dream of his to own some day – but as time happened the road to Palm Springs took a few years detour. In 1970 he opened his first of 7 men’s clothing stores in Westport Connecticut and well the work began and lasted for 18 years until he sold the stores. His lover was working for NBC in Rockefeller Center in New York and they lived in his home in Connecticut and Rhode Island, Hilton Head, South Carolina and East Village in NYC. At the time it was a lot to sell – he decided to retire and remain in the east for a while and devoted a lot of time to AIDS charity work, in fact he did it for 10 years before his lover and he moved to NYC. Dale took an office manager job with a all lesbian law firm Weiss Buell and Bell, as the only male he was spoiled rotten. He said it was the best job, other then working for himself, he ever had. The girls loved him and still do. In 1998 he sold the homes on the east coast and decided to move to Palm Springs and did so in January of 1999 — after the move – buying a home in Palm Springs and a cabin in Idyllwild and looking at every hotel for sale in the area he was able to buy the hotel he stayed at many times before, The Desert Paradise. Dale said at first he did not care if the resort was family, gay or straight but after visiting a few he was convinced he wanted an adult resort — I think it was the screaming kids in the pool that cemented it – I love kids but my nerves would be shattered with worry a kid was getting hurt in the pool. As he says all the time, wish for something long and hard enough, LOOK OUT, it might come true – he has never been happier although his lover decided at the last minute not to move and it took a year to get over that breakup. Dale buried himself in the hotel trying to give his guests all they have at home and more, like every amenity he can think of or a guest can think of, he will add it at once – hand made soaps – shampoo – conditioner – sun screen – mouth wash – hand and body lotion – ear plugs for swimming or if your honey snores, as well as even a sewing kit – not to mention tooth paste and brushes long forgotten in most hotels today, together with irons, 2 size ironing boards, a surprise how many guys use them, hehehe, plus wall safes – hair dryers – cordless phones and he was the first hotel with a computer for guests to use and wireless Internet for the total resort. All the beds are Cal King big beds and new – all rooms have refrigerators – coffee and coffee pots and all rooms have popcorn for the micro wave as well as PARADISE bottled water. PARADISE is on everything from the coffee cups to the water, from the ear plugs to the sanitation bands on the toilets – even the cute Teddy bears you take home wear a Desert Paradise ribbon. Dale said a couple from Maine, Bill and Jim, always naked came in the lobby and one bent over and asked his lover if it said “DESERT PARADISE” on his ass yet — his lover said no but Dale quickly got the magic marker and said he can fix that. Detail and cleanliness is what he wanted for the guests and WOW they all see it and love it – Dale prides himself in the fact that after every checkout the blankets – bedspreads – mattress pads and pillows are laundered.. CLEAN IS PARADISE’S middle name. Just because we are GAY, we do not have to stay in a second best or less clean hotel or resort, then at home. He Loves to give tours and hear the comments about how beautiful the resort is and how much they like the detail and home atmosphere that is projected. His web site is a piece of art and the guests spend a lot of time on it and many call with the site running and ask about the hotel and the room. Dale admits it is a 24/7 job and hard to get a life. He said the hardest part or his job is to make it look easy, so that the guests do not see the work involved, after all they are here to relax and have fun. Dale said if he had to do it again he would have looked for a larger property but he loves PARADISE so much it is not uncommon to see him feeding the fish and turtle in one of the two beautiful landscaped ponds or playing with Bear his lovely dog, part Shepherd and part Pomeranian, Bear is a 16 pound friend to all the guests, and the question asked most often is HOW DID THEY DO THAT? His quick answer is dogs are like GAY men, they accommodate. Dale is at the hotel so much he rents his home to over flow guests when ever the hotel is full and a guest needs a place to stay and no one has a room. He went so far, a few years ago to put a Murphy Wall bed in the lobby, so if a guest can’t get a flight out, due to bad weather, they can stay another night, or at his home in south Palm Springs. Dale loves his guests and said he wishes he did not have to charge for the stay. The hardest part of his job is asking for the credit card from his many guests, who now are friends. It is a labor of true love for Dale and his dedicated staff – the grounds are meticulous and the upkeep is flawless everywhere. There are over a dozen fountains in the garden, but it is not over done; you have to look to find them. As you walk the garden paths you will hear the water and the soft music, or taking a shower in the outdoor shower garden you will see the mountain and hear the birds, romance is everywhere. During the first year the guests said Dale should name the rooms and so he and they did. There is a commissioned oil over each bed of the diva of that room – like Bette Davis – Joan Crawford – Cher – Lucy Ball etc. — the fun of that creates one problem; a guest will adjust a vacation to fit the vacancy of that room – they have their favorites. Dale installed the state of the art video room with the ability to have up to 40 stations playing at one time — he said that he does have for sure 15 + playing at a time the rest — just rest — with a library of 1000’s of DVD’s and players playing up to 400 disks, its hard to see a movie twice. New plantation shutters – ceiling fans – central heat and air – tile floors big 27 inch TVs and a great continental breakfast await your wake up time. Dale is not finished, he said, his next venture ( but he will not sell the resort ) is to find a nice small piano bar to enjoy and to relax in with the many people his age in Palm Springs. Like his home and hotel he will make it beautiful and fun. Thus the million dollars he put back in the 14 room property makes it a great place for guys to stay — some day when he wins the lottery the rooms will be free to all his guests for a year. Elegance, romance, beauty with fun, warm, nice, friendly staff and guests. Clean Rooms, well maintained garden. Award winning, grandstanding, always accommodating, and fun loving, pool, spa and outdoor shower areas. 15 free adult Channels. Breakfast, Sunshine, Fire-pit, Starlight, and Breathtaking views. These, and much more, make staying at DESERT PARADISE a truly memorial experience. need we say more?

IN Magazine

“Few resorts can compare to the lush gardens”…”Hotel is known for it’s cleanliness and it’s yummy continental breakfast”…

NEXT Magazine

“Warm friendly greeting upon arrival”… “friendly getaway, home away from home”… “Romantically lit grounds”… “Heated salt water pool”… Exotic grounds and the rooms have a touch of Hollywood Legends”…

Paradise Cafe

The Desert Paradise of Warm Sand Palm Springs has earned it’s A rating from the Riverside Health Department. The Desert Paradise is the first Gay Resort in Palm Springs to fully comply with all Health and Safety Ordinances. Congradulations Dale and his Staff.

Gay Palm Springs – Frontiers Magazine

Finding Desert Paradise
Ed Walsh

“Details, details, details. Clean, clean, clean,” Desert Paradise Resort owner Dale Dawursk told Frontiers last month when explaining his business strategy for maintaining a loyal repeat clientele despite the sluggish economy.

The Desert Paradise Resort is in the heart of Warm Sands. It’s known for the signature outdoor chandelier that is strung between two palm trees. Dale’s Gatsby car, emblazoned with the hotel’s logo, is usually parked out front.

The attention to cleanliness and detail is evident throughout this perfectly maintained property. Dale thinks of almost everything a guest could want and supplies it. All the toiletries he furnishes for guests are specially made for him and use natural ingredients.

You would be hard-pressed to find even a five-star hotel that pays more attention to cleanliness. When a guest checks out, all the bedding in the room,

including the bedspread, are thoroughly cleaned. Each room has spare pillows in the closet and each pillow is wrapped in a paper seal. If the seal is broken, the pillows are cleaned before the next guest checks in.

The Desert Paradise also offers a closed-circuit television feed of the front gate, parking lots, pool and Warm Sands Drive. Some of that live video (not the interior of the property) is put on the Desert Paradise’s website.

All 14 units at Desert Paradise are a little different. Each is named for a different gay icon from Mae West to Madonna. Two of the units are suites complete with a kitchenette and wet bar. Four of the rooms, including the suites, have a Murphy bed. Dale notes that sofa bed mattresses are seldom comfortable so he went to the extra expense of installing the wall-beds. Video tours of each room are also available on the resort’s website.

The Desert Paradise seems to anticipate everything. A wide range of adult channels are available for viewing on the room’s flat-panel TVs. One channel has a hotel orientation video.

But one of the best features of the Desert Paradise is the resort’s wonderfully landscaped grounds. It has more than a dozen unique fountains and two koi ponds. And if the desert sun is not warm enough for you, the resort has immaculately clean wet and dry saunas. The Desert Paradise also offers a complementary expanded continental breakfast with a wide-variety of breakfast foods, coffee, tea, juice and snacks.

Desert Paradise Resort, 615 S. Warm Sands Dr., Palm Springs. (800) 342-7635;

Gay Palm Springs – Frontiers Magazine

“Warm friendly greeting upon arrival”… “friendly getaway, home away from home”… “Romantically lit grounds”… “Heated salt water pool”… Exotic grounds and the rooms have a touch of Hollywood Legends”…

Philadelphia Gay News

“Wave goodbye to the wintery East Coast and discover the warmth of Desert Paradise in Palm Springs CA”…”This luxurios gay resort offers a beautiful warm tropical getaway”…


“… the Desert Paradise Resort Hotel where detail and cleanliness are what the guests love…”

“… elegance, romance, beauty and fun and unobtrusive friendly staff …”

“… staying at PARADISE is a truly memorable experiance …”