October 2, 2002

Destination: All Worlds Resort in Palm Springs


The desert resort town of Palm Springs is renowned as an oasis for gay men. Whether they are escaping from nearby cities like Los Angeles and San Diego (both about a two-hour drive away) or more far-flung destinations, the spectacular weather, mountain vistas and hunky men are all big draws. And while guests have any number of accommodations from which to choose, only one four-star resort offers naked porn stars along with its sun and views. The All Worlds Resort, a subsidiary of the San Diego–based porn studio, has all this, plus an assortment of amenities that will excite any visitor.

The clothing-optional resort boasts three sparkling pools and Jacuzzis, the largest steam room in Palm Springs, a dry sauna and a newly expanded “nature walk”—featuring a sling, saddle and gloryholes for the adventurous—where All Worlds videos play around the clock. Each room has a refrigerator, microwave, in-room coffee maker and remote-controlled color TV with VCR. Guests can enjoy a continental breakfast buffet (fruit, muffins, bagels, juice) in the lounge where a library of All Worlds Videos’ hundreds of films are available for viewing. There are also porn channels on the TVs and even a closed-circuit system that keeps track of the activities in the pool areas. So, if you’re up late watching The Golden Girls and channel-surf to some outdoor action, you can just mosey over and join right in.

But twice a month, professionals show how it’s really done. That’s when the cameras roll for live XXX shoots featuring some of porn’s brightest stars. And guests are welcome to watch and take notes. “I had an idea when I bought the resort to offer men a different venue than the others,” says All Worlds owner Rick Ford. “Being in the adult-video business, I felt, what could be better than to bring porn stars to the resort for guests to see up-close. What better way to make the fantasy real than to create a whole movie-set idea with living stars that you can meet and talk to.”

And Ford’s concept is clearly working. Top directors such as Chi Chi LaRue, Chad Donovan, Thor Stephans, Dirk Yates and Mike Donner have all worked on the popular Pornstruck video series that is filmed poolside and in the courtyard gardens. And that’s not all the bang you’ll get for your buck. Every Saturday a Porn Star Barbecue is hosted by a different big-name model, and sometimes he brings along a few of his closest screen buddies. Past hosts and guests have included Tom Southern (our gracious tour guide with lover Marc St. Jacques, both seen above), Michael Brandon, Max Grand, Anthony Holloway, Bret Wolfe and Andy Hunter.

There are also special pornformances, parties and contests galore. Recent events have included the Mr. All Worlds and Mr. Nude Palm Springs competitions, whipped-cream bikini contests and others, which have been known to draw as many as 700 guests from the area and all over the United States. “I’ve had guys who drive for four days to get here from Ohio,” says executive manager Fernando Lara. “They want to be a part of the All Worlds experience.”

And that experience is about to get even better. Ford is a man with a plan. He has just purchased a neighboring property and hopes to renovate and include it in the All Worlds compound by the end of the year. Following some major construction work, the grounds will merge three separate resorts into one with a total of 46 rooms. The new section will feature six high-end “celebrity” rooms (including Cher, Elizabeth Taylor, Bette Davis and Marilyn Monroe rooms), which will pay homage to a particular diva and feature memorabilia about her from Ford’s personal collection. These rooms sound like they will be fit for a queen.

And if all that’s not enough, when you leave, you even get to take a bit of the All Worlds Resort home with you, because each room comes with a complimentary video of highlights from some of the studio’s best films. Just in case you didn’t get enough of the real thing!

Reprinted from All-Man magazine (2002)

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