My husband and I skinny dipped for the first time on our honeymoon – now we get naked any chance we can and opened a hotel for others to do the same
Fiona Discombe and her husband Michael will never forget the day they stripped naked on a beach in Greece as they celebrated their honeymoon.
Since then, the couple from Britain have traveled the world, exploring nude beaches and communities from the Caribbean to the US and even Thailand.
‘If I hadn’t started naturism, I would still be withdrawn and shy. I wish I had the same level of confidence I had now, years ago,’ Fiona said.
“Going naked has done wonders for my confidence.”
They then decided to sell their house, buy a van and travel Europe in 2022, visiting as many nudist locations as possible.
Fiona Discombe and her husband Michael will never forget the day they stripped naked on a beach in Greece as they celebrated their honeymoon – they’ve been nudists ever since
‘It was unbelievable. France and Spain were definitely the best places for nudism because they are so well prepared for it,’ said Fiona.
‘Those countries are much more liberal in this regard and have great and beautiful facilities.’
It’s been thirty years since they first exposed themselves under the Mediterranean sun and now Fiona, 54, and Michael, 51, have opened a naturist hotel to give other nudists a place to undress and relax during their holiday.
“We still wanted to try and live off-grid as much as possible, work for ourselves and have a base in Britain, so we decided we’d check out a few boats,” she said.
They opted for a 22m narrowboat and sold their motorhome to afford it.
The couple bought this boat and converted it into a nudist hotel
Michael is a yoga teacher and works with his guests
‘Then we came up with the idea of splitting it into two areas. An area for us to live in and an area on the other side of the boat that we would convert and rent out as a hotel.’
For four months they transformed the boat into the perfect nudist paradise.
‘If guests come to stay on the boat, we do everything for them. We take them on cruises to Bath and Bristol, and cook for them. I’m a masseuse, so I can give massages, Michael is a qualified yoga instructor, so he also does this with guests.’
“We don’t find it difficult to share the boat with guests as we usually all share the common interests of naturism, and we can also close off both ends for privacy.”
The couple has traveled the world visiting nudist colonies
Fiona says it makes her feel more confident about her body
Before their honeymoon in the 90s, Fiona and Michael never thought about naturism, but they never looked back after they decided to give it a try on the beach.
She explained that the beach near their hotel was too crowded, so they walked further down and found a much quieter area where another nude couple was enjoying the sun.
“We sat there for a while before we decided to join. Nobody was watching, so we thought why not?’
“So we took off our clothes and got in the water, and we haven’t looked back since.”
They were disappointed to discover that Britain doesn’t really have a nudist scene – so they spent 30 years traveling the world to find like-minded souls.
‘Naturism here is still secretive and prudish. It’s a social thing because people associate it with sex and slovenliness,” she said.
She said naturism is still something people in Britain are secretive about
The couple did not know about naturism before they started it.
“When I was younger I was bullied for my looks, because I had curves and not straight up and down,” said Fiona.
“I had a lack of body confidence and could never imagine being naked in front of other people beforehand.”
“It was difficult at first and sometimes I still have to shut that voice out, but it can be done and it makes me feel so much better.”