Does it surprise anyone that a new “affordable” campsite combining the “libertine” (i.e. swingers’) lifestyle and naturism in France is a big hit?

The Diamant Noir site in the Dordogne in southwestern France “has just had a fully booked Easter weekend, a promising start for the new libertine natural hangout,” reports The Local, which presents news from France in English.

Apparently, “libertine naturist experiences” in France are very popular but quite expensive, Le Diamant Noir owner Bruno Mazaferro tells The Local. So, he started a campsite offering a range of accommodations at reasonable prices for people over the age of 21. Among the offerings: naughty animations (i.e. events) and libertine-themed evenings.

Says the report, quoting the owner, I am guessing:

The camp site, which is the third of its kind in France, promises¬†“an exceptional setting, surrounded by nature, to spend a naturist and swingers holiday in complete freedom.”

I think this campsite was once hosting families because a video — from 2013, it appears — on its web page shows young people using the swimming pool. But Le Diamant Noir makes it clear on its web page that it “is reserved for people over the age of 21 years. Access is strictly forbidden to minors.”

It seems like a smart business move by the owners. After all, there are some 450 places dedicated to naturists in France, and presumably most of those are for families. Competition is probably quite fierce, and profits for some may not be very high.

Mazaferro seems to be tapping into, um, virgin territory with his business plan for an economical libertine site for swingers and naturists alike. (It probably should be stressed here that one doesn’t have to be a swinger to go to Le Diamand Noir.)

Of course, if this venture proves to be popular — and early indications are that it will — you know owners of other naturist sites with dwindling attendance will follow suit in France and elsewhere.

Which brings me to the United States and Canada, where many naturist organizations are seeing a decline in membership. A google search for “libertine naturism in Canada” and “the United States” failed to turn up any campgrounds. There must be some out there, but I’m not seeing or hearing anything about them.

I’m guessing many naturists are horrified by the idea that anyone would be connecting naturism with swinging, because naturism is all about non-sexual experiences, body acceptance, being one with nature, etc. Some might fear that sites like Le Diamant Noir will reinforce a false stereotype about “all naturists being swingers.” I doubt that, but if it does lead to some people thinking that way, so what?

The fact is, there are non-monogamous, polyamorous naturists who like to swing, and they should be free to have their places to indulge. To each their own — live and let live. They shouldn’t have to worry what anyone else thinks — because, you know, it doesn’t matter who you are or what your lifestyle is, somebody disagrees with it. Do you care what strangers think about the way you live your life?

If I had a chance to check out a site like Le Diamant Noir in my home province, would I go? Absolutely, if only to report on it for this blog and, possibly, for my newspaper. But longtime readers here know I am polyamorous by nature, even if I am in a monogamous relationship at the moment. If I were single, I might very well indulge in the swinging side of naturism at a place like Le Diamant Noir.

Regardless, though, of how you or I or naturism purists feel about it, we will probably see more places like Le Diamant Noir open for business around the world, perhaps in your province or state.


— Jillian

Photo: Swingers in Colombia. Photo credit: Erospereirasw/Wikimedia Commons