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"Does interstellar stress have you down? Can't perform like you used to? Time for you to take a break. Time for you to treat yourself nice. Time for you to take a Flexor V. The only Delta resort in the Erogenous Zone. Open all solar time. Come to Flexor V. Because what happens on Flexor V, stays on Flexor V."
Alien Adventure: The Adventure by John Freda

One of the many Planets of Hats where the theme of this entire planet is to enjoy yourself. This usually means sandy beaches, women (and possibly men, especially in modern works) in revealing outfits, Sex Tourism and an environment with libertine sexual attitudes and Everybody Has Lots of Sex. There will likely be escorts, courtesans for wealthy clients, Sexbots and extraterrestrial sex partners.

Sex isn't necessarily the main attraction though, there's plenty of works meant for general audiences that feature pleasure planets with more, shall we say, "family friendly" attractions. As well, like any resort area, there are diversions like restaurants, casinos, theatres, fashion shops, and beauty parlors. Some pleasure planets even offer forbidden items and services, for the right price.

Or you could just have a planet-sized Amusement Park, possibly owned by the Disney corporation or a lawyer-friendly substitute.

This can also qualify for a planet that is "paradise", for which it's so good that no one would want to leave. If that is the case, then it may double as a Lotus Eater Planet.

Expect either the Busman to take his Holiday here or a Forced Prize Fight to ensnare our heroes. If this planet gets angry when anyone tries to leave, it may be a Possessive Paradise. Compare and Contrast Paradise Planet, which doesn't necessarily have to have an industry based on relaxation or even a civilization at all.

If you're looking for Treasure Planet, then you probably just hit a few different letters by accident.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • Kiddy GiRL-AND has an entire planet that serve as a resort where only females are allowed, and the dress code is they all must wear swimsuits.
  • One Naruto Non-Serial Movie had a suspiciously Las Vegas-esque land that was under threat.
  • Whiskey Peak was this in One Piece. They welcome with open arms any and all pirates, partying for an entire day when they land ashore. This is all a facade, for all of the inhabitants are bounty hunters for the crime syndicate Baroque Works.
  • The Hot Springs Planet from Outlaw Star was terraformed specifically to be a giant resort.

    Comic Books 
  • The DC Universe had the gamblers' world Ventura. The business of the planet is pleasure. It exists to support the massive casinos that are suspended by a web of anti-gravity units above the surface of the planet.
  • In French artist Philippe Druillet's early seventies art book/graphic novel Loane Sloane - Delirius takes place partly on the planet Delirius, "the planet of one hundred thousand pleasures", which is devoted to providing sex and other forms of debauchery to tourists from all over the universe. It is run by a wealthy, fat, Jabba-like slug of a governor who taxes those who would partake in the pleasures of Delirius.
  • Raggashoon in the Omega Men story "Of Vice and Virtue".
    • Lobo once landed on a similar planet. After a while he got bored so he hacked into the planet communication systems and sent a broadcast, declaring that within a short time he will start killing everyone in sight. He never did but the resulting hysteria created much more amusing violence than he could hope to himself.
  • Red Dwarf Smegazine: One back-up strip depicted a planet named Gelfworld, a planet with a GELF population whose purpose is to give human tourists the vacation of their lifetime. Well, until the GELFs rebelled and made the planet unsuitable for tourists.
  • Sextillion from Saga is the galaxy's equivalent to Amsterdam, having prostitutes of countless bizarre species.
  • Shakara: Euphoriax is a spatial city that sits on the edge of a nebula made of alcohol, which they collect to serve to their customers besides the other pleasures on offer.
  • Star Wars has the Zeltrons, a species devoted to nothing but sex and pleasure. Accordingly their homeworld, Zeltros, is a pleasure planet. In an unusual take on this trope, the Zeltrons developed this way because of their high levels of empathy; they try to encourage pleasure and other positive emotions because it creates a positive feedback loop with other Zeltrons, while someone who is in distress or just not enjoying themselves will create a negative feedback loop.
  • In issue 13 of The Transformers: More than Meets the Eye, the crew of the Lost Light unwinds from recent adventures by taking shore leave on the pleasure planet Hedonia, where everyone gets rowdily drunk (including teetotaler Ultra Magnus). In an attached short story, several characters discuss how such planets inevitably hide a dark secret of some sort beneath their pleasant exteriors: Lovetopia's signature beverages are actually made from people, Cuddlex is in thrall to a Religion of Evil, etcetera. Hedonia's secret turns out to be that they're the most well-connected arms dealers in the galaxy... so Rodimus takes the opportunity to upgrade the Lost Light with a brand new set of proton missile launchers before they leave.

    Film — Live-Action 
  • The 1980 Flash Gordon movie had Princess Aura try to tempt Flash into joining her for a tryst on her personal pleasure moon, Cytherea. "Cytherean" is a somewhat archaic adjective describing matters concerning Aphrodite, namely sex and pleasure (hence the name of the moon).
    • She has another planet/moon called Sybaria where she sneaks off to for affairs with her doctor.
    • A servant girl tells Dale that many men died bringing the Gargle Blaster drink back from the Galaxy Of Pleasure.
  • Contraxia from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is implied to be. The only part we see is a robot brothel.
  • The planet Transsexual from The Rocky Horror Picture Show is likely this based on the way its inhabitants will sleep with anyone. The script for the unmade sequel, Revenge of the Old Queen confirms it.

  • Zig-Zagged in All Tomorrows with the planet of the Satyriacs. Their entire culture is built on Everybody Has Lots of Sex and the pursuit of pleasure, but there's no mention of other species visiting them for that purpose (possibly because they're too far away, possibly due to biological incompatibility).
  • Isaac Asimov's Foundation:
    • "The Mule": Kalgan, a luxury world which is a "producer of pleasure" and "seller of leisure". This semi-tropical planet has beaches, tamed jungles, and gorgeous cities full of people willing to sell anything at any price. The collapse of the Galactic Empire failed to end its vacation world status. Unusually for this trope, Kalgan manages to become a major political center, with the Mule choosing to start his galactic conquest from there.
    • "Search by the Mule": Now that we revisit Kalgan, its status as a world of entertainment is expanded upon. Arkady goes to the theatre, the fashion shops, and the beauticians. As a planet of entertainment, Kalgan is known as "the gayest world in the galaxy." It made itself a galactic centre of entertainment two centuries before Hari Seldon, kept itself rich and fabulous during the fall of the Galactic Empire because there are always elites of any government that wish for luxury, and Kalgan provided them to everyone, until the rise of the Mule. In these decades since, it has struggled with an identity crisis; world of entertainment or capital of a military empire?
  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
    • Ursa Minor Beta is a beach planet where, due to some diurnal anomaly, it is always late Saturday afternoon, right before the beach bars close. When the planet's tourism bureau ran an ad campaign with the slogan "When you are tired of Ursa Minor Beta, you are tired of life," the galactic suicide rate quadrupled overnight. Incidentally, the planet is home to the headquarters of the eponymous Guide.
    • The fabulously beautiful planet of Bethselamin had the opposite problem - its government grew so concerned by the cumulative erosion effects of billions of tourist visitors, that they passed a law whereby any net imbalance between what you eat and what you excrete while visiting that world is surgically removed before you are allowed to leave. Thus, it is vitally important to get a receipt each time you go to the bathroom there. In the TV version we get to see what happens to somebody who forgot: his hand was amputated by power tools and replaced by a prosthetic.
    • Magrathea will build planets specifically tailored for you. Want a planet made out of solid gold? What about one where everything's made of jello? The pebbles on the beaches are all precious jewels? Magrathea can build it.
    • Eroticon VI is of course home to Eccentria Gallumbits, the famous triple-breasted whore whose erogenous zones are said to start four miles from her body.
  • Hyperion deconstructs this trope with Maui-Covenant, a once-beautiful planet that has been much harmed by tourism.
  • Despite being a rather hard sci-fi for a Space Opera series, The Lost Fleet has at least one of these. When the titular fleet happens to pass through that star system, its economy is in about the state you'd expect of a place whose primary industry is tourism after almost a century of all-out war.
  • Venus is portrayed this way in the "Mars and Venus" self-help books. Venus is a Utopia filled with women (and maybe some effeminate men) who spend all their time daydreaming about the Martian princes they just know are coming, as well as cafes, parks, museums, and shops. Meanwhile, Mars is a much more utilitarian place where men (and maybe some masculinized women) live and work (with hats and uniforms to denote social status)...and find time to build telescopes to gawk at the Venusians and eventually spaceships to visit them.
  • The third Spaceforce (2012) book is set on Fantasia, the galaxy's greatest 'theme world' - an asteroid enclosed in an atmosphere shell and terraformed into a series of themed islands. It's supposed to be wholesome and educational family entertainment, banning alcohol and drugs so it's ironic that it turns out to be the source of the galaxy's latest and most dangerous illegal recreational drug.
  • "Sanctuary" in Starship Troopers is essentially a planet used for soldiers' R&R. It’s also the Federation’s “hidden backup homeworld” in case Earth is lost, with the only navigators who know the coordinates conditioned to suicide before revealing it.
  • Lois McMaster Bujold's Vorkosigan Saga:
    • Beta Colony has some elements of this, a warm planet (downright lethal outside of the habitats/caves in fact) where everyone walks around in sarongs and free love is the rule, but they are rather competent and not devoted to pleasure full time. Indeed, it is widely known as home to numerous centers of education, science, and technology. However it is also home to places where almost any sexual experience imaginable involving the consenting can be found. Sending someone to the former and finding out they have been nosing around the latter....
    • And then there was Ryoval's on Jackson's Whole, where every sexual experience involving the unconsenting can be purchased for the right price.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Babylon 5
    • The Mars city New Vegas is very heavily implied to be such a place, right down to the name.
    • The characters in Crusade come across a destroyed planet that supplementary material describes as being one for aliens. It was also mentioned that there's a "Disney Planet".
  • Battlestar Galactica
  • The late-1970's Buck Rogers TV series had an episode titled "Vegas in Space". They re-used the sets and props from Carillon on Battlestar Galactica (1978) (the shows were made by the same people).
  • Doctor Who
    • The planet Argolis in "The Leisure Hive". The only facility on the planet is the eponymous hive; a high-end resort attracting tourists from across the galaxy. In a subversion, that's because the rest of the planet is an irradiated wasteland after an interplanetary war.
    • The planet Midnight, a planet made of beautiful gems and amazing sights, but deadly to anyone who touched its sunlight. Naturally, humanity built a resort there. And naturally for the Doctor, things go horribly wrong...
  • Farscape. In "Scratch N Sniff", the crew of Moya are basically kicked off the ship by Pilot due to their constant bickering, so they take a sojourn on LoMo, called a pleasure planet in-universe. As usual, they manage to get in trouble thanks to the girls getting abducted so their body fluids can be harvested to make a drug. Or so John Crichton claims; he may be making up the whole story to convince Pilot that everyone didn't just get drunk and start a riot. Pilot decides the latter and throws them off the ship again, this time on a boring industrial planet.
  • Lexx had a couple of pleasure ships in separate episodes - the Seles Pleasure Transport and the Luvliner. Neither of them quite lived up to expectations, and predictably both of them got trashed. Season 3 had the planet Water, which could have been a pleasure planet if it hadn't been constantly at war with its neighbor Fire. Astonishingly enough, during a lull in hostilities Stanley Tweedle actually managed to get laid there, for the only time in the entire series.
  • The Red Dwarf episode "Back to Reality" mentions The Planet of the Nymphomanics. Of course, There (probably) isn't such a planet. It was just part of a long list of things the crew should have done with their video-game lives, all of which were made up.
  • Space: Above and Beyond. The episode "R&R" had the resort spaceship version, with cameos by Coolio and David Duchovny.
  • Star Trek
    • Star Trek: The Original Series
      • "Shore Leave". The episode takes place on a planet where aliens went for amusement and the Enterprise crew found danger and weirdness.
      • "The Man Trap" had a throwaway reference to "Wrigley's Pleasure Planet" by Crewman Darnell. The planet itself has quite on lot of speculation on Trek's Fetish Fuel Page. There has been Fan Fic suggesting that it's the same planet as Risa (from Star Trek: The Next Generation), during an unfortunate flirtation with corporate sponsorship.
      • It is stated repeatedly in "Wolf in the Fold" that Argellius II is such a planet, at least as far as the women are concerned. McCoy describes the culture as completely hedonistic.
    • Star Trek: The Next Generation
      • The franchise firmly plants this trope in the planet Risa. Introduced in TNG and seen at least once in every spin off since (except, for obvious reasons, Star Trek: Voyager). The German word "Reise", which is pronounced exactly like Risa, means "journey;" in Spanish "risa" means "laughter." How it's portrayed varies considerably; other than the sandy beaches the main attraction is sex tourism, and this gets played as anything from a purely positive Free-Love Future to incredibly seedy depending on the episode. In the Extended Universe, the name of the Risian state is the "Risian Hedony," suggesting that their very system of government is founded around pleasure.
      • Episode "Justice". The planet Rubicun III is a idealistic paradise with friendly and beautiful inhabitants until the crew discovers its hidden dangers.
      • The Parallax colony on Shiralea VI seen as a holodeck program in "Cost Of Living" is a more child-friendly example where they have jugglers, mud baths and practice "Laughing Hour".
    • Star Trek: Voyager. In "Prime Factors", such a planet hears of Voyager's fate and invites them to stay for some well-deserved relaxation. There's nothing sinister behind the offer, but they turn out to have technology that could get Voyager home a lot quicker. As their hedonistic culture prevents them understanding why the crew is so eager to leave, they refuse to share this technology.

  • GWAR: The titular planet in the song "Metal Metal Land" is a sunless world where there is nothing but sex, drugs, sorcery and heavy metal 24/7. Needless to say, GWAR misses it more than any other planet.

  • At the end of the Captain Kremmen radio series, our hero decides to take a well-earned break from saving the universe and goes to the Pleasure Planet "where flaxen-haired maidens drift through lush meadows serving ripe fruit and singing native melodies, while any one of its three suns shines out of a cloudless sky."
    President: The Pleasure Planet, huh? I hear they have trees that grow sirloin steaks there.
    Kremmen: Yes sir, they're very rare.
    President: That's a shame. I like mine well done.

    Tabletop Games 
  • BattleTech
    • A bit more like "Pleasure Empire," but the Magistracy of Canopus is notorious for its pleasure circuses, including but not limited to a variety of sexual fantasies, available for a price. Amusingly, they are also renowned as the premier medical experts of the setting, if not for having the most progressive human rights policies.
    • The planet Kooken's Pleasure Pit, located in the Lyran Commonwealth, is pretty much devoted to sexual tourism. At least the big cities — because people actually want to live there without being harrassed, anything outside the cities are red zones off-limits to non-residents and tend to be a bit tamer.
    • And before Kooken's, there existed Dustball, a casino and "pleasure" world. The Commonwealth set up Kooken's as a "pleasure planet" mostly to try and break the grip of the Malthus crime syndicate that ran Dustball.
  • Dungeons & Dragons has Shendilavri, the 570th layer of the Abyss and the realm of Malcanthet, Queen of the Succubi. Unlike most of that plane, the layer looks like a pastoral paradise of picturesque vineyards, gardens and marble mansions under an eternal sunset. Mortals lured to Shendilavri enjoy a life of decadence and luxury with their demonic paramours... until the mortals have been utterly corrupted by their vices, at which point the demons murder them and take their souls to the dungeons and torture chambers beneath the pleasure palaces.
  • Eureka: 501 Adventure Plots to Inspire Game Masters. One science fiction plot has a planet that's a tropical paradise vacation spot. Along with the usual activities it also has adult entertainment such as dance clubs, parties, gambling and even prostitution.
  • GURPS Space Atlas (the first book in the GURPS Space Atlas series), covering the Old Frontiers sector. The planet Alhambra is known as a vacation spot without peer throughout the sector. The pleasure domes of New Xanadu provide normal and exotic amusements for the masses, while the exclusive resort of Sybaros entertains the wealthy and powerful.
  • Starfinder: The Ports of Call supplement has Zinn-2, aka "Golarion World", a planet terraformed by New Horizons Luxury Retreats into the literal Theme Park Version of the setting of Pathfinder.
  • The Starship Troopers Role Playing Game had Zegama Beach, the most luxurious and decadent world in the Federation. Known for its endless coastlines of perfect beaches and crystal clear blue waters, it was the most popular vacation destination for wealthy Federation citizens.
  • The Strontium Dog RPG.
    • Fargo III is a holiday world lush with vegetation. The entire economy is based on resorts and hotels, with the planetary population employed by them.
    • Bles was a pleasure world in the former Olol'Bian Empire. It was completely given over to enjoyment and self-expression. Unfortunately the Purity Party took control of the Empire and sandblasted the entire world, turning it into a Desert Planet.
  • Traveller:
    • Classic Traveller game supplement 76 Patrons mentioned the "Imperial pleasure planets".
    • Classic Traveller adventure Rescue on Galatea by Paranoia Press. The recreation world Garden Prime has a variety of amusements, including gambling, holographic hunting and meditation.
    • GURPS Traveller supplement Planetary Survey 1: Kamsii. The planet Kamsii is a planetary theme park similar to Disneyland.
  • Warhammer 40,000 has Pleasure Worlds, also known as Paradise Worlds or Garden Words. They're usually places of retirement for Imperial nobles. Worlds actually devoted to nothing but pleasure and excess are Daemon Worlds under the dominion of the Chaos God Slaanesh (though even Pleasure Worlds can have Slaaneshi cults on them).

    Video Games 
  • Freelancer has Planet Curaçao, Planet Baden-Baden, and to some degree, Planet Cambridge and the luxury cruisers Hawaii and Shetland.
  • Oolite has a few of these, according to the fluff, as well as an expansion pack that adds orbital casinos.
  • SaGa Frontier has Baccarat.
  • Smash TV has the Pleasure Domes, as does its Spiritual Successor Total Carnage. Notable in the TC version that when you unlock it, the dudes from Smash TV are still there.
  • In Stellaris
    • Conventional empires can designate planets as Resort Worlds, which get a hefty boost to habitability and increase your other colonies' immigration pull. The downside is you can't develop the world normally with conventional districts, it's all hotels and theme parks.
    • Rogue Servitors turn their worlds into these when they build a lot of Organic Sanctuaries for their "Bio-Trophies," creating controlled environments where pampering robots will meet organics' every need and desire... save for self-determination.
  • Sunless Skies:
    • Carrillon inverts it, being more of a Misery Planet in a Misery Builds Character sort of way. You're supposed to go in and suffer to come out a better person, or at least a person with a better soul (going by what Devils judge is a better soul anyways).
    • Magdalene's House of Small Comfort is a straighter example, in that it lets all those that visit get the staff to impersonate people they knew and/or loved in order to speak with them and get some closure at last, or at least have a pleasant chat of the sort you simply cannot have anymore. A house of comfort in a more literal sense.
    • Worlebury-Juxta-Mare tries to be this, being an attempted replica of The Great British Seaside using the fundamentally strange elements available in the High Wilderness. It sort of works so long as you pretend everything is fine, that the beach really is a beach and the fish really are fish and the donkey rides really use donkeys, among other suspensions of disbelief necessary if you want to enjoy the place and de-stress rather than run away screaming.
    • Langley Hall is a much straighter example (for a given value of planet at least), located right where one would need it the most: the horrendous, anarchic pit of thinning reality that is Eleutheria. There are enough accommodations for anyone that might drop by, and you're free to stay permanently if you don't ever want to face the freakish stuff outside again. It's a quieter sort of pleasure, what with it being a fancy Victorian mansion far bigger than the laws of distance would allow, but it's pleasurable nonetheless. Just don't leave too early, it has ways of making you return.
  • An entire class of planet in Wing Commander: Privateer. Pleasure planets will buy food, and almost any luxury goods (including legal ones like furs and pets, and illegal ones like drugs or slaves). The only products they produce are movies.

  • Quentyn Quinn, Space Ranger:
    • References the planet "Queela Quoola," which, in the local tongue, translates to something like "Planet of casual sex and cheap beer...."
    • The worldship ‘’Sapphire Star’’ is half this half cruise ship.

    Web Original 
  • Starpocalypse has "Princess Pleasure Planet", which is basically an amusement park covering an entire planet where visitors spend all their time having sex with cartoon characters.

    Western Animation 
  • The Plant Planet Paradise Rhizome in Buzz Lightyear of Star Command featured in "Stress Test".
  • In the Futurama episode "How Hermes Requisitioned His Groove Back," Hermes suffers a mental breakdown and is sent to what he thinks is a resort world, only to find that it's a forced labor camp. But he's able to offer suggestions and advice that make it so efficient that all the work is done by a single Australian prisoner, and returns to his job reinvigorated all the same.
  • In an episode of Men in Black: The Series, there is a planet that if you so much as rip a tag off a mattress the police will find you and send you to jail for the rest of your life. So why do people visit it? Apparently it has great beaches.
  • The planet in the Star Trek: The Animated Series episode "Once Upon A Planet", the same as the one in the Star Trek: The Original Series episode "Shore Leave".
  • Transformers: Generation 1 had a casino planet called Monacus. Several of the Autobots ended up in gladiator duels.