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The Esalen Institute

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Address: 55000 Highway 1, Big Sur, CA 93920-9616
Phone Number: 888-837-2536
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Activities: Dining, Leisure education

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I watched sea otters play and saw singing humpback whales in the distance.

Hot tubs wonderful. Massages...even better. You can choose a path of quiet or silence. My cell did not work..blissful. Food clean and nourishing. Picked avocados, took exploring... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 31, 2015
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San Diego, California
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Monterey, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

I am very ambivalent about writing this review. I've been going to Esalen regularly for over 20 years and this place has been a sanctuary to me and I've had life changing experiences there. I last went in March. The workshop leader was great (Dorthy Charles) as were the other participants, and that is why I went, but I feel... More 

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

Hot tubs wonderful. Massages...even better. You can choose a path of quiet or silence. My cell did not work..blissful. Food clean and nourishing. Picked avocados, took exploring walks, searched my soul, lounged in the pool then climbed a tree with a boy. Did not want to leave. Wore clothes sometimes, well when out of water areas. Heard stories of the... More 

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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

We went for the public hot springs session from 1am-3am… very enjoyable. The hot springs facilities were very clean and recently renovated. The staff was super nice and chill… we actually passed on in a tub and woke up at 3:15am realizing we needed to leave. Will definitely be back!

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

My wife and I were driving down to Big Sur for a few days and stopped at Rocky Point restaurant, which is a fantastic place in itself. We had lunch and struck up a conversation with our waitress who asked us some questions of how many time s we have been to Big Sur and general get to know you... More 

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jcm47
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

I had zero prior knowledge of Esalen prior to going. I went to Big Sur with a group of friends and one of them booked the 1am hot spring. If you are interested in doing it I would strongly suggest you stop reading about it right now and just go. Seriously I had the best experience because it was completely... More 

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Falls Church, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

I've been coming to workshops at Esalen for years, and it is possibly my favorite place on earth. The meals are amazing, what with many of the vegetables having come out of the garden that morning. The Big Sur views are incomparable. The hot tubs are not to be missed; I like to go down there every morning around 5... More 

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Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

Call this Eden! The grounds are stupendous--compelling ocean views, lush vegetation, and a stream that made music even in the middle of a drought. The food was consistently delicious and wholesome. The staff is a little chilly but the guests more than make up for that. Visit if you can!!

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Merida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

I've been to Esalen many times... the last time was for a concert to see Joan Baez. Admission included the ability to enjoy the grounds, have a great meal and use the baths. What a treat!! The baths are just wonderful (I've been going for years). And I just love the gardens and the view at Esalen. I understand they... More 

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Hermosa Beach, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

Firstly, I'd like to say this a place of personal growth & learning, in a most profound spiritual sense. It is not a hotel, or a Nudist colony or a swingers club as some would think; but a special personal retreat to revitalize your soul. 7 Years I've been taking workshops & yoga retreats to replenish my soul & I'm... More 

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california
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

A very special place! The setting is incredible, the food is very good and very healthy, the courses you can choose are amazing.

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Address: 55000 Highway 1, Big Sur, CA 93920-9616
Phone Number: 888-837-2536
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Big Sur

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