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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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Massage and baths were great

We went to this place for an afternoon massage on a reccomendation of a friend. The baths were great. It is REALLY naked so be prepared if that is a new situation to you. The... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
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Bethesda, Maryland, United States
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8 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

If you like listening to mostly young, clueless lost souls talk about themselves in a never ending search for who knows what you'll love this place. Also tons of naked people who lost their razors years ago. Called a place where No Religion is the Religion. It didn't appear that too many productive folks would be leaving that place; they're... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went to this place for an afternoon massage on a reccomendation of a friend. The baths were great. It is REALLY naked so be prepared if that is a new situation to you. The massage was excellent.

Thank Travelchicks
Calabasas, California, United States
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39 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

I'm not sure why - maybe because they have a fancy catalog - but I thought this place would be a swanky/snooty new agey kind of place that may not be up my alley, but I went anyway because a meditation teacher I had been studying with was having a retreat and I had never been. I have to say... More 

Thank Michelle K
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21 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2015

My husband and I spent an incredible long weekend at Esalen. We found it to be a magical place for relaxing, nurturing each other, our minds and bodies (the food is awesome). The gardens, landscapes and ocean was spectacular. The hot springs were perfect and included the option of no clothing. Bring shampoo!

Thank Nancy M
Burnaby, Canada
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69 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2015

I was not a registered guest. I booked a massage and was provided access to the hot spring bathes an hour before and after the massage. Now the massage was the best I have ever had, however sitting in the hot tubs on the edge of the cliff was simply amazing. The peacefulness broken only by crashing waves or Pelicans... More 

1 Thank adrian b
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12 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2015

It has the most incredible location and setting one could wish for. The only thing missing is the option to cook your own food in a guest kitchen. I got mild food poisoning, the food is made by volunteers/work trade people, they don't have formal restaurant training. They also use paprika or some other pungent spice in nearly everything. We... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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27 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

Magical. Every chance I get to escape to Big Sur - I do! A trip is never complete without a visit to The Esalen - especially for the night sweat. You have to call in advance and hold your spot with a credit card - and because there are only a certain amount of visitors a night, try to plan... More 

2 Thank KristinaLove
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16 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015

Esalen is one of the most beautiful places on earth. Absolutely breathtaking views. My workshop was wonderful and so were the participants. I was fortunate that I had a premium room which comes at a premium price. The room was rustic, but had a shower, ethernet connection, a phone, and again a spectacular view of the Pacific. I had brought... More 

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sarasota, florida
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111 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

The only problem here is choosing...choosing what workshop you would like to take! So much here if offered. And the natural beauty of this place is stunning! Great natural food and thrilling vistas.

Thank palmetto36
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38 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

Esalen ranks as my Nr 1 getaway in the world - healthy body/mind related workshops, wonderful food, some of the best massages in the world, breath-taking scenery, an interesting, diverse and overall open minded crowd (mostly from the Bay area, it normally seems to me), and the clothing optional policy at the Baths. In fact, throughout my various stays at... More 

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