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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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My Favorite Place in the World

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 5, 2015
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Falls Church, Virginia
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Falls Church, Virginia
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34 reviews 34 reviews
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77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 NEW

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 NEW

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 NEW

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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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
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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29 reviews 29 reviews
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
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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California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

I went here for a yoga workshop in March. So far, it has been the best experience of 2015. I opted for a bunk bed room. My other three roommates were amazing. The room was light and tidy. The food at Esalen is amazing. Every meal has healthy, diverse options. If you are hungry between meals, tea, coffee, and breads... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015

My first trip to California we spent two weeks, and week around Big Sur. We saw the sign and stopped in at Esalen, I had been looking into taking a two week module at Esalen. The woman at the gate said do you have a reservation, I said no, she replied this gate is as far as you go, you... More 

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Boulder, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

i loved the gorgeous grounds, the healthy clean food, and the hot tubs!!!! if you would like to have a blissful retreat experience, this is the place. the view of the cliffs and the ocean are almost enuf to take you there. however, the flowers and the night sky from the hot tubs will remain with me. the room was... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

Whether you come for a workshop or a personal retreat, Esalen is a special place where you will let go of your hectic life and rediscover light and awe in the breathtaking vistas and the very nice, genuine people who come here. The mineral baths are not to be missed - overlooking the craggy cliffs and powerful ocean. Despite my... More 

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San Francisco, California
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

This was my first experience with the Esalen Institute and I am not impressed. I booked a 5-day workshop with a front desk staff member weeks ago and requested a standard single room. Later, I found out rooms are on a “first-time, first-come” basis and room requests are not guaranteed. I put down a $300 deposit to secure my workshop... More 

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Address: 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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