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The Esalen Institute

55000 Highway 1, Big Sur, CA 93920-9616
888-837-2536
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Ranked #5 of 14 attractions in Big Sur
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Spas, Educational Sites
Activities: Dining, Leisure education
Traveler Description: Located off of a winding stretch of Highway 1 in beautiful Big Sur, California, this grandmother of all human potential centers offers workshops and... more »
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Seattle, Washington
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56 reviews 56 reviews
9 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

The buzz seems to be that the Institute is going through changes the past few years, trying to redefine and keep relevant in an era when spiritual pursuits are available everywhere. I took a cooking workshop workshop over 5 days, and cannot overstate how delightful the experience was. The teacher Leslie Cerier and her assistants were knowledgeable and fun, and... More

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Morro Bay, California
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44 reviews 44 reviews
13 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

One doesn't have to stay at Esalen to experience a phenomenal massage in a magical setting. Call Esalen and reserve a massage within 30 days at selected times as a guest, and not only will you have one of the best, if not the very best massages ever, but you will be able to enjoy the unbelievably beautiful spa, right... More

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39 reviews 39 reviews
19 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

It is a magic place surrounded by one of the most beautiful nature in the whole world. The pools are locate on the top of a cliff with an amazing ocean view.

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CALIFORNIA SANTA BARBARA
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2014

Escalens physical plant is a lovely setting . The food is very good.I have enjoyed going to escalen for many years because I live in such close proximity..Yet in the let few years they seem to be trying to run it like a yuppie resort with the rigidity of only getting a single room unless you book there single room... More

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Sterling Heights MI
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39 reviews 39 reviews
13 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2013

Had a fabulous massage here, first soaked in the tubs , followed by the massage and then more soak! The massage is expensive ($165.00) but It really was the best. My massage was by sabina.. I highly recommend her. very layed back cool vibe here too. PS everyone at the tubs does go nude, I was a little nervous ,... More

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USA
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41 reviews 41 reviews
8 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2013

The location is exquisitely beautiful, no doubt about it, with a pool and ample chairs arranged smack at the edge of the ocean, a beautiful garden to wander, and a feeling that you're safe from the harsh realities of the real world. But the communal dining experience, coupled with workshop participation, can leave quieter people exhausted -- and if you're... More

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Stockholm, Sweden
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59 reviews 59 reviews
13 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2013

Being a gestalt therapist, Esalen has a special place in my mind. So when I had the opportunity I just had to visit! As I didn't have time for a course, the only option was a massage. I did think the price was too much, but looking back I'm glad I went. The massage was extraordinarily good! (- and I've... More

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Prague
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30 reviews 30 reviews
16 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2013

It has quite a lot to offer, and depending on the purpose of a visit, everyone will have different experiences. I have visited multiple times. I've gone to relax, to challenge myself, to learn and be inspired. Unexpected insights have come to me at Esalen. It's a magical place to explore in a gorgeous part of the world. The wonderful... More

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Toulon, France
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31 reviews 31 reviews
3 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013

The place is wonderful but if you want to pay an amount like 5 stars hotel without any services, just go ! If you wish to share a very rudimentary room(chamber) (bathroom and very former(old) dress(toilet)) with 2 other persons. Eat in a ward (by queuing up) with at least 150 persons, like in a canteen, débarasser your plate. Go... More

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sebastopol, ca
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12 attraction reviews
217 helpful votes 217 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2013

You can see my previous review for details, which are pretty much the same. Stayed in a bunk room again-- though my last room housed 6 and this one had only 4 beds. (though this room did not look out on the ocean... but I could hear it clearly form bed.) Food is still amazing. I just don't know how... More

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