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Refuge

27300 Rancho San Carlos Road, Carmel, CA 93923
831-620-7360
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Ranked #2 of 20 activities in Carmel
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Spas
Fee: Yes
Owner description: Refuge is the first American facility dedicated to Hydro-thermal therapy and offers the ultimate in relaxation that is one of a kind! Truly the best 3... more » Owner description: Refuge is the first American facility dedicated to Hydro-thermal therapy and offers the ultimate in relaxation that is one of a kind! Truly the best 3 hours in Carmel! Through heating up in our Co-ed Sauna and Steam bath, cooling down in our cold pools and relaxation in indoor relaxation rooms or outdoor areas with fireplaces - you will be relaxed! Massages are available as well! « less
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Bay Area
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22 reviews 22 reviews
12 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014 NEW

This place is a real gem. Beautiful location, outdoors under the trees. Very clean. Huge sauna and steam rooms, 6 additional soaking pools at various temperatures. Excellent massage. Reasonably priced.

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CA
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19 reviews 19 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

For a totally relaxing and peaceful experience of massage and day spa in a beautiful and natural setting, try the Refuge in sunny Carmel Valley. After a wonderful and very professional massage, you can enjoy a eucalyptus steam room or Finnish sauna followed by a quick plunge into one or more of the outdoor waterfall cold pools. This is followed... More

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Nags Head, North Carolina
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30 reviews 30 reviews
3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

We spent a weekday afternoon at The Refuge and had a completely relaxing experience. We had never been there before and it was recommended to us if we visited Carmel. We took full advantage of all the Spa facilities except the massage. What we liked most about it was how uncrowded it was, the quiet, and the fact that there... More

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San Francisco, California
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224 reviews 224 reviews
17 attraction reviews
107 helpful votes 107 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

I can't speak highly enough about this spot. I would come here *EASILY* before trying Carmel Valley Ranch, Post Ranch Inn, or other surrounding spas.... because I have (all of them), and this "turn 'em and burn 'em model is anchored by one of the most beautifully designed experiences. The *ONLY* thing is that it gets crowded, which is no... More

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Cary, North Carolina
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

This was an amazing experience to truly live in the moment. The spa requests no talking and you truly experience everything in a peaceful environment. It makes you appreciate your surroundings and focus inward. I stayed for 3.5 hours and enjoyed every second of the time at the Refuge. Definitely get the massage and you get a robe to use... More

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Venice
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

I enjoyed my massage and a sauna in this remote location of Carmel. It was all good! We were there on a Friday afternoon so it was not too crowded. Nice towels and robes.

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Monterey
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52 reviews 52 reviews
13 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014

**I would allow at least 2 hours (does not include change, shower, or massage time), and you may find this is not enough time. **All you need is a swim suit **I recommend bringing: flip-flops, sun glasses, a hat, and your own water bottle. My husband and I live in the area and had been talking about checking out Refuge... More

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Los Alamitos, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

They have massages and saunas and relaxing pools and cool fire pits. The mountains are awesome to look at while sitting back and relaxing! Make sure you read what it is your going to experience. This is all about water therapy! when they say do the cycle a few times to really get the full experience they are not kidding.... More

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San Jose, California
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014

Be prepared for an amazing experience in the spa and the massage, however, guard your charge cards! This experience brought multiple issues and charges to my credit card. Very disappointing to have this happen when we had some a wonderful day and a wonderful massage. Shame on you Refuge for these errors, they were very unnecessary and have caused me... More

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San Jose
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10 reviews 10 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Just wanted to let others know what a great experience we had at Refuge. I can't stop talking about it and letting others know how cool and fun it was. It's great that it's co-ed. So nice to be able to share the experience with my date. It is something we have never experienced before and can't wait to go... More

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