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Refuge

Address: 27300 Rancho San Carlos Road, Carmel, CA 93923
Phone Number: 831-620-7360
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Ranked #7 of 44 Activities in Carmel
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Fee: Yes
Owner description: Refuge is the first American facility dedicated to Hydro-thermal therapy and offers the ultimate in...
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
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!

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Larkspur, California
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23 reviews 23 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

My husband and I have been to Refuge a number of times, both together and with his parents. Each time has been consistently great. This is a wonderful adult-only spa for couples, friends or solo. Allow a few hours to enjoy a few circuits through the various thermal pools, cold plunge pools, steam room, sauna and zero gravity chairs. In... More 

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Seattle, WA
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12 attraction reviews
158 helpful votes 158 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

It's definitely worth going here for a few hours of pampering. It's a gorgeous place were you can relax outdoors in the thermal pools, steam rooms, and saunas. It's a better deal to have a massage as you get access to the amenities (otherwise, it's $40+ just to get in). The massage was pretty good. Bring a book to sit... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

My husband and I had massages and then experienced the circuit of hot tubs, cold plunges, relaxation rooms and fire pits. We loved the idea and the place was very nice and in a beautiful area in Carmel Valley. They have a silence policy that I think could be loosened slightly to allow low voices in part of the outside... More 

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Berkeley, California
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22 reviews 22 reviews
7 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

I love this place and wish I lived close by. It's a small, quiet and focused spa where you spend time doing a "circuit" from the steam room to pools of various temperatures. If you're having a massage (which I highly recommend) they recommend getting there an hour early and doing three circuits. I am a highly stressed person with... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

This is one the best spas we have been too!! Totally worth it. So relaxing and the atmosphere is so relaxing. If your travelling up West Coast definately this is a spa you must visit!

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Portland, Oregon
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10 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

I traveled along way specifically to visit the Refuge. It was incorporated in a large golf and tennis resort. Although small, it was nicely laid out. But things just weren't right. It was supposed to be a silent facility, yet there were people visiting so that I had to keep switching pools. The relaxation room was too chilly to relax... More 

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Belmont, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Great experience as always at the Refuge. Enjoyed an excellent massage and loads of time in the various pools. Clean, safe and oh so relaxing, just wish they didnt have an issue with me listening to my ipod with headphones on. Could be worse, love the sounds of flowing water and chirping birds.

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Monterey, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

No info just papers shoved at us. I reported hair in the steam room 30 minutes later not removed. Watched people walking around looking at the instructions but had to be silent could not help, no one out by pools to help. Sitting in a chair I look up and a man on a balcony of a building that borders... More 

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Toronto
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

We went to Refuge on a Tuesday evening, just for the pools. It was a great experience. The staff were very helpful and friendly. The eucalyptus steam room was probably my favourite, but its difficult to choose between that and the hot tubs, as well as the outdoor fires. The only set back was that that sauna wasn't quite getting... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014 via mobile

I only have great things to say about this place the massage was awesome by Jonathan love it here just have one recommendation you need water to give to the clients when you come out from the massage a five star place

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