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Refuge

27300 Rancho San Carlos Road, Carmel, CA 93923
831-620-7360
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Ranked #2 of 24 activities in Carmel
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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Zurich
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79 reviews 79 reviews
26 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

Refuge sets itself up in the grand tradition of thermal baths around the world, with treatments including massage, steam, sauna, and baths of various temperatures. While it was a very relaxing and luxurious experience, it didn't quite gel with us as an true thermal experience. My wife would go back, but I'm not so sure. The good stuff: I love... More

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Menlo Park, California
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86 reviews 86 reviews
16 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

The facilities are incredibly clean. We were very fortunate to go on a day that was warm and sunny and hardly anyone was there, so we could enjoy the space to its fullest. We did one full cycle before our one-hour massage. It is addictive. The cool/ cold pools are intense, in a good way. The massage was one of... More

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Monterey, California
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

We spent 4.5 hours relaxing in an environment free of technology and noise, and couldn't be more pleased with our Refuge experience. The grounds are absolutely beautiful, the staff are extremely pleasant and accommodating, and the "experience" is something we are greatly looking forward to repeating. We began with the recommended Refuge Thermal Cycle, which includes 5-10 min Heat Up,... More

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Sacramento, CA
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29 reviews 29 reviews
7 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

I Love, Love Love, the Refuge. Now a word about the no talking policy, I love it. It makes the environment so relaxing!!!!. No cell phones are allowed either, just in locker rooms. Do not get me wrong I am fond of conversation , but there is a time and place and its not here. When I was there in... More

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Monterey, California, United States
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

A massage and afternoon at refuge is like a mini-vacation. I like to start with a massage and end with the "refuge" experience - the pools, the steamroom, the sauna, the zero gravity chairs - I wish I could go here every day!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014 via mobile

I'm a stay at home mother of three small children. I'm a homebody, I'm always wound up. I've always got one ear open, it's like my brain can never shut off. My husband has had some personal accomplishments lately and as a special treat to him, but who am I kidding.. me too, I planned a visit to Refuge. We've... More

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sherylfaye
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

I loved every minute of my time at Refuge. It is so wonderful to stop and relax and reflect. My best massage ever!!! Shirley is magical!

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South Kingstown, Rhode Island
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21 reviews 21 reviews
4 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

At the suggestion of our nephew who lives in San Francisco, we decided to try this place the last day of our CA vacation - and I'm glad we did! It was an amazing experience. Between the various hot and cold treatment areas, the relaxation rooms, and the massage, it was the perfect way to wind down. The facility is... More

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New york
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014 via mobile

I researched this spa in preparation for my week vacation in Carmel. The pictures and description looked very enticing and the price was very reasonable comparatively coming from NYC. The entrance fee to use the facility is 44.00 and 12.00 to rent a robe. If you book a massage, the total cost is 109.00 excluding gratuity and the robe is... More

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Danville, California
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31 reviews 31 reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

Saw the review of this day spa in Sunset Magazine and thought my husband and I should check it out while spending a night in Carmel. It was great fun and well worth doing AND a relative bargain in a pricey area of California. Essentially, it is a series of thermal pools (plus a dry sauna and eucalyptus steam room)... More

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