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Refuge

27300 Rancho San Carlos Road, Carmel, CA 93923
831-620-7360
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Ranked #4 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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Ketchum, Idaho
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

If you have some time to kill on your trip to Carmel, head over to Carmel Valley's Refuge for a few cycles through their thermal cycle and/or a massage. We had an hour to enjoy the heat up, cool down, relax, and explore cycles three times before our massage. After a LONG bike ride the day before, the thermal cycle... More

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New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Booked an afternoon with massages after a very long trip to Carmel. Surprised to see the negative reviews. We found the facility to be clean and comfortable. The staff was helpful. Masseuse Jamie was great! The locker room is large and convenient. The whole thermal circuit was both interesting and very relaxing. Just what we needed.

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Fremont, California
2 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

My first four trips to Refuge, loved it! The last time was a enormous disappointment and I won't be back. Refuge had a beautiful beginning. It is located in a lovely setting, the cost was $39.00 which included towels, access to all areas and a much needed bathrobe for the those cool ocean breezes. This last visit found us stunned.... More

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Zurich
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

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 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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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
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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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