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New Camaldoli Hermitage

62475 Coast HWY 1 at Lucia, Big Sur, CA 93920
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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Big Sur, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have been travelling to Big Sur for years but only recently discovered the New Camaldoli Hermitage. This place is an absolute gem. The monks, known for their hospitality are so wonderful and accommodating. From the moment you arrive at the bookstore to check in you feel that you are truly in a special place. The bookstore offers a wide... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is probably not for everyone, but it was definitely for me. A quarter-mile up a twisty, turny hill from Cabrillo Highway, this hermitage was a tiny, contemplative outpost that made it very easy to focus on God and tune out from the world below. My accommodations were spare but comfortable, the food was delicious, evening vespers were beautiful, and... More 

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San Jose, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

I spent three days and two nights at the New Camaldoli Hermitage in July 2015. This place was just what my brain and soul needed. My room in the retreat center with its beautiful private garden overlooking the Pacific Ocean was quiet and just right for reading and meditation. It was fabulous to be able to sing Mass and the... More 

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San Jose, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

wonderful place for a man who wants to know who you are. the silence of that place filled with Spirit of God. This atmosphere helps you to find the true nature of yourself. thanks to that Community. Gave an experience about hermitage life

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Paso Robles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

I wanted to stay in the majesty of big sur for at least one night. Well,this place was simply a piece of heaven,in heaven...big sir. I hesitated before writing this,in the fear that good reviews will bring hordes to this place.I stayed in my own retreat,and the quiet and the surroundings were wonderful. And there are several benches on the... More 

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Santa Cruz, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

if you're looking for some silent time for spiritual refreshment amid a spectacular setting, with sparse accomodations, vegetarian food, the schedule an appointment to discuss personal or spiritual matters with one of the monks, and to participate with the monks in chapel for their liturgy, then it's a must. nick from santa cruz

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014

I stayed at the monastery January 2014. I spoke to Father Isaiah and told him what I was looking for. He recommended Hesychia. What a gem! I'm a light sleeper so I wanted a stand alone unit. I also wanted to be relatively close to the kitchen. This hermitage fit the bill. It was so peaceful and relaxing. Everyone was... More 

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Orr, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Most of the reviews below mine reflect my feelings for the Hermitage...a wonderful reasonable clean place to unwind and refresh my spirit and soul. I only stayed two nights and wish I stayed at least four nights. Two was not enough. I really liked the food, room, bookstore, and of course, the setting is unbelievable. I borrowed from the library... More 

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Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

This is a working monastery, and a hermitage at that - meaning: NO talking, NO interwebs, NO phone coverage, NO television, NO Wi-Fi - and several other NOs that you may find pleasant or annoying, depending on your perspective/preferences (for example, there is also NO air-condition) it is not suited for travelers with children or pets - and less than... More 

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San Francisco, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014

I'm really hesitant to write reviews about gems like this, afraid they'll gain so much popularity that the atmosphere will change if it becomes overrun with too many people knowing about it, but this place is too good to keep a secret. I did some research and found out about this place as being one of the best retreat centers... More 

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