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“heavenly healing waters and trippy people” 5 of 5 stars
Review of The Esalen Institute

The Esalen Institute
55000 Highway 1, Big Sur, CA 93920-9616
888-837-2536
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Activities: Dining, Leisure education
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Hanalei
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“heavenly healing waters and trippy people”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

Esalen is a place out of time, unique unto itself. It must be experienced to begin to grasp what is really going on there. On the simplest level it is the perfect place to go soak in natural hot spring tubs, maybe have a massage or not.... oh the people you meet in the tubs..

Visited March 2013
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carmel valley, ca
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“A true retreat”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2013

I could not have felt more at peace. The food is incredible, the views of the pacific mesmerizing. It can be cold and foggy, dressing in layers is recommended. Take time to walk and explore. The meditation room sitting next to the river that is running into the ocean was one of my favorite places. A place to renew the soul and fill your cup.

Visited May 2012
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maryland
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“The massage of a lifetime”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2013

Esalen allows non-workshop visitors for massage and use of bathhouse. Go! The mineral baths run right from the mountain stream into the different outdoor stone pools all set on the cliff edge overlooking the ocean. Your massage is in another ocean overlook room so you hear the waves the whole time. Wonderful masseurs who use the Esalen method. It is coed and nude, so go with the flow.

Visited March 2013
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Florida City, Florida
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“Hot Tubs are a Unique Experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2013

Esalen seems like a throwback from the 60's/70's, and is very cool. Never attended classes or had a massage here, but used to go to the hot tubs late at night while on weekend camping trips.

Not sure if they still offer it, but Esalen provided limited access to the hot tubs overlooking the seaside cliffs from 1-3 AM each night for around $20/person. The hot tubs are divided into two sections: no talking areas and talking areas. They also provided complimentary towels and a shower area where you can rinse off before and after.

Warning: If you're offended by public nudity, don't go. It's a clothing optional area, and you have the choice to either wear bathing suit or nothing. Last time I went, there was a lady who was freaked out and uncomfortable being surrounded by naked people. It didn't bother me, so I had a great time.

Visited April 2012
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Los Angeles, CA
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“hike soak eat,hike soak eat”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2013

The food is incredible.., the location of the pools is breathtaking...I loved taking a shower high on the edge of the surf. The grounds are soothing and the wine is pretty wonderful. Go see the redwoods.

Visited February 2013
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