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Message and natural hot spring

This place is closed to the public but does offer bathing from 2-4AM or by reservation. The... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Big Sur, California
Hot Spring Heaven!

Looking for hot springs, massages, organic food and yoga this is the place for you. Ideal to take a... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Jennifer T
Punta de Mita, Mexico
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place is closed to the public but does offer bathing from 2-4AM or by reservation. The property is well known for its creative California vibes in the 1960s up to the present. The institute offers many classes for spiritual awakening and artistic expression. A...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Looking for hot springs, massages, organic food and yoga this is the place for you. Ideal to take a workshop and have the hot springs to be included otherwise locals can only get in after midnight....

Date of experience: March 2018
1  Thank Jennifer T
Reviewed November 23, 2018

I had the opportunity to visit Esalen Institute as a work scholar some years ago. I really love the beautiful environment, but I’m not so sure about the level of competence and the intention of some of the course leaders. I feel obligated to warn...More

Date of experience: May 2018
18  Thank MariaMarielle
Reviewed November 17, 2018

I emailed them about my workshop in July and asked if I could stay in the female dorms (hey, I'm from Canada - I don't assume anything when I go to other countries). I thought the worst that could happen is they would say no....More

Date of experience: July 2018
12  Thank chrismmm
Reviewed November 12, 2018

We tried for a few days to get a reservation and luckily we were in the area long enough to snag one. The first two attempts were lack of reception/wifi speed. Be ready at 9am to claim one and they're day of! ------------- Once there,...More

Date of experience: November 2018
6  Thank noantsinmypants
Reviewed October 28, 2018 via mobile

I attended a writing workshop at Esalen. I had read about it several times and was really looking forward to visiting the retreat. It met all my expectations. Here are some highlights: 1. The Baths: they are magical and I'm not even sure how to...More

Date of experience: October 2018
5  Thank JulietR475
Reviewed October 17, 2018

This place is a piece of heaven... classes year round to better yourself and others physically, spiritually, yet emotionally in all things we do we must know or learn how to relate to others well no matter where we travel. I experienced awesome love, friendship,...More

Date of experience: November 2017
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Reviewed October 16, 2018

The experience is one I will never forget. You must sign up online each day to see if you can be one of the 30 people. The hot springs are warm water... we had to arrive at 12:45am to be there from 1am-3am leave the...More

Date of experience: September 2018
3  Thank Jana D
Reviewed October 4, 2018

A cross between Brownie Camp and Wikininnish. Cafeteria dining. Hostel-style group sleeping arrangements unless you have a private room. Nowhere to relax other than the hot tubs--exactly one couch. Elitist entry guards. Insufficient parking. The workshop I attended didn't engage me and the lecture I...More

Date of experience: September 2018
10  Thank Cynthia B
Reviewed October 2, 2018

I had an amazing life-changing experience. The accommodations are nothing fancy but the staff and other workshop attendees were all positive amazing people. I felt the staff went out of their way to be helpful and genuinely caring about everyone. It is imperative that you...More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank Robert W
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August 20, 2017|
Response from Jackie E | Reviewed this property |
Yes, the bathed are clean and open during the day, but they are for folks participating in their programs. You should email or call them to verify that nothing has changed given the winter/spring road closures. I personnally... More
April 18, 2017|
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Response from yogajesse | Reviewed this property |
Hi Christine, I am not on staff at Esalen, but I did stay there. I booked a higher priced private room and it was mold free from what I could tell. It wasn't fancy but it was comfortable with a beautiful view of the ocean... More
October 30, 2016|
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Response from M R | Reviewed this property |
I'd check the reviews for all the Air BNB's, Bed and Breakfasts etc in the area. The area is magical - there are possibilities to stay in unexpected places.