I went on a Friday in January and stumbled into the Carmel Valley Athletic Club first by accident. After swimming a few laps and wandering around trying to find the 10 pools, waterfalls and saunas I figured I must be in the wrong place. If you haven't been there before and don't know there are two separate places owned by two separate companies you might be just as puzzled as I was. The staff was very nice about the mixup and eventually I got where I needed to go. Loved the eucalyptus wet sauna. Bring your own water and fill up lavishly using the free outdoor fountain. There is no food allowed. I couldn't figure out where people were getting their robes and didn't know about the $12 robe fee. It seems pretty silly to be using a robe when you are getting in and out of pools all day long. Within a few dips, your robe is going to be cold and wet anyway. So I just used my swimsuit. I was there for 4 hours. I did not get a massage so I can't comment on them. There was hardly anyone there since the weather was cloudy with intermittent drizzles. Not for the faint of heart but then again I am an outdoor swimmer and swim in a heated pool 5 days a week. I could not tolerate the cold cold pool. The cold pool was about the same temp as the Pacific or a Sierra stream. Loved the outdoor fireplaces especially the farthest one from the lockers facing the hillside. Would love to go again with friends.
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