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Review of Refuge

Ranked #1 of 14 Spas & Wellness in Carmel
Certificate of Excellence
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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 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!
Sacramento, California, United States
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2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed March 26, 2013

If you are in or near Carmel, you MUST visit Refuge for at least some time...it is truly wonderful. I have spent a lot of time at mineral baths so I did miss the mineral aspect of the pools but I got over it in no time. It is truly beautiful, spotless, wonderful, magical and I didn't want to leave but knew I needed to be able to drive myself back to my hotel. I went on a Friday night because I was thinking it would be quite and I was right...there were approx. 8 of us there which was perfect. I heard from the staff that they have had up to 150 at one time...glad I wasn't there THAT day. I can't say enough about the fire pits, zero gravity chair room, sparkling pools...amazing.

I have only one issue/suggestion for the owners...American's are not known for being healthy and fit and your robe selection needs to reflect that. I am 6'4, 250 and when the front desk handed me a robe and I confirmed with the woman that she pulled the right size for me and it would fit, her response was that a 6'7, 350 pound man could wear it last week so the L/XL that she gave me with certainly fit...she was crazy, lying or both. The sleeves were nearly at my elbows and I could hardly keep it closed. When it was closed and tied it was uncomfortably tight. Take it from a guy who spends a great deal of time in spas and who used to weight 310, a tight and uncomfortable robe that doesn't fit at a spa makes you only feel fat, yucky, on display and all you keep thinking about is getting out of this damn robe that doesn't fit and leaving this place never to return. L/XL is your largest size for full grown American men...really, that is not acceptable. Robes come in XXL - XXXXL, I suggest you purchase some for your larger guests so they can be comfortable and so they will return.

Visited March 2013
1 Thank Steven S
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Auburn, California
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61 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“What a Treat”
Reviewed March 16, 2013

Found the pamphlet for the Refuge in our Carmel-by- the- Sea B&B. We decided to try something totally different (we are"old folks") and we absolutely loved it. Could not beat the price for the experience. They have a "code of silence" and it makes the experience special. We did the "cycle" and enjoyed the hot pools afterwards. A wonderful adjunct to a great get away. P.S. Next time I will include the massage!

Visited March 2013
6 Thank Sharron E
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Monterey, California
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed March 15, 2013

This place is Heaven on Earth!!! I will definitely be back soon. The pictures on the website/brochure wowed me! Believe it or not, it's even nicer in person.


Visited March 2013
5 Thank Joe M
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San Carlos, California
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77 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“Affordable bliss”
Reviewed March 14, 2013

I'm a member of Carmel Valley Athletic Club.It's beautiful and offers NIA dance classes 3x a week.It's a combination of jazzersize,,yoga,and martial arts.We dance barefoot and look like a cast of musical " Hair", total open your heart bliss.For everyone, there is Refuge,with hot,warm, and cold pools/ waterfalls.They have fire pits for warm conversations,sauna,and Eucalyptyus steam room.Their massage therapists are fab.Refuge for 3 hrs is $50 with robe,a deal,so beautiful!

Visited March 2013
6 Thank Beverlydbichons
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Wailuku, Hawaii
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79 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Enjoy a relaxing day”
Reviewed March 14, 2013

A friend and I decided to take a day to relax. This was a fantastic place to do just that. For $39 you can spend as much time as you want and do just that! We were fortunate that when we went there were only 3 other people in the large facility. They have a silence policy that a lot of people really enjoy. It was nice that we could talk quietly since no one was around. You cannot stay too long since they have a water only policy and no food whatsoever. There are no in and out privileges either. This is good. We spent about 3 hours there. We decided to do a massage also which is very reasonably priced. The weather was nice so it was great sitting out relaxing in the sun. I can recommend this facility.

Visited March 2013
6 Thank dlsalse
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