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The Esalen Institute

55000 Highway 1, Big Sur, CA 93920-9546
+1 888-837-2536
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Second failed time

I decided to write this review because for second time when i have visited the coast from colombia... read more

Reviewed 3 May 2017
lina d
Medellin, Colombia
via mobile

I was at Esalen so many decades ago. I was a single woman. Travellng alone. I felt harassed by... read more

Reviewed 5 April 2017
New York City, New York
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55000 Highway 1, Big Sur, CA 93920-9546
+1 888-837-2536
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Reviewed 3 May 2017 via mobile

I decided to write this review because for second time when i have visited the coast from colombia. I tried to book for the night bath at esalen. After call many times i noticed that the only way to get the reservation was on the...More

2  Thank lina d
Reviewed 5 April 2017

I was at Esalen so many decades ago. I was a single woman. Travellng alone. I felt harassed by males every moment. I am an artist, and have no problem with nudity, including my own, but that is NOT an invitation. I was very uncomfortable...More

7  Thank kizakkriz
Reviewed 27 February 2017 via mobile

I attended a weeklong singing workshop in December to January. It was a fabulous learning experience. The workshop was well organized and executed. The food was healthy and very tasty leaning heavily towards vegetarian. Many people rave about the baths, but I felt ambivalent about...More

3  Thank Jackie E
Reviewed 30 December 2016

I went for the public night bathing, and while I was excited and thrilled to be doing it even my wildest dreams couldn't have prepared me for the true experience. Imagine feeling like you are transported to a place with no rules, no time, no...More

4  Thank Danielle G
Reviewed 27 December 2016

I was here with my husband for a 5 day yoga intensive workshop the week before Christmas. I LOVED it! I had low expectations for the food. I was surprised to find it plentiful and very tasty! I am on a vegan diet and there...More

1  Thank yogajesse
Reviewed 23 December 2016

This review is for the late-night hot springs experience only. The hot springs at Esalen have been on my to-do list for a long time. I lucked out and was able to make a reservation online the morning of December 21st for 1am late that...More

2  Thank Angela S
Reviewed 17 December 2016 via mobile

While the grounds are beautiful and the main buildings appear to be recently constructed or updated the actual place where you will stay is an abomination. While they work to be eco-friendly, I don't know that they are human friendly. For over 1k for 5...More

21  Thank brenefollower
Reviewed 12 December 2016

You should know going in, that this place is like the birthplace of the New Age Movement. If that's not your thing, or you can't tolerate it, you shouldn't go. I was there for a week long workshop, and by the fourth day I had...More

6  Thank Craicshack
Reviewed 8 December 2016

My husband and I went to Esalen to attend a 3-day couple’s workshop and opted for the “premium” housing which afforded us private quarters with high ceilings, a large bathroom, and private balcony, with easy access to the main lodge and event centers. Our cabin...More

3  Thank XtinaDunham
Reviewed 22 November 2016 via mobile

I have been coming here for years but now I am over it / it's dead - maybe that's why the place is covered in flies ? Feeding off the bones of what it used to be. cheap food,sub standard workers, multiple sexual harassment lawsuits,...More

23  Thank Frejacayman
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20 August 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
18 April 2017|
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
9 March 2017|
Response from Isa M | Reviewed this property |
Hi - Stayed in a loft which was in a 3 person room with 2 beds downstairs. Had my own space in the loft with a single bed. The ceiling was a little low and the steps were steep. Enjoyed the loft