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The Esalen Institute

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Address: 55000 Highway 1, Big Sur, CA 93920-9546
Phone Number: +1 888-837-2536
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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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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San Francisco, California
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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

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 was perched right on the cliff which gave us amazing ocean views. All meals were... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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72 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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, and increasing prices... human potential has moved on. A million dollar lodge remodel presumably by... More 

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San Francisco, California
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9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Stay for a couple of days and you will get an experience that shows you a different side of America, meet some interesting people, gain some tranquility, peek into hippy culture heritage and enjoy the ocean view into the bargain. Complimentary yoga to enjoy most of the days as you wish – at 7.30am, noon and 5 pm (current schedule... More 

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2 Thank Olesichi
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

On my way to Boulder Creek, I stopped at Esalen to experience the hot springs and massage. The property feels AMAZING. It is gorgeous. Combining 360 degree views of Big Sur's cliffs and the ocean, a lovely garden and beautiful waterfall. The hot springs and showers are co-ed and most attendees were nude. A couple of us were wearing bathing... More 

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2 Thank Danielle W
Dublin, Ireland
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21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I visited to do a writing work shop. The place is beyond Beautiful, wild, raw, savage beauty. The grounds beautifully maintained with meditataion areas, gardens to explore and lovely walks. Plenty of seating overlooking views of the ocean. The accommodation was clean and functional with great views of the ocean. The hot springs incredible. Plenty of baths and pools on... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

If you are staying in Big Sur (or within reasonable distance) and DON'T sign up for the wee-hours hot springs session...you're missing out! Sure, you've got to take a nap around 10pm....but it's worth it. My love and I ventured out at midnight to Esalen, gathering in the parking lot at the top of the driveway on the side of... More 

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3 Thank moonspies
San Francisco, California
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9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

What an amazing place. Nothing compares to soaking on the cliffs of Big Sur in warm healing hot springs under a blanket of stars! The energy of the place is great. They offer many different kinds of great workshops. The food is good and the staff are helpful and friendly. The reason they have only 4 stars is the beds... More 

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3 Thank Isa M
Gilroy, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016

Even if you do not attend any conferences or workshops at Esalen, you can get a massage (the famous Esalen massage) then watch the sun set from thermal pools on the cliffside above the beach.

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Thank Norma W
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4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

This is the place to go for deep healing and relaxation. The natural hot sulfur baths and the gorgeous cliffs of Big sur and magical forest is a combination to not be missed. This is a bucket list place. I love it!!!! Oh and the most amazing organic (grown right on the property) food daily included in the rental. So... More 

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3 Thank Dgale11
Atlanta, Georgia
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9 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

Esalen Institute offers classes, spa services and more.. I first visited the outdoor hot tubs decades ago and still remember it fondly! Built into the cliffs in Big Sur, you won't find a more beautiful, unique place to relax and experience. Be sure to call or visit online wa-a-y ahead to reserve a spot- in demand.

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