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Kiva Retreat House

702 Water St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-4117
+1 831-429-1142
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Open Again!!!

Very unique place to relax. Indoor/outdoor areas that make you feel away from it all. Very... read more

Reviewed 12 May 2017
Ron B
San Francisco
via mobile
Closed now!

Kiva WAS a beautiful place to relax outdoors, enjoy the tubs and Sauna plus the herbal tea! Also a... read more

Reviewed 16 September 2016
Ben Lomond, California
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Kiva is a healing space for the integration of mind and body. It is modeled after a Japanese Onsen (Community Hot Spring), where community members gather to cleanse, rejuvenate and nurture themselves in outdoor hot baths in a beautiful garden setting. The open air hot tubs and the circular three tiered sauna at Kiva have been set up so that visitors can relax in a safe, friendly, and beautiful setting. Pay once for daily entrance to our communal facilities - stay until closing (or go and come back). Sunday 9 AM - 1:30 PM is Women's (Only) Morning - Nurture your inner goddess in our community baths and sauna. Family Friendly: Children welcome during daylight hours with their parents/guardians. Private Tubs available by the hour. Experienced Massage Practitioners: Each of our practitioners has at least five years of professional experience, and many have much more. We offer a variety of modalities. Check our website or call for more information.
  • Excellent63%
  • Very good7%
  • Average7%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible23%
12 May 2017
“Open Again!!!”
16 Sep 2016
“Closed now!”
Closed Now
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Hours Today: 12:00 PM - 12:00 AM
702 Water St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-4117
+1 831-429-1142
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Reviewed 12 May 2017 via mobile

Very unique place to relax. Indoor/outdoor areas that make you feel away from it all. Very peaceful, friendly staff. A really nice place to get back in touch with your body and get peace of mind.

2  Thank Ron B
Reviewed 16 September 2016

Kiva WAS a beautiful place to relax outdoors, enjoy the tubs and Sauna plus the herbal tea! Also a professional massage...So very much Santa Cruz :-) ! However, the sad news is, it is closed for now. Will it re-open with new ownership?

3  Thank ahutif
Reviewed 5 July 2016

I've never used the private baths, but the public baths were excellent. There are hot tubs, a cold tub and a sauna (and a lot of tea). The baths are surrounded by greenery and there is a grassy space to lie down in or meditate....More

Thank ESLteacher7
Reviewed 27 May 2016

The sauna is great, the best we've been to outside Finland, and the cold water deluge just outside the sauna really helps the experience. The cold plunge in the tub area is very nice too. The tubs are nicely shaded which is good for my...More

1  Thank Randolph R
Reviewed 27 November 2015 via mobile

Terrible experience today I'm sad to say.. I've been here a few times over the years in the community area and it's been okay, but this time was over the top bad. I rented a private tub which was nice, but loud not just with...More

4  Thank Ali P
Reviewed 31 August 2015 via mobile

Clean facility, helpful staff. Soaking in the hot tubs or take a cold plunge into the pool . Wet or dry saunas. During daytime hours sun on the decks. Also available massages by appointment. Pay flat fee for the entire day. Leave for a meal...More

2  Thank SusheOne1
Reviewed 25 March 2015

Great hot tubs and cold dips. Nice sauna and grounds. Very relaxing. Has been around for years. A little off the beaten path so get good directions.

5  Thank Arthur M
Reviewed 5 March 2014

This place used to be wonderful, but our recent experience was truly awful. Dirty, smelling of smoke, trash, no eye contact from the front desk person as we checked in, used cups and religious literature on display in the massage room, unprofessional conduct. The "couples...More

9  Thank ZorbyYcena
Kiva R, Public Relations Manager at Kiva Retreat House, responded to this reviewResponded 14 October 2014

Thank you for sharing your feedback, Zorby. We are glad that you were able to connect with one of our managers by phone to voice your concerns. We have had several complaints about the front desk staff who was on duty when you visited, and...More

Reviewed 20 April 2013

I've been to Kiva twice. I'm not from the area, i was visiting from Alaska. The first time I went I opted for the clothing optional, community space. I loved the sauna and the smell of hot cedar was hypnotic. I also enjoyed the hot...More

3  Thank LoveBug Y
Reviewed 1 June 2012

SO DISAPPOINTED! We were on vacation and decided to get massages during our stay. The website is so NOT what you experience. We drove up to an industrial/residential area...proceeded down a long BACK driveway with broken down cars and campers. As we parked a girl...More

15  Thank highridgemanor
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