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The Esalen Institute

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Address: 55000 Highway 1, Big Sur, CA 93920-9616
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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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 15 November 2016
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Dublin, Ireland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

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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San Francisco, California
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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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Gilroy, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 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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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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Atlanta, Georgia
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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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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2016

I spent a weekend here for a writing workshop and the whole experience was magical. The setting and the ethos of the place is so warm and beautiful. The hot springs are beautiful, and clothing optional is liberating. If you're open to new idea and spending time with like minded, interesting people this place is for you. If you don't... More 

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Kirkland, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2016

Magical wonderland. Love everything about this place. Had some of the best slumber in a long time. I had a phenomenal thai massage that was priceless. Enjoyed the incredible night sky while soaking in the hot baths.

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Capitola, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2016

Attended a workshop this weekend at Escalen. First, let me say the setting is beautiful. What's hard to understand is the lack of hospitality and customer service! This was my first time here. No one told me the amount of uneven pavement one would need to traverse to just get a cup of coffee in the morning! Yes, I understand... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 July 2016

Going to Esalen can be a life-changing experience. Top-quality personal growth workshops led by national experts are well worth attending, and the vibe at Esalen couldn't be more inclusive and accepting. I think everyone should go there at least once. The property is beyond amazing, the baths unsurpassable, the massages out of this world...there is nothing to say but superlatives!

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