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27300 Rancho San Carlos Rd, Carmel, CA 93923-7900
+1 831-620-7360
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Total relaxation. Perfect anniversary celebration.

My husband and I stayed in Carmel a few days for vacation to celebrate our wedding anniversary. Two... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Great escape & peaceful place

Visited this very special place with my wife. We both scheduled a massage, which included for both... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
michael g
Lutz, Florida
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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!
  • Excellent79%
  • Very good16%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“steam room” (68 reviews)
“cold pools” (40 reviews)
“cold plunge” (22 reviews)
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27300 Rancho San Carlos Rd, Carmel, CA 93923-7900
+1 831-620-7360
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Reviewed 5 days ago

My husband and I stayed in Carmel a few days for vacation to celebrate our wedding anniversary. Two of my friends recommended Refuge. At first, we were considering spending less money to use only the hot pools and steam baths, but decided to go with...More

1  Thank chykwan
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visited this very special place with my wife. We both scheduled a massage, which included for both of us the price of admission, rental of a robe, a bottle of water, towels, & the use of the facilities. We showed up about an hour &...More

2  Thank michael g
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Clean, fairly priced, great massages, in a spectacular setting. This spa is a better deal and a better total package than the resort spas by a mile.

Thank triplejg
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Well, this is the 4th time my husband and I have celebrated our anniversary in Carmel area. I really use the trip advisor app to decide on restaurants, hotels, and entertainment. On the last day of our 3 day trip, we went here. This was...More

1  Thank becks726
Reviewed 9 October 2017 via mobile

This is a very nice spa and a very relaxing way to spend a day. They have hot pools, warm pools, cool pools and cold pools. Get heated up, cool down, relax and repeat. There is a sauna and a steam too. I have had...More

Thank Raroach
Reviewed 25 September 2017

Clean facility. Polite staff. I thought I wasn't going to like the no talking policy, but I ended up loving it. No need to think - just exhale, relax and enjoy. Let your mind go quiet for the day. The price of the massage was...More

Thank SanJoseMarla
Reviewed 23 September 2017

You must plan your visit, almost impossible to show up mid Saturday and find a pool chair to camp out on. The facility seems to be able accommodate lots of bathers; the spa regime of heat up and cool down is not followed by most...More

Thank Renee D
Reviewed 19 September 2017

This place is such a heavenly sanctuary, I could have spent days here. 2 hours was not enough and sad my holiday was coming to an end. The staff are super helpful and friendly, everything was explained to us in great detail. The facilities are...More

Thank Emily B
Reviewed 22 August 2017

Refuge is my new most favorite place in the world... I am very active and love to workout and play sports, etc... The whole experience at Refuge was extremely unique, clean, and I felt like 10 million dollars when I walked out the doors. I'd...More

1  Thank john c
Reviewed 22 July 2017

What is there not to LOVE? OMG!! Can I just say if you have never been... make plans!! You WILL LOVE IT!! I have been wanting to come here since 2012... had a wonderful, relaxing time at this beautiful spa for my birthday. I will...More

3  Thank 488cherissed
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Duy L
25 March 2017|
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Response from TravelwiseSantaCruz | Reviewed this property |
Yes, they require a credit card in advance. You have 24 hours to cancel. If you don't do the massage and just use the facilities you either need to bring a white robe or rent theirs for an additional fee. All the details... More
20 August 2016|
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Response from SWMKerman | Reviewed this property |
it is very close to The Refuge and Uber is the way to fly.. Enjoy!!!
Olga K
20 August 2016|
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Response from SWMKerman | Reviewed this property |
depending on the weekday or weekend and also what is going on in the city, the price can be expensive or very economical.... We enjoy staying in pacific grove. It has a great charm and has the most awesome hotels. We enjoy... More