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The Esalen Institute

55000 Highway 1, Big Sur, CA 93920-9546
+1 888-837-2536
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A Unique and Beautiful Place to Visit

Esalen is a beautiful place to visit for a personal retreat or workshop. The views, gardens... read more

Reviewed 31 January 2015
Big Sur, California

I came here with my husband the first night of our honeymoon & it was the perfect way to start the... read more

Reviewed 26 January 2015
Chelsea D
Santa Monica, California, United States
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  • Very good15%
  • Average5%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible4%
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55000 Highway 1, Big Sur, CA 93920-9546
+1 888-837-2536
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Reviewed 31 January 2015

Esalen is a beautiful place to visit for a personal retreat or workshop. The views, gardens, mineral baths and grounds are all spectacular. The variety of workshops available is diverse and world class. The staff is accommodating, friendly and very knowledgable about the grounds and...More

2  Thank tatsmom
Reviewed 26 January 2015

I came here with my husband the first night of our honeymoon & it was the perfect way to start the trip. We came during public hours (1am-3am) to use the hot springs and it was life changing. We got a great bath on the...More

3  Thank Chelsea D
Reviewed 22 January 2015

While this was a really old experience I thought it would be of interest to today's travelers if only for perspective. My visit was in 1967 with several of my fellow graduate students from the University of California at Berkeley. We were engaged by currently...More

3  Thank Steven B
Reviewed 30 December 2014

This is so nice. Peace, good food, intresting people to talk too, and nice baths. Nice to stay there for a few days.

Thank The M
Reviewed 16 December 2014

Shocked at the previous negative reviews. I was in Esalen last month at a workshop and was so overwhelmed by the positive energy of the place I extended my stay for another 2 days. Great surroundings, beautiful and compassionate people, and touched by some of...More

1  Thank Josh F
Reviewed 3 December 2014

I loved my stay at Esalen. I went for a yoga retreat and genuinely enjoyed my stay. You are spoiled rotten with a delicious spread of food 3 times a day, much of which is grown in their organic garden on the property. They have...More

4  Thank JulianaW573
Reviewed 20 November 2014

I have been to Esalen once before last year and had recommended it to several over the past year up to this last visit a few weeks ago. Starting with the good first. The grounds are lovely, I have had a memorable experience both times...More

28  Thank Angieburlingame
Reviewed 31 October 2014

This is the place where all can be achieve when you come to this heaven on earthly place. The healing abounds with all modalities of great food, company, and course work. This time I attended the CFR course, by Harriet Goslin, and I have more...More

1  Thank HotSpringslover
Reviewed 30 October 2014

This is the best massage you will ever have in your life. The only catch, everyone is nude, even the therapists at time. Soak in the natural hottubs to loosen up first. We had the added luck of witnessing the seal migration in the waters...More

4  Thank Janice Y
Reviewed 9 October 2014

Well I read about this place on another website, I read reviews prior to booking a public hot bath night/early morning. I was very hesistant and didn't know what to expect from Esalen. My girlfriend booked the public night hot tubs about 4-5 weeks previous...More

8  Thank CARMANG
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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
31 October 2016|
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Response from SavvasXen | Reviewed this property |
I stayed in Esalen's property so I don't know of any place nearby.