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The Esalen Institute

55000 Highway 1, Big Sur, CA 93920-9546
+1 888-837-2536
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Valid destination point and not to miss stop over- on the way from LA to SF, between Hearst castle and Carmel by the Sea

Stay for a couple of days and you will get an experience that shows you a different side of... read more

Reviewed 20 November 2016
San Francisco, California
Massage and hot springs

On my way to Boulder Creek, I stopped at Esalen to experience the hot springs and massage. The... read more

Reviewed 19 November 2016
Danielle W
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55000 Highway 1, Big Sur, CA 93920-9546
+1 888-837-2536
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Reviewed 20 November 2016

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...More

2  Thank Olesichi
Reviewed 19 November 2016 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...More

3  Thank Danielle W
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...More

1  Thank Dublinlady28
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,...More

4  Thank moonspies
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...More

3  Thank Isa M
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.

Thank Norma W
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...More

3  Thank Dgale11
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...More

1  Thank M R
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...More

3  Thank Newwhite
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.

2  Thank 29carole777
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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
9 March 2017|
Response from Isa M | Reviewed this property |
Hi - Stayed in a loft which was in a 3 person room with 2 beds downstairs. Had my own space in the loft with a single bed. The ceiling was a little low and the steps were steep. Enjoyed the loft