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Worth it if you can get a spot!

We tried for a few days to get a reservation and luckily we were in the area long enough to snag... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Perfect escape

I attended a writing workshop at Esalen. I had read about it several times and was really looking... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Juliet R
Ann Arbor, Michigan
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We tried for a few days to get a reservation and luckily we were in the area long enough to snag one. The first two attempts were lack of reception/wifi speed. Be ready at 9am to claim one and they're day of! ------------- Once there,...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I attended a writing workshop at Esalen. I had read about it several times and was really looking forward to visiting the retreat. It met all my expectations. Here are some highlights: 1. The Baths: they are magical and I'm not even sure how to...More

Thank Juliet R
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This place is a piece of heaven... classes year round to better yourself and others physically, spiritually, yet emotionally in all things we do we must know or learn how to relate to others well no matter where we travel. I experienced awesome love, friendship,...More

Thank Lawns-Gardens
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The experience is one I will never forget. You must sign up online each day to see if you can be one of the 30 people. The hot springs are warm water... we had to arrive at 12:45am to be there from 1am-3am leave the...More

2  Thank Jana D
Reviewed 4 October 2018

A cross between Brownie Camp and Wikininnish. Cafeteria dining. Hostel-style group sleeping arrangements unless you have a private room. Nowhere to relax other than the hot tubs--exactly one couch. Elitist entry guards. Insufficient parking. The workshop I attended didn't engage me and the lecture I...More

1  Thank Cynthia B
Reviewed 2 October 2018

I had an amazing life-changing experience. The accommodations are nothing fancy but the staff and other workshop attendees were all positive amazing people. I felt the staff went out of their way to be helpful and genuinely caring about everyone. It is imperative that you...More

Thank Robert W
Reviewed 25 September 2018

I have been going to Esalen for over 30 years, and it just gets better each time! There's something for everyone, including day care for the little ones at the Gazebo School...Parents can take workshops, get massages, and soak in the hot pools, knowing their...More

3  Thank mogador2004
Reviewed 23 September 2018 via mobile

I’d tried for years to get a reservation at Esalen at the same time I was in California. This time I made it! What a spectacular beautiful comfortable place. I was there not for one of the many interesting workshops but just for 5 days...More

Thank krisloken
Reviewed 28 August 2018

Unless you are a part of a workshop, it is pretty tough to get a day pass to Esalen. If you do, you are in for a REAL treat. It's like going back in time...almost a 1970's experience. The person at the gate was very...More

5  Thank Viajera59
Reviewed 27 August 2018 via mobile

I needed a retreat, to mark a life transition. Went to esalen at the recommendation of a friend. 2 of us went for women's empowerment workshop over a long weekend. The workshop was great but esalen itself is what made the experience beyond description. The...More

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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|
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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
30 October 2016|
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Response from M R | Reviewed this property |
I'd check the reviews for all the Air BNB's, Bed and Breakfasts etc in the area. The area is magical - there are possibilities to stay in unexpected places.
30 June 2016|
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Response from Laura S | Reviewed this property |
Need to be staying there to use the baths, except during the night.
4 May 2016|
Response from SShield |
You will love: Les Bains de Lavey, Switzerland. They have lodging as well.