wailea beach resort

Big Sur, CA

Founded in 1962 and named for the Esselen tribe that first populated this remote stretch of Big Sur, Esalen Institute (widely known as just Esalen) is as famous for its clothing-optional, oceanside hot spring baths as it is for its workshops addressing body, mind, soul and society. Its unique collection of woodsy accommodations — from humble rooms for your sleeping bag to high-end oceanfront houses — come with three healthful, delicious meals a day in the handsome lodge and access to other amenities. With or without workshops, lodging packages are available for five-day/four-night or three-day/two-night stays.

Photo: Courtesy of Esalen

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