As previously mentioned in this blog, the wild and wonderful treatments available at spas are something out of this world. Most of the newest treatments are based on the healthy and beneficial powers of different natural ingredients. Whether animal, vegetable or mineral, one might think they are at a restaurant rather than a spa when looking over the menu of services.
Refuge, in Carmel Valley bucks that trend with one of the most unique spa experiences seen in some time. Quickly becoming a hot, new activity on the Monterey Peninsula, the Refuge Experience is based on the European practice of Hydro-thermal Therapy. The practice of exposure to a hot environment, immediately followed by immersion in cold water has been around for centuries, but Refuge has created an entire spa around the experience.
The grounds are tucked away amongst the Santa Lucia Mountains and winding roads of Carmel Valley with the various features set amongst large natural rocks and forest trees creating truly serene environment. The hot to cold benefits can be experienced in several degrees with hot tubs of varying temperatures and large steam and sauna rooms to be followed by the cold water pool of your choice. Guests can then relax around outdoor fire pits or indoors on zero gravity chairs.
Trip Advisor has ranked Refuge at the #3 experience in Carmel, but the location is spa only, so a great lodging option is just over the hill at the Portola Hotel & Spa in Monterey. The hotel is offering a Refuge Package deal that includes two passes to Refuge and a night on one of their nautically inspired, elegantly appointed guest rooms. The package also includes breakfast for two at Jacks Restaurant and a warm homemade chocolate chip cookie upon arrival. The package is a great call for a couple or for a couple of friends looking to get away from it all.