The once private villa on the classy shores of Monterey will transport you to the balmy shrublands of the scorched Mediterranean. Casa Palmero captures that Spanish colonial feel – with its burnt ochre hue, wide courtyard, and traditional style fountains. The beautiful villa was built from the ground up in 1927 but didn’t fling open its doors to guests until the late 1990’s. With only a handful of rooms (24 to be exact) there is an intimacy in the air at Casa Palmero.

Being on the Pebble Beach Golf Link makes the Casa a dream come true for golfers, particularly as rooms boast sweeping views of the fabled first and second fairways. Yet, it’s not only those who love to tee off who will adore Casa Palmero; auto aficionados flock to Monterey for the annual Pebble Beach Concours, and anyone seeking a Californian escape to curl up beside the fire, explore the beach, and fall hard for an enchanting place to stay will feel the pull.

Entrance into the intimate charm of Casa Palmero

Passing the 17-Mile-Road to get to the property sets the tone for your time ahead, as mature oaks soar and wild deer roam. Upon arrival, the boutique intimacy is apparent as the valet calls you by name, and the hidden courtyards and vined trellises invite you to wander through storybook gardens. The resort boasts four restaurants, shops, a spa, and proximity to the Beach and Tennis Club – not to mention as much golf as you can swing an iron at.

romantic fountains transport you to another time and place

The rooms at Casa Palmero are sumptuous in style with threads of Italian inspiration sewn in. A blend of textures calls on earthy woods, distressed buttery leather, and warm honeyed hues. Window seats bring in that air of romance, along with wood burning fires, fat armchairs, and spaciously large bath tubs. The Courtyard Suites has its own whirlpool spa nestled in the private courtyard, along with exposed wooden beams and that much loved fireplace. The Palmero Suite has its own access and garden along with a guest powder room and a striking four poster bed.

beautiful rooms boast exposed beams and warm honey tones

The public spaces of Casa Palmero are equally as inviting in style and space.  Complementary cocktails and hors d’oeuvres get passed around when the curtain of evening falls, and the living room with its piano and winged chairs transport you back to a time of formal elegance. The library is a firm favorite of every guest who passes through these doors – boasting shelf after shelf of locally bound authors and lots of nooks and crannies to lose yourself in the pages.

some suites have private courtyards, whirlpool spas, and open fireplaces

Outside, there are glorious vistas and weathered benches beside the fountain. The sparkling pool punctuated by sun loungers and parasols in the same honeyed and terracotta tones is an ever-inviting scene for long lingering afternoons without a care in the world.

the sparkling pool punctuated with bright parasols and loungers

The spa is just a few steps away and hailed as one of the best with its highly coveted Forbes five-star award. Many off the treatments and services call on the natural bounty of Northern California, utilizing local herbs, flowers and minerals from both the mountains and the sea. Hailed as a sanctuary for the senses you could spend a lifetime being pampered in one of their 15 massage rooms, full service salon, outdoor pool, warming fire pit and flotation wrap suite.

Secret gardens and sweet spa services

Casa Palermo delivers a glorious customized service – from fresh flowers to concierge arrangements, all delivered with the warmth of a genuine smile in a setting that is truly remarkable. Prices start at $1,130 for an Estate Room and go to $3,600 for the Palmero Suite.