When invited to take part in a 2 night “Spa Retreat” at Pebble Beach, I don’t think I could quite say yes fast enough. 2 days at one of the most prestigious resorts, dining and drinks, great company, AND I get spa treatments at one of the exclusive few worldwide Forbes Travel Guide Five Star spas?! Oh, AND United was taking care of our flights?! Ummm…. YES. Yes, I will.
What I didn’t realize was how completely far and beyond the team at Pebble would go to blow all of my expectations out of the water. From the minute I arrived at the Monterey Airport (15 minutes away with direct flights from LAX!) to the most knowledgeable and friendly driver, I knew the week was off to a great start. We would be staying at Casa Palmero, Pebble Beach’s exclusive boutique property within the gates, on the world famous 17-Mile Drive; a 24-room oasis that is connected to the spa and a stone’s throw from the Lodge. Event clients take note: this is THE perfect spot for a buyout. It feels like a (super luxurious) home, complete with library and living room. And at only 24 rooms, it is the perfect place for a corporate retreat, or family and bridal party, especially with its proximity to the spa and salon.
In addition to the spa treatments, which were absolutely out of this world, we had the opportunity to check out Pebble’s BRAND new Golf Academy, a beautiful home base for golfers, located next to the driving range, and with some of the most high tech equipment you will see anywhere… a simulator AND a robot that helps perfect your swing (or give you Tiger’s!). The facility only adds to the allure that was already one of the best golf resorts in the world.
Basically, you can’t go wrong at Pebble. There truly is something for everyone. I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the absolutely charming town of Carmel-by-the-Sea, a short 10 minute drive from the resort, where you can walk everywhere, eat at fantastic quaint restaurants (another fun fact, probably the most dog friendly town you can find!), and even go olive oil and wine tasting (Trio Carmel, a must do!). There are also some great events that take place at Pebble each year, such as the AT&T National Pro-Am, and my favorite, the Pebble Beach Food and Wine event each April.
I cant say it enough, whether you are a golfer or not, it’s a must see, super special, bucket list type place that is not to be missed, and I am sure will keep you coming back year after year.