The people

Villa Bermeja is managed by an international team of people who love this region so much they decided to call it home. This dynamic group are the heart of the Villa and offer decades of experience in hospitality, culinary delights, design, and landscaping.

Sandra | Creative Director
Faial, Açores | Los Angeles, California | Casares, Spain

Spain Favorite | I love the landscape here. The spring wildflowers and the wind rustling through the mountains and trees.

Favorite Food | All the food. And all the vino tinto.

Born in Portugal, Sandra grew up in California and owned a fashion brand in Los Angeles. Ready for a more tranquil life among nature and getting back to their European roots, she and her husband took to Google maps and picked an area that looked green year-round and had warm weather. In 2019, they moved out to Southern Spain.

“I have always enjoyed making a home and entertaining friends, so getting the Villa was a natural fit to what I already love doing. This place is really special and is meant to be shared.”

Sandra | Creative Director
Faial, Acores | Los Angeles, California | Casares, Spain

Spain Favorite | I love the landscape here. The spring wildflowers and the wind rustling through the mountains and trees.

Favorite Food | All the food. And all the vino tinto.

Born in Portugal, Sandra grew up in California and owned a fashion brand in Los Angeles. Ready for a more tranquil life among nature and getting back to their European roots, she and her husband took to Google maps and picked an area that looked green year-round and had warm weather. In 2019, they moved out to Southern Spain.

“I have always enjoyed making a home and entertaining friends, so getting the Villa was a natural fit to what I already love doing. This place is really special and is meant to be shared.”

Karl
Dublin, Ireland | Lindsborg, Kansas | Los Angeles, CA | Casares, Spain

Spain Favorite | Cost of living

Karl was born in Ireland and moved to the US at age 13. He’s a chemical engineer who worked in environmental for an aerospace company. He has taken that experience to perfect his pool boy maintenance skills. When not checking water PH levels or casually skimming leaves off the pool, he enjoys brewing craft beer, sailing and all things involving numbers, spreadsheets and technology.

Lisa | Head Chef | Event Director
Farnham Surrey, England | Estepona, Spain

Spain Favorite | I love the Spanish culture, the wonderful laid-back way of life. I love the way whole families go out together. Spain is such a sociable nation.

Favorite thing to cook | Definitely the wonderful Tapas which are so traditional in Spain and of course Paella.

Lisa trained as a professional chef in England and has a real passion for learning to cook different foods from all over the world, “I can always be found with my head in a cookery book.”

She moved to Spain in 2002 and spent the first few years with her three children. She started making English cakes and pies for local shops, that led to private cooking for dinner parties, and ultimately catering for weddings and celebrations. She became the head chef at Villa Bermeja in 2012. “Bermeja is a magical place which I love being a part of.”

Lisa | Head Chef | Event Director
Farnham Surrey, England | Estepona, Spain

Spain Favorite | I love the Spanish culture, the wonderful laid-back way of life. I love the way whole families go out together. Spain is such a sociable nation.

Favorite thing to cook | Definitely the wonderful Tapas which are so traditional in Spain and of course Paella.

Lisa trained as a professional chef in England and has a real passion for learning to cook different foods from all over the world, “I can always be found with my head in a cookery book.”

She moved to Spain in 2002 and spent the first few years with her three children. She started making English cakes and pies for local shops, that led to private cooking for dinner parties, and ultimately catering for weddings and celebrations. She became the head chef at Villa Bermeja in 2012. “Bermeja is a magical place which I love being a part of.”

Sebastian | Maintenance Manager
Zuromin, Poland | Estepona, Spain

Spain Favorite | I love the tapas and Fritura Malagueña. I really like all the food here.

Sebastian has been enjoying the Spanish sunshine with his family for nearly 20 years. His extensive construction background makes him an invaluable member of the team. He is always positive, knowledgeable and can fix just about anything. He speaks four languages and enjoys countryside motorbike rides and taking his dogs to the beach.

Renata | Housekeeping Manager
Zuromin Poland | Estepona, Spain

Spain Favorites | El tiempo y la playa. Me encanta ir a la playa.

Favorite Food | Paella de Mariscos

Renata was a natural at embracing Spain’s warm weather from her native Poland. She moved here in 2004 with her husband and 2 children. She and her team are instrumental in keeping the Villa well maintained and organized. She loves relaxing on the beach and takes advantage of its proximity whenever possible.

Renata | Housekeeping Manager
Zuromin Poland | Estepona, Spain

Spain Favorites | El tiempo y la playa. Me encanta ir a la playa.

Favorite Food | Paella de Mariscos

Renata was a natural at embracing Spain’s warm weather from her native Poland. She moved here in 2004 with her husband and 2 children. She and her team are instrumental in keeping the Villa well maintained and organized. She loves relaxing on the beach and takes advantage of its proximity whenever possible.

Augustin | Landscape Director
Casares, Spain

Spain Favorite |

Augustine is a Casares native and has been with the property for nearly 25 years. As the longest member of the team, he has tended to and watched the evolution of the landscape. He and his wife even lived on the property for many years. He planted the noble pine which now stands at over 30m high.

Bailey | Head of Security
Los Angeles, CA | Casares, Spain

Spain Favorites | Sunbathing, Hiking, Chasing Birds

Bailey is one lucky rescue dog who’s come a long way from the city streets of Los Angeles. Oblivious to the amount of paperwork it took to get him here, he has acclimated to country living without a hitch. He is a team “catch the ball” player and a self-starter creating a position for himself as “Head of Bird Security.” Although he is very dedicated to his post, fortunately he has yet to catch one.

Bailey | Head of Security
Los Angeles, CA | Casares, Spain

Spain Favorites | Sunbathing, Hiking, Chasing Birds

Bailey is one lucky rescue dog who’s come a long way from the city streets of Los Angeles. Oblivious to the amount of paperwork it took to get him here, he has acclimated to country living without a hitch. He is a team “catch the ball” player and a self-starter creating a position for himself as “Head of Bird Security.” Although he is very dedicated to his post, fortunately he has yet to catch one.