This coastal holiday destination appeals to active travelers seeking an upscale escape.
About a half-hour drive (depending on traffic, of course) outside bustling Los Angeles, this oasis enjoys an ideal location on the Palos Verdes Peninsula. Terranea offers a classic California coastal vacation with its ocean views and plenty of activities for enjoying the temperate year-round climate. And while this family- and earth-friendly resort may seem large, it is spread over 102 acres (much of which is open land on the Palos Verdes Peninsula), providing guests with just the right amount of privacy.
Each of the 326 guest rooms, 34 suites, 20 oceanfront bungalows, 50 ocean-view casitas and 32 villas offers expansive views of the Pacific Ocean, Catalina Island, lush gardens and pools. The smallest of the rooms is still an ample 450 square feet, while the villas range from 1,850 to a whopping 2,800 square feet. Located in a secluded enclave, the villas feature their own full kitchens, living rooms and private garages, while some have private outdoor hot tubs and fireplaces. The casitas, or "small houses," use private entrances to provide a luxurious, residential feel, and the bungalows, although closer to the main building, offer views while providing direct access to the resort's facilities: four heated pools (one with a water slide), eight dining venues, the Tide Pool Kids' Club and more.
Capitalizing on the SoCal sunshine, Terranea makes it easy to enjoy a wide range of outdoor activities, including horseback riding, kayaking, tide pool explorations and even a falconry course (on-site). Nearby there is a public 9-hole, par 3 oceanfront golf course and a walking trail along the coastline leading to the Point Vicente Interpretive Center. The center displays exhibits highlighting the history of the peninsula and its wildlife. Back on the grounds, the 50,000-square-foot Spa at Terranea offers sweeping ocean views and customized services in 25 treatment rooms.
Terranea's signature restaurant, mar'sel, presents a menu of fresh, gourmet cuisine incorporating ingredients grown on the property. Additional dining options include Catalina Kitchen for breakfast, Sunday brunch, lunch and an evening menu that features California market cuisine with a Mediterranean influence; bashi serving Asian fare inspired by chef Bruce Nguyen's family recipes; and Nelson's with a casual menu and gorgeous sunset views. For conferences, dining venues can accent the 60,000 square feet of meeting and event space that includes ballrooms, boardrooms and breakout rooms.
If you're looking for that fast-paced Los Angeles experience, or proximity to Hollywood and Venice Beach, Terranea is not the place for you. Perfect as an escape from the city without having to go too far, Terranea's peninsula location gives its guests the feeling of an island getaway, without requiring a boat or plane.