Is the newly opened Terranea Resort poised on the Palos Verdes Peninsula the only luxury resort destination to grace the Los Angeles coast? YES! The dramatic setting with 270-degree panoramic ocean views; coupled with the impressive selection of resort activities makes the Terranea Resort one of a kind.
A pineapple crowned fountain welcomes visitors to the luxury resort destination that cares deeply for its environment, embraces its natural shoreline setting and promises to deliver a distinctive, classic California lifestyle experience. Terranea Resort (derived from the word Mediterranean pronounced Terr-a-NAY-a) opened its doors just a short two weeks ago and with the exception of some newly planted landscaping; the resort review looks and operates like it's been nestled on the Palos Verdes Peninsula for years.
The destination resort captures exquisite Mediterranean decor with the ocean as the background in every picture and the abundant list of services will keep guests entertained and involved or opt for a host of California laid back activities. A walk through the resort reveals a spectacular, well appointed property that services exclusive get-a-ways, special events and family fun.
Location: 100 Terranea Way Drive - or - 6610 Palos Verdes S. Dr / Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275 Contact: phone (310) 265-2800 - fax (310) 265-2700 - web www.Terranea.com
The grandeur of the 120 acre property is not obvious as one drives up to the entrance and looks through the main lobby directly to the sapphire ocean. At first glance, guests will feel like they have arrived at a secluded villa; but after a few short steps through the lavish lobby, views are exposed of the tiered buildings accommodating 400 spacious hotel rooms, suites and bungalows, 50 private casitas and 32 private villas, 135,000 square feet of meeting space, a world class spa and seven dining options.
Architects and designers worked hard to incorporate the natural beauty of the land and magic of the ocean in all elements of the resort. Restaurants and public spaces embrace ocean views, walkways and paths include indigenous plants and mature trees and the two mile Discovery Trail at the perimeter of the property is open to the public, pet friendly and has benches and a snack bar for non-guests.
Terranea Resort offers up the California lifestyle that includes relaxing on the terrace next to a warm fire place or sitting in the well appointed living room having organic cocktails. Each evening at sunset, the sound of ringing crystal bowls signifies the end of day; an ancient ritual known for healing and relaxation.
A sanctuary and retreat, The Spa at Terranea is a 50,000-square-foot, state-of-the art oasis; offering customized wellness treatments. The Spa offers treatments responding to nature's bio-rhythms. In mornings, treatments and activities are brisk and invigorating while in the afternoon, guests indulge in calming and relaxing options.
The Resorts Spa pool has comfortable lounge chairs and is decorated with tall terracotta pots, capturing the sense of a private Mediterranean ocean villa.
Adults will enjoy the sanctuary of the over 18 pool, adjacent to the ocean and surrounded by a glass wall to protect sun bathers from the wind. Funky tangerine chairs surround the rectangular pool and the cushioned lounge chairs are set on a bed of soft sand, overlooking the ocean. The snack bar serves the guests at the pool so one never has the leave the luxury of this contemporary landing.
For family fun, the property has a large swimming pool with a water slide and an interactive fountain. To the south of the property and down the discovery trial, is a secluded cove offering up lounge chairs and umbrellas on an imported sandy area with kayaking, snorkel and scuba available.
The resort staff is proud of the Children's Center, a kid program and offering innovative activities such as a chance to create their own Rock Band, re-create their favorite movie scene or participate in a snap and shoot photo scavenger hunt. The Tide Pool Adventure Camps take kids on a journey though Terranea's history using creative activities, microscopes and science experiments.
It should be noted that the resort does not have a "sandy" beach. Access to the ocean is from the rocky shoreline of the cove. Entering the water could be very risky during high surf. No life guard is on duty.
Seven restaurants populate the Terranea property and the fine dining Mar'sel restaurant is a destination in and of itself. It serves fine modern California cuisine using fresh herbs and product grown on the property with plush seating indoors and dining al fresco available.
The Catalina Kitchen offers up good food at any time, located in the center of the property near the family pool. The Terrace Sea Bean coffee boutique has a selection of snacks.
For a causal beach vibe dining experience, Nelson's sits overlooking the water and is themed after the Lloyd Bridges character from the late 1950's TV series Sea Hunt. In an earlier day episodes of Sea Hunt were shot here when the property was a marine park. Terranea Resort guests and LA locals enjoy a simple bar menu that includes shrimp tacos and fish & chips, while peering through the patio glass partition at the large fire pit surrounded by plush chairs.
On the other side of the patio is the Discovery Trail where visitors are welcome with their canine companions and can take a break, enjoy the view and order up a sunset cocktail.
Catalina Point is the place to have a perfect wedding. The outdoor ceremony setting overlooks the ocean and the resorts spacious ballrooms offer a combination of rustic and modern with rows of lamp shades decorating the ceiling.
Adjacent outdoor patio areas are ideal for a cocktails. The staff specializes in accommodating bridal parties at the spa and the gentlemen can enjoy a fun 9 hole, par 3 round of golf at the resort, or visit the Trump National Golf Club, just minutes away.
Ocean front rooms have views of the Pacific and include a sitting lanai with chair and table. The rooms are spacious and include flat screen TV, wireless internet, and IPOD holder. The decor combines rustic beauty with beach color schemes.
A love seat with leather ottoman faces a solid wood desk with an impressive guest directory. And walking into the bathroom, one feels a sense of calm with the sea foam green color scheme with glass tiles, sea shell decorated lamps, separate tub and shower, toilet closet and storage drawers.
All meeting rooms have state of the art flat screens, most with ocean views. The board rooms on the 6th floor have amazing ocean views, plush leather chairs around large wood tables, decorative lamps with ample terrace space for outdoor lunches or breaks. For a larger event, the resort has the areas largest ocean resort ball room, 18,000 square feet, named after the founding father of the Palos Verdes Peninsula, Frank A. Vanderlip. NOTE: All Photos Copyright Bruce Murray.
When one measures the wording carefully Terranea Resort may or may not be LA's only luxury ocean front resort. The resort is not central to Los Angeles but actually located closer to the city of Long Beach and lacks a true "beach". But unlike other LA ocean front accommodations Terranea offers multiple pools, a large spa, golf, and a compound like property offering families a secure feeling. But I don't think the fine print is of any importance. Terranea is definitely one of Southern California's top destinations and sure to become a favorite get-a-way for locals and area visitors.