Terranea – L.A.’s Oceanfront Resort
What We Love
- Pools overlooking the ocean
- Traditional links-style nine-hole golf course
- Eco-friendly design and an on-property nature reserve
- Spa menu designed by wellness experts
What To Know
- The beach is not recommended for swimming because it’s so rocky with strong currents
- Self-parking is $25 a day; valet parking is $35 a day
- Regular spa access costs $40 a day
- Free WiFi
- Golf Course
- Handicap Accessible
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Less than a 40-minute drive from LAX, the 102-acre Terranea is an escape set along the dramatic cliffs of California’s Palos Verdes peninsula that pulls off being two resorts in one. For families there’s an outdoor pool where kids can splash and shriek to their hearts’ content. For couples, there’s an adults-only infinity pool and a serene spa pool, all of which look out over the Pacific. Eight dining options drive the point home; go sophisticated at Mar’sel for Euro-California fusion or chill out at Nelson’s, a funky beachside shack.
Bed & Bath
Large, sun-filled guestrooms feel beachy but luxurious, with high-thread-count sheets on plush king beds, all in muted earth tones with orange and seashell accents. The roomtypes vary from expansive in the Two-Bedroom Ocean View Villas weighing in at 1,850 square feet with a kitchen, living room, fireplace and balcony, to Ocean View Casita Suites, which bump up to 1,100 square feet and add a living room, indoor and outdoor fireplace and views of Catalina Island.
It sounds a bit New Age, but at Terranea, where you’re constantly surrounded by nature, it’s easy to fall into that relaxed, natural rhythm. The sun and ocean air stream through your window each morning to wake you up. And after a day of hiking next to the ocean, kayaking with the hotel’s on-site guide and/or relaxing in the spa — followed by dinner at one of the resort’s high-end restaurants — it’s easy to sleep well.
How to Get There
My stay at Terranea was terrific, and a special mention for the incredible sea kayaking available there. The guide, James, is very knowledgeable about the ocean and the marine life. He is also a very skilled kayaker and able to work with guests at any level of experience. The ocean views in this area are just stunning. It is an incredible, protected marine wilderness with very few other boaters, and we were able to see so much! Two kinds of dolphins, as well as sea lions, seals, birds, fish, giant kelp, beautiful rock formations... it was really a memorable experience. If I return to Terranea, the first thing I will do is book another kayaking excursion! Thanks, James!
I was only in for one night, and wish I'd extended. The property was beautiful, rooms relaxing, service excellent and the Ocean view spectacular. Next time I will definitely plan to stay longer and enjoy everything the property has to offer.
My company invests a lot of time in this resort, but the front staff is almost immune to us. It almost sounded like they were us favors when asked for help or complimentary items. Very rude. Please work on treating all guests equally. If anything, our work investment brings great amount of business. We should be valued just as much if not more.
Literally the best resort we've ever stayed at in LA. They are super accomodating and very timely in every regard. They go above and beyond in every way to make sure that our experience is top notch. The pool is also a huge plus!
I stayed one night with my family. We traveled a lot of cities/countries, experienced many hotels, but this Terranea Resort was the best. Room was nice, ocean view was great, and resort area was safe and clean to walk around. Everything was perfect.