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
- 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
If you haven't done a night at Terrenea - you are missing out!! Anyone looking to get out of Los Angeles for a night and feel like you are truly on vacation - please book a night at Terranea! Great for families and great for romance. Bring scooters for the kids.
My professional organization decided to hold their annual meeting at Terranea, and what a great choice it was. The property was more than capable of handling all our meetings, breakout sessions, and evening events. But with well-appointed rooms, lush scenery, and delicious restaurants, the stay was very pleasurable. If you have the opportunity to visit, make sure you try to hit all the restaurants on site, soak up as many of the ammenities as possible, and walk the grounds. The sunsets are among the best you'll ever see, and are best viewed from Nelsons. Lunch or dinner can be had at the Catalina Kitchen (with a great view of the Resort Pool). Make sure you get an oceanfront room, because the views are beautiful. And if you have a chance to sit with the falconer (usually Thursdays), go for it. All in all, a great getaway.
$150 in fees even before we got to our room for the “resort fee” and parking. Food is so overpriced because there’s nothing around. Our room was musky. Smelled like the door hadn’t been opened in months. Had request housekeeping at 330 in the afternoon for our room after the first night. Multiple requests for something else unanswered. A colossal disappointment.
Excellent place with amazing property and several different options for lodging. Highly recommended, especially for business conventions or romantic getaways. Not terribly far from LAX or Long Beach Airport.
Room was not clean (booger on pillow), showers were cold. However, property was absolutely beautiful with many walking trails, seating areas overlooking the ocean, and plenty of impressive flora and fauna.