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
Unbelievable experience! They go above and beyond from check in to check out- thank you! The resort is breath taking, the staff is AMAZING!! Surprisingly it was moderately priced to enjoy things like the spa, nelsons, etc. which made it that much more of an epic experience- thank you again!!
The location of the property surpassed my expectations which were already high, it was surrounded by ocean on three sides! And the landscaping with native plants just enhance the experience due to the birds they attracted. The service was excellent, and the food was super fresh, if a bit on the expensive side. Rooms were super comfortable and clean, and I loved the huge bathroom/tub. I hope I can make it back some day.
The place was beautiful! I’ve been here multiple times with usually no problems. just a minor service hiccup this past trip. We called to the front for room service, we were on hold for a while so we just ended up going to Nelson’s which was great
I have stayed here many many many times since it's opening. The service level has really dropped and the property just isn't maintained like it once was. The staff suffer from a severe lack of proper training and either don't know the answers to simple questions ex: (what time is yoga? how do I order a toothbrush kit?) or they offer you conflicting information or tell you to look it up on their website! My room wasn't cleaned properly and had stuff from the previous occupants - gross. It's just not meeting standards and that's disappointing.
We stayed in the Bungalow suites. There were four of us and the suite had 2 bedrooms with a kitchen, living room and patio with a fire pit. The rooms were spacious, clean and well appointed. The service was excellent. We had to call for maintenance a few times and they arrived quickly. We ate at Balshi, Mar'Sel, Nelson's and Sea Beans. All were good and we are quite picky. We especially enjoyed Balshi. We also had drinks and small snacks at the lobby bar. We visited the spa twice. All four of us enjoyed our services and the spa facilities. The views from the resort are gorgeous. Just wish it was a bit warmer and less windy but that was mother nature's fault not the resort. We are looking forward to making it an annual trip.