Dramatically poised atop the Palos Verdes Peninsula on 102 acres of coastline, Terranea Resort is the crowning achievement of Los Angeles-based owner/developer Lowe Enterprises and is managed by Destination Hotels & Resorts. Though just 45 minutes from the heart of Los Angeles, Terranea manages to feel worlds away.
Rising from the water’s edge, the 582-room resort includes a 360-room hotel and 32 villas. All accommodations have stunning views and immediate access to miles of oceanfront trails. In addition to stellar views and natural preserves, Terranea features three swimming pools and a 25,000-square-foot spa and fitness facility overlooking the Pacific. The Spa at Terranea delivers on relaxation and customization via its signature spa treatments, which accommodate guests’ moods and personal journeys. For the resort guest who is looking to rejuvenate and energize, Terranea offers invigorating morning and mid-day spa treatments. We recommend the Ocean Prelude: With the sound of the waves crashing below from Terranea’s signature spa suite, replenish yourself in a seaweed wrap before slipping into a relaxing salt water bath followed by a Laminaria oil massage. Culinary enthusiasts also have a place at Terranea. Guests can explore a range of unique dining destinations at the property’s eight exceptional venues. Nelson’s, perched directly above the ocean coves made famous by the 1950s television series “Sea Hunt,” is a guest favorite because of its casual coastal cuisine and sunset views.
Other resort amenities include a children’s center and The Links at Terranea, a dramatic nine-hole, par-three oceanfront golf course. Terranea also has expansive outdoor lawns, terraces, gardens, and gazebos. Resort amenities, an incomparable location, and stylish architecture are an undeniable draw for second home buyers, and the resort’s real estate offerings include two- and three-bedroom oceanview golf villas ranging in size from 1,850 square feet to 2,800 square feet, and 2,050-square-foot three-bedroom oceanfront casitas. All Terranea real estate owners enjoy resort benefits, including room service, housekeeping, concierge, and in-resort transportation. Priced from $1.1 to $2.5 million, owner privileges also include special rates and travel benefits at 40 other properties in the U.S.
Capture those views on canvas in a seaside “plein air painting” session with the resort’s Pointe Discovery program and take your artwork home. Or, try kayaking or “kayorkling,” which combines kayaking and snorkeling.
Terranea’s signature restaurant, mar’sel, puts an inventive twist on California cuisine with a seasonal menu featuring local ingredients. Offerings include delicious dishes like crispy Shelton Farms chicken thighs with cauliflower purée.
A beautiful 45-minute boat ride from nearby San Pedro takes guests to Catalina Island, which features fabulous land and water activities, including the Zip Line and SeaTrek Undersea Adventure, as well as numerous dining and lodging offerings. The island’s diverse landscape has served as the location for the filming of more than 500 movies, documentaries, and television programs over the past 90 years, including Jaws and Apollo 13.
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