A stunning getaway without having to go too far away, Terranea Resort is a chill Mediterranean family retreat on the Palos Verdes Peninsula about 45 minutes south of Santa Monica. Here, moms, dads, and kids can eat, drink, play and relax with multiple pools, a seaside spa, nine-hole golf course and an array of award-winning restaurants.
There are multiple accommodation options on the 102-acre property from ocean-view guest rooms and suites, to poolside bungalows and golf villas. Rooms are traditionally-styled and come with flat-screen TVs and balconies or patios.
Wi-Fi is available for a fee.
Stone and tile bathrooms come with walk-in showers, separate sunken tubs and L’Occitane bath products.
A central meeting and socializing space, the marble-laden lobby has a back terrace with stunning views of the Pacific Ocean that helps welcome you to the property. The lobby also features a sitting room with comfy couches, fireplaces and a bar.
Come down to the lobby for sunset where the hotel has a nightly ritual where they ring singing bowls and often have complimentary wine tastings and snacks while the sun goes down.
Four separate pools give guests of all sizes opportunities to play and relax. The resort pool features a giant water slide for the kids. The Cielo Pool is an adult-only, salt water spot with boozy beverages and bar food. The Vista Pool is another relaxing oasis that’s open to guests 13 and up. And the Spa Pool is another adult-only paradise where guests can relax before or after the signature spa body treatments.
The Cielo Pool also has its own beach with lounge chairs overlooking the water.
The exquisite spa at Terranea is the very definition of relaxing luxury. With breathtaking views looking out over the Pacific, guests can indulge in a variety of options from their 25 separate treatment rooms. Beyond the massages, facials and body wraps, the spa also has its own pool, steam rooms, saunas, café and fire pits.
In the same area as the spa is the resort’s fitness center. Here, a full complement of cardio machines and free weights allow guests to get in complete workouts. The pool is great for doing laps and the resort also offers classes like yoga, Pilates and more.
Multiple dining options are spread out across the property. The two worth trying most are Mar’sel, a fine-dining Cali-cuisine spot with artisanal cocktails and late-night snacks overlooking the ocean and Catalina Kitchen--which is the main hotel restaurant. Here, diners can get Cali/Mediterranean fare for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
The hotel prides itself on its sustainability. If you walk around the grounds, you might stumble upon their sea salt-making operation, beehives for honey or fruit and vegetable garden where they grow lettuce, strawberries, rosemary, carrots and more. The hotel also grows olives, in which they turn into their own brand of olive oil.
The Lobby Bar is the main hotel watering hole and serves craft cocktails around cozy fireplaces. Every weekend the bar features live musical performances.
Right on the property is a 9-hole par 3 golf course. There’s even a junior golf program that provides kids with lessons, workshops and tournament play options.
When you come to Terranea, you should plan on staying at the resort. If you do want to leave and explore the peninsula, we’d recommend renting a car as this is a highly residential area with few taxis or ride app cars in the vicinity.
You don’t really come to Terranea to sample the local cuisine outside the hotel, but if you must get off the property, check out Black Bamboo Sushi (10-minute drive).
There aren’t any great bar options that we would recommend within proximity to the hotel.
WHY WE LIKE IT
Terranea is an eco-friendly and sustainable resort on one of the most beautiful coastlines in California. The property caters to all ages and has activities, restaurants, bars and more for the whole family--there are even hiking trails that can lead to sun-bathing sea lions and other wild flora and fauna. While it’s far from LA and can take up to an hour to drive here, the point is to be away from the city and enjoy the natural surroundings and all it has to offer. If you leave Terranea without feeling totally relaxed and rejuvenated, you’re doing something wrong as the staff here prides themselves on their service, trying to make your time as special as possible.