Terranea Resort Shares Leisure and Group Luxury Travel and Event Insights
(August 24, 2021) Terranea Resort continues to evolve and redefine its leisure, group, and wedding offerings within the luxury segment to satisfy and exceed guest expectations. As Southern California’s hidden gem on the Palos Verdes Peninsula, the destination resort has invested in the evolution of its enhanced standards of safety and well-being, advancements in technology, reimagined indoor and outdoor spaces, and experiences to promote integrated wellness, reconnection, and rediscovery.
“Our industry is resilient, adaptable, and poised to successfully accommodate the demand for evolved service and experiences,” says Agnelo Fernandes, Chief Strategy Officer & Executive Vice President, Terranea Resort. “Guests are seeking integrated wellness, enhanced connectivity, and premium experiences and amenities with the return of leisure travel, weddings, and group gatherings. Clearly communicating these changes and expanded offerings across all touchpoints and points of travel inspiration such as TerraneaLife is paramount.”
Terranea serves as a secluded oceanfront retreat brimming with breathless beauty, comfortable yet functional luxury, and endless inspiration. The resort takes advantage of its unparalleled views with expansive gathering spaces, premium accommodations, and coastal terraces with lush gardens and manicured lawns – all overlooking the Pacific Ocean with 270-degree views. The leisure, group, and wedding insights outlined below reflect the demand for 2021 into the first half of 2022 within the independent luxury resort segment.
Leisure guests continue to enjoy multigenerational travel to reconnect, reunite, and commemorate missed milestones together. Many guests are opting for domestic travel over international, as well as combining celebratory trips for a variety of occasions such as anniversaries, birthdays, graduations, and more. In some instances, missed honeymoons are now being combined with babymoons. For hybrid events, organizations are utilizing valuable new digital solutions to enhance connectivity for meetings participants and create a more engaging experience. It is also important to create a gathering space where attendees find value in person as well as remote participation, and that the meeting format is accessible and inclusive for all attendees. Small team gatherings and company retreats for brainstorming and team building are also very popular. Some companies are meeting their associates in person for the first time, as many were hired virtually and worked remotely during the pandemic.
Guests continue to demonstrate a high demand for wellness offerings across leisure, group, and wedding segments. In addition to spa treatments, yoga, fitness classes, and guided meditation, guests are also seeking food and beverage offerings that promote health and well-being, boost immune systems, and more. Terranea offers a variety of customizable wellness offerings for wedding and group integration. With plentiful options, it is easy to choose elements that best fit the individual’s desired program. Options include personalizing welcome amenities with a unique aromatherapy digital app and blending bar, reducing the stress of travel with a relaxing chair massage at registration, beginning the day with morning activities and fitness classes, enlivening attendees with one-minute aromatherapy revivers during coffee breaks, and planning stretch breaks to increase the vitality within the meeting room. Guests may also take a break and rejuvenate with tranquil spa treatments at the award-winning spa, play a round at The Links at Terranea, a nine-hole par-3 golf course, offering stunning views of the Pacific Ocean and Catalina Island, swim in one of four sparkling swimming pools, or get a breath of fresh air on one of the numerous hiking trails.
The 102-acre resort is the ideal location for providing ample space, as well as customization for safe and unique experiences, both personal and professional. The facilities and services create an environment that promotes the confidence of attendees and guests, by mitigating any areas of uncertainty. Guests may partake in a variety of outdoor activities, orchestrated by a member of the resort’s Adventure Concierge, such as kayaking, whale watching, archery, fishing, painting, falconry, and more. All activities provide unique opportunities for guests and attendees to bond and reflect while exploring the resort’s natural surroundings. Terranea works hand-in-hand with its vendors, engineers, and event professionals to create meeting and special event experiences that go above and beyond the industry standards to exceed guest expectations.
Guests who have not had a vacation in a while or experienced a delay in planned gatherings are looking for one-of-a-kind experiences, private activities, a longer length of stay, and premium views. Luxury accommodations that provide a more secluded experience such as the private villas, casitas, and adult-only bungalows allow guests to gather with ample space to reconnect and spread out. There is also significant demand for private offerings such as hot tubs, adventure activities, cabanas, chefs, and more. In addition, there has been an uptick with guests making reservations to stay while buying or selling their homes and during home renovations due to the current real estate market. For individual and group gatherings, guests are opting for individual charcuterie and cheese boards, individual portion servings, and mini servings instead of self-serve stations, tray passing, and multiple stations spread out across event space.
“Each of these segments not only comprises emerging and ongoing industry trends, they are critical elements and considered across the strategic planning, reimagined locations, enhanced services, and unparalleled environment for our guests and associates,” says Fernandes. “Creating a TerraneaProud workplace culture, through training, careful attention to detail, and employee well-being, is the foundation for creating an environment of success.”
The health and well-being of guests and associates is paramount. As part of Terranea's ongoing commitment, it has partnered with American Hotel & Lodging Association, California Hotel & Lodging Association, and Ecolab, to enhance its existing high standards of service and care to promote a safe and comfortable stay. Terranea has implemented the American Hotel & Lodging Association’s Safe Stay industry-wide initiative, is Sharecare Health Security VERIFIED® with Forbes Travel Guide, is Clean + Safe Certified by the California Hotel & Lodging Association, and has incorporated recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the California Department of Public Health, and county health departments. In addition, the resort has developed enhanced training and protocols, in partnership with cleaning industry expert Ecolab. To learn more, please visit www.terranea.com/promise.
About Terranea Resort
Located on the Palos Verdes Peninsula, Terranea is the premier oceanfront resort in Southern California with 102 acres of unparalleled Pacific Ocean views. Terranea opened in 2009 and proudly celebrates more than 10 years of service and memorable guest experiences in this scenic Southern California enclave. The resort also offers world-class accommodations that range from hotel suites to bungalows, oceanfront casitas, and luxurious villas. Amenities include The Links at Terranea, a nine-hole, par-3 golf course; award-winning 50,000 sq. ft. oceanfront spa, fitness, and wellness center; four swimming pools and a 140-foot waterslide; marea luxury boutique; 135,000 sq. ft. of meeting space; and nine dining venues showcasing its farm-to-Terranea culinary philosophy utilizing local and seasonal ingredients. Terranea's bountiful land boasts herb and vegetable gardens, lemon groves, bee hives, farm-fresh eggs, a Sea Salt Conservatory, and more. In addition, the resort’s team of expert Adventure Concierge members help guests discover and explore Terranea’s rich terrain that includes miles of scenic coastal trails, a secluded beach cove, and ocean environments. Fun, enriching programs and activities such as falconry, archery, kayaking, and paddle boarding also abound. Terranea Resort is owned by a joint venture comprised of Lowe and JC Resorts, managed by CoralTree Hospitality Group, and is a member of the American Express Fine Hotels & Resorts program and Virtuoso Travel Network. Since its opening, Terranea Resort has been named one of Travel + Leisure’s “500 Best Hotels in the World” and earned a spot on Condé Nast Traveler’s “Readers’ Choice Awards” and “Gold List.” The resort also received the “Best of Award of Excellence” from Wine Spectator and has been recognized numerous times on U.S. News & World Report's “Best U.S. Hotels” list. Terranea is designated a Great Place To Work-Certified™ company by Great Place to Work. To learn more about Terranea’s enhanced standards of care Promise, please visit www.terranea.com/promise. For additional information about Terranea Resort, visit www.terranea.com, call 866.261.5873, or follow Terranea on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.