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Poised above coastal bluffs with sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean, Terranea (terra-NAY-a) Resort debuted in June 2009 as the only luxury resort destination on the Los Angeles coast. Guests enjoy a sophisticated, yet relaxed ambiance at this Mediterranean-inspired retreat surrounded by a glistening, panoramic seascape.

Celebrated for its natural beauty, the 102-acre estate features 582 guestrooms and suites, including spacious bungalows, casitas and villas. Luxurious amenities spotlight eight unique dining experiences, a full-service spa and fitness center, award-winning golf course, four swimming pools, kids' club, ecological enrichment programs and 135,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor wedding and event space.


Terranea is located on the Palos Verdes Peninsula, one of Southern California's most scenic and coveted coastlines overlooking the Pacific Ocean and Catalina Island. Guests enjoy a tranquil escape in this natural haven, with convenient access from both Los Angeles International and Long Beach airports and situated just 30 miles southwest of downtown Los Angeles.


To ensure a harmonious effect the combined efforts of Hill Glazier Architects and Scheurer Architects produce a destination resort that is an elegant blend of authentic Mediterranean design, coupled with the ecological and aesthetic characteristics of the natural habitat of this rare coastline location.

At first glance, this eco friendly hotel appears to be two and three stories high as it gently falls away to four and five stories toward the sea to embrace the coastal views. In addition, there is seamless transition between indoor and outdoor spaces to take full advantage of the location's ideal climate and natural beauty.


Rancho Palos Verdes takes its name from Cañada de Palos Verdes or canyon of green trees and was originally inhabited by the Gabrielino-Tongva Tribe.

Years later, the land passed to a consortium of New York investors led by Frank A. Vanderlip, by way of Don Dolores Sepulveda. Considered the founding father of the Palos Verdes Peninsula, Vanderlip built the first homes on the land in 1924 with a plan for a magnificent Italian village that would hug the coast.

Later, the site became Marineland of the Pacific, a seaside animal theme park, and was subsequently used as a set location for various major motion pictures and television productions. Lowe Enterprises became involved with the 102-acre property in 1998 and thus began a 10-year journey, which is now Terranea Resort.


Terranea Resort has been meticulously designed to heighten and preserve the natural beauty of its oceanfront backdrop, showcasing a coastal Mediterranean aesthetic with design elements sensitive to the native environment. Each of the resort's 582 spacious guest retreats exude a warm, residential feel with luxurious, yet comfortable furnishings and private balconies that overlook elegant gardens and breathtaking ocean vistas.

Terranea's 360-room hotel offers 326 guest rooms and 34 suites that range from 450 square feet to the 1,800-square-foot Presidential Suite. Contemporary features include rich linens, stone baths and amenities such as flat-screen TVs, iPod docking stations and Wi-Fi access.

For added space and privacy, guests can choose from 20 two-bedroom bungalows, 50 three-bedroom ocean view casitas and 32 villas that range from 1,850 square feet to 2,800 square feet. Each offers spacious kitchens and living areas. Room lock-off capabilities offer added flexibility for groups of any size.

Guest Room Amenities

  • All rooms offer private balconies, most with ocean views
  • Multimedia desktop work stations
  • Four-fixture stone baths and custom amenities
  • Salon-style hair dryer
  • Flat-screen televisions
  • Wireless high-speed Internet access
  • Iron and ironing board
  • In-room safe large enough to accommodate a laptop
  • Premium amenities include hardwood floors, granite countertops, vaulted ceilings, spa baths, and indoor and outdoor fireplaces

Resort Amenities & Services

  • Four heated swimming pools include the Resort pool with 140-foot waterslide, Vista Pool, Spa pool and adults-only Cielo Point
  • Children's splash zone
  • Eight dining options, from full-service to casual fare
  • 135,000 square feet of flexible indoor and outdoor meeting and event space
  • Full-service business center
  • 50,000 square foot spa and fitness center complete with 25 treatment rooms and an oceanfront yoga and Pilates studio
  • 228 fire pits and fireplaces
  • Tide Pool Kids' Club and Adventure Camp
  • Discovery Trail nature walk and hiking trail
  • Secluded beach cove
  • Bocce Ball, croquet, horseback riding, falconry and other outdoor activities
  • Pointe Discovery activity center with land and sea adventures such as horseback riding, ocean kayaking, paddle boarding and watersports
  • Tennis at Peninsula Racket Club, complimentary shuttle
  • Boutique retail shops
  • 24-hour concierge
  • Separate group check-in desk

Food & Beverage

Executive Chef: Bernard Ibarra

Catering to an international palate, Terranea's eight exceptional dining venues range from gourmet cuisine to casual fare - all set against the Pacific Ocean.

Chef de Cuisine: Andrew Vaughan

Terranea's signature restaurant reflects a modern twist on California cuisine as inventive as its name suggests (Spanish for "sea" and French for "salt"). A seasonal, gourmet menu spotlights local ingredients alongside herbs and produce grown on property in the chef's garden and local partner farms.

Chef de Cuisine: Mona Guerrero

With its spectacular cliff-top setting directly above the Pacific Ocean, Nelson's is a guest favorite for casual dining. Enjoy coastal cuisine and a warm, friendly bar atmosphere surrounded by outdoor fire pits and unrivalled sunset views.

Chef de Cuisine catalina kitchen: David Tarrin

From a business breakfast to lunchtime gatherings with the family, guests savor a variety of options throughout the day in this elegant, yet inviting atmosphere. Dine indoors, or al fresco on the outdoor terrace, amid ocean breezes and views of the coastline and the sparkling resort pool.

Chef de Cuisine: DJ Eusebio

Enjoy locally harvested ingredients and a contemporary blend of Asian cuisine and local flavors in a spectacular setting.

Executive Pastry Chef: Pierino Jermonti

Chef De Cuisine: Jin Lee

Settle under the shade of a coral tree and enjoy a latte paired with freshly baked chocolate croissants and decadent truffles.

Additional on property restaurants and bars:

Lobby Bar
Living Room and Terrace

To really capture the essence of our Palos Verdes resort, visit the Lobby Bar for classic cocktails, wines by the glass and international beer varieties.

Spa Café
at The Spa at Terranea Resort

After a treatment or workout, stop at this café for refreshing smoothies, juices, protein shakes, sandwiches, salads and more.

cielo point

Sink into a beach chair under a cabana at this adults-only pool and enjoy a full-service bar and delicious poolside fare.

Vista Pool

Relax and unwind with the Mediterranean ambiance of the Vista Pool, complete with a variety of food and beverage offerings, private cabanas, hot tub and fire pits. Enjoy stunning views of the Pacific Ocean at this poolside oasis. Guests must be 13+ years.

Meeting Facilities

Terranea features more than 135,000 square feet of flexible indoor and outdoor event space. Oceanfront terraces, elegant gardens and manicured lawns offer a scenic backdrop for weddings, while state-of-the-art business amenities cater to meetings and groups of any size.

  • 75,000 square feet of outdoor space
  • 18,000-square-foot Palos Verdes Grand Ballroom
  • 6,600-square-foot Marineland Ballroom
  • 4,300-square-foot Catalina Room
  • 33 meeting rooms
  • Three executive board rooms
  • Two hospitality suites

Spa Facilities

Spa Director: Sharon Holtz

The award-winning Spa at Terranea is a 50,000-square-foot oasis set amid sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean and Catalina Island. Luxurious treatments and state-of-the-art amenities pamper both resort guests and daytime visitors.

  • 25 treatment rooms
  • Separate men's and women's indoor and outdoor relaxation areas
  • 25,000 square feet of outdoor space, including private Spa pool and hot tubs
  • Manicure and pedicure stations
  • Hair and beauty salon services
  • 5,000-square-foot fitness center with yoga and Pilates studio
  • Expansive retail outlet with custom spa products
  • Spa Café 

Golf Facilities

Director of Golf Operations: Mike Hill, PGA

This award-winning, 9-hole par 3 oceanfront course was designed by Todd Eckenrode, Origins Golf Design Irvine, CA. Featuring a short game practice area with chipping and putting greens, the links offer an affordable and enjoyable golf experience on one of the most scenic peninsulas in Southern California. The practice putting green is an expansive, two-tiered complex that can be utilized as a 9- or 18-hole putting course.

Retail Facilities

Named for the Italian and Spanish words for tide, marea is a luxury boutique that showcases high-end resort wear, adventure apparel and exclusive, one-of-a-kind jewelry and home goods for men, women and children. Located in the porte cochere, marea is a focal point of the Resort's entrance and its refined elegance sets the tone for the entire property.

pointe discovery offers a unique shopping experience inspired by Southern California’s surf culture, featuring brands that give back to our community. Guests enjoy a curated collection of clothing for the whole family, including active and swim wear, local jewelry designers, and educational toys. Select the perfect gift to take a piece of Terranea home with you and choose from essential items to enhance your experience as you discover everything Terranea has to offer. Located adjacent to sea beans in the front drive.

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