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The Magnificent Terranea Resort

Perched on the coastline of Rancho Palos Verdes is one of Southern California’s most scenic resorts, Terranea Resort. This exceptional resort embraces its natural landscape and historical setting to deliver a distinctive, classic California lifestyle experience.

What’s incredibly facinating about Terranea Resort and the land that it sits on is that it used to be part of the Channel Islands. The Palos Verdes Peninsula shifted slowly over millions of years and fused to the mainland coast of California. As a result, there is a unique collection of rocks and plant species that can only be found along the Peninsula and on the Islands.

Located 20 miles south of Los Angeles International Airport, Terranea Resort is grand in scale with 582 rooms including traditional rooms, suites, bungalows, three-bedroom casitas and ocean view villas available for rent or purchase. The resort offers a huge amount of activities and amenities including golf, spa, nature excursions (including whale watching), dining and fun for all ages.


There are eight different options for food at Terranea Resort; they offer everything from casual sandwiches to upscale multi-course meals. We’ve selected a few of their not-to-miss options.

Mar’sel – An oceanside fine dining option led by Chef Michael Fiorelli, Mar’sel has a rotating menu that utilizes local, seasonal ingredients (some drawn from the herb and produce gardens on property). The cuisine is fresh and beautifully presented featuring fresh, local meat and seafood paired with the season’s best produce. In addition to the intimate dining room, Mar’sel also offers outdoor seating and a stone fire pit, taking full advantage of its location overlooking the Pacific Ocean, as well an intimate Private Dining Room perfect for special occasions.

Nelson’s – Named after Mike Nelson, the character played by Lloyd Bridges in the famous television series, Sea Hunt, Nelson’s is a casual dining spot offering sandwiches and burgers paired with a PBR or a microbrew. Set right at the edge of the water the restaurant is casual with character. Standouts on the menu include fish tacos, shrimp po boy or the Nelson’s burger, which is served with arugula and black bean mayonnaise. If you’re not a beer lover then the restaurant does have an impressive list of signature cocktails.

bashi – New to the resort is bashi, which opened this summer. bashi is inspired by the Japanese farming families who first settled in Palos Verdes in the early 1900s. Today, bashi pays tribute to the historic agricultural community, with a menu that celebrates fresh Asian fare and emphasizes the use of seasonal and locally harvested ingredients. The Japanese term “bashi” means bridge, and is not only a nod to the Japanese farming families but also a celebration of the restaurant’s distinctive mix of Eastern cuisines and its home at Terranea.

The Spa at Terranea

If rest, relaxation and recuperation are on your mind then be sure to book yourself into The Spa at Terranea. Spanning 50,000 square feet, the award-winning spa, salon, wellness and fitness center blends a tranquil Mediterranean ambiance with state-of-the-art design by the foremost experts in wellness and restorative therapy. Natural stone, native woods, bamboo and water elements transition indoor to outdoor spaces seamlessly, preserving the delicate harmony between nature. The Spa at Terranea offers 25 luxury treatment rooms overlooking the Pacific Ocean, with tranquil spaces for massage, hydrotherapy and facial rituals. For couples, three Signature Treatment Suites soothe with freestanding copper soaking tubs, warm fireplaces, infrared saunas, couples’ massage tables and Swiss showers. Outside, guests cool off with a dip in the exclusive, adults-only pool or lounge beneath private cabanas. Elegant gardens and fire pits offer quiet spaces to unwind amid breathtaking ocean views.

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