On a hot August weekday, my wife and I decided to venture out to one of the coolest and loveliest locations in LA County … the Terranea Resort. The intent was to utilize the resort’s spa, which is accessible for a non-resort guest fee of $ 60.00 each for the entire day. This provides access to the Spa, Spa pool, steam room, sauna, whirlpools, Fitness Center and Salon. Our goal was a refreshing outdoor pool and we were not disappointed with their oceanfront Spa pool. After being satisfied by a smiling receptionist, we were separated to separate male & female locker rooms with a steam room, sauna, outdoor cold plunge and whirlpool. The pool was laced with carefully positioned chaise lounges, sun umbrellas, potted plants and terracotta tile. We quickly spotted two comfortable-looking chaise lounges with the best views and settled in for the afternoon. The pool was large, well-maintained and very inviting as the warm August sun heated the day.
Later we ventured over to the Spa Cafe, a sit down cafe in the shadow of shade trees. They offered a limited menu of light fare choices that included sandwiches, wraps, smoothies and ‘Bento Boxes’. My wife enjoyed the Tuscan Tuna Salad Sandwich as I indulged in a couple of box selections ($ 6.00 each or four for $ 16.00). Box selections were small volumes that would fit in the palm of your hand, but the Coriander Crusted Tuna, Seaweed & Soba Noodle Salad was delicious. Other inviting menu choices included Local Goat Cheese, Avocado, Arugula and Red Onions Grilled Pita and Sushi with Gari, Wasabi & Light Soy Sauce. All menu items are also offered poolside.
Views – Views – Views. The Terranea Resort is situated on a bluff high above the ocean on the Palos Verdes Peninsula (PV to the locals). Longtime LA residents may recognize this best as the area where Marineland once stood. Being on a peninsula allows for sweeping panoramic views up and down the coast and out to Catalina Island and beyond. Many of the guests seemed mesmerized by the sight of low flying pelicans, distant dolphins at play and the beauty of the Palos Verdes coastline as a whole. Trails descend the steep cliff to a sandy beach below with tide pools teeming with sea life and sea caves that can be explored at low tide. Nature trains branch out along the bluffs to several lookout points and semi-secluded beaches.
For those looking to spend more than just a day at the Terranea Resort, there are approximately 600 guestrooms, suites, bungalows, casitas and villas on the property. They also offer eight dining experiences from casual cafés to the exclusive Nelson’s restaurant, which is poised for spectacular sunsets at cliff’s edge. The resort includes over 200 outdoor fire pits and fireplaces, a bocce ball court, croquet green and three heated pools, including a main pool with a 140-foot water slide. Surrounding this golf resort is The Links at Terranea, a 9-hole, par 3, oceanfront golf course. The course has been ranked ‘# 2 of the Top 10 Par-3 Courses’ by Golf Magazine. Within a short drive from the resort are the Point Vicente Lighthouse & Interpretive Center and the 18-hole Trump National Golf Course. Activities arranged by the resort include ocean kayaking, paddle boarding, surfing, fishing, scuba diving, snorkeling, whale watching, horseback riding, road biking and more.
Whatever your ideal vacation includes hanging out by a pool with vast ocean views, getting pampered at a spa resort, a round of golf at a seaside golf resort or playing in the Pacific Ocean, the Terranea Resort is positioned to please. The resort resides approximately 45 minutes south of the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). It’s a little difficult to get to with the closest freeway being nearly a half-hour away and no major side streets directly connecting to it. But this just adds to the seclusion of the resort. The best way to get there is by exiting the 405-freeway at Crenshaw Blvd. and heading south for several miles. Make a right on Crest Road and a left on Hawthorne Blvd. about 1.5 miles later. Remain on Hawthorne Blvd. until Palos Verdes Drive and make a left. Your rejuvenating vacation is less than a mile ahead on the right.