Jeff Game

Escape to the Terranea Resort

By Jeff Game

Escape to the Terranea Resort Escape to the Terranea Resort and Spa and get lost for a few days right in the middle of the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles.

Sometimes a getaway weekend is in order and finding a place to escape in Los Angeles can be a daunting task. Whether you are traveling from another part of the globe or an Angelino looking for a weekend “staycation”, visiting the Terranea Resort is like stumbling into a whole new world.Escape to the Terranea Resort

Since opening five years ago on the former site of the Marineland water park in Ranchos Palos Verdes and reading great things about the Terranea Resort, I have been wanting to see for myself how this hotel stacked up. Still, so many in L.A. or elsewhere that I spoke with did not know this place existed.  So, I finally had to check out this seemingly mystical place for myself.Escape to the Terranea Resort

After writing an article for my friends at the Ford Motor Company, I had the privilege to stay a couple nights at the Terranea Resort on Ford’s dime, however all of these opinions are my own. My wife and I got a chance to experience all of what this luxury property has to offer their guests.


The Greet

Pulling up to the Terranea evokes a comfort feeling of coming home to a place full of heartwarming memories, as some of the friendliest valets and bellman greet you upon arrival. The friendly feeling continues with a complimentary glass up champagne for each arriving guest, as well as you and your bags being whisked away in one of their fleet of electric carts to our waiting room.

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A very surprising and welcomed first encounter is everywhere you turn a smiling and helpful staff member is ready to meet whatever need you may have, giving out loads of luxury service all throughout the resort.




The Look

Stroll the grounds of the resort and you almost have to make sure you are still in Los Angeles and were not accidentally transported to another part of the globe.

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Even so, walking down to the edge of the blue Pacific Ocean helps wash away any stress you have stowed away in your luggage. Take a look up the coast to the cliffs that shadow the resort, home to the Point Vicente Lighthouse and you may have the feeling that you are staying in the Cliffs of Moher in Ireland, not thirty minutes away from Downtown L.A. Look to the left, around the bend of the resort and the beach below looks like a postcard from Mediterranean Sea. So far, so good!

The Room

Walking into our room feels like a entering into a luxury apartment overlooking the ocean, not just a typical hotel room. The rooms are comfy, spacious, with little-added specialty items such as Terranea bottled water, robes, a very large bathroom with a sunken tub and a top-notch shower next to the bathtub.Escape to the Terranea Resort

Our bungalow room is more than I was hoping for, with a very sizable balcony and a partial view of the mighty Pacific Ocean. The only one issue with the room was that as manicured as the resort is all through the grounds, the balcony would be over the top if there were not as many trees blocking the ocean view. However, that is one small nitpicking detail in an awesome room. Besides, with all the amazing views and things to check out at the resort, you do not want to spend a ton of time in any of the many levels of rooms they have to offer.

The Do

The pools, the spa, the hiking, the snorkeling, oh my! There are so many cool things to do all over the resort; it may make your head explode.Escape to the Terranea Resort

I am not a golfer at all, however if I did throw some iron around this award-winning nine-hole course is by far one of the prettiest courses around Los Angeles or any place else for that matter.Escape to the Terranea Resort

Along with snorkeling or hiking in the coves, there are three pools for various tastes and ages. The Resort Pool, where all guests are welcome, is very big with a couple of jacuzzi’s and cabana’s and is a great place to hang with the kids.

It’s all about adults only at Cielo Point Pool, with a stunning view, great music and fine cocktails. The wife and I opted for this laid back pool with a view. A great place catch some rays, take a dip and sip on a frozen margarita – sans little ones running around or making a tinkle in this exclusive pool.

Escape to the Terranea Resort If wellness and bringing balance to your life is your thing and really who does not need more of that, The Spa at Terranea fitness center and pool is the place for you. Along with a ton of relaxing spa treatments, a full gym and yoga, the spa offers tranquil views of the Palos Verdes coastline and is just one more place to chill and escape.

The Food

Our Terranea gluttony tour began on Friday night at the Catalina Grill’s crab and seafood buffet. I know, you’re thinking buffet? However, this giant buffet offers all the snow crab, fresh sushi, steak, pizza, fish and dessert, etc. that you can fill into your belly at a decent price of $55 per person. Even though the grill does not have the swankiest ambience and the dining area can get a little loud, the food and service does makeup for these shortcomings and is a great way to begin the weekend. The only other drawback for the wife and I in this royal buffet was the closing act of the very sub-par dessert bar. Although by dessert, I did not need one more ounce of food passing my lips.Escape to the Terranea Resort

Nelson’s Restaurant has one of the best views in the resort, along with exceptional food and cocktails. This joint that overlooks the Palos Verdes cliffs, also boasts a great happy hour, with drink specials and great food to go along with that cold beer in your hand. A must try is the enormous hot Bavarian pretzel, while sipping on a Rio Roadtrip Lemonade, as dolphins dance by your view of the Pacific blue.

This is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to food choices at Terranea and still a whole other world of culinary delights to be explored in the future.

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Words cannot accurately describe or give justice to the escape feeling you will have when staying at the Terranea Resort. Whether you have traveled seventy miles or seven thousand miles, this resort is truly a must stay to relax and getaway. My wife and I want to go back and escape once again.Escape to the Terranea Resort

Music Sets You Free

Here is my escape playlist for the weekend at The Terranea Resort

Back in the World – David Gray

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Still – Foo Fighters 



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Ride Away – Lily and Madeleine 



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Escape – Jack Johnson




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Love, Love, Love – Of Monsters and Men



For reservations and directions to the Terranea Resort and Spa or go to

  • Address:
    100 Terranea Way,
    Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275
    For driving directions, please use:
    6610 Palos Verdes Drive South,
    Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275
  • Phone:
    (310) 265-2800