The Experience

Terranea Resort

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, three 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 20 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.

Food & Beverage

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

Mar’sel – Set overlooking the Pacific Ocean with stunning views, mar’sel at Terranea offers the ideal location for an elegant dinner or relaxed late night bite.

Catalina Kitchen – Experience a culinary adventure throughout the day at Catalina Kitchen, where it’s all about great food in an inviting atmosphere.

Nelson’s – For resort guests and locals from the Palos Verdes and South Bay areas, Nelson’s is the place to enjoy fresh California comfort cuisine, delicious microbrews and spectacular sunsets.

Lobby Bar & Lounge – The Lobby Bar, Living Room and Terrace at Terranea Resort are the perfect places to capture the essence of this Palos Verdes resort.

bashi – bashi joins Terranea’s celebrated culinary landscape with a contemporary blend of Asian flavors and seasonal, locally harvested ingredients that honors the region’s historic agricultural community.

Spa Cafe – This tranquil and serene Palos Verdes restaurant setting invites one to relax and enjoy our menu items featuring fresh prepared wraps, sandwiches and salads, juices, smoothies, protein shakes, and energy bars.

sea beans – Start your day off with a caramel latte or a freshly baked chocolate croissant at Terranea’s gourmet café. sea beans.

Cielo Point – This full-service bar with a quintessential poolside fare menu serves guests at the Cielo Point adult pool in style.
Resort Amenities & Activities

All of the accommodations and amenities at Terranea have been carefully conceived to reflect what is expected of an internationally renowned resort. But most importantly, all of this – the stunning natural environment, the world-class management and facilities, the design of the buildings and grounds – aims to inspire and renew those who experience Terranea.

•102 acres along a pristine stretch of the Southern California coast

•582 rooms including hotel guestrooms, suites and residential-style Villas, Casitas and Bungalows with kitchens, spacious greatrooms and outdoor patios and terraces.

The Spa at Terranea, an oceanfront destination spa with 25 treatment rooms, private men’s and women’s relaxation lounges, a full-service salon, café, retail boutique, saline lap pool with cabanas and a state-of-the-art fitness center.

The Links at Terranea, an award-winning 9-hole, par 3 golf course that is both challenging and family friendly. The Links offers an expansive short game practice facility and professional PGA golf instruction.

•Full concierge and in-room dining services.

•Three state-of-the-art swimming pools, including the family-friendly resort pool with a 140′ waterslide, the adult-only Cielo Point pool (open seasonally), and the spa pool.

•For children, Terranea offers The Tide Pool kids club, featuring a full complement of supervised activities, including games, arts and crafts, nature walks and tide pool exploration.

•Walking and hiking trails connecting to the Palos Verdes Peninsula’s ocean trails system.

•A variety of restaurants, bars, cafés and lounges, including the highly acclaimed signature restaurant, mar’sel; the Mediterranean-inspired Catalina Kitchen, an all-day dining restaurant; and Nelson’s, with its casual, quintessential California ambience overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

•A stunning array of indoor and outdoor event space for weddings, meetings and special events, ranging from intimate private rooms to the 18,000-square-foot Palos Verdes Grand Ballroom.

In the Know

Did you know that over 1,200 whales migrated past Terranea last year? December – May are great months for Whale Watching. You can also see the Sun rise and set over the water 9 months of the year! Guests Receive:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Daily full breakfast, for up to two in room guests
    • served in Catalina Kitchen or In-Room dining ($60 value)
  • $100 USD Resort or Hotel credit, to be utilized during stay
    • (not combinable, not valid on room rate, no cash value if not redeemed in full)
  • Early check-in/late check-out
    • subject to availability

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