Terranea (terra-NAY-a) sits perched high above the Pacific Ocean on a 102-acre private peninsula paradise. Surrounded by the cobalt waves of the Pacific on three sides and across the channel from Catalina Island, the coastal setting of Terranea embraces its Mediterranean heritage and incorporates it into its beautiful architecture.
Terranea opened in 2009 on the former site of the famed Marineland Aquatic Park which closed in 1987. The resort features an executive nine-hole, par-three golf course with clubhouse, award-winning 50,000 sq. ft. oceanfront spa and fitness center; four swimming pools with a 140-foot waterslide; marea luxury boutique; 135,000 sq. ft. of conference and meeting space; and eight dining venues including signature restaurant mar’sel; Nelson’s, a cliff-side spot ideal for whale watching; and Asian-inspired bashi. Terranea is proud of its farm-to-Terranea culinary philosophy that focuses on utilizing local and sustainable ingredients. Terranea’s bountiful land boasts herb and vegetable gardens, lemon groves, bee hives, a Sea Salt Conservatory and more. Terranea boasts a rich terrain with miles of scenic coastal trails, secluded beach cove with a hidden sea cave, and ocean environment. Fun, enriching programs and activities such as habitat photography, falconry, kayaking and paddle boarding abound.
Update Summer 2015 – Terranea Resort has just completed $9 million of capital enhancements to their cliffside resort overlooking the Pacific. The 102-acre property added a fourth guest pool, as well as a VIP lounge, and other aesthetic improvements. All 582 guestrooms, suites, bungalows, casitas and villas throughout Terranea have been refreshed with new carpeting and select furniture elements. Terranea redesigned its Lobby Bar and Lounge, and the San Nicolas Suite was transformed into an exclusive VIP Lounge. The resort also recently added new equipment to its 50,000 square-foot spa and fitness center.
The Resort’s new Vista Pool, located adjacent to Terranea’s signature restaurant mar’sel, is open to guests ages 13 and older and offers magnificent views of the Pacific Ocean as well as food and beverage services and a relaxing atmosphere. The saltwater pool and Jacuzzi are the perfect oasis for guests who are looking for a quiet place to soak up the California sun. The additional guest pools include the Spa Pool, for guests 18 years and older to further unwind before and after spa treatments; Cielo Point Pool, for a casual adults-only atmosphere with its own sandy beach; and the Resort Pool, with a 140-foot water slide and Splash Zone for families.
Since its opening, Terranea Resort has become one of Southern California’s leading destination resorts. It has been named one of Travel + Leisure’s 500 Best Hotels in the World and earned a spot on Condé Nast Traveler’s Readers Choice Awards and Gold List. The resort also received the Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator and has been recognized numerous times on U.S. News & World Report’s Best U.S. Hotels list.
The private peninsula paradise is the perfect getaway for locals and visitors. The coastal setting and its Mediterranean atmosphere and architecture, create a world class escape for guests.
HISTORY courtesy of Terranea website:
In 1827, Don Dolores Sepulveda received an original land grant to Rancho de los Palos Verdes that supported several thousand heads of cattle and a flourishing hacienda. In 1913, the founding father of the Peninsula, Frank Vanderlip, bought the 16,000-acre Palos Verdes Peninsula and embarked on a grand vision to develop the “Palos Verdes Project” into the most fashionable and exclusive residential colony in the nation. The first homes appeared in the region in 1924, two years before the historic Point Vicente Lighthouse was built.
Then, nearly 30 years later, Marineland of the Pacific opened in Palos Verdes in 1954. Marineland was the world’s largest oceanarium, featuring sea life, entertainment, and research facilities. Opening one year before Disneyland, many consider Marineland to be California’s first major theme park, and it remained a major attraction to the area until it closed in 1987.
One of the guiding principles in the creation of Terranea was to weave it into the cultural, historical and social fabric of the Peninsula. In addition to embracing the classic Mediterranean architecture that defines the area, the Palos Verdes resort pays homage to the rich heritage of the site through the names of many amenities, such as The Catalina Room, Marineland Ballroom and The Vanderlip Suite. Nelson’s was named after Mike Nelson – the character played by Lloyd Bridges in the television series Sea Hunt, which was filmed at Marineland in the late 1950s and early 1960s.
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 would pass to a consortium of New York investors led by Frank A. Vanderlip, by way of Don Dolores Sepulveda. Vanderlip built the first homes on the land in 1924 with a plan for a magnificent Italian village that would hug the coast.
Lowe Enterprises became involved with the 102-acre Palos Verdes resort in 1998 and thus began a 10-year development project which has now become a Southern California luxury resort of choice, Terranea Resort.
100 Terranea Way
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275
For driving directions, please use:
6610 Palos Verdes Drive South
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275
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