Pharrell was spotted at this resort the night before I checked in. So. With that in mind, looking to experience the California Coast like never before? Then check out Terranea Resort, located atop Los Angeles’ Palos Verdes Peninsula. This picturesque luxury hotel has left 75 of 102 acres of its private peninsula undeveloped, enabling guests to fully take in the pristine, natural landscape.The resort strives to protect and highlight the environment on the Palos Verdes Peninsula, with its panoramic coastal views; hiking and bird-watching footpaths along the scenic Discovery Trail; educational tours to highlight the property’s ecology and rare flora and fauna; frequent whale, sea lion and dolphin sightings; and temperate weather all year.
Little known fact: even if you’re not a guest at the hotel, you can spend the day at Terranea’s Cove Beach (and pretend like you are!). Aside from the obvious draws — the rocky shoreline, views of the grassy cliffs in the distance, and miles of hiking trails to explore — a major highlight of this beach is the large sea cave that is accessible during low tide. Visitors can enlist the help of the adventure concierge, who specializes in excursions that include horseback rides, paddle boarding, ocean kayaking alongside otters, tide-pool explorations and even falconry (encounters with falcons, Harris hawks and Eurasian eagle owls). I opted for an exhilarating kayak ride which gave me an up close and personal experience with the sea life living within the tall kelp beds on the coastal waters. Another unique aspect of Terranea is its outstanding culinary program which strives to showcase the property’s natural surroundings, as well as the agricultural treasures that grow on its grounds. Lemon trees, honey-filled beehives, seasonal produce such as bell peppers and tomatoes, herbs, and avocado trees are grown on its continually expanding organic farmland at the nearby Catalina View Gardens. Not to mention, the resort also boasts an innovative sea salt conservatory allowing them to harvest their own sea salt straight from the source: the Pacific Ocean.
The Mediterranean-inspired resort is an ideal retreat from the stresses of life. Decorated with elements such as giant clay pots filled with succulents and cacti; wicker lounge furniture with sky blue accents; and lush gardens, mosaics and palm trees, the Terranea maintains a peaceful ambience. Despite the Mediterranean touches, the resort stays true to its California roots, offering guests a relaxed atmosphere to match the tranquil seascape views. You won’t feel out of place in flip-flops or beachy resort wear.
Terranea features 582 guest rooms and suites, including spacious casitas and villas, and the Bungalows, a collection of accommodations that offer spa and wellness-focused amenities. Each guest room has a private balcony, most of which overlook the ocean. The rooms also come with four-fixture stone baths, flat-screen TVs and plush beds with rich linens.
Original article was featured in Travel Weekly and can be read here.