Tuesday, March 9, 2010


L.A. is one of my favorite cities, but like all cities, from time to time, you want to venture outside of the hustle and bustle to a more relaxing place. On my last trip to L.A, my family and I got to escape to one of the most serene places...the Terranea Resort.Terranea is a brand new resort (opened just seven months ago) which is located in Rancho Palos Verdes, California (about a 45-minute drive south of L.A.). Terranea Resort is a 102-acre resort which sits right on the Pacific Ocean, so your views from just about everywhere at this resort are of ocean and sky. You will be hard-pressed to find a place more beautiful, more romantic and more relaxing than this, especially this close to L.A.!

Terranea Resort has 360 rooms and suites, 20 bungalows, 32 villas and 50 casitas...90% of them are ocean-front. The decor of the resort is Mediterranean-style, and let me tell you, you could truly mistake this setting for being on the Amalfi Coast of Italy. We stayed in a three bedroom casita which was so big, it felt like a house. Our casita had three bedrooms, each with their own bathroom with jacuzzi tub and private balconies facing the Pacific.
We had a great kitchen with fabulous appliances. The kitchen was also stocked with dishes, glassware and pots, so if you wanted to you could cook and entertain just like you were in your own home.

Just off of the kitchen was the beautiful living room with a fireplace, and another balcony facing the Pacific Ocean. Words cannot do this place any justice! As soon as we arrived and checked out our beautiful casita, we headed to Nelson's to have a bite. Terranea Resort has eight dining spot options ranging from a coffee house to a high-end French restaurant. Nelson's is a great place for lunch, and like almost all the views from Terranea Resort, the view from Nelson's is just perfect...right on the ocean.

The food includes a lot of Southern California favorites. We had chipotle shrimp tacos, seared ahi tuna sandwiches, great bbq salads and sweet potato fries. Afterwards, we walked around Terranea to check out all of the great amenities including three pools...

The Spa at Terranea which has a Spa, Fitness and Wellness Center and Salon...There's also a 9-hole, par 3, oceanfront golf course...And hiking and walking trails that line the Pacific.

We stayed at Terranea Resort for only one night, and while the stay was short, because the place is so incredible, it felt as though we were there for days by the time we checked out. I can tell you that we will be back here for sure in the future. If you get the chance, make sure you spend some time at Terranea Resort, it will quickly become one of your favorite jet set destinations too!


  1. how do you find all these great places to stay? One is more beautiful than the next. And the views & pools are spectacular.

  2. Thanks for reading! I am always working on finding my next destination, so I try to read and see what is out there that I want to explore. Let me know if you need ideas for destinations, hotels, anything...I love this stuff!

  3. This place looks absolutely stunning. Great find.