Terranea resort (Palos Verdes, CA. USA)

Los Angeles’ Hidden Gem

Poised above coastal bluffs with sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean, Terranea Resort serves as the only luxury destination resort on the Los Angeles coast. The Mediterranean-inspired resort provides a sophisticated retreat for guests with a relaxed ambiance and panoramic seascape views. Celebrated for its natural beauty, the 102-acre estate features guestrooms and suites, including spacious casitas and villas, and The Bungalows at Terranea, a collection of guest accommodations featuring spa and wellness-focused amenities. Other luxurious resort amenities include nine distinct dining experiences, a full-service spa and fitness center, award-winning golf course, four swimming pools, kids club, ecological enrichment programs, and wedding and special event space. There are some things in life that words just can’t describe and Terranea Resort is one of them. We look forward to welcoming you to our hidden gem.

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Long before the resort’s debut in June 2009, this pristine setting served as backdrop to a rich heritage and diverse ecology. Guests today need not look far for remnants of this vibrant past, delicately preserved amid the warm ambiance and breathtaking vistas above the Pacific Ocean.

Once a part of the Channel Islands, the Palos Verdes Peninsula shifted slowly over millions of years and fused to the mainland coast of California. As a result, there is a unique collection of rocks and plant species that can only be found along the Peninsula and on the Islands.

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Palos Verdes takes its name from Cañada de Palos Verdes – or “canyon of green trees.” Prior to Juan Cabrillo’s Spanish discovery of the Peninsula in 1542, the indigenous Gabrielino-Tongva Tribe lived prosperous lives as seafarers, traders, and fishermen on this land’s terraced hills and sheltering coves. Years passed as stewardship slipped from Spanish land grants to private ownership, until the 1913 purchase of 16,000 acres by a consortium of New York investors led by Frank A. Vanderlip.
Vanderlip, considered the founding father of the Palos Verdes Peninsula, built the first homes and grand estates on the land in 1924, inspired by a vision of coastal Mediterranean villages that Terranea has since resurrected. Japanese farming communities, developed in the early 1900’s, also influenced and helped cultivate the peninsula’s natural character. On the northwest hillside adjacent to Terranea remains one of the last Japanese farms, growing flowers and prickly pears.
Terranea Resort’s scene-stealing backdrop has attracted Hollywood film crews since the 1950s, when Lloyd Bridges starred as ex-Navy diver Mike Nelson in the popular TV adventure series, Sea Hunt. The popular black-and-white program was filmed in and around the present resort site throughout four seasons from 1958 – 1961. At the time, the land was home to Marineland of the Pacific. Sea Hunt is recognized as the first television series that focused on underwater adventures and provided an early platform for the protection of the Earth’s resources. Since then, Terranea’s dramatic landscape and oceanfront setting has been featured in numerous television and feature film productions, including: Pirates of the Caribbean, The Aviator, Charlie’s Angels, This Is 40, Savages, and many more.

In 1954, the site became home to Marineland of the Pacific, a seaside animal theme park, which was the world’s largest oceanarium when it opened. Opening one year before Disneyland, many considered it California’s first major theme park. It was best known for its performing Orcas or “killer whales.” Marineland was sold and closed in 1986 when acquired by Sea World in San Diego (which had opened in 1964).

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 the Southern California luxury resort of choice. 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. The resort opened in June 2009 and will celebrate its 10-year anniversary in 2019.


Enjoy unparalleled views of the Pacific Ocean during your stay at Southern California’s hidden gem on the Los Angeles coast. The wide variety of accommodations at Terranea share a warm, spacious residential feel, expertly designed to bring the harmony and natural beauty of the 102-acre coastal setting into each interior. Choose from spacious guest rooms and suites or experience resort amenities in the privacy of your home with our Bungalows, Casitas and Villas.

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Culinary enthusiasts can raise a glass to California coastal cuisine with gourmet flair at Terranea Resort, a hidden gem on the Los Angeles coast. The breathtaking oasis invites guests to explore a range of dining destinations amid glistening waves and vibrant sunsets of the Pacific Ocean. Terranea’s nine exceptional venues cater to an international palate with fresh coastal fare and offer settings with warm, inviting atmospheres and spectacular ocean views, making it one of Southern California’s top spots for a culinary getaway.

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Led by Bernard Ibarra, Vice President of Culinary Experiences and Executive Chef, Terranea’s culinary team celebrates the natural surroundings of the resort by using locally sourced products from Terranea’s grounds and the surrounding peninsula. From romantic dinners to business meetings, our collection of Palos Verdes restaurants has a table reserved for every party. From land to sea, Terranea’s cuisine embraces the beauty and tastes of Southern California.

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The casual full-service eatery at cielo point overlooks the resort’s adults-only pool, providing a quiet retreat for grown-ups to enjoy a leisurely meal or iced beverage from their beach chair or private cabana as a resort guest.

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GOLF: The Links At Terranea

The Links at Terranea is a dramatic nine-hole, par-3 Southern California oceanfront golf course, with stunning views of the Pacific Ocean and Catalina Island. Masterfully routed and beautifully integrated with its natural surroundings, this collection of championship-caliber holes offers a unique environment for both group and individual play. Artful bunkering, unobstructed sightlines and a wide range of classic strategic elements combine to deliver an unparalleled golf experience on the Los Angeles coast.


The Links offers an expansive short game practice facility and professional instruction that allow you to improve your game—at any level. This exceptional golf course, set on the picturesque seaside of Rancho Palos Verdes, California, also offers a relaxed outdoor seating area where you can count the scores while sipping a beverage. In addition, the Golf House offers accessories, premium rental clubs, walking carts, equipment, and a selection of golf and resort-casual apparel.

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Open daily: 7:30am – 5:30pm

Please call:
(310) 265-2752 for free tee time reservations and for more information.



A Southern California oasis, Terranea Resort features four sparkling salt water pools with stunning views of the Pacific Ocean, private cabanas, family-friendly amenities, delectable food and beverage offerings and a 140-foot water slide.

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This family oasis has everything parents and kids could ask for, complete with a 140-foot water slide, splash pad, private cabanas, and poolside games.

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Contact us:

100 Terranea Way
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275

(866) 547-3066

Local Number: 
(310) 494-7891