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This beautiful resort, developed by Lowe Enterprises opened June 12, 2009 , and sits on 102 acres of seaside bluffs on the former Marineland Aquarium site in Rancho Palos Verdes, just south of the intersection of Hawthorne Blvd. and Palos Verdes Drive South..The amenities of the resort include the following:

Spa & Fitness
Golf Academy

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The main hotel building is a 5 story structure containing 360 rooms. The 62,000 square foot conference center includes an 18,000 square foot main ballroom plus two junior ballrooms. There is a 25,000 square foot world-class health spa as well as a golf academy featureing a large clubhouse and a nine hole executive golf course designed by Todd Eckenroad. This academy is staffed with teaching pros and the latest equipment.

There is extensive public access to the beach with public parking for beach fishing access just north of the main entrance to the Resort, as well as public access to the beach at the south end of the resort (including public restrooms and a public snack bar). There is also be public access via an extensive bluff top trail system.

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There are 3 beautiful pools for resort guests

The Resort Pool
The lavish main pool - on par with great hotel pools anywhere in the world - boasts an artful design befitting its spectacular location along the resorts southernmost bluff. This family pool provides a friendly atmosphere for guests of all ages. The Pool also has a wonderful winding pool slide for the kids.

Family Pool

The Adult Spa Pool
The meditative spa lap pool offers a tranquil place to exercise and unwind before or after a treatment.

The Beach Club Pool

Perched on the edge of the cliff, overlooking the ocean, the Beach Club pool is an adult getaway within the family friendly resort.

Adults only pool at lower level next to ocean

Nelson's Bar

A particularly scenic and noteworthy fine dining option is Nelson's located directly above the Pacific. With a view to the Point Vicente Lighthouse, this Southern California restaurant offers one of the most scenic locations in Palos Verdes from which to enjoy a meal in a casual setting.

Other Restaurants

  • mar'sel
  • Catalina Kitchen
  • Lobby Bar & Lounge
  • The Terranea Grill
  • Spa Café
  • sea beans
  • Cielo Point - This snack bar at the adults only pool is available to the public at the rear of the snack bar. Public restrooms are also available here.

  • Golf

    The course is a par-3 nine hole course.

    For an overview of introductory (non-tournament) green fees, click here.
    For a course illustration and hole descriptions, click here

    For additional pictures of the completed resort, see my Terranea Photo Gallery


    Overlooking the Pacific, The Spa at Terranea embraces the beauty and energy of its idyllic setting to create a transformative experience for body, mind and spirit. Designed by wellness experts, the 50,000 square-foot oceanfront Spa, Fitness and Wellness Center and Salon welcome you to a holistic oasis in the unspoiled terrain of the Palos Verdes Peninsula.


    The resort has a private beach cove with a sandy beach to relax on. There is excellent snorkeling, however access is over a rocky beach so rubber booties are recommended. .

    Properties for Sale at the Terranea Resort


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    82 separate Casitas and Villas are currently available for sale. Nestled along the resort's east and west facing bluffs with breathtaking views of the Pacific is a limited collection of 50 Ocean Casitas. Poised on the resort's uppermost terrace is a rare collection of just 32 Ocean Villas.Five bungalow complexes, each with four 1650 square foot, three bedroom, three bath units will be available in a future release. Due to Coastal Commission Restrictions, owners of these units are limited to occupancy ranging from 60 (casitas) to 90 days (villas) a year. When not occupying the unit, the owners may lease the units themselves or place the units in a rental pool run by the resort. If you are interested in purchasing a Villa, Casitas or Bungalow, contact me and I will be happy to assist you with your purchase.

    Terranea under construction (photo courtesy of California Coastal Records Project

Maureen Megowan
Maureen Megowan