Terranea Resort

6610 Palos Verdes Drive South | Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275 [See Map]
#8 in Best Los Angeles Hotels
Hotel Class 4.5-star Critic Rating Excellent Guest Rating
TripAdvior Traveler Rating

Based on 1467 reviews
Property Type Resort with 582 rooms, 5 floors
Primary View(s) Ocean
Style Opulent
Best For Families, Couples

U.S. News Review

About 30 miles south of downtown Los Angeles, Terranea Resort is a palatial resort in the city's backyard. Many rooms look out onto the Pacific Ocean from private balconies and come equipped with a long list of luxury amenities, including LCD flat-screen TVs, four-fixture stone bathrooms and iPod docking stations. But most guests appreciate what's outside their quarters, particularly the fitness center and multiple pools. The hotel also houses a noteworthy spa, and visitors are in awe of the expansive, manicured grounds all 102 acres. This family- and pet-friendly resort (managed by Destination Hotels & Resorts) has eight delectable eateries and watering holes. Of those, Catalina Kitchen is the true standout with its breakfast and patio setting.

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Critic Reviews


“One of just a few true mega-resorts in Southern California, the 100-acre, 582-room Terranea in Rancho Palos Verdes offers a range of features that's unrivaled among Los Angeles-area properties, including a top-tier spa, nine holes of golf, six restaurants, three pools, and gorgeous, manicured grounds.”

Lonely Planet

“Once the domain of trick sea mammals, the old Marineland property is now LA’s best five-star beach resort.”
Award: Lonely Planet Top Pick


“This is the kid-friendliest resort in L.A., with a Splash Zone play area and a kids club.”
Award: Frommer's Exceptional


“There's an understated beach vibe to the Spanish Revival architecture and decor of red-tile roofs, wrought iron, and substantial wood furniture.”
Award: Fodor's Choice

Other Awards:
  • AAA/CAA Four Diamond Lodgings 2015
  • Concierge.com Editor's Pick
  • Condé Nast Readers' Choice List 2014
  • Forbes Travel Guide Four Star Awards 2014

Guest Rooms

Standard rooms are spacious at 450 square feet and all accommodations come with balconies, most with ocean views. However, rooms are somewhat plain for a luxury resort, decorated in a cream color palette. Bathrooms have separate showers and bathtubs, Lather bath products and Turkish bathrobes.

  • In-room amenities include 37-inch flat-screens with HBO, iPod docks and safes

Standard room size:

450 square feet
  • Internet (with fee)
  • Premium channels
  • Workspace/desk
  • Minifridge
  • Bathrobes/slippers
  • Minibar
  • Shower/tub combo
  • Separate shower
  • Separate tub
  • Wireless Internet
  • Guest rooms with patios and balconies
  • Adjoining rooms available
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A hotel's guest rating is calculated using data provided under license by TripAdvisor. A total of 1467 guests have reviewed the Terranea Resort, giving it a rating of 4.5, on a scale of 1-5.

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating: 4.5 (based on 1467 reviews)

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  • Internet Access
  • Dining
  • Pets Allowed
  • Parking
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Fitness Center
  • Pool

Location & Parking

The Terranea Resort sits on 100 acres of oceanfront land in Rancho Palos Verdes, about 30 miles south of downtown Los Angeles. The hotel's main nearby attractions and activities are nature-based, including kayaking, snorkeling, hiking and golfing.

  • Redondo Beach is 8 miles north
  • Hotel provides a free shuttle to its nearby nine-hole golf course
  • 24-hour valet parking ($35)
  • 24-hour self-parking ($25)
  • Airport shuttle
  • Car service

Within walking distance of:

  • Bus stop
  • Train station
  • Subway/metro stop
  • Restaurants
  • Beach
  • Grocery store
  • Movie theater
  • Theater
  • Shopping


The Terranea has six restaurants, all with outdoor seating and ocean views. Mar'sel, the fine dining option, is open daily for dinner and serves Californian cuisine. For a more casual option, Catalina Kitchen hosts a Friday Night Seafood Buffet as well as a Sunday brunch. For a late-night happy hour, try Bashi and its Asian fusion fare.

  • Sea Beans Cafe has food to-go
  • Nelson's serves pub food for lunch and dinner
  • 24-hour room service

Number of restaurants:


Cuisine types:

Buffet, Asian, Italian, American
  • Fine dining
  • Casual dining
  • Quick service cafe/coffee shop/marketplace
  • Bar/lounge
  • Room service
  • 24-hour room service
  • Free breakfast


The hotel has three pools: the Resort Pool, Spa Pool and Cielo Point. All pools have food and drink service and are surrounded by ample lounge chairs and umbrellas.

  • Resort Pool has a 140-foot waterslide
  • Cielo Pool is for those ages 18 and older, and has great views of the Pacific Ocean
  • Spa Pool is accessible with a day pass to the spa facilities, and it features private hot tubs

Number of pools:


Pool types:

  • Lap pool
  • Wading pool
  • Lazy river
  • Family pool
  • Infinity pool
  • Whirlpool/hot tub
  • Adults-only pool
  • Seasonal
  • Indoor
  • Outdoor
  • Indoor/outdoor combo

Pool amenities:

  • Lifeguard on duty
  • Poolside service
  • Waterslide
  • Deck chairs or cabanas
  • Pool bar


The Spa at Terranea sprawls across more than 50,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor space, with 25 treatment rooms and a wellness center. The spa offers a large menu of services including massages, facials and other body treatments.

  • The Spa Café serves light meals and drinks

Services offered:

  • Massage
  • Facial
  • Body treatments (i.e. scrubs, wraps)
  • Salon services
  • Outdoor treatment area
  • Steam room
  • Sauna


The Terranea Resort offers plenty of options for kids and families. For younger children, the Tide Pool Adventure Camp for Kids offers a range of games and activities — fees for the club depend on the number of hours the child spends there. For teens, the hotel offers kayak tours, stand-up paddle boarding, surfing in Redondo Beach and horseback riding, all available for a fee. There is also a children's center with games and computers.

  • The hotel has three pools — one with a waterslide
  • Free bocce ball, croquet and guided nature walks

  • Kids club (fees vary)
  • Cribs
  • High chairs


The Terranea Resort has a large fitness center with floor-to-ceiling windows, spinning bikes, towels, free weights, and cardio and weight machines.

  • Personal TVs on cardio machines, which include bikes, ellipticals and treadmills
  • Headphones available
  • Weight equipment
  • Cardio equipment
  • Yoga mats
  • Free fitness classes
  • Premium fitness classes (with fee)
  • Bicycles
  • Tennis
  • Guided runs
  • Paddle boats
  • Motor boats


The Terranea has about 60,000 square feet of meeting space. There are many rooms available to reserve for private functions, such as the 18,000-square-foot Palos Verdes Grand Ballroom and the 6,000-square-foot Marineland Ballroom. Outdoor space on the bluffs can be reserved as well. Event planners can help arrange the specifics of business meetings.

  • Business center on-site
  • Audiovisual equipment and technical support team
  • Culinary team for catering needs

Number of meeting rooms:

  • Business center
  • Meeting rooms
  • Meeting and event planners available


The Terranea allows pets for a one-time fee of $150. Although there is not a weight limit on pets, guests are advised to call the hotel in advance regarding their pet because some breeds are not permitted

  • Plenty of routes for dog walking
  • Pets allowed (with fee)
  • Dog walking
  • Pet-sitting


The Terranea has a nine-hole golf course. Premium clubs are available to rent.

  • Walking carts and golf attire are available

  • Golf carts
  • Golf packages
  • Club rentals
  • Club house
  • Refreshment stand or restaurant
  • Caddy service
  • Pro shop


The Terranea can host weddings in a wide variety of venues. The Palos Verdes Grand Ballroom offers 18,000 square feet of space and can accommodate up to 900 guests. For medium-size weddings, the Catalina Room can seat up to 220 guests. Also, outdoor space on the bluffs overlooking the Pacific can be reserved, and this space is more than 75,000 square feet.

  • Wedding planners can assist with arrangements
  • Special accommodation packages for couples and families who host weddings at the resort

Maximum wedding guest capacity:

  • Hotel hosts weddings
  • Outdoor space for weddings
  • Wedding planners available

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6610 Palos Verdes Drive South | Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275 [See Full Map]