Los Angelenos looking for a nearby escape have a new luxury option: after 10 years of development and planning, the Terranea Hotel finally opened this past Friday.
Destination Hotels & Resorts is heralding its property as one which, because of the lack of remaining undeveloped land, could be the last large resort on the Southern California coast. Located on the Palos Verdes Peninsula, 20 miles south of Los Angeles International Airport, the 360-room hotel is designed to offer guests a view of the land that few city slickers are used to: the resort is surrounded on three sides by the Pacific Ocean, and developer Lowe Enterprises took care to preserve the natural flora of the area, boxing and replanting decades-old trees which had sat on the property and planting 14 acres of natural Coastal Sage Scrub to re-create the natural California coastal terrain.
In addition to the main structure, the resort also offers a collection of residential bungalows, casitas and villas. For wedding, social or business gatherings, the property has 60,000 square feet of indoor meeting and event space and an 18,000 square foot ballroom, the largest ballroom on the California coast. The Terranea also has a nine-hole par 3 golf course, a spa with 25 treatment rooms and three pools with ocean views.
Classic TV buffs may find some of those views distinctly recognizable: The hotel sits on the land once occupied by the Marineland of the Pacific, the popular oceanarium of yesteryear. The spot was used in television shows like "The Beverly Hillbillies," Lucille Ball's "The Lucy Show," and "The Partridge Family," and more recently hosted film crews from the Pirates of the Caribbean films and Charlie's Angels.