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Terranea Resort, Rancho Palos Verdes 

100 Terranea Way
Rancho Palos Verdes , California
Tel: 866 802 8000
Tel: 310 265 2800
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From the editors of Condé Nast Traveler:
Out-of-towners don't typically find themselves in Rancho Palos Verdes, a moneyed burb 20 miles south of Los Angeles airport, but with the opening of this sunny and sophisticated resort that's quickly changing. From its perch above the Pacific, Terranea tumbles across 102 acres scented with sage scrub and pine trees, and consists of 582 accommodations, from honey-colored guest rooms in the main building to stand-alone casitas with three bedrooms and your very own outdoor fire pit. The decor throughout is a mix of Spanish hacienda (elaborately tiled floors, graceful archways, even valets dressed like gauchos) and seaside lodge (rooms have seashell lamps and bleached-wood furnishings), with a splash of California modernism (the stark serenity of the adults-only pool is the essence of SoCal cool, while the family pool has rainbow-striped cabanas and even a modest waterslide). For fun, there's a huge spa, a small beach, and guided kayaking and hiking expeditions. Of the resort's two formal restaurants, the Catalina Room is the more popular, but the waitstaff's kindness and enthusiasm are more impressive than the food. Opt instead for the local brew and the avocado burgers at Nelsons, the clifftop pub with spectacular views.—2010 Hot List

Which room to book: The ones with the best views are a trek from the lobby, except for those on the higher floors overlooking the resort pool.

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Love the Terranea Resort

We held our Board Retreat at the Terranea Resort in February 2011 to rave reviews from our attendees. This is an absolutely amazing property and the service was... more