Terranea Way, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275, USA

On arrival at Terranea, it’s natural to release a big, tension-melting sigh. The resort occupies 100-plus acres along the bluffs of the Palos Verdes Peninsula, providing expansive views of the Pacific and a sense of spaciousness that’s rare in the city. The Mediterranean-style resort hotel spent $40 million in 2017 to upgrade the property, which includes 582 guest rooms and suites, eight bungalows, four swimming pools (take the kids to the 140-foot waterslide at the Resort Pool), and one acclaimed golf course. At its upscale wellness-minded spa, ingredients grown on the grounds go into the treatments, which are designed and timed to improve the body’s circadian rhythm.

Pure pampering aside, regulars return in part for the unparalleled access to dozens of postcard-pretty hiking trails, including a naturalist-led walk (there’s also a falconry program). One of the resort’s nine restaurants can meet virtually any craving that hits, but the mar’sel‘s scallops with basil risotto should be non-negotiable. Pro tip: Book a visit in December or January to watch the sun rise and set from the same vantage point—and maybe even spot some humpback whales.

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Terranea Resort: Luxury in the LA area

This resort will make you forget you are in the Los Angeles area. You will feel like you are on an island, removed from the rest of the world. There are schools of dolphins in the early morning and at sunset and you will lose yourself in the luxury. There are several restaurants in property and a deli/bakery if you want to eat in your room while you are enjoying the magnificent coastal view. It is decadent and relaxing and only 45 minutes away from LAX - hard to believe!

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