Just minutes away from the traffic jams and hobnobbing scenes of Downtown Los Angeles is another kind of California dream—one where nature takes the lead and the Pacific Ocean is the headlining star. Hidden away on the edge of the serene Palos Verdes Peninsula is Terranea Resort, a scenic Fine Hotels & Resorts® retreat inspired by the Mediterranean and rooted in the riches of sunny SoCal. Here, there’s something for everyone, no matter your age or interests, whether you’re in search of adventure or wellness, culinary wonders or some simple R&R, there’s a Terranea adventure to discover, taking you far away from your everyday expectations.
Food fans take note: Terranea isn’t just a resort—it’s a culinary mecca where the fresher-than-fresh ingredients come straight from the soil and sea. The property’s 102 acres are home to everything from an expansive herb and vegetable garden to a Sea Salt Conservatory where sea water is cultivated and naturally dried to create the resort’s own sea salt. At its nearby farmland, there’s even more local bounty, including Meyer lemon and avocado trees, a chicken coop that provides fresh eggs daily, and more than 100,000 “employbees.” The resort also produces its own olive oil—pressing olives seasonally at its Peninsula Olive Celebration—and harvests sea kelp off the nearby Palos Verdes coast for a variety of menu items and amenities.
Bringing that bounty straight to your taste buds are nine restaurants, each with a unique palate and presence, from the casual clifftop Nelson’s (serving coastal cuisine, gastropub fare, and fresh seafood including salmon, shrimp, and swordfish) to bashi (specializing in wok-style dishes inspired by classic Asian flavors).
For a true tastemaker’s journey, book an unforgettable meal at mar’sel, which takes its name from the Spanish term for sea, mar, and the French term for salt, sel. Here, the seasonal menu is packed with farm- and sea-to-table selections like branzino served with freshly-picked vadouvan spinach and hen-of-the-woods mushrooms, and Wagyu short rib sourced from nearby Snake River Farms. For foodies with a penchant for the finer things, mar’sel’s Farm and Vine Dinner Series is a spectacular showcase of Terranea’s favorite Californian farmers and partners, such as Flannery Beef. It features a five-course tasting menu paired with expertly curated wines from the region’s top labels. Meanwhile, culinary-inclined kids can feast on delicious treats like s’mores heated over the firepit and gelato from the artisanal sea beans café.
Even breakfast at Terranea is a meal to remember—especially when you book your stay with American Express Travel. With the Fine Hotels & Resorts program, the most important meal of the day is complimentary for two every morning. If breakfast classics with a twist are your taste, head to the oceanfront catalina kitchen for brioche French toast or BLT eggs Benedict. Or tap into the healthy Californian bounty at solviva, whose menu is chock-full of enticing dishes that are as delicious as they are nutritious. Don’t miss the Meyer lemon kefir bread—made with lemons from Terranea’s own trees—or the selection of nutritious juices and smoothies.
If you’re looking to unwind, recharge, or maybe even make a few healthy changes, Terranea has you covered. Head to The Spa at Terranea to discover 50,000 square feet of wellness facilities, ranging from a fitness center and movement studio to lush gardens for meditative moments of retreat.
When you book your stay with American Express Travel, a $100 property credit* can be used toward many of the spa’s programs, whether your goal is to get your heart pumping with a wellness class—there’s everything from water aerobics and Zumba to TRX and Pilates—or wind down with a spa treatment using fresh, native ingredients. Soothing rituals include the Honey Body Bliss, utilizing local raw honey, and the Ocean Prelude, which employs the life-enhancing benefits of the Pacific with a nutrient-rich seaweed wrap and warm saltwater bath. Healing therapies based on your Circadian Rhythm, meanwhile, are performed by specialists who can alleviate everything from chronic aches and injuries to difficulty sleeping at night.
More wellness awaits beyond the walls of The Spa. Terranea’s idyllic coastal location on the Palos Verdes Peninsula offers a chance to embrace the healthful benefits of the surrounding nature, too. Perfect your downward dog with your toes in the sand at seaside yoga, center yourself with a sunset ritual using crystal singing bowls, or head out among the acres of trails for a peaceful moment of reflection in paradise.
The call of the great outdoors is mighty at Terranea. Located within a scenic natural habitat, hugging a stretch of crystalline Pacific coastline, the resort is well-positioned for every type of adventure, whether you’re a weekend warrior, an occasional athlete, or a nature lover at heart.
Golfers are spoiled for choice—and when they book with American Express Travel, they can use a $100 property credit toward their next tee-off. At The Links at Terranea, a challenging 9-hole, par 3 course with its own academy, players can improve their game under the instruction of PGA professionals or perfect their swing with the Full-Swing Golf Studio’s virtual-reality program. Young and aspiring pros can also work on their game with Terranea’s Junior Golf Camps throughout the year.
Beyond the green, Terranea has abundant adventures by land, air, and sea. On land, take advantage of miles of hiking and biking trails, home to hundreds of species of native Californian flora and fauna. Just off the resort’s shores, there’s ocean kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, and tide-pooling, all of which offer opportunities to glimpse breathtaking marine life, from bottlenose dolphins and Pacific Gray Whales to starfish and baby octopi. You can also learn about the longstanding lore of guiding birds of prey with a complimentary meet and greet with Terranea’s falconer, who trains the resort’s resident birds daily.
There’s so much to do at Terranea, you might be tempted to stay longer—and if you book with American Express Travel, it will be easy to extend your visit: Book three nights at the property by April 26, 2020, and your third night is free (through April 30, 2020)**. That’s more time to soak up the sun, drink in the views, dive into paradise—and escape from it all.
*Special amenity varies by property. See Fine Hotels & Resorts terms and conditions for details.
**Terms apply. Learn more about the complimentary night offer.