Four Pools, One View

Terranea Resort is a haven for fun and relaxation on the Pacific Coast.

(Above) The Vista Pool. Photograph by Casey Figlewiczi, courtesy of Terranea Resort

Perched on the coastal bluffs overlooking the southern Pacific Coast, Terranea Resort and its pools are a combined design effort by Hill Glazier Architects and Scheurer Architects. 

Terranea features four pools with stunning Pacific views. The Resort Pool is a haven for fun, with a 140-foot water slide, a splash pad, and family-friendly lawn games. For a more exclusive and relaxing experience, guests can opt for one of the poolside cabanas, perfect for families.

The Resort Pool. Photograph by Manuel Mazzanti, courtesy of Terranea Resort

Located above the Resort Pool, the Vista Pool is a tranquil oasis exclusively for guests aged 13 and above. This serene space boasts a sundeck, private cabanas, and lush landscaping, offering a perfect environment for guests to unwind and relax. 

For those seeking a lively atmosphere, the adults-only Cielo Point Pool is the place to be. Along with refreshing cocktails and light poolside fare, guests can enjoy live beats from featured poolside DJs every weekend. Terranea also has a 25-meter Spa Pool reserved for guests aged 18 and above.

A Star-Studded History

Terranea Resort, renowned for its stunning surroundings, has been a popular choice for Hollywood productions since the 1950s when it served as the location for Marineland of the Pacific, an influential oceanarium. Its picturesque setting has graced the screens of numerous films and TV shows, including Pirates of the Caribbean, The Aviator, and Charlie’s Angels.

The remarkable journey of Terranea Resort began in 1998 when Lowe Enterprises undertook the ambitious task of transforming the 102-acre Palos Verdes site into a premier luxury destination in Southern California. Over a decade of development, the goal was to seamlessly integrate the resort into the cultural and historical fabric of the Peninsula. The resort’s eco-friendly architecture gracefully transitions from two and three stories to four and five stories, allowing guests to embrace breathtaking coastal views. With seamless transitions between indoor and outdoor spaces, guests can fully indulge in the region’s pleasant climate and awe-inspiring surroundings.

Features and Amenities

The resort offers a range of accommodations, including 326 guest rooms and 31 suites, exquisitely furnished with luxurious amenities, stone baths, and sumptuous linens. For those seeking extra space and privacy, there are 50 three-bedroom ocean view casitas and 32 villas ranging from 1,850 to 2,800 square feet, complete with spacious kitchens and living areas. The Bungalows at Terranea provide an exclusive wellness retreat, featuring 20 two-bedroom bungalows with dedicated spa and fitness-themed amenities conveniently located near the spa facilities.

In addition to the four pools, Terranea Resort boasts a collection of eight exceptional dining experiences, a full-service spa and fitness center, an award-winning golf course, a kids’ club, engaging ecological enrichment programs. It also has an impressive 135,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor event space, making it an ideal choice for weddings and other special occasions.

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