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Monday, December 17, 2012

TERRANEA RESORT - RANCHO PALOS VERDES

TERRANEA RESORT
RANCHO PALOS VERDES, CALIFORNIA


TERRANEA RESORT
100 TERRANEA WAY
RANCHO PALOS VERDES, CA 90275
310-265-2800

Terranea is a magnificent resort nestled on the beautiful Rancho Palos Verdes Coast less than an hour from Los Angeles Airport.  The resort takes you out of "reality" and into a Mediterranean village with spectacular views of the Pacific ocean and Catalina Island.  The resort staff was friendly and gracious.  From Check In to Check Out we were treated like guests of a great hotel.  Everything was excellent here except for one incident with dining reservations that is detailed in another post on this blog.  

ENTRANCE TO TERRANEA IS SIMPLE BUT BEYOND THESE WALLS IS INCREDIBLE
TERRANEA HAS MAIN HOTEL PLUS CONDOS AND CASITAS
ENTRANCE LEADS TO UNOBSTRUCTED OCEAN VIEWS
LOBBY IS A BIT SMALL BUT VERY COMFORTABLE.  SEATING IS AT A PREMIUM DURING PEAK TIMES OR WHEN THERE IS AN EVENT OR LIVE MUSIC
VIEW FROM TERRACE OFF THE MAIN LOBBY.  CATALINA ISLAND IN THE DISTANCE.
LOBBY TERRACE HAS GREAT VIEWS, SEATING AND FIRE PLACES TO KEEP YOU WARM
TERRACE SEATING AND FIREPLACE
STAYING WARM ON A COLD EVENING AT TERRANEA
MAIN BUILDING OVERLOOKS THE POOL AND PACIFIC OCEAN

MAIN POOL HAS CABANAS AND WATER SLIDE
BEAUTIFUL VIEWS.  CASITAS UNITS ABOVE
TRAILS LEAD TO TIDAL POOLS WITH VIEWS OF CATALINA ISLAND
WALKING TRAILS ALL ALONG THE PROPERTY LEAD TO GREAT VIEWS AND HIDEAWAYS 
GROUNDS AND LANDSCAPING ARE BEAUTIFUL
BEAUTIFUL VIEWS OF RANCHO PALOS VERDES
ADULT POOL OVERLOOKS THE PACIFIC
MAIN SWIMMING POOL

CASITAS UNITS ALONG THE COAST
PRIVATE ENTRANCE TO CASITAS UNITS
CASITAS UNITS HAVE FIREPLACE AND SEATING IN FRONT OF EACH UNIT
CASITAS DOUBLE BED ROOM
CASITAS SMALL DESK AREA, REFRIGERATOR IN DRESSER AND FLAT SCREEN TV


Terranea History

In 1827, Don Dolores Sepulveda received an original land grant to Rancho de los Palos Verdes which supported several thousand heads of cattle and a flourishing hacienda. In 1913, the founding father of the Peninsula, Frank Vanderlip, bought the 16,000-acre Palos Verdes Peninsula, and embarked on a grand vision to develop the "Palos Verdes Project" into the most fashionable and exclusive residential colony in the nation. The first homes appeared in the region in 1924, two years before the historic Point Vicente Lighthouse was built.
Then, nearly 30 years later, Marineland of the Pacific opened in Palos Verdes in 1954. Marineland was the world's largest oceanarium featuring sea life, entertainment, and research facilities. Opening one year before Disneyland, many consider Marineland California's first major theme park, and it remained a major attraction to the area until it closed in 1987.

One of the guiding principles in the creation of Terranea was to weave it into the cultural, historical and social fabric of the Peninsula. In addition to embracing the classic Mediterranean architecture that defines the area, Terranea pays homage to the rich heritage of the site through the names of many amenities, such as The Catalina Room, Marineland Ballroom and The Vanderlip Suite. Nelson's was named after Mike Nelson, the character played by Lloyd Bridges in the television series Sea Hunt, which was filmed at Marineland in the late 1950s and early 1960s.


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