Terranea Resort Palos Verdes, Southern California

I recently spent five days attending a conference at this resort which is 40 minutes south of Los Angeles airport.  We took a taxi since you don’t need a car.   However, you might like to have a car if you are going to visit other Southern California attractions such as Disneyland, Knotts Berry Farm, Hollywood, Beverly Hills, etc.    I personally am terrified of the traffic in Los Angeles and the twelve lanes of freeway, so my recommendation would be to hire a car and driver, or join one of the tours which are available.  This property was built just over a year ago, on the 102 acres which used to be Marine Land,  (they moved the large sea world aquarium to another part of California) gorgeous location, high on the cliffs looking across at Catalina Island which is 19 miles away.  You can take a day trip on the ferry from Long Beach over to the island. It has 582 rooms, 50 two or three bedroom Casitas (bungalows) and 20 one or two bedroom villas.  All absolutely gorgeous, decorated like private luxury homes, rather than a hotel property.

This is a wonderful location for a wedding ceremony, held on the cliffs overlooking the ocean set up like an open air church, white benches, wrought iron entrance gates, and orchids everywhere.   It is an ideal location for a honeymoon, or a family reunion.

I would book a casita, or a villa, which can sleep up to 8 people.  Lovely, privacy, elegant luxury home,  fireplace in a courtyard,  private patio overlooking the ocean, even with an outdoor Jacuzzi.

This is one of the best locations I have been to for holding a conference.   Several large ballrooms for banquets, and 33 different meeting rooms.   It was very spacious, even though there were several hundred in attendance.   The gardens are lovely, and I was impressed with the catering and table settings.  Every meal was outstanding with magnificent flower arrangements and stunning china and glasses.      We were lucky to be able to dine on the patio which was lovely, a real tropical event.

The hotel has six restaurants, a spa, and a 9 hole golf course which is only $35.00 to play.
There are two l8 hole courses close by.      There is also a lovely walking trail along the cliffs and it goes out to the historic Point Vicente lighthouse.    I was told they had 100 percent occupancy  when we were there and they have wedding parties every week.  They get a lot of people from Los Angeles who go there for the weekend when it gets hot in the valley.

They have ocean kayaking tours, scuba, stand up paddle boarding available at the hotel and surfing available in nearby Redondo Beach.     This is a great location to go on a whale watching tour.   They also have guided hikes and bike tours.  With the children’s program, there is plenty to keep them occupied by the parents use the spa or play golf.

Your contact is Thais Magri, the Leisure Sales Manager, tmagri@destinationhotels.com; 310-265-2816.       

Definitely worth sending your clients to this property.
 

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