Terranea Resort, A Destination Hotel is the only resort on the Los Angeles coast, and, thankfully, it’s all about over-the-top luxury.
By Isoul H. Harris
Terranea Resort, A Destination Hotel is paradise—but not in the clichéd regard that most travel articles refer to exotic destinations. Yes, this private retreat is truly a first-rate getaway. And we have three reasons trekking to this Southern California oasis is worth it.
Thirty miles southwest of The City of Angels sits the award-winning Terranea—102-acres of impeccably-manicured land positioned at the foot of the Pacific Ocean, with a telescopic view of Catalina Island. With 582 guestrooms—including a fantastic mix of 20 oceanfront bungalows, ocean view casitas, and 32 well-appointed villas—this Mediterranean-inspired property makes for a great escape.
Terranea has eight restaurants, each individual stand outs, including the casual California cool of Catalina Kitchen (a brunch favorite among locals) and the festival of Asian flavors at Bashi. However, the farm-to-table grand fare of Mar’sel is the culinary superstar.
Walking to the resto, guests pass colorful veggies and vibrant herbs sprouting in a beautiful garden, from which Chef Du Cuisine Andrew Vaughan’s gathers most of the ingredients for the dishes comprising his fêted menu.
Dine al fresco taking in stunning ocean views while indulging in plates of Diver Scallops with Black Truffle polenta; Dungeness Crab Salad with Farmer’s Market lettuce, heirloom apples, pecan, grilled avocado; Roasted Mary’s Chicken with black garlic puree; Atlantic Salmon with P-2 tomato lime brown butter, and more. Mar’sel is Spanish for “sea” and French for “salt”—apropos since Terranea makes handcrafted sea salt for purchase (try the Meyer Lemon from Terri’s Orchard).
No vacation is complete without a relaxing massage or beauty-enhancing facial, and with 50,000 sq. ft. of dedicated space, The Spa at Terranea has a treatment for everyone. The offerings focus on relief and repair, such as the Volcanic Clay Wrap, which covers the body in volcanic ash, providing a full-body exfoliation. Using mineralizing mud infused with thermal water and muscle relief oil, the Mediterranean Muscle Relief massage is a popular choice. Along with guided hikes, ocean kayaking, horseback riding and more, Terranea also offers complimentary yoga sessions. Drop into Child’s pose on the open lawn. As you move to Downward Facing Dog, glance up and take in a view of the azure waves breaking onto the pallid sand of the Pacific shore. Namaste.
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