Sunday, June 21, 2009


For many in the US, it's hot, it's dry, and you feel like you need to get away. While some of us are driving off on short vacations, others have got new resort escapes on the mind. The newly-opened Terranea Resort in Rancho Palos Verdes, California provides inspired food and brand-new rooms, and when you combine that with Exclusive Complimentary Perks through, you're definitely getting the most bang for your buck.

The Terranea Resort opened in June 2009, combining a paradise-like location with a more accessible location than far-off resorts in Southeast Asia. The hotel's perched on over 100 acres of land above the Pacific for stunning 270-degree views. If you're picky about where you stay, The Terranea Resort offers 400 guest rooms, suites, bungalows, Villas, and Casitas, so you simply can't get your booking wrong. Wander down from your stylishly-appointed room while staying at the resort to explore The Spa at Terranea, a 25,000 square foot spa with studios for pilates and yoga, plenty of lavish treatment rooms for masques, wraps, waxes, and massages, and a wide-open area of workout studio with brand-new equipment. There's nothing nicer (for the person who enjoys exercising on vacation, of course) than a fitness studio with equipment that doesn't creak, crack, or thump while you're working on toning up before the beach.

Unlike some resorts out there, The Terranea Resort is located near the town of Rancho Palos Verdes, which means that you can easily head off to explore the surrounding area if you need a break from gazing at the ocean, getting massages, or eating freshly-prepared meals oceanside. If you're the type who needs a dose of nature with each trip, consider going to the Abalone Cove Shoreline Park and Ecological Reserve, which has two beaches, trails, tidepools, and a bluff top. You can park for just $5 to criss-cross the landscape and catch gorgeous ocean views from a number of points along your trek. Rancho Palos Verdes is also home to Frank Lloyd Wright's son Lloyd Wright's Wayfarer's Chapel, which is a stunning site to see for architecture buffs. The working church blends natural elements with manmade architecture in a way that will get you reaching for the cameras—it's so "California"! Golfers might want to check out the Trump Golf Course in Palos Verdes, which has been called "better than Pebble Beach" by Trump himself. The course has hosted the LPGA, but unlike other Trump resorts around the U.S., it's the only one open to the public. Try out the course for a combination of sport plus sightseeing, because it's said that you can get great views at every hole. Other recommended activities in the area include horseback riding, tennis, and perhaps some Famer's Market browsing at the Peninsula Center Shopping Center off of Silver Spur Road in Palos Verdes.

If you're planning on visiting The Terranea Resort soon, join the club. It's been added to our must-visit list!

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