The Pacific coast's indoor-outdoor retreat
25 Treatment Rooms
It's easy to spend a whole day indulging in the airy, gold-hued Spa at Terranea in Los Angeles' only oceanside retreat, Terranea Resort, even if you aren't a guest of the property. One treatment gets you access to the sprawling 50,000-square-foot spa, which overlooks the Pacific Ocean and is filled with luxurious, why-don’t-you-stay-awhile amenities.
Jutting out over the water on the Rancho Palos Verdes peninsula, the spa includes a private, kid-free pool, an outdoor Jacuzzi and cold water plunge bath, steam rooms, private cabanas, fire pits and a 5,000-square-foot fitness center with sweeping ocean views. Exercise and pool lounging aside, the main reason to visit The Spa at Terranea is to book time in one of the 25 state-of-the-art treatment rooms. The Los Angeles spa offers massage, prenatal spa services, facials, body wraps, scrubs, manicures and pedicures, a full-service salon, Vichy showers and amazing copper tubs perfect for soaking in after a seaside yoga class.
Services have elements that tend to celebrate the sea, such as the revitalizing seaweed wrap, part of the Ocean Prelude, a treatment that takes place in a low-lit, tranquil room by the water where guests can hear the waves crashing. It starts with the aforementioned wrap followed by a salt-water bath in one of the resort's signature deep copper tubs. It’s finished with another sea-themed service, a laminaria oil massage. The spa also uses crystals, which were once mined in caves on the resort's property. Take advantage of this local source with a crystal-quartz body scrub or the Crystal Reflections, a foot reflexology treatment that incorporates a copper tub filled with harmonizing quartz. For facials, you’ll have more than a half dozen options including one for men, an anti-aging treatment and hair removal.
Another unique aspect of the spa comes is its time-of-day-themed services. For example, in the morning you might want a skin-stimulating volcanic clay wrap. As for the late afternoon and evening, the El Segundo Blue is a good option as it includes a slow, rhythmic massage with the essential oil best suited for your intentions, be that balance, energy, peace or revitalization. An invigorating sea blue mineral clay culminates the experience.
Services at the spa use an array of products, depending on the treatment. These include Aromatherapy Associates’ Rose Infinity line, Naturopathica for select facials and Kimberly Parry Organics for prenatal treatments. All can be purchased in the spa boutique, as well as other chic souvenirs like designer swim suits, charming jewelry, beauty products and summery cover-ups, the perfect garb in which to float about the resort.
In between a massage and a Pilates class, sustain yourself with fresh samplings from the Spa Café, an eatery featuring healthy yet hearty foods that make you feel good inside and out. In the morning, the restaurant has a superb breakfast burrito with scrambled egg whites, turkey bacon, avocado and pico de gallo — it pairs wonderfully with a glass of freshly squeezed blood orange juice or whatever fruit they happen to be pulverizing at the time. Lunch and dinner options include a lot of local vegetables such as spring beet and pomegranate salad, olive oil-seared tuna with arugula and flavorful carrot hummus. Desserts are virtually guilt-free and include a sugar-free cucumber lime panna cotta and the honey-lemon mousse torte, a treat made from the golden nectar harvested right there on the property. Bonus: All this can be had with a glass of sparkling wine while lounging poolside.