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Head 30 miles southwest of Los Angeles to discover Terranea, a vast 102-acre resort that sits along the coast overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Palos Verdes. Outdoor water activities abound here, from paddle boarding to whale watching to kayaking. Explore Terranea’s 75 acres of natural outdoor space, including the various hiking trails and 9-hole, par 3 golf course. The relatively new property (opened in 2009) boasts 582 guest rooms and suites, including bungalows and private homes, too. When the temperatures drop at night and a chill comes off the water, Terranea’s 228 outdoor fire pits and fireplaces will keep you warm. Traveling with kids will be a breeze thanks to the impressive family programming offered at the hotel, from falconry to tide pooling to day camps for kids, as well as eight dining options ranging from gourmet California fare to Asian fusion to casual seafood.
Los Angeles boasts a gorgeous 72-mile coastline. Why wouldn't you want to stay as close as possible to it and let the crashing waves of the Pacific Ocean lull you to sleep at night.
Casa del Mar
The Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star hotel offers sweeping ocean views from most of their 129 guest rooms, in addition to a lively lobby bar scene and restaurant, Catch that offers farm-to-table cuisine with a focus on seafood selections. You can also visit their Sea Wellness Spa for a variety of skincare and body treatments and wellness programs.
Shutters On The Beach
Valet your car and immediately stick your toes in the sand at this Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star beachside property. You can enjoy the sound of waves hitting the shore from many of the 186 guestrooms and 14 suites, in addition to their stellar market driven restaurant One Pico that offers nearly panoramic seaside views. If you're still not relaxed book a service at the spa and layout by the pool while you wait.
While not technically on the beach (you're on a hill's edge overlooking the Pacific Ocean), you can get a full luxury seaside experience at the Terranea Resort. On site you have everything you need to pamper yourself at your finger tips: an award-winning 9-hole par 3 golf course, destination spa, three pools with ocean views and eight unique restaurants, in addition to a wide selection of resort activities.