By Irene Aviles
“Dorothy, I have a feeling we aren’t in Los Angeles anymore!” Well, we are close, but it really feels like another world. Granted, Rancho Palos Verdes is not in Los Angeles City, but it’s still a part of LA’s Coastal Communities.
One of its unique features is that it sits on the Palos Verdes Peninsula, which truly sets itself apart from Los Angeles proper, making it an exclusive enclave for residents and visitors. The ideal resort experience can be found at Terranea. It’s an amazing location situated at the tip of the peninsula overlooking the Pacific Ocean, and of Terranea’s 102 acres only 25% is covered by impervious surfaces, leaving 75 acres of “green space”.
This property offers amazing golf, kids activities, miles of hiking and biking, ocean activities, extraordinary dining, and one of California’s premier spas overlooking the ocean. Best of all there are various accommodations for any family size. From hotel rooms to 4-bedroom homes, you can see how wide the range is. All accommodations have hotel services, including room service, in case you don’t want to cook; however, the kitchen can be an extra blessing if you are traveling with friends or family. In addition, anyone who is diabetic, gluten intolerant, or has any kind of fool allergy can really benefit. Just being able to grab a quick breakfast, lunch, or healthy snack can really help take the stress out of travel.
Time and time again we hear our clients tell us they never really knew how to relax until they started traveling in villas. In a hotel room, even with connecting rooms, everyone has to get up at the same time, usually tripping over each other’s luggage, trying to negotiate bathroom time, rushing to order breakfast and going “stir crazy” waiting around for everyone to get ready, plus arguing about what should be on TV! The goal is always to hurry up and get out! In a villa, it’s much more relaxing. The early bird can get up and go into the living room, have a cup of coffee, read the news, work on their computer or watch TV in their own privacy while others sleep in. When the next person awakes, they can join the other(s) in the living room or enjoy their own peaceful cup of coffee in their own room. With families, the ability to be together in a living room and kitchen environment takes a lot of stress out of the equation. Space is a luxury in so many ways!
At Terranea Resort you get to enjoy your own concept of space whether it’s in one of the condo-style units or a two-story villa. They offer designer kitchens, living rooms, some have dens as well, plenty of outdoor patios or balconies, and some even have garages. Here is a sample of a client’s 3-day itinerary.
Family of 5 – children 10, 13, 17
Arrive Friday night at 5pm. Check in, unpack, explore the villa. All the kids were extra excited when they saw the large villa, and they quickly claimed their own bedrooms, and took over the den so they could watch TV and wrestle without mom seeing, (well, at least they thought mom wouldn’t see!). The teenager loved the privacy of his own room, and could get some peace from his younger siblings. The kitchen was stocked with their favorite food and snacks, which was a treat for all. The 17-year-old was excited to see the overlooking golf course, and wanted to learn more about the kayaking options. A casual dinner was set for 6:30pm at Bashi, a favorite Sushi restaurant, just a stroll away. It was a great walk which allowed them to explore the property; the younger kids couldn’t wait to try out the kid’s pool slide, and when the family returned Dad was excited about the BBQ he saw on the patio. Mom, was smiling from ear-to-ear because everyone was happy and content.
Saturday, everyone woke up from 6:30am to 8am. Dad and teen had coffee, protein shake and hard-boiled egg and went to the gym, while mom fed the younger kids breakfast as they got up later. They dressed for the pool and went to find lounge chairs by 10am. Mom went to the gym for a 45-minute workout, and dad had lunch ordered at the pool by noon. The afternoon was spent doing various water activities as a family and enjoying the private beach. After, they all showered back at home and took the shuttle into town for some exploration, shopping and a fabulous dinner! Upon their return around 9:30pm everyone was tired and retreated to their own spaces for some nice R&R.
Sunday – Everyone was up early for a family tee time to play 9 holes, lunch was around noon at Cielo Point, and then all the kids went to kid’s club. Yes, even the teen enjoyed it and met a friend to invite over later in the day. Back at home dad barbecued some chicken and hamburgers, so the kids could stay in for dinner, play some video games, and watch a movie. Mom put a few items into the laundry as the younger ones had already encountered some moments that needed a Clorox bath! Mom and Dad went on a date to Mar’Sel which had the most amazing wine selection imaginable – they splurged with a bottle of Opus.
Monday – everyone slept in and helped themselves to breakfast or lunch as they desired. Mom was grateful she was able to save some T-shirts from permanent stains and they were already dry since she put them in the dryer the prior night. They checked out by noon, but had their luggage stored so they could go horseback riding as a family. The views were truly exhilarating as they enjoyed the coastline and stopped at Abalone Cove for a snack and photo ops. They had an early dinner at Nelson’s at sat on the patio to squeeze out the last drop of sunshine and salt air before leaving the California Coast, which only left them wanting to come back for more!
It was a short weekend and mom never made it to the spa, but they got a lot in and truly enjoyed the family time. The pace and the space gave them a vacation without all the stress of close quarters and made everyone happy. They already booked their next stay for a week so it was, undoubtedly, a successful family vacation!