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June 19, 2009

Terranea Resort Opens

By Pardhasaradhi Gonuguntla

Terranea Resort's Ocean VillasOccupying 102 acres of irreplaceable coastline just 20 miles south of Los Angeles International Airport, Terranea Resort opened to the public.

Ten years and $480 million in the making, Terranea (terra-NAY-a) is the crowning achievement of Los Angeles-based owner/developer Lowe Enterprises and is managed by Destination Hotels & Resorts. The property’s location will introduce a whole new generation to a part of Los Angeles that feels worlds away from the dynamic city, and to a beautiful and tranquil setting which is largely unknown. It has been decades since Marineland of the Pacific, located where Terranea now sits, brought visitors to this secluded peninsula.

“Visitors that round the last scenic coastal bend before Terranea are met with a breathtaking sight: an oceanfront Resort surrounded on three sides by the Pacific Ocean with Catalina Island looming across the channel,” said Charlie Peck, president and chief operation officer for Destination. “This location has to be one of Southern California’s most striking vistas and we are honored to add this inspired Resort along the Pacific to our collection of properties.”

Rancho Palos Verdes will again play host to people from far and near at Terranea’s 360-room Hotel and luxurious collection of residential bungalows, casitas and villas. The property also features The Links at Terranea, a challenging 9-hole par 3 golf course, and The Spa at Terranea with 25 treatment rooms, three ocean view pools and a collection of eight distinctive restaurants, bars and lounges. Guests will recognize the views from many vantage points as the property has been the location of dozens of Hollywood films and televisions shows over the years.

Anticipating that the unparalleled views will propel Terranea to the top of the list for wedding, social or business gatherings, the property has 60,000 square feet of indoor meeting and event space highlighted by an 18,000 square foot ballroom, the largest ballroom on the California coast. The Resort also has expansive outdoor lawns, terraces, gardens, gazebos and event space, all designed to showcase the Pacific Ocean locale.

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