Terranea Resort and Spa: Pampering with Purpose

Anybody who counts calories has told themselves year after year that the diet and new fitness routine will start sometime after New Year’s Day. Of course, as you are reading this, New Year’s Day is a distant memory, spring and summer are approaching, and you are probably figuring out how to follow through with your resolutions. While many fitness and spa resorts will see clients rolling in after the holiday clean-up, one should never forget that anytime is a good time to rethink one’s diet and fitness routine and engage in a little self-care.

Terranea Resort and Spa (destinationhotels.com/terranea), conveniently located—and yet carefully hidden away in Los Angeles a few miles from city’s busy cruise terminal—celebrates its 10thanniversary this year. It already enjoys a dual reputation as one of Los Angeles’ most romantic weekend escapes and a kid- and pet-friendly embodiment of the California dream. The setting and plush accommodations also make it a popular destination for girl’s getaways, bachelorette weekends, and corporate retreats. However, the addition of its new “Daycation” program, as well as its customized three-, five-, or seven-night “Wellness Retreat”, stays, adds a new dimension to its mystique.


Even without the “Daycation” option providing more possibilities for busy people, it is an ideal destination to get a jumpstart on one’s good wellness intentions for 2019 with its prolific array of wellness amenities and services, especially when tailored into a bespoke program for a fitness regime reboot. Small groups can get the most out of the resort by booking one of adults-only, wellness-driven Bungalow Suites for longer stays. Perks include in-room wellness equipment such as yoga mat, resistance bands, and dumbbells, a free standing kitchen, laundry area, a deep soaking tub, discounts for spa services, and access to a second bedroom.

Complimentary low impact coastal hikes and more advanced “Nature’s Gym” sessions are conducted regularly, while the hotel’s Experience Center (replacing the standard-issue concierge) can arrange specialized outdoor fitness adventures such as a rigorous kayak session with an expert guide well versed in California ocean wildlife. The fitness and spa areas of the resort, meanwhile, take fine advantage of the California coastal views and year-round warm weather. This includes “Seaside Cycle” (spin) and “Seaside Yoga,” as well as access to the airy, well-appointed cardio room with Technogym equipment.

Other relatively new offerings add a spiritual (but not too new age-y) uplift to the physical work. When attending one of the first Daycation programs, we added in “An Interactive Wellness Workshop” and a sound-bath session with Energy Medicine Facilitator and Meditation Instructor Angela Matthews, who set out to shift our individual paradigms about our relationship with food, exercise, and healing through discussion and meditation. Other “Daycation” programs will be announced via the Terranea website and Experience Center. The next session, scheduled to take place Saturday, February 23, focuses on heart health. Matthews, meanwhile, is available by appointment for consultation on improving dietary and health practices through meditation and other intentional means.

This past November, the resort’s spa introduced the “Solviva” menu of vegan, vegetarian, and light protein meals designed by the resort’s on-site nutritionist blending flavorful Middle Eastern, Mexican, and California influences. There is also an “Intentional Aromatherapy” service where a customized lotion or scrub can be created based on the results of a simple iPad quiz.

In keeping with the seaside location, some of the best signature indulgences on the spa menu include the Revitalizing Marine Massage and Renewed Youth Facial, followed by a sunset viewing at the spa’s pool or plush lounge areas. As this is a grown-up girl’s getaway, however, one can allow for a little of indulgence outside the spa, whether it is through a spread of zesty Asian share plates at bashi, an early Sunday brunch of specially-curated creations (served pre-buffet) at catalina kitchen, or the acclaimed mar’sel, serving its custom-created Piper-Heidsieck champagne and Cal-Mediterranean dishes running the gamut from elegantly healthy to full-on decadence.