Resort Life: Rancho Palos Verdes Is a Lux Lover's Dream

What this South Bay area of Los Angeles County lacks in industry,

it makes up for with stunning ocean views. Perched atop hills that overlook the glistening Pacific waters, residents love the low-key vibe here.   

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Where to stay...

Terranea Resort & Spa is a playground for adults and children alike. Walk about the grounds of the 102-acre private peninsula paradise, and you'll quickly understand why. There are four oceanview pools, eight restaurants, bars, cafes, and lounges, an award-winning nine-hole, par-three golf course, an oceanfront spa, and so much more. With Mediterranean touches throughout, outdoor fireplaces, gorgeous courtyards and gardens, and Pacific views on three sides of the resort, you'll feel like you're in a faraway oasis meant for very important people—all with a very laid-back vibe only California has to offer.   

Where to eat...

 Mar'sel, of course. Offering ocean views, this is the crème de la crème of the resort and Rancho Palos Verdes as a whole. The fine dining menu features locally-sourced ingredients that pay homage to the California coast. The environment, the people, and the food offer approachable luxury that's not overwhelming, but simply Californian through and through. Get the diver scallops and perfectly grilled calamari for an appetizer, and the branzino for an entree. A side of the melt-in-your mouth mushrooms never hurt anybody. In the morning, go to Catalina Kitchen for an insane buffet brunch and bottomless mimosas. Crab legs, sushi, cioppino, French toast, omelets, quinoa salad, slabs of brie cheese, jam and fresh bread all await. (Make sure you read our tips on how to navigate a buffetbefore you go!)

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What to do...

 When you're not getting a revitalizing marine massage at Terranea's spa, or sipping cocktails poolside, check out the Point San Vicente Lighthouse. Tour the light station. Only open once or twice a month, a tour will have you climbing the stairs to the top to look out. Then, check out Point Vicente Interpretive Center, where 10,000 square feet of exhibits on the history of the peninsula resides.

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Some content originally published on RD.com, and republished here with permission. 

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