For Consideration on Your Beauty Bucket List: The Terranea Resort and Spa in Rancho Palos Verdes, California

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Terranea Resort & Spa

To borrow a phrase from Liz Lemon, “I want to go to there…”

Words of advice: only get your nails done at the Terranea resort and spa in sunny Rancho Palos Verdes, California if you’re sure you can refrain from making ecstasy faces the entire time.

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During my mani/pedi yesterday, I felt like my bones were made of soft cheese. I was so relaxed that I could barely hold my head up (I actually did that head tipping thing a few times).

Now that’s relaxed…

The Terranea spa is where you go when you want a beauty experience.

It’s definitely not something I’d do every day (or week or month), or when I just wanted a professional to slap some paint on my paws in an efficient manner.

It’s more of a special occasion thing, because along with the usual spa shaping and polishing, you also get an exfoliating scrub, a brightening mask, a massage and several minutes with your hands and feet hugged in these heavenly heated mitts that I wish I could wear all the time.

All. The. Time.

But my favorite part was the pedicure chair.

OMG! If I were an eccentric heiress (as opposed to just being eccentric), I’d want an entire room of my estate/cat sanctuary dedicated to relaxation, with one of those chairs in the middle and a huge TV, upon which I would watch Bravo while eating veggie pizza. 🙂

Hey, boo, haaay!

The Jacuzzi action on my feet? So good. I could have fallen asleep right there.

The only things keeping me awake were the tickling cheese grater on my heels and Janine, the manicurist who did my nails.

I learned many interesting things from Janine that day. Things like…

  • The best way to finish a good mani/pedi is with a glass of champagne
  • You can often find Zella apparel deeply discounted at Nordstrom Rack stores
  • When you book a spa massage through a hotel, ask the spa receptionist for the best technician on staff (at Terranea, Janine recommends Joseph for massages)
  • If you have dry skin, Spa Technologies Laminaria Oil is the ish!

The fee is $75 for a 45-minute Pacific Breeze mani and $95 for a 60-minute Pacific Breeze Pedi (see the complete price list here).

Yes, that’s high. But wow.



If you book a 60-minute nail treatment (or the mani/pedi combo), you’ll also get all-day access to the spa’s other facilities, which include saunas, an indoor/outdoor lounge with snacks and drinks, a Jacuzzi and a kick-@ss pool with a breathtaking ocean view.

Talk about a recipe for a great day. 🙂


Pool time!

Terranea Spa Review outdoor lounge area with jaccuzzi

The outdoor lounge and Jacuzzi

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The exterior of the salon

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Inside the salon

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The pedicure room

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They also have stylists on hand if you want to get your hair did

Terranea Spa Review nail polishes

Nail polishes — Essie and OPI

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I chose OPI My Private Jet

You can schedule an appointment online or by calling (310) 265-2740.

At 430 miles from Novato, Terranea (100 Terranea Way, Rancho Palos Verdes, California 90275) is a little out of the way for me, but I tell you what — that’s a good thing! I’d want to go more often if I lived closer.

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Bliss, babe. Pure bliss…

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. Rachel says:

    What an awesome place! You look so blissed out and you deserve it!

  2. Chelsea says:

    I’m so, so jealous! As soon as I accept an offer, I need to go be pampered to celebrate (I got one offer today, but am holding out a few days for the other company to call me!)

    Plus, we got approved to lease a house in the fall! It’s a full, two-bedroom house! No more tiny apartment for us. It’s been a great day, so it’s definitely time to celebrate.

  3. Claudia S. says:

    My cousin loves that place! I live pretty close to there, I should finally check it out!

  4. Lauren says:

    Wow you look so relaxed and happy 🙂 When I get my ‘big girl job’ I definitely plan on treating myself to things like this once in a while!
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  5. Julia says:

    With Tabs running you ragged every day, you really deserve some pampering!

  6. Lulle says:

    I’m dreaming of a spa vacation right now, *sigh*…

    I’ll keep Palos Verdes in mind, but my mother-in-law is taking me to the Clairemont Hotel spa for my birthday, yay!
    Lulle recently posted … Maybelline Color Tattoo in Shady Shores: the cream shadow that wasn’t there

  7. Agata says:

    This place looks like heaven. I’d love to go for a spa day there with my BFF (or you :)), it looks so very relaxing! And I spot some Moroccan Oil products on the shelves!

  8. Jennifer says:

    Wow! Wish I were there!
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  9. Arianne says:

    LOL! Totally cracking up at your ecstasy face. I know what that feels like. Whenever I’m on a massage table and the masseuse gets that spot over my shoulder blades… I have to stop myself from full-out moaning. HAHAHA! That would be so awkward.

  10. Lydia L says:

    Karen, u deserve it!!! Its worth every penny. Godspeed!!!!

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