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.
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.
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.
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.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,