You might remember the Terranea Resort as where Jason and Molly from Season 13 of The Bachelor held their over-the-top wedding. If you missed the show, don’t miss the resort — perched on a jagged cliff and as close to the ocean as any Los Angeles-area hotel. This sprawling property opened in fall 2009 as a classic Southern California resort with an exotic Mediterranean touch. Only 20 miles south of LAX in Rancho Palos Verdes, Terranea seems a world away with its world-class spa, two miles of mountainous hiking trails, and the highly touted stand-alone restaurant mar’sel. Fine fare from its on-site herb and vegetable garden is best enjoyed while sitting on the terrace, warmed by a fire pit, and gazing out at Catalina Island — dramatic for sure, even without The Bachelor.

100 Terranea Way, Rancho Palos Verdes
310-265-2800
www.terranea.com