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Best Place to Pretend You're at an Island Getaway Los Angeles 2011 

Terranea Resort

As the crown jewel of the ritzy 'burb of Rancho Palos Verdes, Terranea Resort offers eight restaurants, posh villas and a dreamy sense of escape. With your first step onto the lobby's gleaming marble floor, you are transported into a travel brochure — the overly friendly concierge, the extravagant floral arrangements on every accent table in sight, the expansively perfect ocean view. Outside, there's a cliffside adult pool, fire pits for talking and watching the sun go down, and a public trail for locals and guests leading down to tide pools — which are rare along most of Los Angeles County's shoreline. Terranea was built on the Palos Verdes Peninsula's land's end — a choice hunk of windblown acreage that was formerly Marineland. In its new incarnation, you can spot whales from the bluff, brunch at Nelson's cliffside or rent a villa for a girls' weekend filled with poolside cocktails and lavish dinners. 100 Terranea Way, Rancho Palos Verdes. (866) 802-8000, terranea.com.

—Esha Jalota

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