Terranea: Heaven is just a few miles away!

I feel so blessed to live near the ocean.  I love the sound of the waves and I don’t mind having sandy floors after visiting the beach.  It’s a small price to pay for being near the water.

My husband, Adam, also loves the beach.  He turned 40 recently, and we wanted to take a weekend away to celebrate this awesome milestone.  We travel a lot in our rv, so we like our creature comforts. And, we like having the kids with us, and we like having Sunny, our 165 pound Newfoundland, at our feet.  We wanted to visit a resort that would allow all of us, the Goldberg Traveling Circus, to have a fantastic weekend.  Initially, we had a few places in mind that were in Orange County.  Luckily, thanks to our great travel advisor, Dolly Shukla, owner of the Savvy Traveler, we decided upon Terranea, in Palos Verdes.

Here’s the adults only pool – sweet!

First, I’m going to tell you about the resort, and then I’m going to tell you all about working with Dolly Shukla, because she made our experience absolutely incredible.

Terranea is the perfect place to go in SoCal if you are looking for a plush and relaxing family adventure.  The service everywhere is really great.  When we first arrived with Sunny and the kids, I was nervous about taking him into the hotel and through the crowd of people checking in.  The valets were really sweet and helpful while we unloaded.

Once we were in our room, I realized that I didn’t bring food and bowls for Sunny.  I called housekeeping and they immediately dropped off a doggie dish!

This picture is one of my favorite from the trip:


Two happy kids and one big fat dog…. all on the bed!

Our room was fine – it was the basic floor level room, which was perfect for us.  We had easy access to the grounds and the pool so it made it easy to take Sunny out when necessary.  (They offered an upgraded room, too.  We looked at it, but since it was a third floor room, we kept the first room we were given.)  Here’s a shot of the view we did have from our room:


I surprised Adam on Sunday morning by having a handful of friends and their kids meet us for brunch at Catalina Kitchen.  It was amazing, and really well priced.  Ms. Shukla was incredibly helpful setting this up.  She seems to know everyone – and she contacted her friend, Justine, who manages Catalina Kitchen.  She followed up on our reservation and made sure we were sitting inside as requested.  The brunch went off without a hitch and the service was incredible.

We found Dolly through Fresh Brothers – she is a customer of ours.  When she met Adam, she told him she was a travel agent.  He gave me her information and I was a little hesitant about contacting her.  These days, we all think we can do it on our own.  Booking travel, especially.  There are so many websites out there that make it seemingly easy to book your travel online.  However, once you work with Dolly, you’ll know what a difference having her on your side makes!  She ensured that we had a dog-friendly room, she smoothed the way for a fabulous birthday brunch and checked in with me to make sure everything was perfect.

I’ll leave you a final photo to show you how much Sunny loved Terranea:

To contact Dolly:

Dolly Shukla- CEO, The Savvy Traveler

(310) 403-8857

* I was not compensated for this review.  I did not receive compensation from Ms. Shukla or the Savvy Traveler.  We were given a little more TLC from the resort because of Dolly’s help with booking our reservation.


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