Terranea is relatively close to LAX and other Southern California attractions. However, it is a world apart from Southern California urban sprawl. The rooms at Terranea are adequate for what aims to be a world-class destination resort, but they are not what will attract you to Terranea. What makes the resort exceptional are the incredible ocean views, landscape, and feeling of spaciousness. The resort also appears to have a great variety of activities such as kayaking, golf, hiking and biking, which looked popular, but I did not have enough time to partake. I did get to experience the spa. It is "best in class". It has the best location on the resort and you definitely need to visit it if only to sit poolside and stare at the ocean views. The adjoining fitness facility was roomy and beautiful, but a little spare on weight machines. From there you can take a short stroll and visit Nelson's bar and grill on the property which has an equally amazing view. I would improve a few things. I was somewhat surprised that the resort did not have tennis courts on site, but I heard that they are available nearby. I was disappointed that my "ocean front" room looked across a wide lawn, and a well-traveled pedestrian path before it gave me a view down the coast . It would have been ok had it not been on a lower floor and given me the feeling that the pedestrian path looked into my room . I ended up changing it for an "ocean view" room, at a lower rate, on the other side of the hotel which I liked better. The room balconies are small, but we were able to sit outside and enjoy the sunset from there. The room and bathroom were not as large as I thought they should be, but overall they were very functional, comfortable, quiet and perfectly fine -- just not over the top. Although the resort caters to weddings and large groups, the attentive staff and well designed resort layout made it perfectly comfortable for just the two of us. I have been to other Southern California ocean resorts -- Bacara, Montage, Del Coronado, Ritz Carlton -- and I rate Terranea equal to, if not superior to all of them.