Rancho Palos Verdes, CA (near Los Angeles)
Overview: When I need a high-end resort to hold an event, this is the first place that comes to mind. Located about 40 miles from LAX (closer to Long Beach airport) this is truly a gorgeous property.
Ballrooms: The property has a couple of large ballrooms and multiple breakout rooms. Rigging in the ballroom is easy and the ballrooms themselves are beautiful. The main ballroom features street level doors for easy load-in and load-out.
Note: There is truck parking but make sure you arrange this ahead of time and confirm. This property is very aware of its image and trucks need to be in select designated areas. Deliveries from outside vendors also required some attention to detail, but was easy with the right amount of pre-production.
AV Staff and Equipment: We really didn’t use in-house AV for anything other than rigging.
Location: This is a destination resort so attendees really don’t have to leave the property for anything. While expensive, there are numerous restaurants and bars on the property and the areas for outdoor receptions are, like everything else, exceptionally beautiful.
Con: The cost. This is not an inexpensive property to stay or work at but if budget allows, this should definitely be a property to look at.