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March 20, 2014

Hotel El Ganzo Resort – The Face of Puerto Los Cabos

By Chris Boyle

Hotel El Ganzo by Jerry Landress

Based on the view, I could easily be overlooking the sea and marina in Monaco, Bermuda, St. Thomas or a select number of exotic seaside destinations scattered around the globe, but I am on my terrance in suite 401 at El Ganzo, a true luxury enclave in Puerto Los Cabos.

Puerto Los Cabos is a self contained resort destination within the larger area known as Los Cabos. Located only twenty five minutes from the Los Cabos International Airport, this master planned development, with it own world class mega yacht marina, Jack Nicklaus and Greg Norman championship golf course, and ability to drop names like Ritz Carlton, Secrets, and JW Marriott, Puerto Los Cabos is the next “must visit” destination on Mexico’s Baja Sur Peninsula. And El Ganzo is at the center of it all.

El Ganzo (The Goose in Spanish) has all the necessary elements to make it “the place” to be on any given night. This one-of-a-kind 72-room luxury hotel lives up to the origin of its name “Gonzo”. As the urban dictionary might say, it is conspicuously unconventional. Or in the art community, it is often associated with free of form, where personality is paramount and a little exaggeration is accepted. Located at the mouth of the Puerto Los Cabos marina, overlooking the Sea of Cortes, Punta Gorda, and Punta Palmilla on one side and mega yachts on the other, El Ganzo offers some serious eye-candy for even the most seasoned traveler.

It is hard to describe the barefoot elegance mixed with real-time activities. From the terrace off your room or your breakfast table you can watch the local fisherman netting live bait for the armanda of sport fishing boats that launch every morning at sunrise. Watch as multimillion dollar yachts and professional fishing cruisers float silently to and from the Puerto Los Cabos marina as they pursue whatever open water adventure awaits them.

Hotel El GanzoUniqueness and innovation are employed throughout the property. A perfect example is the hotel’s private water taxi that shuttles guests from the hotel dock to their private beach club or the Container restaurant located in the center of the marina and operated by the hotel. If that isn’t special enough, how about a hotel with its own recording studio where musicians from Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco or Nashville come to write, record, and sing for their supper.

The dining experience is as varied and engaging as the other features of the hotel. Enjoy a casual breakfast on your terrace, a leisurely lunch on the “dock”, sushi from your pool lounge or a gourmet dinner indoors or overlooking the Sea of Cortes with live music playing comfortably in the background. Inviting, relaxing, delicious, and fun are a few words that describe the overall culinary attitude at El Ganzo.

With just 72 guest rooms and a keen eye toward style and aesthetics, Hotel El Ganzo is a refuge and a mind-opening departure from cookie-cutter hotels. Custom-created furnishings and original décor elements help to set the visual tone, against the natural backdrop of the beautiful Sea of Cortes. And the guest rooms and suites reflect just that. Once again, typical descriptions do not apply. The rooms are spacious as well as warmly functional. The décor is a statement to good taste. Edgy but not cold. Minimal but not bland. More like an urban apartment than a “room”.

If there is a signature feature of the resort, it is their rooftop pool area. Think of the finest boutique hotel in New York, San Francisco, or the Italian Riviera, and you might get close to envisioning the total package at El Gonzo. The pool, with an infinity design, runs along the entire front edge of the hotel and is highlighted by an elevated glass enclosed hot tub that words cannot adequately illustrate. The entire area is a combination of private beach club, hip lounge, sushi bar and relaxing conversational patio.

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Add a full service spa with complete fitness center and all the necessary water and beauty features and you have Hotel El Ganzo.

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