Irina Lazar

El Ganzo

  • Where:San Jose del Cabo, Baja California
  • Why:El Ganzo Friends and Family Community Gathering.
  • When:January 2020
  • Who:Me and 150 of my best friends.
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EL GANZO_POOL_A HOTEL LIFE

I spent my mornings watching sunrise from this massive hot tub, followed by laps in the 100 foot-long, solar heated infinity pool.

EL GANZO_FACADE_SIGN_A HOTEL LIFE

The hotel features art by notable and emerging artists both on the interiors and exteriors, covering virtually every space possible.

A very welcome reception by the friendly staff and artist Alexis Mata-Ciler.

EL GANZO_LOBBY_A HOTEL LIFE

The common areas feature vignettes of cozy spaces for communing with friends or meeting new ones.

EL GANZO_LOBBY_A HOTEL LIFE

I found myself immersed in the generous helping of fascinating, beautiful books sprinkled in the living room.

After a morning swim, this was my spot. Hint: get the fresh squeezed root juice and café con (vegan) leche.

EL GANZO_ROOM_A HOTEL LIFE

The bathtub in my room got put to good use with the delightfully aromatic bath salts provided.

EL GANZO_Stefanbrü_A HOTEL LIFE

If you’re looking to unplug, artist Stefanbrü has your back!

EL GANZO_GARDEN_A HOTEL LIFE

The hotel’s own garden personifies the farm-to-table movement as the new luxury.

EL GANZO_ALDO CHAPPARO_A HOTEL LIFE

Artist-in-residence Aldo Chapparo teaches kids at the hotel’s community center. With “promadic” travel on the rise, El Ganzo is at the forefront by offering guests a meaningful, connected and immersive experience.

EL GANZO_RECORDING STUDIO_A HOTEL LIFE

With a rotation of musicians from around the world taking advantage of the hotel’s state-of-the-art recording studio, you never know who you might run into. Or if you’re lucky, possibly sit in on a recording session with.

EL GANZO_DIANA GARCIA_A HOTEL LIFE

The sun drenched rooftop features a large-scale mural by artist Diana Garcia; serving as a grand reminder of the importance of taking care of our planet and all sentient beings.

Highs & Lows

  • The awe-inspiring and vast art collection featuring such notable artists as Aldo Chapparo, Diana Garcia, Jose Davila, Pedro Reyes, Stefan Bruggemann, Saner, Alfonso Reyes, Alexis Mata-Ciler and more.

  • Epic sunset AND sunrise views from the rooftop. Enjoy either (or even both) from the glass hot tub.

  • Hop in a jeep and adventure to pristine beaches and nature-hikes within just minutes of the hotel.

  • The combination of fresh air and comfy beds make for a deeply rejuvenating night’s sleep.

  • Come during the winter months between December-March for whale-watching season.

  • Volunteer at their own community center where local children come to experience art and music and learn gardening techniques.

  • Although the name Cabo invokes the image of an all-inclusive, exclusive, high-end, golf/tennis and margarita-by-the-pool experience of 1998, the presence of El Ganzo is quickly re-positioning it as a cultural destination for the promadic traveler.

The Barometer

  • Design

  • Website

  • Plastic Free

  • Night's Sleep

  • Service

  • Amenities

  • Takeable Treats

  • Refer a Friend

  • Overall Value

  • Life Changing

Total: 45/50

Important Bits

  • Type

    Arts and culture experiential boutique hotel.

  • Vibe

    Community destination for those seeking to rub shoulders with today’s most relevant artists and musicians.

  • Location

    Southern-most tip of Baja, nestled on a private marina with the only local swimmable beach.

  • Rooms

    69 rooms, each featuring a permanent installation by an El Ganzo artist in-residence.

  • Purposeful Practices

    El Ganzo offers weekly yoga practice on it's palm tree-lined jetty every Saturday just after sunrise.

  • Music

    Hidden, subterranean recording studio where musicians from around the world come to play and record including Thievery Corporation, Damien Rice and Anderson Paak.

  • Year Opened

    2020

  • Designed By

    Pablo Sanchez Navarro

  • Pool/Gym

    Two pools, including an epic solar-heated, 100 foot-long rooftop infinity pool, spa with steam, sauna, hot and cold plunge. Gym with views of the bay.

  • Restaurant

    Four restaurants including a Baja-inspired farm-and-sea to-table and a bohemian beach club with a wood-fired grill. Featuring ingredients from their own on-site gardens.

  • Bar

    Bar Ganzo's bar at the Rooftop can be a wet or dry experience with half its seats submerged in the rooftop infinity pool and half out, both boasting views of the beach and nearby estuary.

  • Minibar

    Refreshments only. The hotel has recently removed all single-use plastic bottles and provides guests (for purchase) with water bottles that they can refill at filtered water stations.

  • Pet Friendly

    El Ganzo is pet friendly, welcoming four legged friends - you'll often see pets and owners alike lounging around the property and enjoying some R&R together.

  • Children

    This playground is for adults only.

  • Price

    Always reasonable.

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