COLLiDE Travel Pick: Hotel El Ganzo

At the southern tip of the Baja peninsula rest a pair of cities that, in the last 50 years has seen such a rapid rise in visitors that its reputation tends to eclipse the true spirit of the place. As many people mistakenly refer to Los Cabos as just Cabo, the very edge of Baja now inspires images of boozed up gringos making their way south for a weekend at Sammy Hagar’s cantina, whose name I think can go unwritten. But Hotel El Ganzo is here to change all of that, epitomizing our Travel with Purpose credo to its fullest.

Located on the marina in San Jose del Cabo, I was instantly struck by the building’s design, which stands out both for its modernist approach and the ability to blend in with the area’s natural features. But its adaptability goes further than its construction. As part of El Ganzo’s commitment to creativity and community, the hotel hosts artists in residency that are free to paint on the hotel walls, both inside and out. Scattered throughout the hallways and tucked away in corners, I felt that with each new discovery I made, I was catching a glimpse of something that could be erased at any moment — which is both a little sad and makes the idea of a return trip that much more exciting. Who knows what I would find?

But artists aren’t the only ones that cycle through. Boasting an underground recording studio (accessed through a trap door in the lobby) and a rooftop venue, El Ganzo has welcomed bands like Thievery Corporation, Magic Giant and the Eric Krasno Band. The filmed sessions are the first thing that greet you when you walk into your room and make the hotel one of the only venues in Los Cabos worth checking out.

music director Mark Rudin

But this is just the beginning of what El Ganzo has to offer. Chefs in residency also provide a unique culinary experience, with the food coming straight from an organic farm only a few miles away. With impeccable service, attention to detail and a commitment to community, here are 5 things to do during your stay at Hotel El Ganzo.

Tour Los Tamarindos Farm and Restaurant
With the arid wilderness providing a stunning backdrop, a visit to Los Tamarindos is a must. The 17 acre organic farm not only provides produce for the hotel, but includes a beautifully restored 1888 farm house where you can sit for a delicious meal or take a cooking class.

Collide Pick: The Purple Basil Margarita and grilled octopus.

Bike Ride to the Beach Club
Pick up one of the hotel bikes, and ride along the marina to the Beach Club. Although you can easily take a water taxi, getting there by bike makes that spicy margarita that much tastier. While you’re there, go for a swim at the private beach, rent a paddle board or just chill in any one of the available hammocks.

Collide pick: make sure to stop off at the sculpture garden along the way.

A walk through the Sculpture Garden

Treat yourself: Spa Day
Need I say more? The hotel spa includes five treatment rooms, as well as a therapy pool, sauna, steam room and indoor gym.

Collide tip: take advantage of the in-room amenities, like the El Ganzo made organic bath products.

A Dip in the Pool
While there is a downstairs pool, the rooftop infinity pool includes panoramic views, a swim-up bar, and a sushi restaurant.

Collide tip: It’s also adjacent to the hotel stage, so check the schedule and make sure you’re there to catch a show.

Visit L’Ecole
In 2016, the El Ganzo Community Project was established, spearheaded by artist Francois Paris. Located across the street, the space functions as a community art center for local children, providing free access to art, music and gardening classes.

Collide Tip: visit when school is in session and you’ll get to interact with the locals and learn more about the community.

photo by: Gigie Hall