As I write these words, the Sochi Winter Olympics, like this modest trilogy on Hotel El Ganzo, are winding down. There is one commonality shared by every Olympic participant regardless of the event, gender or nationality. Not for weeks, nor months but for years they have lain in bed at night and dreamed of ascending the platform to the playing of their country’s national anthem and of bending forward so that a gold medal could be hung around their neck.
OK, granted most of us will never compete in an Olympics, be it summer or winter. But that is not to say we don’t have our dreams. For many of us, who labor all year to provide for our families, our dreams consist of imagining our next vacation. Yet no sane person dreams of having a mediocre experience. In our minds, our holiday should meet a gold medal standard. Like those athletes mentioned above, we see ourselves returning home draped in glorious recollections and clutching unforgettable memories to our chests.
Hotel El Ganzo, unlike so many adequate but uninspired resort properties, possesses the rare qualities to deliver on those unspoken promises. In the prior two posts, I told you about the stunning art and haunting music of the Arts In Residence program. In this final post I will acquaint you with just a few of the features that make El Ganzo literally one of a kind.
Would you be impressed if I told you the hotel had a swim-up bar? Yawn. Probably not. But what if I told you El Ganzo’s swim-up bar was on the roof!
Not only that but what if I told you that the rooftop sported a transparent hot tub where you can not only see but be seen? Perfect, I suppose, for the less inhibited among you. In my case, I am afraid the other guests might mistake the tank for a “swim with a sea-lion” experience and try to pull on my moustache and throw me fish!
The rooftop also offers a sushi bar where you can dine under the stars on a rainbow roll while imbibing your favorite libation. That sounds a lot more like my speed. Now that I think about it, I probably could win a gold medal when it comes to over-indulging and being over-served. After all, I have been in training for decades.
THE BEACH CLUB
One of the criticisms you sometimes hear leveled against certain resorts in Los Cabos is that the beaches are not as swimmable as those on the eastern side of Mexico. While that is admittedly true of some Los Cabos properties, it is patently untrue about El Ganzo. Just a very short boat ride (one minute) away . . or a fairly long swim if your free-style stroke, like mine, resembles a drunk thrashing an imaginary snake with a garden hoe . . . you will find the idyllic setting reflected in the image above. Notice the long jettyies on both sides which guarantee the consistently placid waters you see in this picture.
There are many who define an awesome vacation as lying about all day on a beach chair lifting nothing heavier than a foo-foo drink with a tiny umbrella and catching up on all the unread blog posts on TravelByTerry (You missed some of them?). OK, maybe a few people would prefer reading the latest best-selling mystery novel but I am sure they are in the minority. If that describes you, you will love the Beach Club where the pace is leisurely and the service impeccable.
One of the fun features of El Ganzo is that everything is nearby and within the confines of a secure gated community. Everything you might want to see and experience is just a short bike ride away. If only you had thought to pack a bicycle! Not to worry. El Ganzo anticipates everything. Your chariot awaits!
One of the interesting things to do is to visit the Wirikuta Gardens, “Home to over 1500 varieties of desert plants from around the world.”
There is so much more I would like to tell you about, such as the suite with the ping-pong table in the living room, the bowling alley lane for a table top in the dining room and the private elevator on the balcony that takes you to the roof. No I have not been dipping into the elderberry wine again. All true!
Time is pressing and I have “promises to keep and miles to go before I sleep”. (I bet Robert Frost wishes he had thought of that line.) One of these promises is the vow I made to give you a link to some incredible pictures and to an online brochure where you can fill in all the gaps that time and space have regrettably forced me to leave vacant. Here you go:
1) Pictures I took
2) Pictures taken by someone who knows one end of a camera from the other.
This is the final post of this El Ganzo trilogy and I would like to leave you with this exhortation. Do yourself an immense favor and venture to glorious Los Cabos and discover your own gold medal experience. Speaking as one who can hear the not so faint swoosh of the reaper’s scythe in the distance, life is too short and vacations too few not to make the most of each and every one. El Ganzo will not disappoint!
Come back soon to hear all about Secrets Puerto Los Cabos.