While Los Cabos has close to 14,000 rooms in well-recognized resorts with well-known brands, there are some lesser-known properties included in inventory for the upcoming winter season. And farther south in Puerto Vallarta, a newcomer, Estudio 6, is set to come online in 2016.
In Los Cabos, Diamond Resorts International reopened the Cabo Azul Resort & Spa this fall in San Jose del Cabo following renovations due to damage from Hurricane Odile in September 2014. The resort features 154 villas, ranging from one to three bedrooms each, as well as the Paz Spa, two restaurants and a cafe, a trilevel infinity pool with a thatched-roof swim-up bar and the Beach Club.
"We worked very hard to restore Cabo Azul to its world-class status," said David Palmer, president and CEO. An additional 172 guest suites and a guest lounge will open late this month.
Two boutique properties in San Jose del Cabo will welcome guests this winter following repairs from Hurricane Odile. Hotel el Ganzo reopened Nov. 1, and Casa del Mar Golf Resort & Spa will reopen Nov. 10.
The 54-room, hacienda-style Casa del Mar Golf, midway between Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo, features adobe walls, red-tile roofs and arches surrounding courtyards. Guests have access to the Cabo Real and Eldorado golf courses and receive preferred tee times. The resort has two restaurants, two swim-up bars, a cocktail lounge and a spa. Each room features a Jacuzzi tub and a view of the Sea of Cortes. Families are welcome, although there are no planned activities for kids.
The 72-room remodeled Hotel el Ganzo retained its underground recording studio and an ongoing schedule of artists and musicians in residence. The hotel is located at the base of the Puerto Los Cabos Marina in San Jose del Cabo. Guests can bike around the area, including the nearby Wirikuta Gardens. El Ganzo offers a rooftop infinity pool, two restaurants and a spa.
Coming in the second quarter of 2016 in Puerto Vallarta is Estudio 6, the new extended-stay brand of Texas-based G6 Hospitality, which owns, operates and franchises more than 1,200 economy-style lodging locations under the Motel 6 and extended-stay Studio 6 brands in the U.S. and Canada and Hotel 6 and Estudio 6 brands in Latin America.
Groundbreaking for the 115-room, seven-story hotel took place Oct. 27 in the heart of the resort city. It will be the second Estudio 6 in Mexico but its first in a resort destination. Earlier this year, G6 Hospitality broke ground on the 78-room Estudio 6 in Salamanca in the state of Guanajuato; the opening is planned for late this year.
"Puerto Vallarta is one of most sought- after destinations in Mexico," said Jim Amorosia, president and CEO. "Our Estudio 6 location will introduce a new standard of value for travelers looking for affordable, extended-stay lodging in the area."
Accommodations will include suite-type rooms with kitchenettes, expanded work areas, laundry and free WiFi and parking.
More Estudio 6 properties are planned for Mexico as well as expansions to Ecuador, Colombia and Brazil.