In the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca lies the beautiful coastal port of Puerto Escondido, the beaches are endless and relatively untouched and the sea is breathtaking. Puerto Escondido attracts many surfers and scuba divers to it’s shores and after seeing the beaches for myself, I can understand why. It feels like a movie scene.
My friend and I stayed in the beautifully luxurious Vivo Resorts, they occupy a secluded space on the coast around 20 minutes from the Puerto Escondido airport. Travelling down the single track road, I have to be honest, I didn’t know what to expect. These condo’s are privately owned as holiday homes and they can be rented out when they are not occupied. After a bumpy ten minute ride we finally arrive at the resorts, they were striking from the outside. The main 4 buildings are set out in a U shape with an infinity pool, a beach hut style bar and a terrace restaurant sandwiched in the middle. At the end of the infinity pool lies the beach, a beach that stretches untouched for miles, there are no resorts, hotels or towns nearby, it is essentially your very own private beach. I was impressed from the outset, and we hadn’t even reached the condo yet.
We were greeted with a smile and a cold towel by the staff and bags carried straight up to our room as we were shepherded to our home for the next 2 nights. Then the door was swung open into the condo and my eyes lit up. This beautifully decorated apartment was on the 4th floor with large windows so that you could take in the stunning views of the sea on one side and the mountains on the other. Our suite had 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, a large kitchen area, a comfortable living area and a balcony that stretch the entire length. The 2 bedrooms had king sized beds, and adjacent bathrooms which were designed with luxury in mind, fresh, clean, spacious and they almost had a middle eastern feel to them.
We took a 2 minute walk down to the seafront and enjoyed the balmy evening and the spectacular sunset before retiring back to the condo to sit on the balcony and listen to the waves crashing back and forth, true bliss. Mornings are the same here, waking up to a sea view is without question the best way to start a day, and here, that’s exactly what you get.
The nearest town is Puerto Escondido and the resort runs 3 shuttles a day for it’s guests so supplies isn’t a problem despite it’s seclusion. The staff are incredibly helpful, nothing seems to be too much trouble and we truly felt cared for and comfortable in these surroundings.
The resorts are owned by Cary Mullen a former World Cup Alpine Ski Champion and 2-time Olympian. He’s also a motivational speaker and leadership coach to some of North America’s largest companies. He was kind enough to arrange a breakfast meeting with us by the pool. Cary was a very humble and likeable guy, we talked for a couple of hours about the resort and it’s future, his history in skiing and a broad array of other subjects, I found him to be charismatic and very kind, so much so that as we were leaving he took it upon himself to hand my friend and I signed copies of his book with personal messages signed inside, a true gent.
The resort is currently building more condos, some villas and a large clubhouse for it’s guests which I am sure will offer the same service and luxury as the existing condos do. I will certainly return to see how they look when they are completed. If you are looking for a luxury break, or even to purchase your very own holiday home then look no further than Vivo Resorts. I like the rental management side of this, that you can still make money on your investment when you’re not there and seems a far better system than that of a time-share.
I look forward to returning here one day and would absolutely recommend it to any one searching for a remote slice of luxury to forget about life for a while.