On Oaxaca’s as-yet unspoiled Emerald Coast, Olympian-turned-serial entrepreneur Cary Mullen and his team have developed a little known surfing destination into a veritable Pacific paradise with 12 miles of pristine beachfront.

The temperature and tenor of Puerto Escondido are fantastically far from the frigid slopes of Winter Olympic venues, but Mullen specifically selected it for the location of his resort offering, Vivo Resorts. What exactly does a former Canadian Alpine skier find so attractive about this place in sunny, warm Mexico? As you’re invited to see for yourself, it’s certainly possible to cheer on the Slolam while sipping something soothing in the sun and sand.

“As a ski racer, I was in eternal winter. We would chase snow around the globe to train. We were on snow every month of the year. So when I hung up my race skis, winter was no longer so appealing and I had experienced enough cold for a lifetime…” Mullen admitted to Pursuitist.  Driving the coastlines of over a dozen countries looking for the best weather in North America, Mullen wasn’t just searching for the ideal place to create Vivo Resorts — with great weather and great real estate value — he was also looking for a new community to make his home.

Set in the midst of a long stretch of untouched Pacific coast beach on the Emerald Coast, Vivo Resorts is an exclusive gated community, an enclave of premier oceanfront and beachfront luxury condos and private villas, for ownership or rental, that feature luxurious quality finishings and thoughtful design with wide-angle ocean views.

Whether staying a few days or forever, you’ll delight in all of the amenities available including a fitness area, conference and event spaces, a business centre, tennis courts, lounge areas, eateries, a general store, and a spa.

Mullen admits the superstars here are the sealife.  Vivo has a tradition of blowing the conch shell when dolphins and whales pass by the resort, so be sure to share in the excitement as these majestic creatures pass by right in front of you. Or join in on a baby sea turtle release at sunset — a pretty special way to end a day in paradise.

There are endless revelries to see, do, and experience, but we agree that Vivo Resorts’ most enticing feature may be the former ski racer’s favorite natural local perk: “It’s in the 80’s 365 days a year! Awesome!”