By Marie McKay | Los Cabos, Mexico

Marie and her husband Randy are fractional owners in Elite’s Palmilla Retreat

Family is so important to both Randy and I. Like many others, we tend to get so wrapped up in our own lives that we lose track of the people that are dearest to us. That’s why we invite family and friends to join us on vacation in Cabo. I just love waking up in the morning knowing that everyone is there.

Randy likes to get up around 5:30 every morning, and walk up the hill near our house, with a chair and a cup of coffee and watch the sun rise. I like to sip coffee with my sisters a little later in the morning. At some point in the day we hop in our golf cart and make our way to the private Beach Club that we have privileged access to. We’ve made friends with most of the staff like Charlie, who works at the beach. He sets us up with paddle-boarding, sailing, snorkeling, any kind of water sport on the calmest bay in all of Cabo. Another one of our favorite things is to take Yoga classes at the state of the art fitness center and spa complete with an outdoor Yoga Pavilion that overlooks the ocean. One day we had the masseuse come to the Villa – she gave massage, after massage to our entire family. I am glad I got mine first.

Some of the best memories come from our meals together. We first all go shopping together at Mega, the huge grocery store, splitting up the shopping list between all of us. Whatever people come back with is what we have for dinner that night. Sitting around the table, I always ask – “What was the favorite part of your day?” The answers get more colorful after a few glasses of wine.

Elite’s Concierge, Paul, (yes, you have your own personal Concierge to arrange anything you would like), greets us at the home with warm quesadilla’s and cool margaritas. On our last trip he arranged the most amazing whale watching cruise. Take a look at the video below, it’s of Randy almost touching the whale!

We recently discovered the Thursday Night Art Crawl in San Jose del Cabo, and it is quickly becoming one of our favorite things. Everything feels festive, you drink a little wine, look at some art, and enjoy the shabby-chic cafes. The town is adorable.

Having a meeting place for our family and friends has been an amazing thing for us. And having a second home in a vacation destination is an absolute no-brainer. When the temperature drops and the wind is howling, paradise is only a plane-ride away.

Read more about the McKay’s and their experience of working with Elite in the current edition of Artful Living Magazine (pg 196)