We just returned from a 10-day stay in a Concordia Eco-tent, which we shared with another couple -- close camping and boating friends, so we were all used to 12-volt power, gray water systems, potable water in jugs, conservation of resources, and so on. We found the Eco-tent very comfortable, and cleverly designed and laid out. All the systems worked fine, including the 12-volt refrigerator (which even kept ice well), the gravity-fed solar-heated shower, the composting toilet, the two-burner propane stove, and the zippered panels that could be let down for sun and breeze, or put up for rain squalls and shade. All very low impact on the environment, with no negative impact on the guests. The views from the porch of our Eco-tent were panoramic and stunning. It's possible, and very worthwhile, to sit there for long stretches and just watch the ocean and the sky.
The freshwater pool is clean and refreshing, the little general store is well-stocked, and the staff is universally friendly, warm, and helpful.
The big secret about Concordia is the restaurant, which is open under a roof, looking out over Salt Pond Bay. It's very low key, not well-advertised, not particularly decorated -- but the chef, Elizabeth, is really amazing. She makes the best conch fritters and the best plantain any of us had ever had, and these are serious matters for us. Also wonderful duck breast, steak, mahi, and other dishes. The menu is small, and carefully planned to make the most of fresh and local food. Everything on it is a bit of a masterpiece.
There are always improvements that can be made to any place, but our gripes were pretty minor. We would have liked shelves in the bathroom, more pegs to hang clothes on, maybe a little more shower water volume -- but it was easy to adapt to all these things.
There are a few new solid-side guest houses being built at Concordia now, and plans to build more. It will be a true shame if this resort becomes overdeveloped and loses its identity as a quiet, beautiful, simple, out-of-the-way escape. Instead, it needs to attract more people who enjoy this sort of vacation. There are plenty of us out there.
It will not be the place of choice for those who need a lot of ready-made activities, a lot of resort equipment, late-night partying, or thumping music. There's wheelchair access for some of the rooms, but otherwise there's quite a bit of stair-climbing involved for most rooms and tents. The views are worth the effort.
For well under what you'd pay for a resort room you get comfortable accommodations with amazing vistas, great food on site, basics in a general store, a 15-minute trail-walk to a good beach and snorkeling, and an easy ride by car or bus to Coral Bay and beyond if you need more. All four of us give Concordia a 10.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Concordia Eco-Resort offers a variety of accommodations to satisfy our die-hard Eco-Tent fans, as well as those vacationers looking for a few more creature comforts, unplugged and surrounded by the beautiful VI National Park. (Check out our new Eco-Studios.) Our 25 Eco-Tents and Premium Eco-Tents are independent units perch like tree houses along the hillside. A 15 minute nature hike to Salt Pond Bay provides some of the best snorkeling on St. John. Cafe Concordia serves Breakfast, Dinner, Happy Hour, and Sunday Brunch in High Season, call for seasonal hours, but feel free to take full advantage of the kitchenette and refrigeration provided in your unit for cooking year round. Hope to see you soon in beautiful St. John. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Concordia Eco-Tents Hotel Virgin Islands National Park
- Concordia Eco-Resort St. John/Virgin Islands National Park