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Concordia Eco-Resort
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New Haven, CT
2 reviews
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“Quiet, Beautiful, Friendly, Fun”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 31, 2010

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.

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled as a couple
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Rehoboth, Ma
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 29, 2010

This is a great place to stay for all those who care about the planet. Concordia also proves that being green does not mean giving up an comfort. Rooms have great views, they are called Eco Tents but it is really a room with fabric walls. Solid floors, efficiency appliances, sun shower, and you are part of the landscape - not insulated from it.

Hilly little hike to an uncrowded beach with coral reef for great snorkling - I saw sea turtles and rays as well as many fish.

The new restaurant has a great menu - health and delicious.

Good idea to have a rental car if you stay here so you can get around as it is secluded

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled with friends
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Texas
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4 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 13, 2009

We enjoyed this eco friendly stay and this is an excellent location for easy access to all the great snorkling spots. This place is located on the more relaxed side of the island and not once did we have to go to Cruz bay! We enjoyed every minute of this stay and we'll be back again!

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled as a couple
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Nashville
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 8, 2009

My husband and I wanted a "snorkel adventure" for our 17th wedding anniversary and St John was PERFECT. We stayed at the Concordia Eco Tents and found our little slice of heaven. It was the perfect getaway and we will certainly be back every year!!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 25, 2009

If you want to get away and commune with nature, this is the place! Other reviewers have talked about the decor and the eco tents, so I won't get into that. If you want to know more about it, got to my travel blog, http://www.flashnomad.com, as I have a gallery of photos of the tent cabins and the setup of the camp. I stayed at three eco-camps in the USVI and each one was different. While their sister camp, Maho, is more for the family or party scene (either college age or baby boomers), Concordia is more of a private retreat. It is a place where you want to be silent and commune with nature instead of indulging in summer camp antics. The beach just down the trail has wonderful snorkeling and their are so many trails to hike. The food is absolutely delicious and their is also a fabulous little food place called the Tourist Trap that has the best lobster rolls!

Stayed May 2009
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 9, 2009

We had a wonderful time at the Concordia Eco Tents. The staff was friendly and helpful, the location was beautiful and the idea of a resort leaving no ecological damage was wonderful. If you're a five star type, it isn't for you, but if you want a piece of unspoiled Caribbean, you can't beat it.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled with family
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Urbana,IL
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 6, 2009

The whole complex is very cool, and in a great location: just an easy hike to some of the best snorkeling on St John. The eco-tent itself was every childhood Swiss Family Robinson fantasy, but with nice warm solar showers. One small glitch: the potable water system was down when we went so we had to walk over to the store to fill jugs of drinking water. But that didn't put too much of a damper on things - I would definitely stay here again. My wife loved it as well. If you are looking for a large cheap quiet place in a beautiful location near great hiking and snorkeling you can't go wrong. If you are looking for a big hotel/pampering type experience best look elsewhere.

One small gripe: as you drive in there is absolutely no indication where to go for check-in, and it was NOT easy to find.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled as a couple
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Property: Concordia Eco-Resort
Address: 16371 Concordia, Virgin Islands National Park 00830-9586, St. John
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Location: Caribbean > U.S. Virgin Islands > St. John > Virgin Islands National Park
Amenities:
Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 Specialty Lodging in Virgin Islands National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2 star — Concordia Eco-Resort 2*
Number of rooms: 42
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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