A Real Island Paradise Getaway
Nestled on the south shores of St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands you will find the Concordia Eco-Resort. I had the pleasure of spending 8 days at this wonderful gem in April of this year. Concordia is different from other resorts as they strive to keep as ecofriendly as possible. So while you may not have all the frills of some of the swankier resorts, in this laid-back island atmosphere you don’t even notice.
For instance there is no air-conditioning here; but with the trade winds blowing pretty much constantly all you need is an open window and you can comfortably sleep to the sounds of the waves crashing on the distant shore. And honestly even if they had AC I wouldn’t trade in the lull of the waves for the mechanical groan of an AC unit.
Removed from the craziness of Cruz Bay, Concordia is a truly relaxing place to stay and to really get away from it all. And isn’t that why we go on vacation? Not that there isn’t anything to do, quite to the contrary. In fact after this trip I’d even say that this is my new preferred part of St. John. Just a short drive from Coral Bay you can easily reach Island Blues, Skinny Legs, or The Tourist Trap, which lies right at the turnoff for Concordia. There are also several beautiful beaches, ruins, hiking trails, and great snorkeling all within a short walk or drive from the property. Plus, if you need an extra relaxing activity to help shake off the stresses of your life back home; outside overlooking Salt Pond Bay they have morning yoga sessions! Now that is a stress reliever!
Travel Tip: If you are coming in by boat you can get a cell signal in salt pond bay. If you call the resort they will meet you at the trailhead and drive you up so you can get provisions at the onsite store or enjoy the café
There are several types of units to choose from ranging from the eco-tents (wood frames with canvas walls) with kitchenettes, through full kitchen units with standard construction. I stayed in the eco-studio and loved everything about it! The views vary depending on where on the property you are but most look out over the BVI, Drunk Bay, Ram Head and Salt Pond Bay.
An interesting note: Some of the rooms here are off the power grid storing energy from the solar panels in large batteries and heating your water with the sun! Other units here are on the grid but actually place power into it during the day via their solar panels so the impact is minimal.
To save on money we bought some groceries and once or twice utilized the kitchen; but for me grilling out at the pool on one of the two propane grills while looking out over Salt Pond Bay and the Caribbean just can’t be beat.
The pool is another big plus in my book! After a great hike or trip to one of the many amazing beaches on St. John relaxing in the pool with a cool beverage with that spectacular view is just about perfect.
On site is the Café Concordia. I enjoyed all three meals here at least once. The food was great, priced very well, and again has a great view. There are daily happy hours and on Mondays they host an open mic night with some spectacular musicians from the area. This was one of my favorite afternoons on property and I wish I had another Monday to attend. Even if you are not staying here you need to check out the Café; especially for open mic night! Look for more in the future on this cool little cafe.
But as a frequent visitor, future resident, and lover of St. John; until I call this home I will likely return to the Concordia resort many times. I really can’t say enough of how much I enjoyed the staff, guest, and property. So if you are looking to get away, relax, and really get a feel for the real St. John, then come spend some time at the Concordia Eco-Resort.
See more at www.concordiaeco-resort.com/ for even more pics, prices, and availability.
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