Glamping is all the rage in tourism. Not familiar with the term? It’s simply ….the camping you remember as a child combined with the amenities and creature comforts that most modern travelers have come to expect.
UPDATE: October 27, 2021
Concordia Eco Resort was almost completely destroyed in the double CAT5 hurricanes, Irma and Maria, that passed over St John in 2017. Since then Concordia has been sold to a new owner. They have done debris removal and reportedly rebuilt a small number of places to stay. As of the writing of this update – emails via their web site and calls to the listed telephone number went unanswered. For places to stay like Concordia please visit Alternatives to Concordia
HISTORY OF CONCORDIA ECO RESORT
Long before this type of eco-tourism was “mainstream” Stanley Selengut, founder of Concordia, had a vision of low-impact tourism that was managed in harmony with the natural surroundings of the island of St John. His vision became the much-loved [ recently closed ] Maho and Concordia Eco-Resorts on the island of St John in the US Virgin Islands.
Concordia Eco-Resort’s 51 acres are located on St John’s rugged and beautiful south eastern coast. Built into the hillside the resort enjoys dramatic views of Drunk Bay, Ram’s Head and Salt Pond Bay; as well as wonderful trade wind breezes off the ocean. The resort’s architect, Glenn Speer, used green building techniques whenever and wherever possible to create a unique development that truly respects its place on this special island.
“It is now possible for green travelers to enjoy intimacy with nature while staying in dwellings constructed almost entirely of recycled materials …” – Selengut says
“It is now possible for green travelers to enjoy intimacy with nature while staying in dwellings constructed almost entirely of recycled materials, powered by the sun, and built with site-sensitive techniques that preserve and protect the fragile eco-system of the U.S. Virgin Islands,” Selengut says. “In others words, creature comforts for all creatures.”