Just a 10-minute drive north of Frederiksted, this beautifully landscaped eco-resort gives visitors an opportunity to immerse themselves in one of St. Croix’s lesser-known natural environments: the forested farm valley of the wild western coast, where nights bring cooling tradewinds and the island’s agricultural riches are being tapped once more. It’s a refreshing departure from the beach scene, although you’re only a 2-mile drive down the hill to a comely white sand beach.
Four of the five camp lodgings are rustic Arts-and-Crafts-style bungalows handcrafted by a shipwright using salvaged tropical hardwoods. The lone Schoolhouse Apartment ★★ was built around the ruins of a historic old schoolhouse (ca. 1841); it’s a wonderful mix of tropical hardwoods and native stone walls. Both the bungalows and the apartment accommodate four to six adults. You can also do tent camping, but you’ll have to bring your own gear. Each dwelling has basic cooking and eating facilities, and open-air showers use solar-heated water collected from a solar flat-plate thermal collector. A shady, breezy pavilion is the beating heart of the resort, its pitched slats fashioned from mahogany (using wood harvested from dead or dying trees—mahogany is a protected species). The resort has its own orchard; you can also buy fresh organic fruit and produce from the celebrated Ridge to Reef farm, just a 10-minute stroll away. Outdoor activities include guided hikes in the rainforest and mountain biking (the camp has mountain bikes for rent)—and feeding the gentle red-footed land tortoises in the resident tortoise colony.