Green Musings of an Eco Resort

Saturday, June 23, 2012

getting close to nature

In 1976 Stanley Selengut started Maho Bay Camps as an inexpensive place to stay, while being as close to nature as possible. Specifically, "My idea was to provide intimacy with the great outdoors, in the US Virgin Islands, one of the world's most beautiful settings, with comfort and convenience, at low cost."

What is so beautiful some 3 decades later is that the same statement applies today; Maho remains one of the cheapest places to stay on St. John, and we're still offering the same tents that get you as close to nature as possible and even provide comfort and convenience.

Will you wake up to birds outside your tents telling you it's time to get up? probably.
Will you wonder how tree frogs can make that much noise as soon as it gets dark? yes.
Will you feel and hear the wind through the screens as you sleep? probably.
Will you have a tiny lizard or anole that considers your tent his home? most definitely.
Will your body adjust to nature during the week you are here and tell you its time to go to bed earlier and wake up earlier? probably.
Will your kids think its fun to toss their uneaten dinner over the porch and watch the hermit crabs come marching towards your tent? yes.
Will you go for more hikes/snorkels/sails/adventures because we don't provide you with WiFi access? probably.

And that's the entire idea of this place we call Maho. You're living and experiencing nature in a way you may not be used to and is entirely different than what it's like at your home. If you arrive with an open mind and ready to experience nature you'll see that the anole has lived in your tent for way longer than you've been here, and while he's never learned to leave his "droppings" outside of the tent, he does do a pretty good job of eating any bugs inside the tent.

Sleeping in tents close to nature here on the North Shore of St. John has forced thousands of guests to experience something new and different while on vacation. Come try it yourself and feel how strange it is to go back to your bed at home.

1 comment:

tim said...

The Virgin island are amazing places to relax in seclusion. They are just lovely tropical vacation spots to go island hopping. Great information.