I apologize for being so late in posting a review, but my husband and I were just reminiscing about Grenada, and I realized I never posted a review of the wonderful Maca Bana. We stayed for a week in the Coconut Bana during late June. It is truly a very special place, unlike anywhere I’ve ever stayed. It was our first trip to Grenada and we fell in love with the island and Maca Bana.
After a full day of traveling, our flight arrived 2 hours late at the airport. Maca Bana had sent a driver who was there waiting for us late at night (even with the flight delay) and he drove us the very quick ride up the hill to Maca Bana. As other reviewers have said, the hotel is very near the airport, but the rare planes are not a problem. The airport is on the other side of the mountain from the beach so it doesn’t interrupt your relaxation at all. We were greeted by the delightful Michaela, who warmly but efficiently checked us in and showed us to our villa. While she took us on a tour of the villa, I had that giddy feeling and I couldn’t stop smiling – it was amazing! We were in one of the 2BR deluxe villas (with 2nd bedroom locked), and it was so spacious and luxurious! The bedrooms are downstairs with a comfy bed and large walk-through closet with plenty of shelves and hanger space. The bathroom is awesome – extra large shower and everything is new and shiny. You walk up a beautiful spiral wood staircase to be greeted by an enormous gourmet kitchen, a reading nook, a living / dining room with flatscreen tv, a half bath, and the best part, the spacious deck and hot tub! I thought I had died and gone to heaven!
After Michaela left we immediately hit the hot tub. I’ve never been much of a hot tub fan, but I have to say sitting in that hot tub, alone on the hill, looking up at the stars and across to the lights of St. Georges was absolute bliss. I think I spent at least an hour per day, sometimes twice a day in that hot tub!
We were already thrilled with the villa, but when we awoke the next day and headed upstairs and out on the deck, our jaws hit the floor. Even though we had seen pictures on the internet, we couldn’t believe how blessed we were to be staying in such a beautiful place with the most incredible view of the shore! The deck had a nice sized table and chairs, two full-size loungers, the hot tub of course, and room to spare. Being up on the top of the hill, there was always a nice breeze to keep you comfortable while gazing at the view. From our villa we could also watch the sunset on the back side of the hill.
After we recovered from the shock of the awesome view, we set out to making breakfast. Arriving to a stocked kitchen was so nice! There were eggs, ham, cheese, yogurt, jam, butter, a loaf of bread, milk, juice, and a full tray of fresh fruits. In addition to breakfast, we were able to use the provisions for a couple of lunches and dinners too, supplementing with peanut butter we had brought from home and potato chips we bought at the grocery store. A couple nights we made grilled ham and cheese or egg and cheese sandwiches and ate on our private deck with our own fantastic view. Those free dinners were some of our favorites – none of the restaurants could provide that type of privacy and view!
The first day we hung out at the beach below the villas (Magazine Beach). In my opinion, this was probably the most beautiful beach I’ve seen. And I’ve seen quite a few (Hawaii, Jamaica, Barbados, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Curacao, St. Thomas, St. John, etc.). I loved the dramatic cliff and boulders on one end of the beach and the gentle crescent curve shape. I even loved the way the white sand blended with the dark volcanic sand to make a multi-colored beach. Honestly I don’t ever remember the temperature ever feeling hot, but it was plenty warm enough so that the water temp felt great. If I could change one thing it would be to lose the beach vendors. We had a bad experience with beach vendors in Barbados, so we tried to just laugh it off this time. We were the only ones on the beach that day, which would have been a plus, except that we were the only customers for the vendors! I have to say the vendors were all very friendly and not uncomfortably pushy. I bought a necklace from the first vendor, thinking I’ll buy now and then I can tell everyone else sorry I already bought. The next vendor had the same necklace for half price! I think we were approached by about 5 different people in 2-3 hours. But honestly, as much as I’d like to avoid the vendors, I would still go back to Maca Bana and Magazine Beach because it was that fabulous!
We spent a lot of time out exploring the island. Michaela was kind enough to coordinate a hike with Telfor, which was an awesome experience. We rented a car and drove around quite a bit. From Maca Bana it was very quick and easy to drive over to the Grand Anse area for shopping and restaurants. We toured St. Georges one day and also drove to La Sagesse to explore the beach and eat fresh seafood. I had heard rave reviews of La Sagesse beach, and it was beautiful, but honestly I liked our Magazine beach better. We had many wonderful experiences exploring the island, including a day trip to the Tobago Cays, but the best part of each day was coming “home” to our fabulous villa.
Our favorite day was Sunday, the Aquarium BBQ day. The beach was a lot busier that day but not overly crowded, and it was a fun casual atmosphere with good music and good people watching. We got a kick out of watching Terry the grass hat/bowl maker dancing to the band! We used Maca Bana’s very high quality free snorkel equipment and explored the rocks at the end of the beach. It was fun but the snorkeling in Grenada is not too impressive. DH had fun taking out Maca Bana’s kayak for a spin, but I was so comfy relaxing, reading, listening to my ipod, and sipping the most delicious Pina Colada ever that I just watched from the beach. I didn’t want the day to end, so I was disappointed that the man in charge of the beach chairs (free to Maca Bana guests) made us get up at 5pm so he could lock up the chairs for the day. That’s one thing I would change if I could – make the beach chairs available longer. After showering and watching the sunset from our villa, we headed back down for a dinner at the Aquariam – the BBQ menu is served all day; you order your entrée and they cook it on a large pit. The prices were very reasonable and the food delicious! I highly recommend that you don’t miss the Aquarium Sunday BBQ, regardless of where you stay.
The staff as well as the owners of Maca Bana were all very warm, welcoming and professional. One day we accidentally locked ourselves out of our villa, and the owner Uli personally walked up with us to let us in. We enjoyed talking to him about the place, which he and his wife Rebecca designed themselves. The housekeeping staff always did a fabulous job, as well as all other staff we saw. Best of all was the lovely Michaela, who was the perfect mix of friendly but professional. Maca Bana is very lucky to have such a talented manager.
I hope this review is helpful, even though it’s way overdue. If anyone sees any outdated information in the review, please feel free to point it out - I don’t want to lead anyone astray with old info. In summary, if you’re thinking of visiting Maca Bana, you will not regret it, and if you’re like me, you’ll be dreaming of the day you get to return!
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