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Reviewed 26 August 2018

My family (me, wife, and kids - 18, 15, and 11) visited back in March 2018 and it was an absolutely fantastic trip... both the island and Maca Bana were great - but not necessarily for everyone.

First - the island (Grenada) overall: absolutely beautiful and much less developed and touristy than most other places in the Caribbean... it seemed to be much more of a farming island than tourist destination (and that may continue to be the case if the Nutmeg crop fully recovers). The people are very friendly and helpful... and it's fairly easy to get around with a car (which you really need to get around... cabs can get expensive)... driving is not so bad, took a bit to get used to driving on the left and the other drivers weren't too bad... kept it slow and felt safe. Went on a jeep excursion into the mountains and did the obligatory snorkeling... and also spent a day at Grand Anse... which is an amazing beach... felt very safe and thoroughly enjoyed it all.

For the most part, it was quiet and relaxed... in some cases, there were very few other folks around (in the morning on Grand Anse, for example... took a mile walk and barely saw anyone else). That is, until the cruise ships hit port... and then there's a mad dash to everything around St. George. So if you're looking for peace and quiet, keep tabs of when the cruises get in - and make sure to get as far away from the port as you can (suggest Magazine Beach... which is where Maca Bana is... there wasn't much tourist traffic there at all as it's a bit out of the way).

The other side of that is that there wasn't a huge selection of good restaurants or night life... there's not a busy strip or tons of flashing lights... if night life is what you're after, you'll probably not going to find it here. There are some very good restaurants and some nice bars here and there... but you need to look for them, and they're not all concentrated together. My teen kids were getting a little antsy as there were very few other teens there (and it was Spring break)... but my wife and I, and our 11 year old son, could've stayed much longer.

But if you're looking for a nice, quiet, Caribbean vacation in a beautiful setting that is reasonably inexpensive... Grenada is a nice, hidden gem.

Next - Maca Bana. It is a beautiful location that is really, really convenient... literally a few hundred yards from the airport (which is good and bad). It is built on a hill/cliff where the office and all of the villas are at the top... and it stretches down to Magazine Beach (at the bottom of the hill is Aquarium restaurant).

The view from the villas on the cliff are absolutely stunning... that alone makes it worth the price (again - for folks who want a nice, peaceful vacation looking out over the sea)... being able to relax in a hot tub that looks out over the cliffs to the beach was an amazing experience... I highly getting a place with a view and a hot tub if you stay there.

We stayed in Coconut... which is the house on the very top of the hill... and it was beyond expectations... tons of room for a family of five, comfortable beds, well stocked kitchen, view and hot tub. My wife nearly convinced me to sell our home in the States and move there... it was clean with good quality features (full kitchen, our own laundry), but I wouldn't call it "luxurious"... no butlers, no mints on the pillow every night, no fancy water features, no room service... but that wasn't what we wanted or were expecting. However, if you go there expecting The Ritz, you'll be disappointed... it's not a luxury hotel... it's a nice, well appointed beach house - that happens to have one of the best views you'll ever see.

The only negative thing about the house... since it's at the top of the hill, you can hear some of the airport noise... and on a few occasions there were some noisy prop planes idling for a long time on the runway. It wasn't so loud to be disruptive or anything... it was just like someone running a lawn mower in the distance... but I prefer a nice, noiseless evening... of course, if you're in the hot tub running the jets, you can't hear it anyway.

The resort itself is fairly simple, but very green and has a strong island feel to it... there's an infinity pool... but it's pretty small - my kids weren't interested (they preferred the beach). Not much else to it - other than the walk down to the beach... which is fairly steep and a good stroll from the top of the cliff... if you cannot walk up/down steep hills, you will not enjoy this part... even my kids, who are all in fairly good shape, were huffing and puffing walking up... it's a good workout going up/down a few times a day... but not everyone enjoys that kind of workout (fortunately, we didn't mind it).

The beach was really beautiful and very QUIET - especially compared to Grand Anse (after the cruise ship came in)... some rocks/coral right in the surf at the base of the hotel, you need to go up the beach 100 yards to so if you're looking for some soft sand to wade in without scraping your feet. Snorkeling was very good, though... had a few vendors approach us on the beach selling necklaces - but they were very polite and did not bother us if we said we weren't interested. We actually struck up a conversation with one fellow, Marlon - and he was a very entertaining, friendly man.

While the beach area is really beautiful, I wouldn't put it in the "luxurious" category... there are no cabanas, no massages on the beach... heck, no one taking drink orders or serving any food on the beach... and we had to drag our own chairs around. Again - we weren't expecting that, and we had kids to carry our stuff... so we didn't mind... it was a beautiful, rustic beach, and that's what we like.

The managers at the resort, Nickson and Joanne, were VERY nice and helpful... checking in was seamless, the house was stocked with basic groceries, and they helped us with some necessary items (forgot sunscreen the first day... got us the rental car... recommended some great restaurants). They were also very responsive via email prior to our arrival.

I would've given five stars for our experience - the only thing that stopped me was our experiences at the Aquarium restaurant... unfortunately, we arrived just as it was changing owners and they literally shut down after our first day there. No on-site restaurant for the rest of the stay... (thus the need for the car). Even if it hadn't shut down... we probably wouldn't have eaten there much, as it was in some disrepair (again, changing owners), and the service was very slow, and the servers seemed very disinterested in customer service (this was common in many of the restaurants we went to on the island... no friendly greeting, slow service, no checking on the tables... someone needs to do some service training on the island... with the exception of the Dodgy Dock, which is over by the university... they were great there).

Overall - amazingly beautiful... comfortable accommodations with the best views ever... not particularly luxurious - but great for families... be prepared to walk up/down a steep hill (small price to pay for the view, IMO). We will be returning.

Room tip: Get one of the villas with a view... Go with Coconut if you have a family...
Date of stay: March 2018
  • Trip type: Travelled with family
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3  Thank DanKasun
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Maca B, Front Office Manager at Maca Bana, responded to this reviewResponded 14 September 2018

Dear Guest,
Thanks for taking the time to share your experience at the Maca Bana Resort. We appreciate your review. I am happy to read that you had a great experience with our phenomenal location, comfort of your room and our wonderful staff. Thank you for recommending our beautiful island, hearing that you intent to stay at Maca Bana in the future is really delightful and we look forward to the pleasure of welcoming you back.

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Reviewed 6 July 2018

We enjoyed staying in a two bedroom cottage close to the ocean and outfitted with every possible convenience. There was a hot tub in back, fully equipped kitchen, large tv in each bedroom, and a superior room service. The Aquarium restaurant located just down the hill belongs to this complex. The food there is fresh and delicious. We even ordered a home cooked meal in our bungalow. There is a small but pleasant beach outside of the aquarium which was pleasant and quiet. The price for the season is a bit steep but off-season, we understand, is a bargain. We stayed for a relaxing week and would do it again. Close to the airport but a bit far from St. George's town.

Room tip: the higher up you go, the less mosquitoes around the hot tub
Date of stay: August 2017
  • Trip type: Travelled with family
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Maca B, Front Office Manager at Maca Bana, responded to this reviewResponded 14 September 2018

Thank you for taking the time to share your valuable comments in regards to your stay. Its always a pleasure to hear that you love every thing about our Resort and the Aquarium restaurant. We look forward to welcoming you again in the future.

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Reviewed 28 June 2018 via mobile

We live in Grenada close to the town of St. George's and wanted to find a staycation location for a birthday weekend. We could not have found a better location..we checked in on Saturday and left on Monday. Rooms had soft cosy linens, the entire cabana was clean and fresh, ac worked perfectly, kitchen was outfitted with everything we could have wanted to cook for ourselves when we wanted to and Aquarium delivered delicious dinner when we didn't want to cook. When we had enjoyed the cabana to the fullest a 2 minute walk down to the beach and a snorkel was another fun option. Thank you to Uli, Nixon and Joann for welcoming us and making our stay so relaxing and fun..just what the doctor ordered!!

Date of stay: May 2018
Trip type: Travelled with family
1  Thank Sarah S
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Maca B, Front Office Manager at Maca Bana, responded to this reviewResponded 14 September 2018

Dear Guest,

It is always a pleasure hearing what a wonderful time our guest had. Thank you very much for your review, we really do appreciate it. Every day is our goal to pamper all our guest. Hope we have the pleasure of welcoming you again in the near future.

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Reviewed 22 June 2018

We visited as a group of 5 at Maca Bana for 3 nights, and our reservation process was seamless. They were accommodative enough to help us get an additional room when we had an extra guest who made a last minute reservation.

The property itself is conveniently located about 7 minutes away from the airport. The staff, especially Nickson/Nexon is just amazing. I believe it's a family run business and they do an amazing job at maintaining the overall property.

It pains me to give them 3 stars, but that is primarily because we had reserved the Mango Villa, specifically because of it's view and we wanted to experience hanging out with friends, chilling in the Jacuzzi in the evening (drinking), admiring the amazing ocean views. Sadly, the Jacuzzi wasn't working for the duration of our stay (something to do with power/transformer).

I wish the management would have either given us a discount OR could have arranged for an alternative room. In all fairness, we did not ask for a discount, because I personally try to avoid such conversations as it ruins my vacay mood, and so expected this message to come from the management.

Regardless, cannot take away the amazing hospitality and service we got from the Maca Bana team, so thanks for that!

Suggestion to future tourists - please confirm all the equipment is working in your room, especially if you reserved it for the view etc.

Room tip: Mango Villa has amazing view if the Jacuzzi is working of course!
Date of stay: May 2018
  • Trip type: Travelled with friends
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1  Thank AmeyaBee
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Maca B, General Manager at Maca Bana, responded to this reviewResponded 24 June 2018

Thank you very much for taking the time to review our property. It is always heartwarming to hear that our staff and hospitality was appreciated.

I am very sorry that your stay was compromised by the lack of use of the Hot Tub in the Mango Villa. Unfortunately, our attempts to have a replacement power supplies did not materialized for the duration of your stay and again we humble apologies. We are happy to advise that, it came thereafter and the hot tub is now fully functional.

It is very unfortunate that you were disappointed that management did not offer you a discount or an alternative room. We are a small property as you might have noticed and cannot claim to meet the standards of a larger hotel in having access to many other rooms. We sincerely hope that your entire vacation was not tarnish by not having access hot tub, but other aspect of the villa was welcoming.

Thank again.

Nickson

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Reviewed 17 June 2018 via mobile

Stayed here for a week, and what a great week it was. Stayed at the PawPaw Villa which was right at the top of the hill. The walk up to the top was greated with the most amazing view you could wish for.

Being at the bottom of the island in a very quiet area was perfect to escape the hustle and bustle of the town with the option of a short drive down to the main beach area.

The beach by Maca Bana is extremely quiet if you want to relax, it is slightly rocky which is perfect if you want to snorkel, and Maca Bana provide you with snorkel gear.

The pool has a really good view too which was never crowded so you could easily relax.

If you were to do your own cooking the cooking facilities were great with so many utensils, it is definitely a home from home.

Date of stay: June 2018
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Maca B, Front Office Manager at Maca Bana, responded to this reviewResponded 18 June 2018

Thank you, we appreciate your comment. Glad you felt like home and the villa meet your expectation

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