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... they feel private. Private hot tub and almost always empty pool were nice to have. However, the people make the difference -...
... the island.Beautiful views, beach, restourant, jacuzzi and pool....warming Welcome from Nixon....Nice kitchen equipped with...
... and has a strong island feel to it... there's an infinity pool... but it's pretty small - my kids weren't interested (they...
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barow44 wrote a review Mar 2019
New York City, New York41 contributions67 helpful votes
Maybe not for people who want a full service hotel, but great alternative for people who like renting a villa but having a bit of support. Great location close to the airport on a beautiful nearly empty beach. Very good restaurant in Aquarium adjacent (same owner). Nicely updated and maintained cottage-villas. Clustered together but positioned so they feel private. Private hot tub and almost always empty pool were nice to have. However, the people make the difference - Joanne, Nixon and the diligent, friendly cleaning staff made all the difference. With the small number of guests, you feel like they get to know your family quickly and want to help in more ways than just making sure you have towels. In short, if you like to make your own breakfast, be out and about for lunch and go to different nice restaurants for dinner, this is a fantastic option. If you need all inclusive 3 meals, then this is not for you.

PS unless you are in poor health or elderly, ignore the comments about the walk to the beach. it's a little steep but literally about under a minute. our two year old did it no problem.
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Date of stay: March 2019Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from Maca B, Front Office Manager at Maca Bana
Responded 2 Apr 2019
Dear Guest, I appreciate your positive feedback about our resort. Thank you for the perfect rating. Am sure our entire staff enjoyed catering to your needs as much as you enjoyed your stay. Looking forward to welcoming you and your family to the resort in the not too distant future.
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Jelena G wrote a review Feb 2019
87 contributions41 helpful votes
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Most beautiful Caribbean villas at the edge point of this part of the island.Beautiful views, beach, restourant, jacuzzi and pool....warming Welcome from Nixon....Nice kitchen equipped with spices and some fruits and basic food for a welcome.Really beautiful place .Perfect get away.Highly recommended.
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Date of stay: February 2019Trip type: Travelled solo
Room Tip: I've stayed in Mango villa and it was wonderful but I strongly believe all the other villas...
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DanKasun wrote a review Aug 2018
3 contributions5 helpful votes
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.
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Date of stay: March 2018Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: Get one of the villas with a view... Go with Coconut if you have a family...
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Response from Maca B, Front Office Manager at Maca Bana
Responded 14 Sep 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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AJ! wrote a review Jun 2018
London, United Kingdom37 contributions18 helpful votes
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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.
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Date of stay: June 2018Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Maca B, Front Office Manager at Maca Bana
Responded 18 Jun 2018
Thank you, we appreciate your comment. Glad you felt like home and the villa meet your expectation
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harryhoudini50 wrote a review May 2018
Texas Gulf Coast, Texas6 contributions5 helpful votes
The views were magnificent, the accommodations were comfortable, the beach was beautiful, the restaurant food was tasty, and the staff was friendly and helpful. Sitting in the hot tub on the deck overlooking the ocean or swimming in the infinity pool with similar views was very relaxing. It was also very nice to have drinks at the beach bar overlooking the water. Also, having a kitchen to prepare meals is a major benefit and cost saver. Excursions to Grand Anse Beach, going on boat rides, and taking a hike to Seven Sisters Falls are all a must.
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Date of stay: May 2018Trip type: Travelled with friends
Room Tip: All of the villas are nice.
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Response from Maca B, General Manager at Maca Bana
Responded 1 Jun 2018
Thank you for your review, we value and appreciate it very much. We are happy that you choose us and we look forward to having you or your friends in the not to distance future. Thanks a million
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