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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