Maca Bana Luxury Boutique Resort
What We Love
- Jetsetter rate includes the use of ocean kayaks and snorkel equipment, and a welcome fridge stocked with basic groceries
- A secluded feel without total loss of connection — the resort provides a free local cell phone (loaded with a small credit), as well as WiFi
- All seven villas are solar powered
- The resort has its own 15-acre organic farm
- Laid-back, friendly locals
What To Know
- Parties of 2 who book a Deluxe Villa will not have access to the second bedroom; parties of 4 who book a Deluxe Villa will have access to the second bedroom at an extra cost
- Flight details are required at least 2 days prior to arrival, in order to reserve a free transfer
- The beachside restaurant and bar is down the hillside from the villas
- Things at the resort are fairly quiet, but St. George’s is a 15-minute taxi ride away
- Grenada is just 12 degrees north of the equator, so it can get gooey hot (all villas have air conditioning)
- Airport transfers are free
- Cooking classes start at $65 per hour
- Eco friendly
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
When you stay at Maca Bana Luxury Boutique Resort in St. George’s, you’ll be on the beach and minutes from Aquarium Beach and Pink Gin Beach. This 4-star villa is within close proximity of Portici Beach and Morne Rouge Beach.
Treat yourself to a stay in one of the 7 individually decorated guestrooms, featuring private spa tubs and flat-screen televisions. Your room comes with a Select Comfort bed. Rooms have private furnished balconies. Kitchens are outfitted with full-sized refrigerators/freezers, stovetops, and microwaves. Complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and cable programming is available for your entertainment.
Relax and unwind with body treatments and facials. Additional features include complimentary wireless Internet access, concierge services, and babysitting/childcare (surcharge).
Grab a bite to eat at the villa’s beachfront restaurant, where you can enjoy drinks at a bar, take in a garden view, and even dine alfresco (weather permitting). Relax with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge or a beach bar.
Featured amenities include express check-out, dry cleaning/laundry services, and multilingual staff. A roundtrip airport shuttle is complimentary at scheduled times.
How to Get There
Stayed here over the labor day weekend. the views from Coconut was worth walking up the hill. The staff was considerate and very welcoming. Water was warm, beach was clean. Grounds were lovely with lots of water. I have been to this island several times, and each time it get better. I have found my home for the next visits. Special shout out to Joanna for all her help and for dealing with the crazy New Yorkers, she is the best.
Fantastic quality accommodation decorated to a really high standard, good restaurant on site ( The Aquarium) and a quiet, but, stunning beach on site too. Hosts give you a local mobile phone too which is useful.
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.
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.
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!!