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“Great view, average everything else”
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Maca Bana
Ranked #1 of 8 Hotels in St. George's
Certificate of Excellence
Little Rock, Arkansas
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Great view, average everything else”
Reviewed 21 August 2013

Stayed here 10 days in the paw paw villa at the beginning of August for our Honeymoon. The view is second to none as you are surrounded by the beach and ocean below you (room is on the edge of a cliff) and the sunsets are amazing. I love the idea of this place as you are not in a hotel, you have your own private villa and do not feel cramped by other guests presence or noise. View gets an A.

Nickson was very helpful the entire time. He communicated with me via email before my trip for all my questions and requests, however I did make a request for an item that he stated would be in the room upon my arrival and it was not. He then stated it would arrive in a few days and it did not. It never showed up. Nickson gets a B.

Room was very nice with a king bed and nice deck overlooking the beach with the hottub. However, I did have many annoying issues. The WiFi went dead consistently for days at a time, which was very annoying considering we turned our cell phones off to avoid international roaming charges, so the WiFi was our only means of looking up addresses, phone numbers, or restaurants and tours. Nickson said it was a service provider problem and it was never fixed. Also, the water pressure and hot water temperature would fade and go cold in the shower randomly. Cold showers with no water pressure are VERY annoying. Room gets a C-.

The aquarium restaurant gets a D-. I hated everything but the food. It is owned by the same owners as Maca Bana and is right underneath the hotel at the bottom of the hill. Some people give it style points for being right on the beach, but every restaurant on the island is right on the beach, so its nothing special there. It keeps awkward hours, it is never open for breakfast, and it stays open on some nights until 4-5am playing very loud bass dance club music that bothered my wife while she tried to sleep. I can't say a bad word about the food, it was always fresh and delicious. The service is where everything fell apart. We routinely had to wait 20-30 minutes to place our order and it was a common occurrence for our wait staff to not provide one refill or request for another drink during the entire meal. We watched the wait staff sit and chat and ignore our table on several occasions. Over the 10 days we ate here 3-4 times and nothing changed each time. I was expecting much more considering a dinner for two was easily in the $100 USD range.

Need a cab, call Bob or Ricky. They are both very nice and very helpful. A cab to local spots will run you 40EC ($15USD) each way or 50EC to get to downtown St. Georges. So be prepared to pay 80EC ($30USD) for each trip away from the villas. Both of their numbers are programed into the pre paid cell phone maca bana provides.

Overall, we enjoyed our honeymoon here and would recommend it. I would rate Maca Bana and its restaurant, the aquarium a B- for overall satisfaction.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Providence, Rhode Island
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Reviewed 18 June 2013

Just got back from a weeks stay at Maca Bana. The pictures on line do it no justice. We stayed in the Rock Fig Villa which had the most amazing view. Nickson the manager was the best, he answered all my questions promptly and even had the things I requested in the room upon our arrival. The owner Uli and his daughter Emily were great too. I can't say one bad thing. It was such a great place. The grounds are beautifully landscaped with tons of different friut trees that you can pick off of and eat. I loved drinking straight from a coconut! Villa was cleaned daily, The aquarium restaurant is right on the beach and at night it makes for a very romantic setting......they make the best pina coladas ever, I couldn't get enough and the food was yummy too! Ladies do not wear high heels... the walk to the restaurant is steep and you will regret it. I have stayed in many hotels and this is so different from a hotel. It's like being in your very own private home in paradise. Nickson also arranged for us to have massages right on our balcony, please ask for Alicia Griffith, she is awesome! Grenada is one of the most beautiful places I have seen.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 June 2013

The cottage was nice and the kitchen and equipment top class. The bed was very comfortable. The terrace had a lovely view and we enjoyed the hot tub. On the downside we found that the location was remote and difficult to go any where without a car. We did not want to spend our holiday driving around so relied on public transport. We could get a minibus from the entrance of the Rex Grenadian(15 mins walk) or take a taxi for EC$50 to Grande Anse. The beach was OK but not alluring and had a steep shelf to the water. We declined to sea bathe. We did dine once in the Aquarium but decided that we would cook our own food. There were no shops or restaurants nearby so there was little alternative. The internet was spotty and the signal weak. We were unable to communicate with our friends overseas using an iPad. Nickson was a charming receptionist and all the staff were polite and efficient. Basically the accommodation and service were good but the other aspects of the resort were not.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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London
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 May 2013

If you have read our review of Spice Island Beach Resort, you might be forgiven for wondering if we're just way too difficult to please. Not so. Whilst a totally (and refreshingly) different set up, Maca Bana holds all the aces, we had a truly magnificent time.

The Banas are set on a hill overlooking the bay amongst a tropical landscape. We encountered low hanging mangos, palm trees and turtle ponds en route to our Bana (Paw Paw), but nothing prepared us for the hypnotic view which lies beyond the door to the outside deck… Its simply breathtaking.

Back inside the set up is excellent, spacious bathroom and fully fitted kitchen with an appealing European feel to it. For those of you inclined to lounge about inside as well as out, you may find the modest sized bedroom a little restrictive, in which case one of the larger Banas may suit better. It didn't matter to us though, we spent most days outside on the deck in the sunshine looking out across the sea, Magazine beach and St George's bay. Dipping in and out of the hot tub provided ample refreshment (once we'd worked out the temperature control needed to be set as low as it goes!), and the beach was only minutes away on foot. There was the odd occasion when we had it all to ourselves...

All the staff are friendly and helpful, their infectious laugh and smiles complementing their efficient work. The ever obliging Nickson was invaluable for organising last minute car rentals, suggesting local restaurants and helping plan our island tour. He also went out of his way to ensure the owner's building work was brought to a halt when the concrete mixer and drills began one morning...

The restaurant attached to Maca Bana was a delight, Aquarium is set right on the beach with fabulous cocktails and a varied menu which delivered every time. Sunday BBQ is a must, great vibe with live reggie music and a mix of locals and tourists enjoying it all. The restaurant will send a chef up to your Bana to cook for you should you wish (at not much extra expense), highly recommended for dinner on the deck with that view should you choose Paw Paw…

So, a tale of 2 halves, Paw Paw rescuing us from the mediocrity of Spice Island, and for that, we salute you team Maca Bana!

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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Reviewed 20 March 2013

We just returned from an amazing 8 nights at Maca Bana! We stayed in the Rock Fig villa and we loved it! The views from the deck and the hot tub were to die for. We cooked breakfast in our villa every morning and ate dinner at the Aquarium restaurant almost every night. We also ate dinner one night at Laluna, which we have always loved. From the moment we landed in Grenada, Nickson(Maca Bana's manager) was always there for us if we had a question or needed some advice. Every staff member that we encountered was terrific. We thought that the food in the restaurant was great. We tried almost everything on the menu throughout the week, the desserts are to die for! We usually hung out down by the beach until around lunch time and then after lunch we enjoyed the swimming pool. The pool was great, we were the only two at the pool everyday we were there, it was so peaceful and relaxing. Overall it was an outstanding week in paradise!

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Grenada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 8 March 2013

We have stayed at the Cherry Villa, and are currently in the Pineapple Villa. The views are breathtaking, the property is superb, very clean, and the upkeep is wonderful. The owner is a kind man, very personable, and great to chat with. The manager of the properties has the best customer service in Grenada.
Would recommend this property over any other in Grenada. We have stayed at Prickly Bay as well for the past year and a half.
Maca Bana takes the cake!

Room Tip: Any Villa, but Mango and Pineapple for sure! Added a hammock and aquarium because we love it so much
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  • Stayed February 2013, travelled with friends
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New York City
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Reviewed 2 March 2013

Last year my husband and I stayed two glorious nights in the much coveted PawPaw with its sweeping views of the sea. This year, when I contacted Nickson to book PawPaw again, he informed me that only Rock Fig was available for our dates. I must admit I had a momentary pout, but quickly resigned myself to make the best of it. Four amazing nights in Rock Fig later, I am converted! Rock Fig is just as dreamy as PawPaw, has stupendous views and in fact a bit more privacy. For me, the all important patch of shade on the deck sealed the deal.

When you open the door to Rock Fig you enter the outdoor area and are immediately struck by the breathtaking views. It never gets old. We kept our scenario simple, cooking most of our meals in the well equipped kitchen, making salads and smoothies from local ingredients. One morning we took the twenty minute stroll to nearby resort LaLuna for a yoga class (ask Nickson for walking directions.) Their outdoor yoga pavilion is on the beach facing the water. It happened we were the only ones atteneding the class that day so we got, what turned out to be, a fabulous private lesson for under $20.

Back at MacaBana we spent the days lounging on the stunning beach, lolling around the hot tub and cooling off in the infinity pool. We visited with the turtles, admired all the beautiful landscaped fruits and flowers and would head up the hill in the evenings to watch the sunset. Nickson was a pleasure to deal with as always. We were thrilled with the cell phone provided and used it to call home. The meals we had at The Aquarium restaurant were great. I love the atmosphere there in the evenings. The whole place transforms from a casual beachside hangout by day to a sophisticated candle lit dining room by evening. It is intoxicating to sit so close to the water watching the waves gently crash just a few feet away while you dine.The service was perfect and the food delicious.

Our Rock Fig room was so comfortable, the bed firm and cozy, the bathroom clean and spacious. Mary kept our room tidy and perfectly stocked with fresh towels. We loved the deck with its cushioned lounge chairs, we could snuggle down with our books and glance up to look over the sea without ever moving!

Needless to say we have been spoiled by MacaBana and dream about a return visit daily.

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Maca Bana
Address: Magazine Beach | P.O. Box 496, Point Salines, St. George's, Grenada
Region: Caribbean > Grenada > Saint George Parish > St. George's
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 8 Hotels in St. George's
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:4 star — Maca Bana 4*
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Maca Bana is an intimate boutique hotel comprising 7 artistically designed, solar-powered ‘banas’ with gorgeous ocean views and private massaging hot tubs above our tropical Aquarium Restaurant on Magazine Beach. Laid-back luxury and unrivaled privacy for a sensual & inspiring holiday experience in a warm atmosphere. ... more   less 
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