Maca Bana is a laid back, eco-luxury resort located next to the mile-long Magazine Beach in the south of Grenada, offering just 7 one-, two- and three-bedroom villas. The small property allows guests to enjoy the natural elegance of their solar-powered ‘bana’ which boasts a private hot tub, fully-equipped kitchen and wonderful sea views.
Each villa is unique in personality and décor, all positioned on the hillside surrounded by mature landscaped tropical gardens. Open plan kitchens lead to comfortable sitting rooms, with French doors opening onto spacious hardwood decks and covered dining areas. The views across the bay to the island's capital, St George’s, are framed by the turquoise sea on one side and the rainforest covered mountains on the other.
Maca Bana has a beachside restaurant which serves a fusion of Caribbean and international cuisine, full of local inspiration and ingredients which have been harvested from the property’s organic farm. As its name suggests, Aquarium restaurant comes complete with two expansive seawater aquariums bringing the coral reef into the beautiful beach side dining room. The bar is furnished with funky rattan furniture and overlooks a new Koi pond with waterfall from the natural cliff face.
Set within two acres of tropical gardens, the resort offers a range of extra facilities and activities including an infinity-edge swimming pool. Guests can enjoy a wide range of spa treatments inside their villa or on their sun-deck, while private yoga and meditation sessions are also available. Magazine Beach is just steps away, the perfect place for swimming, snorkelling and sunbathing.
Those looking to learn something new can take a cookery lesson with the chefs from Aquarium Restaurant, who will teach guests to prepare local dishes in the privacy of their villa’s kitchen. Private art classes are also available, as are island tours, boat cruises and and other excursions.
Maca Bana is committed to protecting the environment, having installed solar-powered water heaters and solar panels which power the villas. The hotel also owns a plot of ground on which they have established an organic farm, providing Aquarium Restaurant with fresh produce including lettuce, cucumber, tomatoes, avocado, herbs and spices. Guests at the hotel can go on 'Slow Food' excursions where they forage for ingredients, meet local farmers then enjoy dishes created with this produce.
Maca Bana has some of the best views in Grenada due to it's location high above Magazine Beach. With just 7 villas, the resort really is the epitome of peace and quiet and every room has it's own hot tub offering stunning views in each direction. Each suite has a full fitted kitchen and is uniquely designed offering everything you need for a perfect stay - why would you need to leave?
Aquarium restaurant is just steps away, offering a great range of dishes overlooking the stunning beach with live music and it's famous BBQ on Sunday afternoon - a great place to relax if you can bear to leave your villa!
If you are looking for that complete 'away from it all' feeling to hideaway from the world, Maca Bana is the perfect place.
For more information about Maca Bana or alternative resorts, take a look at the Grenada Trip Diary.
Children: Welcome all year. Babysitters available.
Airport: 5 minutes.
Beach: The lovely Magazine Beach is just down the hill below the villas a 2 minute walk away. Sun beds on the beach are provided free of charge for guests.
Diving: Maca Bana does not have its own dive shop. The closest is located just down the beach and most dive shops offer free transfer from Maca Bana to the dive shop.
Snorkelling: Snorkel reef off Aquarium Beach, equipment available free of charge. A variety of snorkel sites including Grenada's unique Underwater Sculpture Park. Local dive shops offer trips which include complimentary pick up service at the hotel.
Complimentary Facilities: 'Welcome' fridge stock on arrival, daily villa maid service, infinity saltwater swimming pool, snorkelling equipment, ocean kayaks. Great speed boat cruises aboard 34' Phantom, available for half or full day charter cruises along the coast of Grenada and out to Tobago Cays in the Grenadines.
Spa Fitness: Take treatments either in the villa or on the sun deck with professional spa therapists. A variety of beauty and health spa treatments are on offer as well as private yoga and Pilates lessons.
Private Art Lessons: 1 to 3 art lessons with resident fine artist Rebecca Thompson.
Private Cookery Lessons: In the fully equipped villa kitchen, learn how to make local specialties or your favourite dish from the restaurant menu. Prices from US$65.
Slow Food Excursion: A trip accompanied by the owner to the organic farming and preservation project in the rainforest to learn about organic farming, talking to local farmers and enjoying the beautiful scenery. Pick your own nutmeg or other ingredients for a cookery lesson or dinner.
Entertainment: Sundays all day BBQ with a live Reggae band in the afternoon. Wednesday evening live dinner music and Friday evenings live saxophone.
Internet Access: Wireless internet access throughout the property plus a computer available in the office for guests to use).
Electricity: 110v outlets (American plugs) and 220 v outlets (British style 3 pin plugs) in all villa rooms.
Laundry: Two bedroom villas have their own utility room with washing machine and dryer. Guests in one-bedroom villas can use the personal laundry service (charged locally).
Two one-bedroom villas which accommodate 2 persons, four two-bedroom villas which accommodate 4 persons, and one three-bedroom villa which accommodates 6 persons. All villas have wall mounted 42" flat screen TV's. Iron and ironing board, hairdryer, safe. Beach towels are provided, as is a 'Breakfast welcome fridge stock' on arrival. Shopping service available.
One Bedroom Villas: (2 adults) Air conditioning, ceiling fans, king size four poster bed, cable TV, surround sound CD player, safe, telephone, bathroom with separate WC, fully fitted kitchen, French sliding door leading onto hardwood deck with covered outside dining area, massaging hot tub. Sea views.
Two Bedroom Villas: (up to 4 adults plus additional children on request) spaciously designed for maximum comfort and privacy inside and out. Two air conditioned bedrooms, four poster master bedroom with en-suite bathroom, second bedroom with twin queen beds and second en-suite, walk-in closets, safe and ceiling fans, sitting and dining area, fully equipped kitchen with stainless steel appliances, French sliding doors opening onto spacious hardwood deck with bamboo privacy screens, covered dining area, loungers and a six-seater massaging hot tub. Sea views.
Three Bedroom Villas: Surrounded by palm trees this two storey villa features three bedrooms. Guests can enjoy the spacious sun terrace and hot tub. An ideal retreat for families or groups.