by Julie Bielenberg
The Maca Bana focuses on eco-luxury, and it does not disappoint. This retreat is located on a 2-acre slope of land with views of lush landscapes, greenery and the beach. There are seven villas for rent; two one-bedroom villas sleeping up to two people, and five two-bedroom villas sleeping up to four people. All villas come with private hot tub, private sun deck with sun beds, covered outside dining area, en-suite shower room with separate toilet, flat screen TV, free Wi-Fi, dining and living area, cable, writing desk, and more. There is also an expansive kitchen with all the supplies and utensils fully stocked for family needs.
There is a spa onsite, and in-room treatments if desired. Onsite dining is available for all meals. There is yoga and cooking classes that can be arranged. And, for families, the pool is always a stunning and playful option.
Our Editor Loves
- Large rooms and villas
- Yoga, spa and cooking classes
- Restaurant, pool and beach
- Family Room 5+
- Onsite Dining
Boutique hotels are so hit or miss, but this was clearly a hit. Nickson went out of his way to make certain our family was taken care of by having Ricky, the taxi driver, take us wherever we wanted with a cell phone to contact him, fresh fruit and food upon arrival, and they even found a way to get us a tour guide at the last minute when Island Routes cancelled our tour less than 12 hours before. HIGHLY RECOMMEND
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.