Grenada’s Hilltop Retreat Is Folded In Nature

There’s always talk about a room with a view. I think there was even a movie with that name `Room With A View.’ Well, how about a deck with a view, or make it more elaborate: A sun deck with a view from a massaging hot tub. That’s exactly what you’ll get when you are staying at the nature friendly Maca Bana Villas in Grenada, West Indies. Seven villas are perched on a lofty hilltop, each bearing panoramic views of the island’s capital city of St. George’s, with a mysterious mountain range in the background. Maca Bana is no ordinary playpen. First and foremost its location is superb: literally a stone’s throw from Point Salines International Airport in Grenada, West Indies. You get into your airport transfer and before you can smell the spices of the island you are there, just up the hill, where Maca Bana looms over everything like a grand dowager Queen overlooking her subjects.

 Each villa has a distinct theme and bears the name of an exotic tropical fruit. For instance there is: Avocado, Pawpaw, Mango, Cherry and Pineapple. “When we developed the land, wanted to keep the flora and fauna and find a niche about island living at it’s best. We wanted to bring nature into the whole concept of Maca Bana,” said owner Ulrick “Uli” Kuhn, the resort owner, as we sat for dinner at the adjoining Aquarium Restaurant which is down the hill right on the beach from the villas. “The real idea of island living is combining it with nature. So we did the naming of each villa after a fruit. Like if you are staying at Mango, you’ll see a mango tree in front of the villa and the mango motif running throughout the villa; the lamps may be in the shape of the Mango, the print on the pillows may be that of a mango, the light fixtures…. the print on the curtains.”

 Uli’s wife, Rebecca, is the mastermind who created and designed the property. They both didn’t want it to look like a hotel room, so she did all the paintings and unique touches that is abundant in all of the villas. Impressive wooden carvings by a local artist and built in clouded glass fixtures are appropriately designed inside the walls. The couple said another thing that makes this property so remarkable is that everything was bought in different shops all over the world. “That’s why every room is different, we wanted individuality in each room and that was our focus.”

 

Each villa is housed in two story structures. The sleeping areas and bathrooms are downstairs upon entry; convenient laundry rooms complete the ground floor. Climbing the curved raw-wood staircase, heralds the spacious upstairs area. A huge kitchen with an island stove and all the modern amenities that you can think of dominates one part of the space. A full dining room with elegant settings, lounging area and full living room with flat screen television, CD player, telephone, music and book library are featured in the rest of the space. The large glass doors on the top floor open to the vast deck amply equipped with a huge massaging hot tub, deck chairs, tables and an outdoor shower…. Did I mention the view from this deck???

 The spa experience is another special attraction at Maca Bana. In addition to the classic spa treatments, you can indulge yourself with a holistic massage incorporating Reiki, Thai yoga massage, stomach massage, Chakra balancing and of course just Reiki. Tash Mitch, who taught in India and the UK, is the holistic therapist and Belle Vaeth is the therapist who administers the regular treatments. The blossoming gardens surrounding Maca Bana provide an enchanting aroma, raw wood bridges that span over trickling streams and a cascading waterfall add to the natural elements of Maca Bana’s perfectly manicured lawns. A turtle pond sits in the middle of the garden and island birds float around like dainty angels singing their welcome song. Privacy is key at this easy spot and even the beautiful infinity-edge swimming pool has a panoramic view much like those from the deck. A brief stroll through the garden to a paved pathway down the hill and you’ll `buck up’ (reach upon) the flawless Pink Gin beach fringed by swaying palm trees. This is one of the most secluded and magnificent beaches on the island and you’ll feel like you’ve discovered something special. Another treasured Caribbean gem…much like the treasured gem of Maca Bana Villas.

 

 

Address: P.O. Box 496, St. Georges GPO, Grenada, West
Indies
Phone: 473-439-5355
Fax: 473-439-5355
E-Mail: macabana@spiceisle.com
Web Site: www.macabana.com

By Walter Greene | Published in Profiles98 Magazine – Fall 1 Anniversary Issue 5 2010

 

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