Artful Living at Grenada’s Maca Bana Villas

The Grenada resort encourages guests to get creative By: Mark Rogers
Maca Bana’s Paw-Paw Villa provides wonderful Georgetown views from the sun deck’s hot tub. // © Maca Bana 2010
Maca Bana’s Paw-Paw Villa provides wonderful Georgetown views from the sun deck’s hot tub. // © Maca Bana 2010

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While many Caribbean resorts offer spa treatments, dive certification programs and the odd merengue or salsa lesson, guests at Grenada’s Maca Bana Villas have the option of kicking instruction up a notch with resort-based teachings designed to tweak their artistic spirit. One of the first things clients will notice when they stroll through Maca Bana is an abundance of original art adorning the rooms and public spaces. The colorful paintings are the creations of Maca Bana co-owner Rebecca Thompson. She also gives art lessons to guests and conducts field trips to a nearby waterfall for al fresco painting sessions. The fee for a four-hour lesson is $200, including all art supplies.

Private cooking lessons are also available in each guest’s in-villa kitchen. The fee is $65 for an hour and the lesson usually lasts 2½ hours. It’s up to the guest to choose the subject of the cooking lesson, although the fee inches up if they choose to cook lobster.

Michaela Karger, Maca Bana’s general manager noted that Maca Bana also offers spa treatments in the privacy of the guest’s villa, and Pilates and yoga lessons can also be arranged.

Maca Bana has seven hillside villas with soaring ocean views. Two of the villas are one-bedroom units and five villas have two bedrooms. The spacious kitchens have European stainless steel appliances, and all bedrooms are air conditioned and have bathrooms. Guests will also enjoy their own private massaging hot tub on the sun deck. The one-bedroom units (named Paw-Paw and Rock Fig) have the most unobstructed views of the sea. Of the selection of two-bedroom villas, Mango and Coconut have the best sea views.

Maca Bana’s landscaped tropical garden has an infinity-edge swimming pool overlooking the beach and a central rock waterfall feature with a terrapin pond. It’s an easy three-minute stroll down to a nearby restaurant and beach where ocean kayaks and snorkeling equipment are provided for free.

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