10 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
A Retreat of a Lifetime--Maca Bana Villas
"What a fabulous find in Grenada, West Indies--Maca Bana Villas! When my husband and I were planning a trip to the Caribbean, we searched for a destination that would be restful and relaxing. And did we ever find it! Our incredible two-bedroom, two-bath villa (Mango) complete with gourment kitchen, hot tub, and a deck that wrapped around the entire villa was amazing. The villa itself had every possible amenity that you would need or want--up-to-date appliances, air conditioning (not just ceiling fans), beautiful linens, fresh flowers, and daily housecleaning. The view from our deck was more than memorable--a breathtaking scene of the Caribbean and the surrounding hills. The property has 7 villas ranging from one-bedroom (1-2 persons) to two-bedroom (3-4 persons), an infinity-edge swimming pool, and a restaurant--"The Aquarium"--for those who don't want to prepare all of their meals or leave the property. The staff was so guest friendly and ready to assist at any time--booking tours, rental cars, and restaurant reservations. Of all of our trips to the Caribbean (St. Martin, St. Bart's, Nevis, Aruba, Puerto Rico), this destination was our favorite--and definitely due to Maca Bana Villas. No longer will we stay in hotels or B&B's--Maca Bana has changed us for life!"
- Travel date: 15th January 2008
"My husband and I stayed at Maca Bana at the beginning of November 2007 on our honeymoon. We wanted somewhere quiet and luxurious and away from the crowds. We decided not to go for an all-inclusive place, as we prefer the choice to do our own thing with food, and wanted somewhere with more of a personal touch. Maca Bana certainly fulfilled all our expectations. The location of the villa is extremely convenient for the airport â the transfer took about 2 minutes in a taxi (provided by Maca Bana). We were slightly concerned that, being so close to the airport, we would be disturbed by noise from planes. However, this wasnât the case at all. I guess this is because the villas are screened from the airport by the hills behind, and because there are just so few flights that come in and out. Maca Bana itself consists of seven individually designed villas arranged around a very pretty central garden (with attractive planting, ponds and waterfall), and swimming pool. As we were on our honeymoon, we were recommended to stay in Paw Paw villa, as it is probably the most secluded, being at the furthest end of the garden on the cliff-edge overlooking the sea. The villa was small but very nicely appointed, with its own kitchen (with every appliance or utensil you could want), an enormous comfy bed, and a bathroom with double sinks and a walk-in shower. However, the best thing about this villa has to be the view. It really is stunning. You wake up in the morning, open the curtains and thereâs nothing between you and the most fantastic panoramic view of the beach, the tropical hills in the background, St Georges around the coast in the distance, and the sea stretching away. The balcony is perfect for two, with an under-cover seating area, a table, two loungers and a fantastic hot-tub. The balcony does stay in the shade almost all day â perfect for us, but I guess it might be an issue for a real sun-worshipper. The size of the villa was perfect for our honeymoon, but I think if you were after a bit more space (especially somewhere to sit and eat inside), you might be better going for one of the lager villas. The villas all overlook the beautiful Magazine Beach, which is along the coast from the more famous Grand Anse beach. Access to the beach is down a very steep road (tricky in high heels!), through the Aquarium restaurant/beach bar (owned I believe by the same people who own the villas) â only a 3 or 4 minute walk. Coming back up the hill is more of a trek (it really is very steep), but just keep thinking about how good it is for toning-up your thighs! I think that November is just outside the main tourist season, but throughout our stay, the beach was pretty quiet. The all-inclusive Rex Grenada hotel is at the far end of the beach from the villas, but most of the people there seemed to stay at that end of the beach (although I donât know how busy it would get in peak season). Maca Bana has an arrangement with a guy who rents out loungers on the beach, so you get to use them for free. If you prefer not to swim in the sea, the pool is small but perfectly good, with a great view, and as there are so few villas altogether, I canât imagine it would ever be crowded. We almost always had it to ourselves. Michaela, who manages the villas, arranges for your fridge to be stocked with some basics before you arrive, and could probably get other things in for you if requested. She was generally extremely helpful, arranging a hire-car, a tour guide and recommending good places to eat. The Aquarium restaurant is good, and you can put any food you buy there on the bill for your room, which is always handy. We particularly recommend the barbeque on Sunday, when a live band plays reggae (which we could also hear perfectly from our balcony â great if you prefer to enjoy the music away from the crowd). In terms of the island generally, thereâs too much to say to put in this review. We thought it was amazing. Definitely go into the rainforest in the middle of the island and look round St Georges. Ask Michaela to arrange a tour with the completely charming Telfor Bedeau â he knows everything there is to know about the island, and took us to some amazing places. Make sure that your hire-car is an off-road type vehicle, as some of the roads (especially if you get off the main roads) are interestingâ¦ In terms of restaurants, we went to quite a few different places, but our favourite was the Beach House, just down the road â good food and cocktails, and the ambience is great. One final word about choosing Maca Bana over other places â we did a lot of driving around the island and saw quite a few of the other places we had in mind before we came. I think that we would have been disappointed if we had chosen to stay at one of the places (such as Spice Island) on Grand Anse itself. The area around Grand Anse is MUCH more touristy (if anywhere on Grenada can be called touristy), and I donât think it would have felt anywhere near as special or exclusive. We also went to La Luna (for an evening meal), where we were seriously considering staying , but I think we would have been equally disappointed. Itâs much bigger than Maca Bana, and the gardens, the villas (not that we went inside any of them) and the pool/restaurant area just didnât seem to have the same feeling of quality or individuality that you get at Maca Bana. The food there was good, but we felt it was over-priced. To sum-up, we had a fantastic time, and we would definitely recommend it to anyone wanting a quieter stay away from the all-inclusive crowd, but still feeling like youâre indulging in a little bit of luxury!"
- Travel date: 23rd November 2007
In a beautiful setting on a great island
"Maca Bana was a very positive surprise to me as a dedicated luxury hotel dweller. The accommodation (Rock Fig) was very well equipped with a bedroom,kitchen and bathroom. The bedroom had a window seat with a stunning view of the Caribbean. The highlight was the outside patio with a genuine hot tub,again with stunning views.The daily maid service was very good and the General Manager will organise car hire, recommend restaurants etc. The grounds are also well laid out and landscaped. The villa overlooks Magazine beaxch, one of the best beaches I have ever enjoyed. You can hire a sun lounger (free to guests) from the Sirena Bar . This is fairly casual but beachfront and serves decent cocktails. The setting and the ambiance of the Aquariium Restaurant are lovely but I didn't rate the food I'm afraid. For me the best restaurant we tried was The Beach House (quite near to Maca Bana). The setting,decor and service here was great and the food was reasonably good, especially the fish. Grenada is a fantastic island and I would definitely recommend hiring a jeep and driving around it for at least one day. The Osprey ferry from outside the fire station on the Carenage will take you to Carriacou which is beautiful and then you can travel on to Petit Martinique . This is a cheaper and more independent option to the organised sailing trips although they would give you a different experience...depends on what you want. I would definitely recommend Maca Bana and in its class as a self catering property it is excellent. The setting is perfect for beach lovers and people who want to see more of the island. Taxis are comfotable and reliable, as are the local buses (minibuses) that you can virtually flag down in the street. You can walk around safely without any hassle and the intermittent beach sellers are polite and not insistent. A fabulous experience overall."
- Travel date: 14th November 2007
Another FABULOUS stay at Maca Bana Villas!
"My husband I just returned from much too short 5D/4N anniversary trip to Grenada. We stayed at the Maca Bana villas [--]. **Maca Bana Villas** Words cannot describe our experience here. This was our 2nd visit to Grenada and Maca Bana Villas. On this trip we stayed in a 1 BR villa - Paw Paw. The bedroom, hot tub and patio all overlook the Caribbean Sea. Gorgeous view! The villa is beautifully furnished with a fully stocked kitchen and welcome supplies (milk, eggs, fruit, coffee, tea, bread, yogurt, ham, butter, jam, cheese). Michaela - the General Manager - was extremely helpful and accommodating. She arranged our pickup from the airport (a nice touch) and a car rental. Lucea was our housekeeper during our stay and was also very attentive. The hill down to the beach is pretty steep and something to consider for anyone with mobility issues. This place is all about tranquility. I have 5 children (who did not come on this trip!) and really appreciated the peace and quiet. If you are looking for Cancun or Margarittaville - this isn't for you! ** Car Rental ** We rented a Suzuki Sidekick for $55/day through Lorry Francis Rental 473-456-6355 (cell). The rate was pretty typical. Lorry - a wonderful guy and a chef at the Aquarium- delivered the car to the villa. ** Dining ** We are foodies with high expectations. Overall we found dining in Grenada to be decent â not bad, not fabulous, just decent. Hereâs our selection: 1.The Aquarium (dinner â i hear the Sunday Brunch is famous) 2.The Beach House (dinner â the food was not as good as last year) 3.True Blue Marina (dinner) 4.The Nutmeg (lunch) 5.De Big Fish (lunch) *** Activities *** The beach, the beach, the beach ! The beach at Maca Bana is lovely (I think itâs called Magazine Beach?). We rented a hobie cat from the Rex for $25 an hour We highly recommend Maca Bana and a trip to Grenada. We canât wait to return!"
- Travel date: 11th October 2007
"My wife and I and our two kids stayed at Maca Bana for six days at the beginning of August. This 7 villa establishment is absolutely fantastic. Owners' Rebecca and Uli have gone out of their way to ensure that the villas are incredibly well equipped and comfortable. There is a central infinity-edge swimming pool around which the villas are clustered and each of them in turn have their own hot-tubs. Coconut - where we stayed - has one of the most fabulous views of anywhere we have ever vacationed. The bedrooms are air-conditioned and the villas truly lack for nothing - and if you DO need anything extra, nothing is too much trouble for the manager Michaela and her staff. If you are elderly or have trouble with stairs - let them know, as a couple of the villas are split level with spiral staircases. There is a restaurant - The Aquarium - at the bottom of the hill right on the beach which is fantastic. On the whole, we found eating out in Grenada to be very good (The Beach House was super as was LaLuna if a little pricey), and ended up only using the well-equipped kitchen (Miele oven/microwave, Neff Fridge etc.) for breakfast. Can't reccomend them enough or for that matter Grenada - it felt safe and relaxing, and has truly bounced right back from the devastation of Hurricane Ivan. We'll be back!"
- Travel date: 5th August 2007
the most unwound i've ever been
"July 7-14, 2007, My wife and 17-yr. old son stayed in "Coconut" villa at Maca Bana. We had chosen Maca Bana (MB) because we wanted no part of a crowded and threadbare resortish place. We were delighted beyond our expectations with our stay. First, about the lodgings....MB is new and sparkling clean. The fixtures and appliances, the cookware and linens are better than the ones in your own home. The tile floors are squeaky clean. You will never ever find a rental like Coconut. The villas are situated so that there is amazing privacy. You can spend a week there in absolute solitude if you wish. Second, the service... From our initial contact with Michaela, we were treated exceptionally. Michaela has a gift for making you feel like the most important visitor ever to MB. This didn't end with our booking; she greeted us and assisted us all week. By all means, ask her advice on dining - she understood what we were looking for and she directed us to the perfect places. No doubt, you will love Michaela. Our housekeeper was incredible. It was as if she wasn't there, but somehow the villa was perfect all the time. Otherwise, you will likely have no other contact with staff unless you initiate it. Third, Grenada... This was our first trip there. As I said, we are anti-resort folks, so Grenada sounded attractive. Once again, we were blown away by the island and the people. We rented a Suzuki Sidekick (the most popular jeep on the island) and saw the entire country! There is something wonderful to see every mile. St George's is a beautiful little city, but the countryside is even better. In the more rural areas, there are goats everywhere, no fences. The island has isolated rural villages every couple miles, and they are bustling. Best driving tours ever. Note to Americans, left lane driving, which is not a problem until you come to a roundabout. A Scot we met said "when an american comes to a roundabout his head explodes". In summary, the island is beautiful, the people are fantastic and don't seem to dislike tourists. We saw only one other American the entire week. A beach vendor said this is slow season for Americans. Fourth, Don't Miss These... 1- Take the sailing trip to St Vincent and Grenadines, expensive but unforgettable. 2- Eat at Boots Cuisine. You park in their yard and eat on their porch at their house, very cool. 3- The fresh fish at the Aquarium is great, as is everything we tried from their menu. I had the freshest rare tuna ever. 4- Get a snorkel mask. no real need to go anywhere, because in knee-deep water on the beach, you can see hundreds of tropical fish like the ones in your aquarium. Last, Don't do this.... Don't talk too much about the 1983 coup/invasion situation. There are 12-18 still in prison, being released by the govt. a few at a time. They had all originally been sentenced to hang. Emotions are strong on both sides of this issue. Buy a newspaper and read a little. Chec this link for some background. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maurice_Bishop It's a complicated situation. I had intended to keep this short! My son (17) told me matter-of-factly "Dad, this is the coolest trip ever". We needed some time to let the stress go away. We got so chilled that i'm still chill 2 weeks later!"
- Travel date: 25th July 2007
We Loved Maca Bana!!!
"Grenada and Maca Bana are the best! We stayed at Maca Bana for our honeymoon in late April 2007. The property and the villas are simply fantastic. We were in Paw Paw the one bedroom perched on a cliff with the most amazing view of any place I have ever stayed. The villa itself is outfitted with very nice appointments, a very comfy bed and nice flowers. The kitchen equipment is brand new as are the buildings themselves. There is cable TV and each villa has a very nice, private hottub (Paw Paw's is perched over a cliff). The shared pool is small but never crowded. The staff here will go out of your way to assist you and were great. The larger villas looked even nicer than ours but I think Paw Paw has the best view. The villas are above the Aquarium which is one of the best restaurants in Grenada. Get the lobster if it's available! Magazine Beach is directly in front of the restaurant and a short walk down a steep hill from the villas. This beach is much nicer than Grand Anse and never crowded. The snorkeling is decent directly off the beach. You can also walk to the Rex at the other end of the beach which has additional dining and drinking options. The only real drawback to Maca Bana is the location which is far away from town. The airport is actually walking distance but we never noticed the plane noise (it's over a small hill). You can walk to the airport for taxis or busses pretty easily. Grenada is pretty quiet in general so if you want to party you may want to look elsewhere. If you want to stay at a gorgeous, well appointed, quiet, romantic place than Maca Bana will fit all of your needs. Highly recommended for honeymoons!"
- Travel date: 14th June 2007
"Maca Bana was an ideal place to stay during our wonderful trip to Grenada... Initially, we were a bit apprehensive about the airport's proximity to the villas (it is only 1/4 mi away). As it turns out, air traffic noise was never an issue. In fact it was quite the opposite: the property is very quiet, serene and private- perfect for a relaxing getaway! Upon arrival, we were very impressed with the villa (Paw Paw). The views were stunning- both from the large bay window in the room and from the patio/ hot tub outside. Paw Paw is situated on the furthest edge of the property, on a cliff overlooking the beautiful beach below. The room was small, but very nicely furnished. The kitchen had new appliances, and Michaela (the manager) went the extra mile to stock the fridge with our requested ginger beer - beyond the standard breakfast fare which awaits all guests. If you like to make a morning cappucino, you're in luck - the equipment is there. The Aquarium restaurant was nice, though we were less than thrilled with the unattentive service. On one particular night we went to the bar to have a few drinks while playing cards. Our first round arrived without a wait, but we had to track the barstaff down after waiting an hour for someone to ask if we wanted another drink. They seemed put out that we wanted another round. It was evident that they completely forgot about us,because the staff looked surprised to see us when we approached them for our bill and had already closed down the register. The restaurant itself is beautiful, and the Sunday barbecue was great. Also the beachside location is ideal for an afternoon snack or cocktail. But after our experience with the drinks, we looked elsewhere for dining options. The beach was beautiful, and very uncrowded - a nice 1/2 mile stretch that's shared with the Rex Grenadian at the other end. The Grande Anse beach is a better beach, and it's only a 15 minute taxi ride away. The property staff was wonderful and extremely accomodating to any request or need. Before arriving in Grenada, the reservation process was smooth and our correspondence w/ Michaela was prompt and friendly. We scheduled massages, which she arranged and were performed by the masseuse on our private patio. The maid kept our room neat and tidy every day. We highly recommend the Scaramouche trip - a full-day sailing excursion to the Grenadines. We also took a full-day Grenada tour, which was nice - not great, not bad. All in all, if you are looking for a secluded, romantic, and intimate hotel on Grenada, this is the place for you!"
- Travel date: 14th April 2007
"First off, we will never forget this trip! The setting of the villas are incomparable! We stayed in Paw Paw and our hot tub literally sat at the edge of a cliff overlooking the Caribbean. Can it really get any better than that? And the villa itself was beautiful. Lovely appointments, very comfortable bed, and a wonderful kitchen. And because of its location high up, there were always trade winds to keep us cool (the AC worked well too) and most of the bugs away. Michaela did an amazing job of helping me plan many surprises for my wife (it was our 10 year anniversary). The first night, she helped plan a very secluded/romantic dinner at the Aquarium--along with organizing Champagne and Grenadian chocolate in our room. The second night, she arranged the delivery of many beautiful flowers to our room while we were at dinner. All the other staff were wonderful too--from the gardener to the housekeeper. Once the property grows up and the vegetation starts to flourish, the setting will be heavenly. And I highly recommend the Aquarium restaurant. Great food and extremely reasonable. We loved spending the day there snorkeling (we saw eel, octopus, and my wife saw a manta ray). The only downside is that it is not open for breakfast. We ate there so much, though, that we actually grew tired of it by the end of our trip! The only downside was the beach vendors. They were all very nice, but annoying nonetheless, though I grew fond of Big Boss (granfatherly) and Davie Dog (great original jewerly and an awesome self-recorded reggae CD). We also took the day trip to the Grenadines aboard the Scaramouche. All in all, truly one of the greatest days of my life (and more than worth the cost of the trip)."
- Travel date: 18th July 2006
A Secret Almost Too Good To Share
"Start with the stunningly beautiful quiet island of Grenada, add the first class treatment of Maca Bana Villas and get ready to have an escape from life you will not want to leave. Our experience in Grenada in late May/early June of 2006 was not only what we had hoped for but so much more! We owe all of our thanks to Maca Bana Villas, their attention to detail and their phenomenal employees and owners. Without staying at Maca Bana we could not have enjoyed Grenada as much as we did. The Property This relatively new property (about 6 months old from the time this was written) is best described by the continuous attention to detail that is put into it. Set on a large hillside next to the sea, everywhere you look has spectacular views of the picturesque St.George backdropped to a very mountainous island. The property is within a 2 minute drive of the airport. You need not worry about airport noise due to the low number of planes entering Grenada as well as the mountainous nature of the island which blocks out most of the noise. Upon arriving you begin your journey up the slope of the ridge the property is set on through a path of wonderfully landscaped gardens, fountains, and bridges to your villa. The details of the property can only be appreciated by a visit - but make sure you stop to see the turtles and fish in the fountains! The turtles are very friendly and if your lucky, you may bump into the owner feeding the turtles! There is even a cool, infinity pool overlooking the same picturesque view. It is rarely occupied due to the limited number of people on the property. The Villas The villas themselves are a whole different experience in hotel properties. The detail that has gone into these villas makes each one different and unique from another. For more information on the villas visit their website at [--] Regardless of the villa you choose (2 bedroom or 1 bedroom) what you can be guaranteed is a gourmet kitchen complete with espresso machine, gas stove, oven, microwave, coffee maker, stainless steel ice making fridge, and more; tastefully designed bedroom complete with canopy style bed, stereo system, TV and closet space; spacious and gorgeous bathroom with walk-in shower; an outdoor dining area and sundeck complete with a hot tub with unbelievable views! There are only 2 ,1 bedroom villas on the property - the photos of the room are taken in Paw Paw. With note on the attention to detail, prior to leaving we were told the sundeck area on Paw Paw was going to be expanded this summer. While the size of the sundeck was never a concern for us, the added space will certainly be a perk. The employees and owners are always looking for ways to improve and this is just one example of that. I was amazed by the size of the 2 bedroom villas! They have sprawling sundecks and outside eating areas in addition to their already spacious interiors. The Employees We cannot rave enough about the service we received during our stay at Maca Bana Paw Paw. Michaela, the general manager, went out of her way to help ensure we had an enjoyable stay. She arranged for groceries to be purchased prior to our arrival complete with champagne and whatever else we requested. She arranged our tour, car rental, made restaurant reservations, and did whatever she could to ensure our time spent in Grenada was nothing less than fabulous. You will have the pleasure of working with her during your stay at Maca Bana and rest assured, you can trust her to make your trip extremely special. Larry, the chef at the Aquarium that does private cooking lessons in your villa at Maca Bana, is simply wonderful. An extremely kind man that is nothing but smiles will give you a glimpse of what the entire islands people are like. Larry also rents vehicles that are well maintained and will arrange your licensing for you should you choose to venture out into the island on your own. The owners are some of the most appreciative I have ever experienced. They personally thank you for your stay and ensure that you feel welcome. The other staff including Phil, the groundskeeper, and multiple maids are all so thrilled to have you and show it. You will certainly feel more welcome at this property. Eating The owner of the Aquarium restaurant is also the owner of Maca Bana. The Aquarium is a magical place itself. Beachside, with the same beautiful view of the villas, the Aquarium is a great place to spend a day. Lounge chairs, snorkel gear and a freshwater shower are available for your use. Be sure to join them for their Sunday BBQ which is complete with reggae band and great food! The restaurant consistently serves up wonderfully tasting and well presented dishes. Try the Callaloo Spanakopita, it is simply outstanding! The pricing at the restaurant is very reasonable, an average evening meal for 2 of us including drinks, appetizers, main course and desert was $70. The atmosphere is relaxed during the day so feel free to come in your bathing suit. In the evening the dress changes but is still very relaxed so you can feel comfortable in whatever you wear. There are many other eating places throughout the island. The island is easy to get around in so if you do rent a vehicle, making your way to dinner will certainly not be a problem. Maca Bana is more than willing to help you find a place that fits your tastes and directions to there. They provide a dining guide at the beginning of your stay that is helpful. I have posted some of the details of the guide we received on the dining page on this site. The Services of Maca Bana The property will do what they can to make sure you get to experience Grenada in a truly unique and free spirited way. The offering of a personal cookery lesson in the privacy of your own villa, personal art lessons to explore the artist in you, spa treatments to help you relax and the ability to arrange virtually anything you wish to participate in makes this property exceptional and unlike anywhere else. We HIGHLY recommend a cookery lesson just so you can be blessed with Larry! The island Simply stated, quite possibly one of the most gorgeous places in the Caribbean. The people of the island are extremely friendly. You can trust them to help you make your way around the island. The crime is low and the poverty level expected from most other Caribbean locations is not nearly as evident. The island is split into parishes each with their own unique beauty. The city of St.George is simply unreal to take in. Itâs a complex city to drive in, so if you do wish to venture into it during your first visit to Grenada having a tour guide would be useful. At the northern end of the island is the beautiful Levera Beach. This is a site itself and a great place to spend an afternoon relaxing in the sun. In the center of the island is a virtually untouched rainforest. The island does have Gray Faced Monkeys that are willing to come out and play for bananas if your lucky! A visit to the island just wouldn't be complete without a trip through the rainforest - but we strongly advise a tour guide to take you as the driving can be interesting to say the least through the winding mountains and blind corners. Spices are at every corner and on virtually every plant and tree on the island. Be sure to take a tour to have them point them out to you so you can spot them yourselves during your stay. Tours There are many tours available in Grenada. Maca Bana is more than willing to help arrange one that fits your needs. Private tours are available at very reasonable rates. These are wonderful because you can decide what you want to see and how long you want to stay at each site. Michaela arranged one for us with a gentleman named Milo. He was outstanding! We saw so much of the island and learned so much about it in our 6 hours with him and enabled us to appreciate the island so much more. We visited Concord Falls, a spice processing station, a nutmeg faciltiy, and a trip through the rainforest. During the entire trip he pointed out various buildings, vegetations, etc. that are important to Grenada. The cost for our tour was $110. We also took a day trip through Sunsation tours on the Scaramouche to The Grenadines. The Grenadines are simply gorgeous and place everyone should visit at some point in their lives. The tour was a full day of basking in the sun on a beautiful classic old sail boat that was apparently used in Pirates of the Carribean! The cost from Grenada including the flight to Union Island where you begin your sail was $270/person. For more information on Sunsation Tours visit their [--] In all, we cannot rave enough about the island and the property. It is an experience we almost do not want to share as the solitude, exceptional service, and overall friendly experience is one that we don't want to go away with time. If your looking for a place just to relax, soak up some sun, and learn about a culture that is simply amazing...Grenada and more importantly, Maca Bana is the place for you."
- Travel date: 9th June 2006
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