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Mallard Bay Resort Hotel Review: For Big Bear vacationers who want a lakefront escape, Mallard Bay Resort is the place to be. It features a prime location with a private dock for guests’ boats and water toys, as well as a large seasonally heated pool. The accommodations come in two varieties, studios and two-story duplex cabins. Each is equipped with a gas fireplace, a full kitchen with a coffeemaker and microwave, free wireless Internet access and TV. The sun deck features gorgeous Big Bear Lake views, and guests can relax on chilly nights by the outdoor fireplace. In addition, there are a barbecue and picnic area, and everything needed for a game of volleyball, badminton or shuffleboard. For retreats and family reunions, the resort can accommodate groups of up to 48.