My husband and I just returned from a quick Easter getaway to Mango Bay Cottages on the west side of Grenada. My husband is an SGU student and we were looking for a nice location to get away from the normal scenery of St. George's. We booked the Seashell cottage and two other couples we were vacationing with booked the Turtle and Crab cottage. Both the Turtle and Crab cottages are top floor while Seashell is below. However there is a nice view of tropical foliage and ocean from all locations.
We were greeted by staff as we drove up the drive. Directed to our rooms and given our keys. Very informal "check-in." Later the owner came to greet us and gave each of our group a freshly picked mango from the property- and they were delicious!
The rooms were very clean with lots of nice touches. The beds were king size with full mosquito net coverings- which added to the romantic feel, even if they were necessary. The pillows are small and sad- so bring your own if you can. The air conditioning unit worked well but because of the open slats in walls seemed to run constantly while we were in the room. Like many hotels in Grenada, toiletries are not provided so be sure to pack your own shampoo, soap, etc. I was very impressed with the matching sets of Tommy Bahama beach gear. Two beach chairs (with pillow, backpack straps, cup & phone holders, and cooler attached), beach umbrella, hammock, beach towels, and very large cooler bags were all found in the closet upon arrival. The backpack straps on the chairs made them very easy to carry down the steep sets of steps to the beach. Caution to those who are not good with stairs- there are A LOT of them to get to the beach, and they're not super steady.
We only had one meal at the restaurant, which was quite tasty and reasonably priced ($12US/person). The restaurant is all vegetarian and serves a set menu each evening. Our evening they were serving a tasty pumpkin soup, bean and tomato salad, some sort of fried rice patty, with fresh golden-apple juice. Local produce is always featured and everything seemed VERY fresh. The chef David was happy to share how everything was prepared when we asked and even gave some helpful tips on how to prepare the soup on our own at home.
The highlight of our stay was spotting whales from the comfort of our balconies while enjoying our breakfast around 10am our first morning there. We're not sure what type of whales they were- but really enjoyed following the pod as they seemed to be feeding on the schools of fish not to far off shore. We watched for about 30 minutes before some boats came thru and seemed to scare the pod off. The grounds themselves were abundant in other wildlife (variety of birds, lizards, iguanas, butterflies) and beautiful plants.
This was a very nice get-away for our group. We appreciated how accommodating the owners were with us- offering a special rate for SGU students (be sure to ask) as well as free use of the snorkel gear and kayaks. However, keep in mind this is a tropical location and there will be mosquito's, bees, and ants- all over- so just plan accordingly. Also, be sure you know how much you should pay before it comes time to pay the bill since you will not be presented with an itemized bill and instead will just be asked how much you were supposed to pay per night (minus deposit).
Overall, if the opportunity presented itself I would definitely return to Mango Bay Cottages.
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