The Crane Resort
What We Love
- Sun-kissed location overlooking award-winning Crane Beach
- Kicking off a holiday with a Traveller’s Paradise massage at Serenity Spa
- Sunday morning gospel brunch buffet at L’Azure
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What To Know
- A few rooms in the original, historic building share terraces
- Heed the “spice index” at onsite restaurant Zen; they’re heavy-handed with the heat
- A 10 percent service charge per night will be collected upon checkout from Jetsetter
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
Stylish, family-friendly Bajan stalwart stationed along secluded Crane Beach
Considered the Caribbean’s first resort hotel, the Crane originally opened its doors in 1887. Naturally, it’s been completely restored and expanded since, with larger rooms, villas and a pool to fit every taste. Overlooking the renowned Crane Beach, the property draws a mix of couples, families and honeymooners.
Bed & Bath
Rooms here are spacious, with private balconies overlooking the resort’s lush gardens or the ocean. One-bedroom suites also include fully equipped kitchens — handy for families who want the option of cooking in — while two-bedroom rooms also include a sunroom, an outdoor Jacuzzi and a small private pool. Bathrooms are straightforward, with separate Jacuzzi tubs and showers.
There are pools aplenty at this resort, from lagoon-style to free-form to classic infinity. Or, opt to hit the pink sand of Crane Beach, accessible via the hotel’s glass elevator. Hungry guests have four on-site eating options: D’Onofrios for Italian, L’Azure for Caribbean food, the Carriage House for poolside dining and Zen, which serves Japanese and Thai and offers sea views. On Sunday mornings, L’Azure features a gospel show, with live music and a traditional Bajan brunch. There’s also the 55,000-square-foot Crane Village, a shopping center with duty-free jewelry and souvenirs, a general store and Bar 1887 jazz club.
In the Area
Architecture enthusiasts should allot a day for visiting historical sites like St. Nicholas Abbey in Saint Peter, one of the only remaining 17th-century homes on the island. More fascinated by food and drinks? Opt for a tour of the Mount Gay Distillery, where visitors can taste their way through the process of creating the world’s oldest rum brand. Work up an appetite riding the waves with a lesson from Surf in Barbados in Christ Church, then head to the fish fry in Oistins (Friday and Saturday nights) for a dinner of fresh caught red snapper or Mahi Mahi washed down with rum punch.
How to Get There
The view from the room is just beautiful. Beside the Manager's Cocktail hour on Mondays, there are not a lot of choices for entertainment. The Crane is beautiful but the waters are very rough and make sea bathing very difficult. The best thing that happened was the seaweed making it necessary for guests to be shuttled to Harbour Lights. The waters there were awesome. There is a lot of building going on at The Crane but there doesn't seem to be much attention paid to maintaining the buildings that exist. My family is considering purchasing a Private Residence but we're hesitant because we're concerned about how the building will be maintained.
My Wife and I spent 3 glorious nights at the Crane to celebrate our 6th Wedding Anniversary. We could not have chosen a better place on Earth. It made us fall in "Love" all over again. The serene ambience, beautiful facilities and excellent service combined to make our stay "Truly Heavenly".
Had a great time hanging and chilling with family and friends. Everything is well kept and nice, even the grounds. They have also been doing a great job of keeping the sargassum weed at Bay. Can't wait for our next trip!
My stay at the Crane was absolutely fantastic. My family and I totally enjoyed every moment. The staff was so helpful and caring. The food was excellent, breakfast at Lazure and lunch at the carriage house everything was great. Definitely looking forward to going again soon.
We did a Family staycation and we totally enjoyed it. The kiddos love kids club and we loved everything else. We got much needed quiet time and family time, even went to the gym. We love the Crane, better than home!