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
I had booked the Crane Resort and, once again, hoped it was everything we were hoping for in a family vacation. My wife, college aged daughter and I arrived on Barbados on Saturday afternoon. The Resort is a 10 minute drive from the airport. Upon arrival we were greeted at the entrance by Rashad the bellman. He took our bags and escorted us inside to the reception desk. We then met Janine at the Reception desk. She was warm, inviting, pleasant and professional. At the last minute my 20 yr old daughter decided to come with us to Barbados for Spring Break. We had booked a room for 2 and Janine explained that the room we chose would not be suitable for 3. We needed to upgrade to a larger room. I am so glad we did. We paid the upgraded fee, very reasonable, and Janine placed us in an oceanfront 1 bedroom suite. Rashad then took our bags and we followed him through the resort to building 5. Once we got into the room Rashad then proceeded to show us where everything was located, washer/dryer, dishwasher, television remotes, and the light switches. He then open both sets of French doors bringing the sounds of the crashing waves into our suite. Rashad was with us for about 30 minutes and did not leave until he had shown us everything. My first impression was "we definitely made a good call on The Crane". For the next 7 days we enjoyed the 5 different pools, wonderful poolside service and rum drinks while soaking up the glorious sun on this enchanted isle. The pools were never crowded, with plenty of comfortable lounge chairs and excellent ladies serving all around he pool area. Special note-Natasha at the pool was fantastic. Always available, prompt, courteous, professional and very engaging. She made our days so nice and memorable. Plenty of shade if you wanted it and plenty of sun if you wanted it. Lunch at the pool was always great. Prices were very reasonable. The Resort also has many restaurants and an indoor outdoor bar for nighttime relaxing with live music. There is also a general store for essentials and a great gift shop, jewelry store and clothing shops. It was a small town square within the resort. Very chic and stylish. All with that Georgian/colonial architecture. here are also local artisans that show and sell their crafts a few times a week (loved meeting Elon the carver, his boss Lisa and Silver the jewelry lady). All very talented. They knew us by name after only 1 meeting. I bought from all 3 of them (a beautiful hand carved box from my Rasta friend Elon). Candidly, all the staff were polite, friendly, helpful and very kind. Not that fake nice you get on many Caribbean islands. All the staff, from the reception area, to the groundskeepers, to the housekeepers, the restaurant staff, the general store folks, beach attendants and pool staff were outstanding. All very warm, kind, helpful and polite. I found all Barbadians to be very easy, kind, warm and charming. I cannot say enough about how welcome we felt at all times. The resort itself is beautiful. Lush tropical gardens everywhere. I got up early every day and watched as swarms of staff catered to the beauty of the grounds. I watched a group of about 10 managers and staff tour the resort noting items needing attending. Check sheets and clipboards in hand. Very thorough and essential to maintain a top property. The beach was beautiful. The east coast has rougher surf than the west coast of the island, but we enjoyed being in the water and resting under our umbrella and lounge chairs for long naps. Walking the beach we found a pathway that lead to a beach over the cliffs and even found a cave that lead to a deserted pristine beach just a short walk north of the Crane Resort. Our room was a 1 bedroom suite. Extremely comfortable with 2 bathrooms and all the comforts of home. Falling asleep every night listening to the surf is something I won't forget. We did not need the air conditioner for our entire stay. The Resort is not in the busy tourist area nor is it within walking distance to bars and restaurants. It is a quiet, secluded and totally self contained oasis sitting atop a cliff overlooking the Atlantic ocean. You can walk down to the beach or take the elevator to the ground level and access the beach. Overall, it was one of the most relaxing vacations our family had ever taken. We will be back soon. This was our first trip to Barbados and could not have been happier with our choice of islands and resorts. Thank you to Rashad, Janine, Natasha, Silver, Elon and Lisa.
My husband and I came to the Crane for our honeymoon and had an amazing time! The resort was beautiful, food was great and the pools and beach were wonderful.
The first thing we did was a tour of the island with Ezra and he was so great! He gave a really good tour telling us about everything we were seeing and the history of the island and introduced us to some local food that was delicious. We continued to use him for the rest of our time when we wanted to go outside the resort and he was always very helpful. He recommended a restaurant for dinner in the Gap and it was our favorite meal all week!
Overall we had a wonderful time and are looking forward to another visit!!
We had a "Park Residence" 2-bed appartment with a garden (wonderfully lush vegetation!) and pool, which was perfect for 2 adults and a baby. Very peaceful! All the facilities were easily accessible and beautifully maintained.We loved the Gospel Breakfast on Sunday.
The staff were friendly and very helpful and we particularly appreciated the "fast-track" service at the airport which meant we were whisked straight from "Arrivals" to The Crane without waiting in queues.Well worth considering if you are wobbly on your legs or have children!
We shall be back!
We really enjoyed our stay at The Crane. The rooms are very big and the beach ad adult pool is stunning (the beach does have a lot of seaweed at times).
It was very peaceful and the food was amazing. We would highly recommend Ezra Quin from EZB Tours if you need taxis and tours. Ezra really helped our stay and was there whenever we needed him.
The Crane is extremely overpriced for what it offers. The rooms are very nice but we experienced problems with facilities from arrival and it took a week to sort out and the communication was poor throughout. The General Store is so poorly stocked, presumably to encourage guests to eat at the many on-site restaurants. They have a captive audience and don't seem to want to ensure they have everything they need. I wasn't the only person during my stay experiencing issues. The two occasions I was at the front desk to discuss the problems I was having, there were other guests there experiencing similar issues. Very poor, considering the inflated prices. There are much nicer places in the Caribbean to stay for that price. The Japanese restaurant is very good but overall we found The Crane disappointing.