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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
This is not an easy one . This was our third visit to the Crane . The rooms are great and all the facilities are very good , notably the beach and the pools . The Zen restaurant is outstanding although the Italian restaurant ( D'Onfiros ? ) needs to improve its service . The staff are outstanding . The reason why this is not easy is that with the humidity , the stone/marble floors in the rooms became very slippery , my wife slipped and broke her arm . The staff response was excellent and the doctors, x ray team and the specialist in Bridgetown were all very helpful . However , not the best holiday for obvious reasons and I think the Crane needs to alert everybody to the risks of the slippery floors . I would certainly recommend the Crane and their response to helping us was commendable .
We are at present staying at the Crane.
It is a stylish exclusive development in a beautiful location. The units are very well set out with a beautiful lounge area, dining area and kitchen. There is a shower room with a wash basin and toilet. Leading from the bedroom is a vast bathroom with a bath, toilet , another shower and two wash hand basins.
The complex is stunning with a beautiful pool area. Access to the beach is via a glass lift. The beach is a beautiful stretch of white sand there are a vast number of chairs and umbrellas.
Also on site is a bar, the virgin mojito is the best I have ever tasted. There is a shop selling essentials, a coffee shop with delicious cakes and numerous superb restaurants.
This is a fabulous place and if you are looking for a luxury lifestyle you won’t be disappointed.
Hi trip advisors
I’ve got some feedback off this mornings visit. After spending a lot of money to experience this on one of my days of a holiday, the expectation of the crane village was very disappointing.
The location where this is set is amazing for pictures on the balcony, facing over the sea.
The buffet was average, however it felt like the food was not served to a reasonable temperature
You need to understand that there is no need to staff to be rude, and giving really bad customer service, at the end of the day there just filling up tea and coffee + water. During my visit they filled up empty glasses on tables not getting used and my glass was empty and I had to go and find someone for more water.
You need to inform your staff when a plate is finished it should be removed, not left for 25 minutes when there was 5 tables getting served.
The music was that bad, when they said they where touring Canada soon, I wish they already went, because they couldn’t sing.
My overall experience is do not go and waste your time here, when I 1st walked in I was like this hotel looks amazing, when I left I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone.
Sorry guys it’s a no from me