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
My wife and I had our wedding at The Crane in May 2016 and it was one of the most amazing experiences we ever could imagine!! From the suite with the 28' pool (highly recommend) over looking the ocean to the pink sand beach and Top notch service! Every aspect was like living a fairytale!
The room was beautiful. We had a 2 bedroom suite with our own pool facing the sea.
The furnishings are lovely and the bathrooms spacious and luxurious. There was a fully equipped kitchen perfect for cooking any meals that you wanted to take in the suite and a pleasant dining area to eat inside or the patio if you wished to eat outside.
Everything was spotlessly clean and the staff were excellent from the welcome on reception to every member that you met in the substantial grounds.
Very convenient to the airport as only about a 10-15 min drive.
The whole resort had a calm, peaceful and sophisticated air.
We went to the Crane for a week in December, six of us, and rented the three bedroom penthouse in building 8. I can't say enough about this resort. The accommodations were amazing with views to die for. The restaurants were great, not a bad meal the entire week. We did two trips and the concierge took care of everything and we had a ball. And what can I say about the beach? Unbelievable!! The Grove was awesome but we missed the monkeys. The people who work there and the people of the island were all so polite and nice. Every person I saw said hello or good morning and would ask us about our stay. My friend's daughter got married here three years ago and I couldn't wait to get back. I highly recommend the Crane for any vacation.
We booked the cheapest room but because we visited at a quiet time we were upgraded to a junior suite. It was huge and luxuriously appointed: large four poster type bed, en suite bathroom with jacuzzi bath, two sinks, separate shower; additional shower & toilet; 'kitchenette' with oven, hob, microwave, toaster, etc., plus an American-style fridge freezer with ice cube maker, chilled water dispenser; lounge with huge settee & two large armchairs, large TV; balcony with comfy chairs & a table. The total area was twice the size of our central London two bedroom flat.
The Crane beach was perfect for size of hotel, soft sand which was cleared of seaweed every day. Choice of pools, traditional swim up-and-down plus shallower recreational ones, plenty of loungers while we were there though limited shade options at times.
Food was excellent, buffet breakfast had good variety (& I loved that hot sauce!), casual & formal venues for lunch, we loved our evening meals at all three on site restaurants.
General atmosphere was laid back but with good service. Attentive staff, who were friendly and helpful.
Easy to get to Bridgetown, taxi or bus from the hotel, we took the regular bus from just outside the hotel grounds, B$2 each way into the city centre.
We would definitely return.
A lovely hotel and resort, but large areas are in desperate need of an upgrade. Overall the hotel looked tired. Just needed a little tlc. Staff were great, couldn’t do enough for us. Food very good, especially the Zen restaurant.