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
Everything about the Crane exceeds high expectations. The property is gorgeous, modern and well-maintained. The units are beautiful and well-designed.The staff and service is unsurpassed. There is a good variety of quality restaurants. The beach is wonderful.
We stayed at the Crane for a family long weekend. Unfortunately it disappointed more than delighted. While our room was nice enough it was not up to the standard of a 5 star hotel - amenities were sub par, cheap paper products and Kleenex that didn’t fit the available holder. That said our two bedroom suite was acceptable. But where this hotel really slips from is in its service which was lacklustre at best. One rainy day we inquired about umbrellas to get from our room to the main area; we were told there were none, only to pass several hotel employees walking with hotel umbrellas as we hurried past in the rain. Not one offered up their umbrella or an escort. The restaurant food was generally only fine and the atmosphere in the main restaurants was lacking. When we went to the pool the towel hut was out of fresh towels - and the hotel was not busy enough to justify this. Add to this a very rowdy neighbour in the suite next to ours - it felt like we were at a very different hotel than the one we expected. One bright spot, the room service staff were excellent. Next trip to Barbados we will likely check out another hotel unless reviews improve in the meantime. The raw ingredients are there but this hotel needs to remember that going from good to great all depends on service.
Great view of the ocean from the balcony. Listen to and watch the glistening waves at night. Hang out at the beach or pools during the day, Dine at the on site facilities or prepare your own meals in the full sized kitchen.