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
Firstly i would like to say how lovely and hard working the staff are. Beautiful gardens too. Issues are a plenty. The crane beach is full of seaweed and sadly rubbish is pilled up near the beach restaurant. The pools are lovely when clean and open. The historic pool was closed for three days and the compex for two. I complained to Jeff and mell and they did compensate us with 300 bd. So we thought we woulf have a nice meal at Zen. Nice it was too but very expensive. Expensive not only due to the meal but added charges that were not our purchases. I had one glass of wine and was charged for fruit punches and other drinks we hadn't had. We checked the bill in the light of the room when we got back and immediately returned to Zen to question our bill. We were refunded all except for a fruit punch we had not had. I could not be bothered going back to complain again so left it. Advice is check bill slips.
Our ocean view room was okay but tired looking with holes in the sofa covers. We were disturbed twice by workmen who stated we had a leak in our bathroom which was leaking on to the room below. Not good. In all disappointed .
Never have I ever experienced such a warm and genuine hospitality than what we received from ALL the employees of The Crane. Shout out to Karimah who took such a great care of us from check-in to check-out. One of my friends even got sick during out trip and the front desk called several times to make sure she is feeling better. L'Azure is a must do for breakfast for the amazing views and there is always some kind of live music entertainment at Bar 1884 which is perfect when you want to grab a drink at the end of the day. You can't beat the beach no matter where you stay on the island, it feels like a private island only for you. I highly recommend staying here then hiring Ezra to be your driver(totally affordable!!) to take you around Barbados to see the south/west side as well which is very different and a MUST! Don't miss the catamaran cruises either!
Such a beautiful resort. The staff goes above and beyond to ensure your happiness. Room and service was outstanding. The property is breathtaking. The location is a bit far from many activities however drivers were available on demand with no wait.
Upon arrival, the eucalyptus moist facial towels and the warmth of the staff immediately gave us the sense that we were in a special place and that they intended to care for our comfort. Hungry, yet not so sure of our surroundings, Jeff, the hotel manager, walked us a couple of blocks down the road to Marco Polo where we had our first flying fish and Banks beer. They were not open yet. Still, they allowed us to enjoy drinks while they prepared the restaurant for our delicious meal. We had the opportunity to visit several rooms at The Crane. We stayed 8 days in the 3 BR Penthouse and stayed a night in the two bedroom with the tropical private pool. You feel like you are in a castle in the Penthouse. You feel like you are in a private oasis in the garden pool. There are five of us and we had so much privacy per person when we wanted it, but came together on the top balcony for family dinners, grilling, and hot tub when we wanted time together. Mimosas in the plunge pool with the cool wind in the am while the kids slept will always be one of my most favorite memories. Evenings on the balcony (and in the plunge pool) laughing and enjoying the beach view and the night breeze made us never want to leave. The room was impeccably clean. Three of the five of us are complete neat freaks and both rooms exceeded our expectations. Mrs. Sandra in housekeeping runs a tight ship and checks in on you personally to make sure you are completely satisfied with all hospitality. Stacy (also with housekeeping) heard my daughter say she loves coconut bread. The next day, there was a knock at the door. It was Stacy with coconut bread! We visited other properties while on the island as we prepare our next visit. While there are other calmer and clearer beaches, we decided we will visit those places (like Champers - one of our favorite restaurants on the island) during the day and return "home" to The Crane at night; if we even leave The Crane at all. Speaking of restaurants. We dined at D'Onofrio's, Bar 1887, Zen, and the Carriage House on property. D'Onofrio's was our absolute favorite! Erroll was incredible whether we were there to enjoy a more upscale dinner or to simply have Chianti and pizza. Bar 1887 had one of the best bands I've ever heard: G-Syndicate. They need to be main stream! We enjoyed three nights at Bar 1887. Each night was a uniquely interesting and fun experience. Save some money for the manager's guest cocktail. The local vendors there were some of the best artists we saw on the island. We never felt rushed - even late into the night. We were humbled by the staff and their willingness to serve even after you know, they've had a long day of serving so many others. We will definitely return to The Crane time and time again.
This was a great place to stay. Fantastic sea views from our room and all the amenities we needed. Friendly helpful staff everywhere. An extra bed was suggested for our suite and brought in with no fuss. We enjoyed the buffet breakfast too. Nothing seemed too much trouble for any of the staff here, would go back any day!