I'm writing this review after my third visit to this resort and it was a pleasure to see how the gardens and buildings have matured and the superb facilities have grown. There is superfast broadband everywhere but you won't want to be doing too much of that! As ever the staff, (in fact the majority of Bajans) are friendly helpful and happy to meet you. Special mention for Errol and Susan.
You don't actually need to go anywhere else as the beach will spoil you for any other, (lift access), free sunbeds/parasols and towels. The sea can be a bit surfy in October for toddlers/non swimmers but there is reef a little way out where the heaviest waves break. The sea as are the pools both beautifully warm to enter. Off the beach these pools are interlinked by waterfalls, so choose your own favourite spot from sunny to shady; and as we were there in "low season", there were loads of sunbeds free. Above the beach there is an infinity pool for serious swimmers to put in a few lengths and a separate huge Jacuzzi, with fantastic views all round. Nearby there is a poolside bar and grill serving you during the day. There is a shop selling basic necessities and other shops selling designer goods, and an ice cream parlour. There is a small outdoor market on one evening each weak and I treated myself to a pair of comfy handmade leather sandals. There is also a friendly family run bar and bistro, "Cutters", a short walk away, where you can chill inside or laze in the porch outside. In the evening the resort has a very nice TV bar with live relaxed entertainment and there are three themed restaurants.
It is worth hiring a car because you must visit Bathsheba, St. Nicholas Abbey and the Mountgay Rum factory amongst others, and treat yourself to a magical and romantic meal by the waterside. Barbados has many top restaurants to choose from, but if you don't venture far the Zen, in the Crane itself, takes some beating for food and location; on top of the cliff and beach. We stayed in a top floor penthouse apartment which was enormous and had every mod con. including huge comfortable Queen beds with if wanted. carved mahogany posts at each corner, for fitting a net
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Perched dramatically on the cliffs of Barbados' pristine south-east coast, The Crane Residential Resort, established since 1887, is the island's oldest operating hotel. Transformed into a world-class luxury resort, The Crane features ultra-spacious, fully appointed ocean-view one & two bedroom suites and three bedroom Penthouses, many with their own private plunge-pool. Facilities include the acclaimed Zen Restaurant serving classic Thai and Japanese cuisine and the consistently popular L'Azure Restaurant. The casual Carriage House Pool Side restaurant is another favourite along with D'Onofrio's Trattoria located in 'The Village' which offers duty free shopping, a General Store, Bar 1887 (with nightly live entertainment) and The Village Cafe. Last but not least is Crane Beach voted by Lifestyle's of The Rich and Famous as one of the Top Ten most beautiful beaches in the world, now with a fabulous Beach Grill! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Crane Residential Hotel Saint Philip
- Crane Hotel Saint Philip
- Crane Saint Philip
- Crane Barbados
- The Crane Barbados
- Crane Hotel Barbados
- Crane Resort Barbados
- The Crane Residential Resort Barbados/Saint Philip Parish