We had tired of the intensity of luxury all-inclusives, and decided to go to the Crane for 2 weeks in January. It was perfect… Paradise!
we stayed in a one-bedroom suite in building 8, which overlooks the beach. It was exactly what we wanted: clean and quiet with a wonderful covered balcony a full kitchen a large living room, 2 bathrooms, 2 large televisions, and a very comfortable bed. Suites with the private pool on the first floor looked inviting, but people hardly ever used them it seemed. Some say the plunge pools in the one or 2 bedroom suites were cold but others seem to enjoy them. I think it is worth upgrading to an ocean view, but even the one-bedroom lockout garden view suites are large and comfortable. There is a charge for air-conditioning, but we never needed it. Breeze just blows right through. The only bugs I saw were sand fleas on the beach.
the grounds are very well-maintained, with gardeners constantly working. There are orchids attached to palm trees, and a wide array of ornamental plants. There are mischievous monkeys eating the mini banana trees that the Bajans call fig trees. The pools are out of this world, with a large formal pool near the spa, used by quiet adults. The multilevel main pool area has quiet nooks, comfortable lounges with brand-new deep chair pads, and multiple waterfalls. It has a shallow section for little kids, and a good mix of sun and shade. There is a large bubble pool, like a hot tub but not hot, overlooking the ocean, and a wonderful lunch and bar area.
they are all good, from the expensive Zen (where Mick Jagger was dining one night) to the inexpensive carriage restaurant at the pool and Italian restaurant in the village area. The signature restaurant, L'Azure , has a stunning view. We had earlier read complaints about the service, and it was slow and disorganized one night at L"Azure for some reason, but otherwise perfect. Food in Barbados can be expensive, but you can make meals in your fully equipped kitchen, and buy food nearby supermarkets or at the minimart in the hotel "village".
incredible. There were always waves, but lifeguards made sure that small children were looked after and kept people away from the undertow area near the cliffs.
Lots of umbrellas for shade, at no cost to people staying at the Crane, handy elevator down, shower at the bottom of the elevator, and wonderful soft pinkish sand.
thankfully there is no loud music at the pools throughout the day, no group sports, and just a fun guitarist or band at the central bar at night. If you are looking for nightlife or big shows, you will have to go elsewhere, and the Crane is quite a distance from the busy spots on the social war and the elegant places on the West Coast. It was perfect for us because we were looking for relaxation.
staff was friendly and very anxious to help. We had no problem getting extra towels or taxis anything we needed in the room. This is quiet beautiful well-maintained resort. Don't go if you're looking for action, but for romance and relaxation, this is an excellent choice. We will be back.
Buildings5, 8 and 9 are quiet, with great views of the beach and ocean. Building one is the historic...
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February 22, 2013
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We are delighted that you enjoyed “a perfect winter vacation” with us at The Crane. It certainly sounds as though you made the right choice in search of romance and relaxation away from the spotlight typically shone on the West Coast of Barbados.
We do apologise for the singular inconsistency you experienced with service in L’Azure. Please be assured that we remain committed to the minimisation of such occurrences.
Just to clarify one point, the AC charge does not apply to direct hotel guests, but is only applicable to Crane Members in our Shared Ownership Programme or to guests who have exchanged through RCI®. However, we couldn’t agree with you more – the constant breezes that circulate our suites completely negate the need for AC.
Thank you for taking the time to post this wonderful review. It was our pleasure to welcome you to The Crane and we look forward to seeing you again soon.
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