My wife and I were married at the Crane recently. Overall, the experience was really positive, and we came away very happy.
The Crane definitely delivers old world charm and sophistication. The rooms, especially those with ocean view balcony’s are stunning and beautiful. We were in building nine. The resort itself is very well maintained, with several good (if rather expensive) restaurants. The Crane Beach is quite breathtaking. Heed the posted signs though concerning rip tides – only strong swimmers should go beyond paddling depth.
Their Wedding Package offers a range of locations for the ceremony and reception. We were married in one of their gardens, with sea cliffs forming an evocative backdrop. It really was a great location. There are other alternatives, such as using the Crane Beach. We then enjoyed a cocktail hour, before making our way to the Pavilion for our reception. During the cocktail hour, we used the Crane’s PA system to play some reggae songs. We posed for pictures, while our guests danced and the sun set over the ocean. It went really well!
The reception mixed effortlessly laid back Bajan hospitality with a traditional east coast American event. The food was excellent, as were the local DJ’s (Ice Crew Productions) and videographer (Cielo Productions) recommended by the Crane. The DJ’s in particular were happy to help us out with some last minute requests. We used our own Florist and Photographer, and didn’t have any issues so doing – the Crane were happy to work with them. What came across most though, was the fact that everybody genuinely wanted us to have a wonderful day.
The wedding coordinator Keisha Yearwood is a pleasure to work with, and really helped us to put everything together from a distance. We arrived a few days ahead, and Keisha walked us through all the options and arrangements while providing lots of great advice and guidance. Nothing felt rushed, and everything was under control. They have a thorough and well produced portfolio, and invoicing was easy.
We did have a few issues. There was a flood around midnight on the night before our wedding. Many of our guests were affected, as were we. Our photographer had to move equipment into our room in order to protect it from water entering hers. We weren’t exactly overwhelmed by the speed of response at the time. We had to take the lead and fetch towels from reception to prevent water entering several rooms. Again, this was the night before our wedding. After speaking to management the day after our wedding, remaining guests were only offered the standard compensation for being without AC for a night. Some guests had to leave immediately after the wedding, and the Crane refused to help them at all. They did offer room upgrades, but this occurred at the end of our group's stay, so this was not a good option for anyone. We didn’t want to leave on a sour note, and therefore chose not to escalate, but we still can’t believe a gesture wasn’t made.
We did feel that we had to drive the dialogue with the Crane in general. We are New Yorkers, so take that as you will. We also regret taking out a large room block – the Crane’s contracts are more restrictive than other resorts, and this became our principle source of stress during wedding planning. Our advice would be to keep any bookings small – they did not sell out of rooms, and there are plenty of villas and other hotels in the area guests can stay at if needed.
Overall, we would recommend the Crane to anyone planning a large ~60 person destination wedding. Management and maintenance aren’t the best, but the setting itself is outstanding. The wedding team is very well organized, and really do seem to genuinely care about your event. We specifically wanted a traditional east coast wedding with a side of Island warmth, and were very happy that we choose the Crane.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Since 1887, The Crane Resort has overlooked the pink sands and turquoise waters of Crane Beach - one of the top 10 beaches in the world as rated by the Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous and most recently named the "Best Beach in the Caribbean" by USA Today's 10Best Readers Choice 2015. Set on Barbados' beautiful South East coast, the oldest operating hotel in the Caribbean has effortlessly married the old-world charm of its past, to all the 21st century amenities and services expected by today's most discerning travellers. Guests are spoilt for choice with ultra-spacious one and two-bedroom suites, and three bedroom penthouses, many featuring lush gardens, private pools and rooftop terraces. There are also several fantastic dining options, including Zen, the No.1 Zagat rated restaurant in Barbados, which features Thai and Japanese cuisine, L'Azure which offers Caribbean delicacies with an international flair, The Carriage House which offers poolside favourites, D'Onofrio's, the Italian restaurant and The Grove Bar and Grill on Crane Beach which offers light grilled fare. The centre-piece of it all is The Crane Village - 55,000 sq. ft. of retail space complete with duty-free shopping, a Jazz bar, open-air dining, a fitness centre, day spa, an art gallery and the newly opened Calypso Kid's Club catering to younger guests. Guests also enjoy complimentary WiFi in all guest rooms and around the resort - even on Crane Beach - and complimentary long-distance calls to most international destinations. ... 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 Resort Barbados/Saint Philip Parish