Our blissful stay at the Crane resort is coming to an end and we are sad to leave. We had a magnificent room (which was really more of an apartment) which had its own private little tropical garden, swimming pool, gazebo and sun lounge area. The area right on the coast can we a bit barren from the strong Atlantic winds so we were really thrilled with garden filled with banana trees, palms, birds of paradise and the hummingbird that visited us every morning.
Crane beach is on of the top 10 most beautiful beaches in the world so we enjoyed our breakfasts overlooking it every morning. This will be one of our main holiday memories.
We loved the Crane because it was perfect for what we wanted which was some winter sun and to relax. It is however remote so unless you're prepared to pay for the very expensive taxis or to hire a car, you have no option other than to eat at one of the hotel restaurants or cook in.
It is hard to be negative when you're in paradise but the only niggles we had with the Crane were that it was a little tired in places and that the general store was a missed opportunity (both as an earning opportunity for the hotel and for guests.). Empty shelves, a random collection of items for sale and no local produce were what greeted us. We were hoping to sample Bajan bananas, plantain, local fruits etc but sadly this was not possible. There was also a lack of any freshly squeezes juices in the restaurants - everything came from a carton which was a shame when there is an abundance of fruit in this tropical climate.
Would we recommend the Crane - absolutely. Would we come back? Yes, especially if we could have the same room again (3619.)
- 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