Top 10 beaches in the world--yes! Being a Navy man, living in Hawaii for 8 years and traveling around the world, I have to say that Crane Beach is the most beautiful beach I've ever had between my toes. The Crane hotel is undergoing construction but it did not bother my wife or me. In fact, I'm glad we went when we did because it still had the charm that one could envision it had many years ago. The staff was knowledgeable and extremely pleasant--everyone, from the leaf raker to Ryvan Alexander Holder--the Head Bell hop. Ryvan befriended us our first night there and took us to his favorite mom-and-pop restaurant--wonderful food and rum the way the Bajan-way. When you go, please say hi to him for us. Room was pleasant, best sleep I've had in quite some time--cool and quiet.
Ate twice at Zen--wonderful food, beautiful atmosphere overlooking the beach. First class--moderately priced. Wife and I split bottle of wine and dinner less than $80USD.
Whenever we ventured out of the "compound" (our term), when we entered the Crane gates, it was like coming home. We met friends who bought a time share--we took the tour, impressive plans--but I was glad we were there before they were "all grown up".
- bring plenty of small bills for incidentals. Hotel charges 10% to cash credit cards.
- local food store sends bus on Monday & another day (?) to run you from/to. Stocked up on rum, snacks and couple dinners. Our room had stove, microwave, frig.
- take a run to Cutters--store 10 minute walk from hotel room. They give away free water bottles that you'll need on the beach.
- early September, we had no problem with surf--in fact it was the best body surfing I've done since I left Hawaii 20 years ago.
- Sunday gospel brunch was fun--we emailed reservations couple weeks in advance--sure enough they had us first on the list when we showed up.
- lobby had 2 computers with internet--didn't have a problem getting on
- visit concierge when you arrive--they are wonderful and will get you set up for all your tours.
- watch the rum punches--they certainly are well named
- using the definitions that trip advisor gives us to rate the overall experience, excellent is not high enough for many of the categories.
- Barbados is moving from sugar production to tourism--they all know the value of being friendly and helpful--it shows in their smiles.
- We didn't rent a car--thought it more prudent to take taxi or arranged bus for travel--in afterthought, still think it a good idea.
- Small but adequate workout facility--beautiful view overlooking the ocean.
- Only one day did we have problem finding room on the beach--off season though. Get down early and stake out your claim.
- Bajan's proud that they are hosting the World Cup of Cricket.
- The Roots and Rythm show was nice--great band for dancing afterwards.
We booked through "CheapCaribbean.com". Accomdations exactly the way it was written. Got the breakfast Best of Barbados package--recommend you do too. With breakfast til 11AM, you're set until dinner.
Good luck--hope you have as much fun as we did. Tough to get back to the grind after being a week at 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