Top 5 reasons to visit The Crane Resort in Barbados
Perched atop a spectacular cliff overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, The Crane Resort is one of the best on the island of Barbados. The resort has a plethora of recreational facilities, from beautiful swimming pools to manicured gardens and historic architecture. Its accommodations range from traditional hotel suites to larger residential units that can be purchased or rented for shorter periods.
When it comes to luxury, this resort offers a laid-back approach to island elegance. There isn’t an ounce of pretension here despite the offer of upscale shopping and dining options, and the view from this vantage point of the island is simply stunning. It was actually the first hotel to open on the island, dating back to 1887, when it was known as the Crane Beach Hotel. Here are five of the best reasons to plan an island vacation at Crane Resort in Barbados.
For starters, there are no standard rooms here. The accommodations are all suites. In fact, there are 21 different types. Among the many amenities of each are residential-style living spaces, huge bathrooms with glass shower stalls and whirlpool tubs, and cooking facilities. Families will love units with laundry facilities that make packing for the holidays easy. Others have fully furnished terraces or patios with lovely views of the ocean or the park.
The most popular suites are those with private pools on the ground floor or on the roofs with the best views over the water. Suites range from one to three bedrooms, which means families have plenty of options or can book a set of adjoining suites for even more rooms.
In the accommodations are majestic four-poster beds with plush duvets and pillows, excellent air conditioning and ceiling fans, as well as beautiful mahogany shutters and furniture.
Some of the more historic rooms in the hotel’s original building are favorites of loyal guests with their original stone walls, old-fashioned wooden shutters, and antique furniture. The panoramic terrace overlooking the ocean is breathtaking.
For those who like to stay put when traveling, The Crane offers a diverse range of dining options. You can’t go wrong at Zen, the Thai-Japanese fusion restaurant that is a favorite with locals. The sushi chef is a master at his craft who prepares everything from traditional maki rolls to the famous sushi pizza with rice crust and a variety of toppings. In addition to the private cabins, there is also a large tatami room with a recessed floor.
The Thai menu is as authentic as it gets and not only covers typical curry dishes, but goes above and beyond to include delectable soups, wok dishes and fresh salads.
At L’Azure, the menu focuses on Caribbean dishes with fresh island seafood. The terrace dining area has incredible ocean views, but there’s also an indoor dining area where ceiling fans spin to keep everyone cool. This is also where a nice selection of breakfasts are offered each morning with island flavors taking center stage. There are friendly plantains, curried chickpeas, and earth (a local dish with various root vegetables) in addition to the more familiar omelets, pancakes, and tropical fruits. Don’t miss the Bajan Hot Sauce, which adds a great kick to any meal.
The resort’s dining and shopping scene is organized like a small village with small squares where patrons can congregate over a cocktail or stroll around to visit the shops. The 1887 bar, referring to the hotel’s opening year, serves handcrafted cocktails and tasty tapas, often to the tune of live jazz music.
At the Carriage House, casual dining is the highlight serving grilled meats and fish, fresh salads, and other grilled treats by the pool. There’s also a beach bar and grill, ice cream shop and bakery, and an Italian restaurant serving traditional southern Italian pizzas and fresh pasta. It is also a family favorite.
From this point of view, the view from the cliff is amazing. The sound of the waves hitting the cliffs is mesmerizing. The elevation of the hotel gives guests great views, but there’s also the option of strolling down to the beach for a few toes in the sand. The Crane provides chairs and towels for guests to use, but many visitors enjoy wading in the crashing waves or even swimming the shore.
The resort’s location on a cliff in the south-eastern part of the island means there are always strong, refreshing breezes. Sleeping with the window open at night is therefore particularly pleasant.
The resort has five swimming pools where guests can rest from the sun. Lounge chairs surround the pool, and the sound of waterfalls and swaying palm trees adds to the beautiful effect. Employees walk around the pool serving drinks and snacks.
The pools are located on different levels offering their own magnificent ocean and beach views while providing guests with a pleasant place to relax in paradise. Interestingly, the original historic swimming pool is now for adults only. And the 1.5-acre cascading pool complex has its own family-friendly area with a kids’ wading pool, hot tub, and waterfall. Who can’t enjoy the ocean breeze and a piña colada as the sounds of a waterfall rock you in total relaxation just steps away?
Of course, the accommodations with their own private swimming pool are particularly welcoming.
Families will find something to keep everyone busy. While parents indulge in a treatment at the Serenity Spa (try the jet lag massage on the day you arrive to really relax) their offspring can frolic under the watchful eyes of the friendly kids’ club staff.
The 3,000-square-foot fitness center is equipped with the latest workout equipment, and lighted tennis courts attract sportspeople to the resort. A personal trainer can guide you and regular yoga classes are a nice bonus. Golf in Barbados is a huge draw, and there are plenty of options, including preferred tee times for Barbados Golf Club guests.
At Crane Resort Barbados, the island experience and historic setting create the perfect blend of fun in the sun.