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The Crane Resort in Saint Philip, Barbados

Situated on one of Barbados's best beaches and touted as the first resort to grace the Caribbean, The Crane Residential Resort is an haute and historic retreat at once. Overlooking Crane Beach, the original hotel - once a 19th-century mansion - has been restored to its original splendor. Each of the rooms enjoys high ceilings, hardwood floors and authentic antique furnishings, coupled with oversize four-poster beds carved from mahogany. Complementing the historic mansion are the newly-built Junior Suites with Garden View, featuring bay windows with cedar shutters, mini-kitchens and a furnished balcony or terrace. The Private Residences are also available and come with incredible amenities such as coral stone walls, private plunge or full-size pools, and all the privacy you can envision.

The Crane Residential Resort houses some delightful dining venues including L'Azure Restaurant, known for its tempting range of classic Caribbean dishes, fresh seafood and panoramic ocean views. Nestled at the heart of charming Crane Village D'Onofrio's is perfect for families with younger children. There is a wide choice of pizzas and pastas, as well as Old World classic dishes. The Grove Bar & Grill offers casual beachside dining in authentic Barbadian style. Enjoy the Carriage House Poolside Restaurant, a century-old stable transformed into a chatty space where guests can enjoy divine food and tropical cocktails all day long. Swim in one of four sparkling pools, including an infinity-edge design as well as another pool that teeters on the edge of a cliff. The beach, with its powdery texture and lush coconut grove, is protected by a natural coral reef and offers the best swimming on the island

Location of The Crane Resort

The Crane Resort
Crane Beach
Saint Philip, Barbados

Nearest Airport: BGI

Amenities for The Crane Resort

  • General Information
  • 252 Guest Rooms
  • Dining
  • Poolside Dining
  • Outdoor Dining
  • Private Dining
  • Bar
  • 5 Restaurants
  • Sushi Bar
  • On-Site Amenities
  • Concierge
  • Shuttle Service
  • Fitness Center
  • WiFi
  • Live Entertainment
  • Provisioning Service
  • In-Room Amenities
  • Satellite Television
  • Marble Bathrooms
  • Whirlpool Bathtubs
  • Kitchenettes
  • Activities
  • Bicycling
  • Business
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Business Services
  • Family
  • Cribs
  • Babysitting
  • Interests
  • Beach
  • Family
  • Food & Wine

Reviews for The Crane Resort

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TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 1 day ago

We just got back from the Barbados - stayed at a garden view room, here are a few impressions: BEACH: The good: - gorgeous beach, softest sand, every shade of blue in the water, set between cliffs and lush gardens, just paradise. hotel does have its own area of the beach and provides beach chairs and umbrellas. nothing says vacation like alternating between splashing in the see through warm ocean, playing in the soft sand and lounging in the comfy chair. There is also a bar/grill called the Grove there where you can buy food and drinks. The meh: -the hotel does not offer rentals of any sorts of water sports equipment (i.e. boogies boards, surf boards, kayaks etc) HOWEVER there was a third party vendor on the public side of the beach that did rent out boogie boards. - the bar/grill is set back in the shade of the actual grove (which is gorgeous) and the waiters rarely came up the beach to take orders, i.e. we had to go to the bar/grill to place the order. they did bring it to the beach though. ROOM: The good: - spacious! we had simple room (no pool) but we had a great balcony with lounge chairs. bathroom was so large i loved it! jet tub, separate shower, double sinks, wardrobe, just excellent large bathroom. - the bed was huge and clean and comfy. - i thought the room just embodied the Caribbean - wooden shutters, sliding doors, wood plank sealing, all light and beachy. - although the presence of the AC is not apparent (sometimes it did get rather warm in the room), most of the time the temp was comfortable and we had no problems with the AC as some reviews did indicate. It was not ice cold in the room though by any means. I actually prefer to be somewhat warm so worked great for me (i'd say our room temp was between 67-72 F during the night/day). - little kitchenette had everything we needed - small fridge, coffee maker, toaster, tea pot small stove and stuff like plates, cups, wine glasses. We really only used coffee maker (see the meh for the coffee taste) The meh: - the housekeeping was inconsistent - some days we would have everything restocked and cleaned (i.e. the room tidied up, coffee refilled, towels restocked - you know the typical stuff) but somedays coffee would not be restocked, towels would not be restocked. not a big deal per se but meh. - Crane please change your in room coffee brand! what a terrible coffee that was. I know hotels don't have the best kinds of coffee usually stoked for in room coffee makers but the ones we had didn't even taste like coffee. Again, no biggie but small things like that sort of leave a mark. - maybe it was because we had a smaller room i.e. slept closer to the door, but we could hear people talking in the hallways or housekeeping knocking on neighbors rooms and also door slamming. - There is no way to indicate to the housekeeping that you do not want to be disturbed on a particular morning/day. Please add the little door hangers that say "do not disturb" and "housekeeping needed". Its such a standard and we would have definitely used it as we were not morning people on vacation :) THE HOTEL/FOOD/GENERAL STORE: The good: - Zen was exquisitely delicious - we had sushi and some thai dishes - amazing! We live in Manhattan and there are many restaurants here trying to outdo each other and Zen beats some of the best of them. - other restaurants were good too, we found service to be quick and the food tasty. - the village is cute, the hotel grounds are rather expansive so it allows for some change of scenery. - the general store prices were actually competitive. I expected them to be jacked up as The Crane is rather remote from the main cities and really not many food marts are within walking distance. So pleasant surprise there. - there is adults only area and pool which is nice. - the staff in the hotel was great except for one experience (see the meh). warm welcome, helpful, everyone said hello out and about, smiley and friendly. - the front desk does have a currency exchange service which was very helpful when we headed out to the Friday night fish fry. Most places including taxis accept USDs but you know, we found it best to have local currency on hand. The meh: - the pools, although very large and cool looking were too cold. so much so we didn't even use them, they were just unpleasantly cold. In the week that we were there i only seen one person in the pool actually swimming. the beach more than made up for pools, so warm! - since we had the garner view we were woken up a few times before 9 am by the sound of the lawn mowers and other equipment for grounds keeping. Too early for that! We are on vacation, move the mowing to later hours? - the bar was disappointing. although the sitting area outside is so very cute, the service is rather non existent. the waitress Jarell was particularly disappointing. The whole night we ordered drinks and in the end our bill listed all different drinks. When asked why the bill had wrong cocktails (which btw were more expensive) she said "well you drank it so whats the difference". Which i thought was a little ridiculous. Since many cocktails are specific to their menu and are under names from the menu i would expect the staff to provide what was ordered (since i can't always detect if I am drinking Rum Paradise or Ruma - mama (the cocktail names are just a made up example of how the orders went) instead of switching out the drinks for more pricey items to run up the bill (for, admittedly, pretty tipsy guests). She could have said that she did not hear me right or something else but the answer she gave me just sort of floored me. Its a pet peeve of mine when the bar staff takes advantage of tipsy guests overall. We did not come back to the bar for the rest of our stay there. Went to Marco Polo instead which is a beautiful little bar and restaurant just outside the Crane grounds (google it, sooo worth visiting! excellent service, delicious food and generous drinks - fun, fun fun). All and all Barbados was amazing! We went to the famous Oisitns fish fry on Friday, the food was as great as they say just unbelievably delicious food. Aside from The Crane restaurants, Marco Polo is a must. Taxis are in abundance in front of the hotel. The concierge can also assist with car rentals. We rented directly from Stoutes Car Rental based on online reviews and had excellent service - they brought and picked up the car right from/to the hotel. Car rentals are comparatively expensive in Barbados (between 45-75 USD a day for a 4 door car). But was so worth renting it and driving all around the island to see other places. The Crane is located in the "bottom" of the island, we drove coast side up the island and then back across the island to the Bridgetown and back to the Crane (took us about 8 hours of exploring about half way up the island but on both coasts including lunch stops, beach stops, picture stops, and a shopping stop). I am happy we chose the Crane as the traffic in Bridgetown was crazy and it is definitely crowded there with locals and tourists. The Crane provides more of a secluded vacation atmosphere which is what we were after for most of our time there. The Crane beach was never overly crowded, the restaurants never had a problem sitting us and overall it was just a very relaxing atmosphere. All and all, i give it a 4. Its a great place but attention to details could be slightly improved. Since the hotel s regarded as one of the higher end hotels on the island, attention to detail is crucial and make such a difference. Thank you for a great stay!

Vera A

TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 1 week ago

We stayed at the crane from the 15th to the 19th this would of been a 5 star trip if it wasnt for a few things before i get to the negative ill point out the postives. The room was beautiful we stayed in building 5 and the view of the ocean was everything i highly recommend that building just for that view. Second the beach is excellent there is enough chairs and umbrellas for everyone and space for everyone plus there is a elavator the takes u down to the beach. Next the food was really good we at the beach bar and grill the carriage house and l'azure the steaks at the lazure was the best and the burgers at carriage house was delicious bar 1887 had some really good drinks also. Ok for the negatives. 1st thing 1st some of the resturants close way to early in my opinion like the carriage house 5pm is way to early.second we had a broken blow dryer in our room that we called about that nobody came to fix. Next the general store needs more of a selection not much was there. Last which wasnt the hotel fault but i felt a way about how it was handled saturday night security was called to my room at 830 at night because my music was on ummm im on vacation and paid over 1500 for my room i should have the right to play my music now i know it was the people upstairs from me but i felt if they could knock on my door for music the could of knock to fix the hair dryer just saying All in all I will be returning to the crane hopefully next year

Sean G

TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 1 week ago

I feel it is important to state from the beginning that we got an *amazing* deal for all inclusive at this resort and because it was cheaper than expected, we were probably less annoyed with issues encountered than others might have been. With that said: Room One bedroom penthouse suite with plunge pool on the roof was largely clean although as has been mentioned before the plunge pools were not clean and did not look to be clean in any of those we could see. Perhaps we ought to have asked them to clean it but it really ought to have been clean when we arrived so we felt we could use it! Apart from that we were happy with the room facilities and cleanliness. There was a lot of space, two tvs and everything you might need to be self catering including a washer and a dryer (the latter of which only we used). Tap water is safe to drink and so we used the ice trays and drank the water. There was only a shower in the room (no bath tub) and the water pressure wasn't great so this could be improved on. (Also a shower on rooftop next to plunge pool but no better water pressure) Air conditioning worked well to cool the room (as I've seen some comments saying the opposite) but it was a bit too cold in the night (and we were unable to turn the fan down or adjust the temperature to be a bit warmer without it going to heat!). There was no blanket so I ended up putting a dressing gown over me to sleep. Also water was out for 30 mins one evening before dinner when we needed to get ready! I had had my shower but my boyfriend hadn't. Called reception to advise and they said it was the whole block. They said they would call back with an update but they didn't before we had to leave so my boyfriend had to jump in the plunge pool to rinse off the salt and sand! Hopefully it does get cleaned sometime or else that's what the next person in our room has to deal with! He also got up in the middle of the night one evening for s drink and the water was out again so we started filling a jug of water and leaving it in the fridge overnight just in case we needed a drink. Check in This leaves a lot to be desired. At least we were seated on sofas awaiting to be seen rather than queuing up at the desk but it took a while and then our room was not ready for a long time. Check in time was 4pm and it was not until about 5.30 that our room was ready for us. We had to ask if there was somewhere we could get a drink and then we were given two free drinks vouchers and headed to the bar. Unfortunately it turned out that these were only for rum punch or fruit punch. When my boyfriend asked for beer they said he would have to pay in cash. We explained we were on all inclusive anyway and the barman was not very helpful or friendly in trying to resolve this. He said we had to charge it to our room and if we didn't have a room number then we had to pay cash. Whilst that makes sense it wasn't our fault we didn't have a room number at about 5pm when we had been waiting to be checked in before 4pm and should have been allowed in the room by 4! There was no attempt to resolve the issue or any customer service. In the end my boyfriend went off to reception to get our room number from them and came back but we were both dissatisfied with the attitude of the barman. He didn't get friendlier during our stay either despite my boyfriend tipping $5BDS for the drinks! (On top of the 10% service charge already added) Which brings me on to the next point - 10% service charge was added to every bill including the breakfast buffet where you helped yourself AND they then had an extra line of TIP below and TOTAL so you felt it was expected to tip on top. We did on occasion for very good service but don't think they should have made it seem like you should do both. Food Overall the food was excellent. We had not been to Barbados before but had been to many other carribean countries and this was certainly better than some of them The pastas at the Italian and the Thai menu at Zen were certainly as good as food at any Italian or thai in central London. L'azure was very good too although the fillet steak was not as good as at a steak restaurant in London. Overall the quality was great and varied though and we had no problems at all with the speed of service in any of the restaurants (as has been mentioned before). I was not a fan of the breakfast buffet though. An a la carte breakfast menu is in l'azure website so had expected this to be available but it was not for any of the 7 days we were there. I found the bacon and crane potatoes overcooked and generally didn't enjoy the breakfast much apart from the banana bread, although my boyfriend was happy. Service for lunch on the beach was decent. Chips the least good but the burgers and wraps were great. As was the chicken caesar salad. Lunch in l'azure was excellent too-had a lovely shrimp cocktail there. Drinks Great range both generally and on all inclusive. There was nothing either of us wanted that wasn't on all inclusive. Prosecco, beer, wine, cocktails, baileys. All included and all very good. Spa I visited the spa and had a lovely lady called Lashawn, I believe, paint my nails with gel nail varnish. She was very polite and through and I was very happy with the end result. The spa was air conditioned and had lovely peaceful music playing. Pools The adults pool by l'azure was the best as it was actually deep one end and looked the cleanest. The Cliff pools looked a bit murky the week we were there so I don't know if they had a bit too much chemicals in them or what it was. Very spacious and nicely laid out but didn't get deep - about 4 feet throughout I think. Gym Yes we managed to use the gym for a grand total of once! Mainly old machinery but seemed to work ok and decent enoughfor the limited use I expect it gets. Good water machine and plentiful towels to place on beaches/wipe up sweat etc. You have to use your key card to get in. General store As has been mentioned before- very limited provisions! You could not buy everything you needed here if you were self catering and not wanting to eat out! We only used it for snacks. Beach/ sea This is a lovely beach but as has been mentioned before there is a lot of sea weed. They have a machine out every morning and a man with a wheelbarrow picking it up but then it appears to be piled along the side of the beach so of course I assume it gets pulled back in the beach with the tide at the end of the day! Would be better if it could be disposed of some other way! Plenty of sunloungers and umbrellas. Beach service was hit and miss- we usually tried to stay near the towel stand as the beach bar was behind there and (very clean) restrooms so the staff would always be passing there and take out requests for drinks. The guy with a goatee who was working at the beginning of the week (sun 19th nov onwards) was very good but sadly on Fri 24th when it was all ladies it didn't appear to have a beach service. Not sure if they were understaffed but they didn't appear to be serving people on the beach. My boyfriend ended up going up to order and asking them to bring it to us and even after having to repeat both orders multiple times they still got it wrong. (Cheeseburger with no cheese and my chicken wrap was a chicken burger!) There was also strangely no apology but they just seemed really confused and like they were checking through the receipts to see what we had ordered (although they never found it at this stage) but I decided to have what I was given and just have some salad with it (as the chicken wrap had lots of salad but the chicken burger didn't) and my boyfriend went back with them to get that and to get cheese put on the burger. Obviously it was not a big deal at all but just very strange reaction from them to not have apologised and hurried to sort it out until we decided to do so ourselves and come back with it. Sand on the beach was lovely fine and had hints of pink in it. Didn't ever really seem to get too hot to walk on which was good. Noticed lots of white crabs at dusk which was fun to watch! The sea itself was beautiful to look at with lots of crashing waves but I would certainly warn people about going in. As I have mentioned on the Barbados forum, it is not for people who are not confident and strong swimmers. I went in twice about up to below my waist and both times I got knocked over by a wave and went under and had my bikini top completely knocked out of place! I stuck to wading to cool off very close to shore.y boyfriend is a very strong swimmer who has swum long distance swims and he loves the waves and went in for hours at a time. However there was a very scary incident on the Friday morning when we were there when a father with 3 children got into difficulties in the sea and my boyfriend had to rescue the 3 children. (Once swimming in with two of them and then going back for the teenage boy who got swept further out). A few others also went in to help and I assume got the dad out but it was a very scary incident. The waves really are powerful and you need to be confident with what you are doing. It is worth noting of course that there was a red flag up on the beach all week so this should serve as a warning for weaker swimmers to stay out of the water. (Arguably even strong/experienced swimmers too, I know..) The elevator to the beach was working while we were there although the papers we were given when we checked in said it wasn't. We did walk up and down the stairs on occasion however and it wasn't too much of an issue assuming no mobility issues. We booked transfers from the crane to/ from the resort but would not recommend bothering with this as it was much more expensive than a normal taxi. Monkeys! After reading previous reviews I knew to look out for Monkeys in the gardens and I got lucky one morning about 7am! Saw a larger monkey running across the hills in front of the villa from the balcony and then a few mins later a baby and its mother. Very exciting. So keep your eyes peeled! Misc Tvs in both bars were not working despite each bar saying that that the other would be working and would be showing a premier league game that we wanted to watch so we missed it. As much as people might not go on holiday to watch tv I think the miscommunication is a bit annoying. Overall Despite mentioning a few issues above I would say overall we were very happy with our stay. The all inclusive range etc is excellent and we were happy with 99% of the staff members we encountered who were helpful and friendly.

Indigoemma - London, United Kingdom

TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Had a fantastic weekend celebrating wife’s birthday, nice ambiance, modern/clean room, great breakfast+dining and friendly staff. Only negative I’d say would be the lighting at night could be improved.

Kirk G

TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Second visit this year and again had a wonderful time. Setting is amazing and amenities continue to improve. Staff are always very friendly and helpful. Our friends loved it. Looking forward to our next visit already!

WSJ13 - Toronto, Canada

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