March 7, 2018 for 3 nights for 2 adults.

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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 23 hours ago

My husband and I have been visiting the Crane for the past 8 years. We have travelled the island many times and visited other hotels but never chose to stay anywhere else- why? It checks all the boxes. It’s a very large resort- large enough that you can easily spend a week here without feeling like you need to venture out. That said, there are lots of interesting attractions on the island (Harrison’s Cave, Hunte’s Gardens and St Nicholas Abbey are among our favorites). The Rooms: The accommodations are gorgeous- classic British plantation style with plenty of dark wood, white linens and sofas and limestone walls. The bathrooms are large with a jetted tub that easily fits two people. We have stayed in several rooms in the old hotel and style- and location-wise it has our favorite rooms. We have also stayed in small garden view suites, ocean view suites, and one bedroom suites with a plunge pool. The latter is definitely worth the extra cost, especially on a higher floor. The Restaurants: L’ Azure (Caribbean contemporary) is an absolutely fabulous choice for lunch and dinner. The quality of the food is amazing only upstaged by the sweeping views of the beach and ocean 100+ ft below. Definitely worth the splurge (though we’re not big fans of their breakfasts). Zen is only open for dinner. They offer Thai and Japanese menus which is a nice option when you want something a little less formal than L’Azure. Ask for one of the private booths or a table next to the window. When we do Japanese we like sitting at the sushi bar. Bar 1887 is great for happy hour and tapas. They usually have music and dancing at night which makes it a fun place to start or end your evening. We go to the Carriage House for lunch when we’re in bathing suits. It’s super casual tavern food with grill options. Even more casual is The Grove located on the beach. Perfectly named, it’s the place to grab a mid day cocktail and BBQ or sandwiches. They also deliver chair side if you are too relaxed to move! We have ventured off the resort numerous times to try other recommended restaurants but honestly have never found any place that has better food options that are worth the extra time and expense (taxi/rental) to get there. All the rooms at the Crane have well equipped kitchens and you can get a nice selection of very fairly-priced provisions at the onsite grocery if you chose to eat in every now and then. If you don’t see what you’re looking for, just ask as the staff will order it in for you. The Grounds: You will be spoilt for choice! We like hanging out at the pool near the spa on Sunday’s as you can listen to the Gospel singing coming from brunch at L’Azure. Other than that, we spend all of our time on the spectacular Crane Beach walking, reading or body surfing- lots of fun things to do. Don’t miss feeding the huge pool of carp behind the carriage house and book at service at the spa. My husband and I agree we get the very best massages on earth here! The Staff: Every person you meet whether they’re at the front desk, spa, concierge, the beach, one of the bars or restaurants, housekeeping, even the grocery store (!) is so friendly and accommodating. There is literally no request that isn’t met. Everyone is professional and well trained at what they do and they seem to enjoy working here which of course benefits the guests. I can’t really highlight any by name as this review would then be twice as long- everyone is great! Few last things: don’t bother renting a car. It’s not easy getting around (esp at night) and it’s way more relaxing to hire a driver and sit back and take in the sites. A taxi from the airport (a 15 min drive) is $31 BDS/$16 USD each way. Have exact amount on hand as most taxi drivers we’ve met never seem to have change. Finally, when departing for home, leave -3 hours ahead of time to get through check-in, security and customs at the airport as it’s very chaotic and unorganized. It will test your patience for sure!

Kim5164 - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 1 day ago

This is a tough review to write because The Crane is actually kinda nice and may well be exactly what certain people are looking for, especially for self-contained parties that don't wish to leave the premises (though there are many inescapable flaws even for those). That said, there are several major drawbacks that keep us from recommending staying here. First, understand that when you stay at the Crane, it is FAR away from EVERYTHING else on the island, most especially the gorgeous south/west beaches. Unless you travel elsewhere, you will eat at the hotel every night (or Marco Polo just outside, which we loved). It is at least a 20 minute ride to every other location on the island, and often 45 minutes or more. Now, we are a family with an 11 year old and a baby. We stayed here in a very nice modern 2BR condo with 13' pool precisely because we hoped for a resort-like atmosphere for our 11 y/o. But this is NOT a resort for children or families (it seemed to be very popular with older 50-70 y/o couples). There were very few kids to play with our 11 y/o in the pools, which btw were seriously cold, or the famed beach, which was WAY too rough to recommend for kids and absolutely riddled with sea moss (seaweed). I CANNOT stress that last point enough. While the Crane Beach is apparently on some list of the top 100 beaches in the world, we cannot imagine who put that list together. We spent all of 20 minutes at the beach and decided we wouldn't be there any further (especially as ALL the other beaches we visited on island were far superior). The seamoss is so pervasive that, no joke, they have a FULL-SIZED bulldozer going up and down the beach CONTINUOUSLY to try (and fail) to clear the seamoss that collects on the beach. Just try to imagine that scene. I didn't mind the big Atlantic waves but it's simply too rough for kids. We ended up renting a car and making the trip, each day, every day, to the southern coast beaches (Browne's Beach, Accra Beach, Dover Beach) over and over which we could not recommend any higher. They are gorgeous, no seaweed, beautiful aqua water, and have plentiful drinks :) We ate at Zen twice (decent and pricey) and the brunch once (bleh and horribly overpriced) Just go to the supermarket ($20USD roundtrip) and make breakfast in-room. We order in for dinner twice (ok but very limited). We ate at Marco Polo, just outside the Crane premises twice (excellent and good atmosphere). We also went to Oistins Fish Fry on Friday (highly recommend - eat at Pats). We really liked our 2BR condo with 13' pool. We never actually went in the pool--again too cold--but it looked great and we loved our patio. That is why this is a tough review to write. We had a great vacation in Barbados but that's because we rented a car and drove to the beautiful south/west beaches during the day and then came home at night. We would not stay here again. While it's an ok place, we would strongly recommend staying at a condo/hotel on the southern coast.

cofernuss - New York City, New York

TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 1 day ago

Had a nice room on the fifth floor which was a junior suite. Good food at the restaurant which we ate at for dinner. Also ate breakfast overlooking the ocean. Because we were there less than 24 hours on a pre-cruise, we only got a little time to experience the property.

mrtravel1111 - Scottsdale, Arizona

TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 1 day ago

What a relief to get here after 3 nights in the Hilton Resort , this is another 10 levels in comparison love this place 👍🏻 massive thumbs up love the pools , the rooms are fantastic , the only thing I was a bit upset about was the room service took so very very very long to get to our room , but they were busy and it was so good I wasn’t too upset :)) The food at the carriage is fantastic a massive thumbs up 👍🏻

robgrove1key - Birmingham England

TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 3 days ago

This was our 15th year to the Crane. Undoubtedly our most disappointing. The pools were dirty. The adult pool was shut for the morning for urgent maintenance. We were told the pool was safe for swimming but the colour begged to assume differently .The other pools faired no better. I think they want draining completely and all the tiles want an urgent clean. There are not enough sun beds nor shade around the pools either. The food in the restaurants was good if rather pricey. What a pity about the beach as well with all the seaweed.It was so bad that you could not even go into the sea nor just walk along the beach without getting covered in the weed. I understand it is a natural event and the Crane did try to control it but its the reason why most people go to the Crane. HAS THE SEAWEED REALLY GONE. We are returning again in May and will be interested to see if there is any improvement.

Dennis H - Bristol, United Kingdom

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