Stay Here: The Crane Resort, BarbadosBy Angelica Malin
Looking for an amazing resort in Barbados? Look no further than The Crane – the oldest operating hotel in the Caribbean, with an incredible beach, great restaurants and the best facilities around – perfect for a luxury tropical break. If you’re looking for an island getaway, here’s what you need to know:
The Crane Resort is the pride of Barbados, for good reason. The resort is totally unique, with a wonderful blend of new and old, thanks to the old-world charm of its history, along with all the modern facilities, such as cascading pools, wellness and fitness facilities, a kids club and delicious restaurants.
The location of the resort is stunning – set on one of the world’s finest beaches, the resort was founded as Barbados’ first resort in 1887, and its beach really needs to be seen to be believed. Every year, holidaymakers flock to The Crane to enjoy the sunshine-filled days. The resort truly is the home of natural beauty – it’s the kind of place you simply won’t want to leave.
The accommodation is fantastic at The Crane, with luxury oceanfront rooms, spacious suites and private pools, there’s something for everyone. The rooms range from One Bedroom Suites to Two Bedroom Penthouses with private pools and Three Bedroom Penthouses. The one bedroom suite is 1,176 square feet in size and can sleep up to 4 people, with a king size four poster bed and large balcony with sun loungers. The two bedroom suite with plunge pool is lovely and perfect for a family – it sleeps up to 6 people, and features its own kitchen, spa shower, two balconies and plunge pool.
There’s also a two bedroom contemporary suite with private pool – a contemporary residential-style, ground floor suite, with an open-plan living room, private patio and 13″ infinity pool. For all-out luxury, discover the three bedroom penthouse, which sleeps 8 people, has its own rooftop, BBQ grill, plunge pool and fully-equipped kitchen. Perfection.
The beach is really want attracts people to The Crane. The beach is beyond beautiful; perfect sand under your feet, a lush coconut grove, the tropical breeze and the Caribbean sun, makes The Crane beach a real tropical paradise. Protected by a natural coral reef, Crane Beach boasts one of the best swimming venues on the island of Barbados. What’s more, on the beach you can enjoy drinks and light meals from The Grove Bar & Grill – perfect for beach cocktails.
If you’re a foodie, you’ll love the range of offerings at The Crane Resort. They have restaurants to suit all tastes, including cuisines from Southern Italy, Japan, Thailand and beyond. I was really impressed with the quality of the offering – it’s rare to find so many cuisines done so well under one roof, but the food here is truly fantastic. For something special, try dining at Zen, which is Zagat-rated number one for food in Barbados. Zen is an Asian-inspired restaurant with an all-glass display, allowing you to take in the amazing views of Crane Beach, and home to the best sushi you’ll find in Barbados.
Try the spicy tuna rolls and the mango sticky rice dessert – seriously good. We also loved the poolside offering; the casual all-day feel of their pool restaurants put you totally at ease, and you’ll taste the best jerk fish wrap in all of Barbados.
If you’re looking for an active holiday in Barbados, this is the place to come. You can benefit from an amazing fitness centre, two flood-lit tennis courts, yoga and zumba classes and the best golf around. The Crane resort is perfect for families, as there’s so much to do, including a great kids club.
What’s more, the Barbados Golf Club is located only 15 minutes away, and you’ll get a special rate for staying at The Crane. If that’s all a bit much, book yourself into the Serenity Spa for a little rest and relaxation – the spa has everything from facials and massages to special exfoliating rubs and detox treatments.
The Crane Resort has it all: an amazing beach, great restaurants, top notch facilities and a stunning location. For a resort that’s great for families, couples and solo travellers alike, you really can’t beat The Crane for your next Caribbean adventure. For something special, try the Gospel Brunch on Sunday at The Crane, it’s truly once-in-a-lifetime. I’ll be dreaming of lazy mornings spent at their stunning beach for years to come.
For more information and to book The Crane, see here.