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The Crane Residential Resort

Crane Beach, Barbados

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Hotel Report

Why Stay At The Crane Residential Resort

The first hotel built in Barbados is fresh from a renovation, luring stylish types to the cliff-side property set on a quarter-mile pink-sand beach.

The Scoop

Built in 1887, The Crane was the first resort hotel on Barbados. In the 1970s Oliver Messel revamped the main building; a more recent redo has taken The Crane into prime time, adding three buildings and private plunge pools. But despite continuous expansions, The Crane still retains its original charm: rooms in the modern residences have a certain tradition about them—Old World but clearly Caribbean—with mahogany furniture, jalousie windows, and coral stone walls, plus private verandas that overlook a powdery pink beach. Recently, The Crane cut the ribbon on a 55,000-square-foot retail and entertainment center with a state-of-the-art gym, souvenir and apparel shops, and a 120-seat Italian restaurant with a wine wall and sprawling veranda. But the real showstoppers are the cliff-top pool complex with cascading waterfalls and L'Azure, an upscale seafood restaurant that serves regional specialties such as papillote of reef fish and tamarind-glazed snapper beneath stone arches that frame the pounding surf.

Insider Tips

L'Azure Restaurant is closed for renovations until late summer, but travelers can still order the complete menu from the adjacent Pavilion Ballroom.

Hit the waves: borrow a body board free of charge at the resort's beach hut.

Preferred Airport

Arrive at Grantley Adams International Airport (BGI) which is approximately 5 miles (15 minutes) from the resort.

Crane Beach, St. Philip, Bridgetown, Barbados

Hotel Features

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Property Amenities
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Fitness Center
  • Babysitting
  • Spa Services
  • Gardens
In-Room Amenities
  • Scenic Views
  • Balconies
  • Antique Furnishings
  • Four-Poster Beds
  • Satellite Televisions
  • DVD Players
Dining & Nightlife
  • 4 Restaurants
  • Live Entertainment
Updating Results
Rates Include:
  • 2-person occupancy in Junior Garden View Suite
  • 4-person occupancy in One-Bedroom units
  • 6-person occupancy in Two-Bedroom unit
  • Welcome drink
  • Monday's Manager Cocktail Party
  • Complimentary WiFi and Internet access
Hotel Report From the editors of: Travel+Leisure

Why We Love Crane Beach

Lounge on the spectacular powder-soft, pink sand, caressed by the rays of the Caribbean sun and fanned by gentle Trade Winds—and you will understand.

Don't Miss

Outdoor Excursion: Barbados's natural beauty goes beyond its shores. Set sail on a guided catamaran cruise to snorkel and swim with sea turtles. Shuttles to the dock leave every Wednesday; book with guest services to reserve your spot. Cruises $85 per person, including lunch.

Market Scene: Wednesday is market day at the Crane Village square (on hotel property), when local vendors unpack handicrafts, jewelry, and other locally made treats such as jam puffs for guests.

Where to Eat: Oistins, a quaint fishing town on the island's southern coast, has an island-wide reputation for its seafood restaurants, which serve heaping plates of mahimahi, swordfish, and flying fish. The best spot is Pat's Place (Oistin's Bay Garden; no phone), and better yet: the hotel runs a shuttle service for a small fee.

Where to Drink: The hotel's recently opened Bar 1887 has a Rum Shop Happy Hour with authentic Barbadian tapas, such as cod fish cakes and curried potato samosas.
Crane Beach shows off dreamy Barbados.

Crane Beach shows off dreamy Barbados.

Why Go Now

January 12, 2014
Ninth Annual Barbados Music Awards
Red carpet affair honoring Barbados musical artists for their 2013 achievements.
Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre, Two Mile Hill, St. Michael.

January 16 - 21, 2014
Naniki Jazz Safari
Known jazz enthusiast Tom Hind's Naniki is hosting its second Caribbean Jazz Safari (first of numerous throughout the year) with concerts in many Caribbean territories.
Across the Caribbean.

March 22, 2014
Strictly Latin - Caribbean Edition
Presented by the Jahbulani Ballroom Dance Club, this Latin dance competition attracts a sell out crowd each year. Expect dancers from Antigua, Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago and other countries.
Garfield Sobers Gymnasium, Wildey, St Michael.

The Crane Residential Resort

Crane Beach, Barbados

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