Unit 422 at The Crane
by, 03-25-2013 at 07:58 PM (1930 Views)
"Do you want to go check out The Crane?" my husband asked on our third day in Barbados. "I dunno," I shrugged. "What's The Crane?"
The Crane, my lovelies - now that I'm hip - is a spec-tac-u-lar luxury residential resort located on a famous pink sand beach in St. Philip's Parish, Barbados, BWI. In fact, it is the oldest Caribbean hotel on the island, having first opened in 1887. It also doesn't hurt that Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous named Crane Beach (pictured below) one of the Top Ten Beaches in the World and that Travel Channel named it one of the Top 25 Sexiest Beaches in the World. I totally get it too. There's even a glass elevator that takes you down to a stretch of pink sand beach that's to-die-for. Nice.
As you might have guessed, I took my husband up on his offer to visit The Crane and now we are both officially turned out. You can even call us Crane-iacs if you want to…and yes...I just made that up.
Photo Credits: @TraceyFriley
In addition to being entertained by a playful 3-year old in a pink polka-dotted shirt waiting for her dad to check-in, we got the lay of the land from UK-born Jackie Ince (pictured below), a 13-year luxury sales veteran at the property (and my new BFF), on an hour-long tour that took us from a 1200 square foot one bedroom ocean view luxury unit with dark hardwood floors, a hand-carved four poster bed, 2 full-showered bathrooms and an old world Caribbean charm that blew our flip flops off, to a 1400 square foot two bedroom garden view luxury unit with a private swimming pool, dark wood shuttered pocket doors and fauna for days. (All of the units we toured had decent sized fully equipped galley kitchens, BTW.)
And the grounds? There's a 55,000 square foot cobblestone village (yes, I said a village) that boasts a cinema (coming soon), four restaurants, an ice cream parlor, a work out facility, duty free shopping, 6 outdoor swimming pools (one is pictured below), and four restaurants, one of which was Zagat rated #1 for food in Barbados in both 2009 and 2010. There's more to share, but, My Word.
We left The Crane that day with a folder full of signed contracts and a few less dollars in our pocket; but I am now even more permanently attached to Bim, the home of my maternal ancestors, as a fractional luxury share owner of Unit 422 at the oldest hotel in Barbados. And if you believe in Swiss psychologist Carl Gustav Jung's notion of synchronicity, you will not be shocked to hear that when we returned to our hotel (more about that later) back on St. James' Gold Coast more than 30 minutes away by car, the security guard - after greeting us at the front gate - asked us if we were staying in Room 422. Whoa, I thought with my eyes getting as big as saucers. Did he just say Room 422? "Yes," I responded quietly, just loud enough for my husband to hear as he told the security guard our actual room number. "But only at The Crane."
Travel Tip: You don't have to be an owner to be a guest at The Crane. Book your stay through Luxury Link or simply spend the day at any of The Crane's restaurants, the Village, or the pink sands of Crane Beach (all beaches in Barbados are public).