By Ann-Marie Adams I The Hartford Guardian
St. Philip, BARBADOS — Perched on the seaside bluff on the southeast coast of Barbados is The Crane, one of the many jewels of the Caribbean.
This luxury hotel is the centerpiece of a 40-acre villa complex with historic buildings and landscape gardens overlooking the Atlantic Sea.
This ocean touches the marine-blue sea of the Crane Beach that is accessible by a glass-front elevator. Arguably, it is the island’s oldest hotel in operation and the number one resort hotel in the Caribbean.
From this simple but elegant setting, you can be quite content while taking in the view from the comfort of a private plunged pool below over-sized terraces or elegant gardens.
Some bedrooms boasts four-poster mahogany, king sized beds, bathrooms with multi-jet showers and a two-person Jacuzzis emoting English charm and luxury.
Through the wooden louvre doors that open inward is an over-sized terrace above the private plunged pool, which offers a different ambiance than the garden-view rooms with old Caribbean-styled resort living suites.
The hotel, built in 1887, boasts several restaurants, including the Italian Restaurant, Donofrio’s. It offers casual dining that with a wide variety of cuisine from Old World Italy.
The seafood restaurant, L’Azure, serves up fresh seafood with a gorgeous view of the blue and marine ocean with the trade winds swirling above the cliff.
The Zen Restaurant, surrounded by glass walls above the pink-hued Crane Beach, serves up authentic Asian inspired cuisines and offer patrons.
This is understated elegance and sophistication tucked away in the lesser Antilles. And it’s only a four-hour trip from the United States.
With an understated elegance and sophistication, this storied hotel on a dramatic Cliffside location is what some call a resolutely British resort on a resolutely British island.
St. Philip, Barbados