ADVERTORIAL • June 2018
The long-standing motto of Barbados’ oldest resort reads ‘we don’t come here to be seen, we come here to disappear’, and the temptation to lose yourself in the kaleidoscopic sunsets and pink-powder beaches of The Crane Resort is very real. Here’s why you’ll never want to leave
From the reef-protected waters to the emerald palm tree groves, Crane Beach is something of a big deal. The BBC list it amongst the ‘Top 50 Places to Go Before You Die’; The Travel Channel consider it amongst the ‘Top 25 Sexiest Beaches in the World’, while CNN have it ranked as ‘No. 23 of the Top 100 Beaches Worldwide’. Needless to say, you will be hard-pressed to find a coastline more captivating. Outstanding beauty aside, guests at The Crane can enjoy Crane Beach with complimentary umbrellas, sun loungers and towels, plus the The Grove Bar & Grill, where Mahi Mahi wraps and rum cocktails await.
If you’re planning on marooning yourself in paradise, then it’s important to make sure you have provisions. Luckily, what The Crane offers dine-wise is a little more advanced than a sailor’s sandwich; you’ll have the choice of four elegant restaurants, plus two lively bars, all offering a variety of cuisines with spectacular Caribbean views. These include Barbados’ best-rated Asian eatery, Zen, serving up Thai satays and papaya salads overlooking the playful waves of Crane Beach. Or, for the traditional touch, there’s the contemporary Caribbean flavours of L’Azure Restaurant, famous for their seafood. Feeling the heat? Head to the Village Café, where an expertly whipped rum and raisin gelato will have you cooled down in no time.
Despite its historical pedigree, you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how seamlessly The Crane has interposed modern convenience inside its paradisiacal perimeter. Guests can expect a reliable, complimentary WiFi in all guest rooms and across the resort (including the beach) and complimentary long-distance calls to most international destinations, so you can exercise your bragging rights to family back home. To make matters more luxurious, at any time you are a stone’s throw from the resort’s organic Serenity Spa facility. With a long list of treatments, all carried out by a team of friendly professionals, jet-lagged guests should head to the spa for a Traveller’s Paradise massage, while those with sun-worn skin should try the sweet orchid nourishing wrap, to restore that perfect island complexion.
A hideaway for solo explorers, modern couples, active families and more, all kinds of travellers have left their footprints across these perennial sands. However, a little further afield, guests can find themselves wandering the cobbled streets of nearby Bridgetown, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, or sipping the island’s iconic tipple on a Mount Gay rum tour. Moreover, Barbados’ reputation is well-earned as home to some of the world’s most spectacular natural environments; subterranean limestone caves, vibrant tropical fauna and flower gardens straight from a Jurassic fantasy. Best of all? Whether you’ve spent the day at a famous sugar plantation, or enjoyed a night of Reggae in one of Barbados’ coolest neighbourhoods, you can rest easy knowing you have an ocean view and an island-cool beverage waiting for you back at The Crane resort.
Save up to 40 per cent off your stay at The Crane with flights and 7 nights Bed & Breakfast from £1,1090pp when travelling on selected dates in October. Includes flights from London Gatwick to Barbados, plus a 40 per cent booking discount and one night free. Book by 30 June 2018. To redeem, visit ba.com/thecrane