The Crane

Spacious rooms, panoramic balcony  and worryingly white sofas

Spacious rooms, panoramic balcony and worryingly white sofas

In the heart of a tropical paradise, we are seated in an intimate booth of an exquisite Asian restaurant savouring some of the best sushi we have ever tasted. Can life get much better? Not if your dream holiday is a luxury bolthole not too far from the madding crowds.

No more than a ten minute drive from the airport, the resort is located in a secluded part of the south-eastern Barbados coast.

In a rugged cliff-top setting above a quiet beach, it is a vast property, with restaurants, shops, pools and some quiet and picturesque grounds to wander. There is more than a nod to history with one building dating back to 1790, another structure redolent of a Roman ruin and antique furniture in the rooms, most of which are ocean view.

Our accommodation is spacious, airy, with a generously sized balcony and a well-appointed kitchen giving guests a self-catering option.

Looking down from our fifth floor room, we are initially envious of the ground rooms with plunge pool. However, we come to appreciate the virtues of our more private space.

Other than nervousness about dirtying the white sofa opposite the big screen TV, our only minor concerns were a faulty jacuzzi and a few non-working lights, but these issues were speedily resolved.

The Crane is perfect for guests disinclined to mingle. You can stock up on basic foodstuffs and alcohol in the general store in the Crane Village. Alternatively, drive, or take a five-minute taxi ride, to the nearest big supermarket for provisions.

To explore the island you will need a car as local transport is limited. A free shuttle to Bridgetown operates once a week from the hotel.

A buffet breakfast will set you up for the day with its vast choice of bread, cakes, cheeses and fresh fruits, as well as pancakes and (my favourite) omelettes prepared to order. For nocturnal meals, there is the sushi and Thai restaurant, Zen, and another fine dining establishment, L'Azure. Those seeking a less formal environment within the property can enjoy a pizza at D'Onofrio's or some simply prepared local fish at Carriage House.

A Caribbean restaurant is being created and with a bakery, ice cream parlour and movie theatre also planned, there will soon be even less reason to venture outside.

<b>Rates:</b> Min. 3 nights costs US $1147.13 in a one-bed suite<br><b>Tel:</b> UK Toll Free:(800) 097-1794<

    Last updated: 11:26am, July 21 2011