The Crane Residence
Example Booking: 86,500 eXpectations Points, 7-nights, September 2017, 1-bed sleeps 4
Live the luxurious life at The Crane Residence, situated in St Philips on the Caribbean island of Barbados. The Crane Resort was the first resort to be founded on Barbados in 1887, and still proudly offers refined accommodation and first-class facilities in an idyllic ocean-front location.
Only steps away from your apartment you can sink your toes into the soft pink sand on the famous Crane Beach, voted as the “Best Caribbean Beach” by USA Today in 2015. The Crane Residence overlooks a sparkling turquoise sea and is encompassed by lush green tropical gardens creating the perfect setting for a romantic break, weddings and special family holidays.
Grantley Adams International Airport is approximately a 15-minute drive to The RCI Gold Crown Crane Residence so eXpectations members could soon be enjoying a delightful one-bedroom apartment (sleeping 4). This dream holiday checking in on 23rd September 2017 for 7-nights was available on RCI.com for just 86,500 points when we looked on 27/03/2017.
St Philip, a parish of gems
St Philip is the largest parish in the south-east of Barbados. The community of St Philip is proud of its beautiful parish, boasting the most spectacular coastlines, contrasting lush green gardens and fascinating culture along with friendly locals. Many visitors claim St. Philip is a parish of gems for it holds so many natural treasures.
Barbados is situated between the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean providing an all-year-round tropical climate. Visiting Barbados in September offers long hot days with temperatures averaging 30 degrees Celsius and you can expect to enjoy 8-hours of sunshine a day with low chances of a sudden downpour.
RCI Gold Crown The Crane Residence
The Crane Residence offers the ultimate luxury within a majestic 19th-Century hotel featuring beautiful turrets and colonial-style balconies providing tropical garden and magical Atlantic Ocean views.
This RCI Gold Crown resort invites guests to indulge in perfect harmony within the hotel’s rich facilities. Total relaxation can be enjoyed in the historic adult-only pool set in a private area on the cliff’s edge with stunning views of the beach and ocean. Soak up the warm Caribbean sun and watch the kids splash around in the mesmerising waterfalls in The Crane’s 6,000 square-metre cascading cliff-top pool complex.
Rejuvenate the body and mind with an excellent choice of facials, massage, foot spas and traditional Caribbean beauty treatments. Fitness enthusiasts can work out on the latest technology machines in the gym with views of the clifftop pool or get active in a Zumba class and unwind with a touch of yoga. For those looking for ball games then The Crane has two flood-lit tennis courts and guests can get into the swing of things at the Barbados Golf course, approximately 15-minutes from the club.
The Crane’s Calypso Kid’s Club provides hours of exciting activities for children between 4-12 years. The friendly, qualified staff guide the youngsters to join in on the fun games, including arts and crafts, sand castle competitions and talent shows. Adults will not miss the fun with great shopping opportunities at the Crane Village. Take advantage of duty-free gifts at the Cave Shepherd and Colombian Emeralds, selling famous brands, perfumes, liqueurs, jewellery and watches. Stock up the fridge with fresh groceries at the General Store and spend a moment to admire the talented artist’s exhibitions at the Village Gallery.
Catch the unique glass beach elevator or take the cliff’s stairway to enjoy Crane Beach. The aqua-blue waves lapping the soft pink sand and a pleasant breeze rustling the branches of the coconut trees make it feel like paradise. Guests are invited to simply relax on a sun lounger, snorkel in clear waters or try skimming the waves on a boogie board. It comes as no surprise that Crane Beach has won so many awards, including the Certificate of Excellence by TripAdvisor (2016).
The Crane Residence resort offers superior suites, featuring the finest furnishings, including a mahogany 4-poster bed, marble bathroom with a Jacuzzi bath, modern fully-equipped kitchen and living room. Each apartment is carefully designed to evoke a sense of relaxation with delightful views to be enjoyed on the spacious private balconies.
Fine dining in exquisite restaurants to light snacks around the pool can be enjoyed at any of the eight dining options at The Crane Residence. The hotel’s award-winning restaurants prepare tantalising cuisine from all over the world. Zen restaurant offers Japanese and Thai dishes with wonderful views of Crane Beach. Enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner at the L’Azure restaurant, classic International and Caribbean meals are served on its pretty balcony. For an authentic Italian meal, D’Onofrio’s Trattoria reportedly creates the best Mediterranean dishes in the Caribbean. The Carriage House and The Grove Beach Bar & Grill provide casual outdoor meals. If you have a sweet tooth then treat yourselves to the home-made cakes and pastries, creamy smoothies and delightful ice-creams in The Village Cafe. The sounds of jazz music floating in the warm evening air and the rich flavour of the Crane Rum Punch in Bar 1887 is a perfect way to spend your night.
Barbados, Bearded Fig Trees and Rum
Barbados was named after the bearded fig tree that once grew in abundance around the island. Now Barbados is more famous for its stunning beaches and producing the world’s oldest rum. The island is a treasure trove for holiday seekers, attracting travellers to discover its natural beauty, friendly locals and prestigious accommodation.
There is more to Barbados than its picture-postcard beaches. St Philips Parish boasts a few beautiful churches including St John’s church with stunning Atlantic Ocean views and ancient old trees in St Philip Parish Church. Taking a guided tour is the best way to explore the island, walk or cycle through the lush forest, home to the charming green monkey and listen to the croaking of the whistling frog. As you pass the winding pathways the scent of the fragrant flowers and the sounds of the wildlife create an unforgettable experience.
History and culture are paramount in Barbados. Bridgetown, the capital city and historical Garrison, was registered in 2011 as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visitors will enjoy this bustling city with an array of excellent shopping malls, restaurants and patisseries to satisfy every pallet. Sense the history as you take a stroll through the streets lined with old colonial buildings, including the grand old Parliament. Whilst in Bridgetown pay a visit to Mount Gay Rum Distillery, established in 1703, discover all there is to know about the traditional rum making techniques and history. Enjoy the rum tasting classes and spoil yourselves by purchasing a bottle or two. Mount Gay Rum Centre is highly recommended by TripAdvisor visitors and was awarded the Certificate of Excellence (2017).
This Caribbean island is a piece of paradise and everyone visiting will definitely want to return time and time again.
To highlight the great value of eXpectations Holidays we conducted a price comparison using TripAdvisor to source an equivalent booking. 7-nights at The Crane Residence were available on Booking.com during 23rd – 30th September 2017 within a 1-bedroom apartment (sleeping 4) for £1,448 inclusive of Tax and Destination Fees (based on 4 people sharing when we looked on 27/2/2017).
In comparison, we found this 7-night booking at The Crane Residence during the same dates also within a 1-bedroom apartment (sleeping 4) for 86,500 points on RCI.com (when we looked on: 27/3/2017).
For members of eXpectations Plus, the total price for this accommodation (excluding the initial purchase price of your membership / points) would come to £776 (at the time of writing: 27/3/2017). To calculate this we have included: the associated maintenance fees for 86,500 points, 1x annual membership and 1x online RCI exchange fee.
|Associated maintenance fees for 86,500 points @ £5.75 per thousand||£498|
|1 x eXpectations Annual Membership||£162|
|1 x RCI online exchange Fee||£116|
|Mandatory miscellaneous fees (e.g. tourist tax)||£0|
So, by taking this eXpectations exchange holiday eXpectations Plus members could have made a potential saving of over £650, based on the comparison above.
See for yourself! Check out the costs of a 1-bedroom apartment sleeping up to 4 people for 7 nights during September 2017 at The Crane Residence on Booking.com.