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Perched above the famed southeast coasts’ Crane Beach and overlooking the cerulean ocean, the Crane is the island’s oldest hotel in continuous operation (and the Caribbean’s first resort hotel).

Built in 1887 and fully restored and expanded in the 20th century, this unique property combines elegance, old-world charm and incredible natural beauty with a romantic sense of seclusion. Once you’ve arrived, you’ll feel like you’ve retreated to that rare spot on earth where life is truly simpler.

The resort itself is comprised of private residences, numerous pools, upscale restaurants, bars, and even a quaint village. Guests can indulge themselves with options like a catamaran cruise, a rose petal drawn bath, requesting pre-stocked room refrigerator, or a couples’ massage.

The 98 steps (or a glass-walled elevator ride) down the cliff opens up to one of the best swimming venues on the island of Barbados – the pink sands of Crane Beach. It has a gentle descent from shallow to deep, and it is soft on your feet as there are no sea urchins, stones or coral underneath.