Barbados: High-End, Low-Key

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Clients staying at The Crane can enjoy its recent expansion, adding modern restaurants, shops and a new spa to a property that dates back to 1887. Work on the resort is ongoing, with some 1- and 2-bedroom condos still under construction. But when it comes to amenities for resort guests, everything is completed, including The Crane Village, a collection of shops offering jewelry, Bajan handcrafted items, fine art and more; and Bar 1887, a new gathering place for nightlife seekers with live entertainment nightly. The expansion also added a handful of residences with sea and park views; a cascading pool complex measuring 1.5 acres; and Zen restaurant, with Thai and Japanese cuisine recognized by Zagat as one of the best in Barbados.

The Crane Bliss package adds a touch of romance to the new amenities, with dinner for two in Zen or L’Azure restaurants, an in-room 60-minute couple’s massage, and one prepared candlelit bath with rose petals. Fresh flowers upon arrival, a chilled bottle of wine and a guaranteed upgrade to a room with a private plunge pool are also included. Rates start at $490 dbl.

At The Sandpiper, a 47-room member of the Small Leading Hotels of the World, clients won’t have to worry about claiming their personal space. Its two 1-bedroom Tree Top Suites combine a bedroom with king size bed with a covered terrace, open sundeck and private pool, plus a living room big enough to sprawl out in, and enormous bathroom facilities including walk-in showers and large, modern bathtub—and they’re meant for a maximum of two guests. Clients traveling in a group can book The Beach House, The Sandpiper’s 3-bedroom villa on the beach with a wrap-around terrace giving all guests a unique view of the ocean. And though it’s set slightly apart from the rest of The Sandpiper’s rooms, guests won’t have to give up any of the benefits of staying at the resort, including complimentary watersports and tennis lessons, transfers into Bridgetown and flowers and drinks on arrival. Rates for the Tree Top Suites start at $2,495 dbl per night through April 24, and drop to $1,265 from April 25 to Oct. 11; rates for renting out the entire 3-bedroom Beach House start at $2,300 per night through April 24, and drop to $1,200 from April 25 to Oct. 11. Regular room reservations start at $765 per night dbl.