Crane Beach (8)

Based in Barbados

Islands Magazine
by Sunshine Flint

The Crane

Get a taste of history at this resort, which opened in 1887 on the island’s east coast. The original building, with 18 guest rooms, features 200-year-old coral stone walls and views over Crane Beach – consistently voted one of the best beaches in the Caribbean. The Carriage House restaurant, one of five on the property, is housed in the ruins of the original stables; there are also five pools, a shopping village and a day spa. The 40-acre gated property has one-, two- and three-bedroom units for sale for full or fractional ownership – all can be put into the rental pool. Wholly owned properties range from $450,000 to $3 million. The Crane Private Residences is a separate community currently under construction; the first phase is sold out, and the second phase is now on the market. The two-, three-, and four-bedroom homes have private patios or roof decks, some with prices from $803,000 to $1.3 million. Also in the works are 45 single-story, stand-alone beach houses on Skeetes Bay, about 5 miles up the coast from The Crane; move-ins are slated for winter 2017. thecrane.com

Try before you buy: From $410 per night