The SpaceLuxury, 3.5 million dollar award willing villa. Huge outdoor terrace, breathtaking oceanviews. Ask about our discounts up to 50% and $2000 / week "honeymoon special " for 2 people in low season
Both villas have won top awards from Trip Advisor, VRBO and Flip Key for the past number of years and the Crane Beach next door is also world-famous and has been rated by USA TODAY as the Best Beach in the Caribbean in 2015.
Luxury vacation villa near Crane Beach in Barbados… Heaven awaits!
Welcome to Cragmere, an award-winning luxury villa on the sparkling island of Barbados next to the world-famous Crane Beach. Stunning panoramic views from every room in the house offer guests total privacy and luxury at its best. Escape the hectic days and relax by the infinity pool, or take a nap on one of the day beds, and feel the warm breeze from the ocean.
Cragmere villa is stunningly appointed with mahogany furniture, cozy couches, fully equipped granite kitchen and stunning bathrooms. No detail has been spared, from an outdoor speaker system and lights to air conditioning in each of the bedrooms. This really is Heaven on Earth!
Features and amenities
House Manager, Carolyn, to help arrange and coordinate your visit
Four bedrooms, five baths, 3 bedrooms with King beds and A/C, 1 with two twin beds,
Infinity Pool – 44 foot in-ground pool
Full kitchen with granite counters, refrigerator, oven, microwave, dishwasher etc
Washer and dryer
Large screen TV with cable, DVD, CD, Stereo, Computer access
Marble patios with outdoor furniture
Shaded pergola and gazebo, rooftop marble deck
Welcome gift upon arrival
Complimentary pick up at the airport
Amenities available at extra cost include: Cook / Transportation / Car rental / Sightseeing
“Cragmere is superbly situated…walk in the front door and see straight through to white balustrades framing a spectacular ocean view of azure and turquoise. Wake in the morning from refreshing sleep on crisp linens, open your door to the fresh breeze and go straight to the crystal clear infinity pool, a few steps away, where you swim with the ocean at your fingertips. What a lovely vacation! The service staff is exceptionally kind, efficient and discreet; Hilda will cook you a fabulous meal with local specialties like flying fish, and Maurva, the manager, will see to your every need like magic. The spectacular Crane Hotel beach is a couple of minutes away…and by the way, the villa’s big kitchen is furnished with top-of-the-line appliances and equipment. Cooking was so enjoyable! Barbados is so welcoming, and Cragmere will make you feel so at ease and so happy to be alive in that beautiful place”
Michele Landsberg, award-winning Canadian Journalist
Jeanne Beker testimonial for luxury villa in Barbados“What glamour! From the second I arrived, I was floored by the beauty and drama of this intoxicating property. Besides the fact that the villa is situated on an unspeakably exquisite piece of this brilliant island, the layout of the house and its elegant decor put me in a fabulously relaxed frame-of-mind, as though I’d finally been able to realize one of my wildest, most decadent fantasies… as though I’d finally come home to a place of luxurious peace and ultimate inspiration. This villa experience definitely put a big dollop of high style into my life!”
Jeanne Beker, Canadian Television Fashion Celebrity
Evan Rogers“There is something incredibly magical about Windermere – from the moment you arrive and see the amazing ocean view, you feel like you have stepped into another world. I love the constant trade winds, and the villa has great spots to chill and enjoy them. I wish I could bottle the time I spent there.”
Evan Rogers, Grammy Nominated record producer and song writer who initially discovered and signed Rhianna
Amanda Lang testimonial for luxury villa in Barbados“Our stay at Windermere couldn’t have been better. The house is set in the most idyllic of locations, completely private with a spectacular ocean view yet within easy walking to the busy and fun Crane Hotel complex as well as local restaurants we came to know well. Windermere itself is enchanting, beautifully designed and appointed, and obviously carefully maintained. We were also very well looked after by the house manager, Carolyn, who took care of everything from groceries in advance of our arrival, to picking us up at and dropping us back to the airport. We ate in several times thanks to the house cook, who came at our request and served us delicious fare. I can’t recommend Windermere highly enough for any traveller who is discerning, appreciates privacy but wants the option of exploring as well. Thank you for making our vacation so memorable! We are counting the days til we are back.”
Amanda Lang, CBC News- Lang & O’Leary Exchange
Arlene Dickinson on Crane Villas luxury vacation property in Barbados“This truly unique property is a place of stunning natural beauty with breathtaking oceanviews. The staff were incredibly friendly and the accomodation was spacious and luxurious. Totally delightful, home away from home, will definitely return.”
Arlene Dickenson, CBC’s Dragons Den
This beautiful story was sent to us from friends who have been visiting Barbados and the Crane Beach for numerous years, we wanted to share it…
“We wanted to share our reasons for the love of Barbados and it’s people.
Our first visit to Barbados was in the early seventies, when we rented a Villa at Sunset Crest.Two return visits to the same area. We were then, invited by my cousin Dora Flynn to spend three different times with her in Cattlewash. Each year, Dora spent six months in Cattlewash, and 6 months , at her home in New Brunswick, spanning a period of 25- 30 years. She truly loved this Island and made a study of it’s history. Cattlewash has now become our little bit of Heaven, and we have enjoyed bringing, and introducing special friends to the Island we love. We jokingly tell our local friends to keep the East Coast secret.
Over and above our need to leave Nova Scotia during the Feb/March cold period, and to come to the perfect climate, it’s the friendliness of the people, that is the magnet that brings us back.
There would be too many incidents and happenings during our frequent stays that reflect the kindness and warmth of the people. However we must make mention of a few.
During a church service in Bathsheba, it was common for an extended hand from behind to find the right page in our the prayer book.
– The school uniforms, bright,shining faces and obvious good manners.
– The forgiveness for making a wrong turn once it was noticed we drive a Hire car.
– Cheapside market shopping for figs. None to be had at any stall until one vendor who had purchased some for herself, told her husband to sell them to my wife at the same price she paid for them , rather than to make a profit.
– One final loving memory, was years ago while traveling on a bus with school children, an older sister had the hand of her younger sister as they passed by our seat. The younger girl, (4 years old) accidentally rubbed my wife’s leg. The older girl brought her back saying to her ” mind your (URL HIDDEN) which the child said”excuse me”. How delightfully refreshing is that!!
The overall courtesy shown to each other on the busses was obvious. For example, the younger standing to give the elders a seat.
Historically we Nova Scotians, have in trade sent lumber and salt cod, taking back rum and molasses.We think today that we have gotten the better trade! Mount Gay rum is second to none!!!” Guest Accessfull access to private 44 foot infinity pool, gazebo and 2000 sq ft marble terrace area
Where would we fly into and how far is it from the villa? Bridgetown, Barbados & the villa is a short 7 min drive
Is it best to rent a vehicle? This is not necessary as most activity operators offer complimentary pick up at villa but it is nice way to explore island
Would we have full access to Crane's Beach? Yes you access by walking through crane resort next door - if you buy meal, groceries etc- about 5-7 min walk or around resort about 15 min walk
Do you have to rent chairs etc at Crane's and is it open to the public? Crane resort pools are for crane members only but you can rent chairs / umbrella Crane beach - around $30-40 US / day for double
Are there boogie boards, long boards or Kayak's that come with the house? Yes a few boogie boards
Can you easily walk to Crane's beach from the house? Yes it's next door through crane resort if you buy meal or shop for example
Where is the closest place to buy groceries? Next door at Crane resort
Can you recommend any nearby restaurants or places to buy local fish? The Crane Resort next door has 5 great restaurants including italian, thai, Japanese - many of which are award winning. Cutters is also about a 5 min drive and they have great breakfast and rum punch.
Oistens is a grat place to buy fresh fish. About 15 min drive. They also have fish fry on Fridays which is popular
Is there any beach at hightide(at the residence)? There is a private beach about 6 months of the year in front of the villa- it all depends on how high the tide is however. Interaction with Gueststhe owners will not be present and daily maid service is included The NeighborhoodVery safe neighourhood and the next to the world famous crane beach. The west coast has a nice breeze which makes it not too hot. Also close to a lot of activities, restauraLocated on the Southeast coast of Barbados, within walking distance to the Crane Resort, Cutters Deli and Foul Bay. The Crane Resort is world famous for their cuisine, duty free shopping and their beach has been ranked number one in the world. Cutters Deli is an English style delicatessen. Emerald City, the local American style supermarket, is a ten minute drive from the villa. The airport is also a short ten minute drive from the villa.
Carolyn who is onsite in Barbados can help arrange for a pick up at the airport and other logistical details that you may require.
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Things to do in Barbados
Shopping in Barbados
Next door at the Crane Resort there is a General Store which supplies groceries, wine and other travel essentials. There is also a large duty free store which sells a wide assortment of souvenirs, liquor, books, fine jewelry and watches. Every Saturday there is the Brighton Farmer’s Market which is about a 10 minute drive and is a great place to buy local souvenirs and food. About a half hour drive, takes you to Bridgetown which is the island’s capital and also a popular shopping destination.
Restaurants near Crane Beach Barbados
There are 5 award winning restaurants next door at the Crane Resort which offer a variety of cuisines including Thai, Japanese, Italian and Contemporary Caribbean. Zen, at the Crane Resort is a Japanese and Thai food restaurant has been rated #1 by Zagat magazine in 2009-2010. Also very popular is L’Azure restaurant next door which has breathtaking views of the Crane Beach and is well known for it’s weekend buffets and Sunday choir service. A four block walk takes you to Cutters, an English style Deli with sandwiches, pizza, as well as food and beverages. Or if you prefer, we can arrange for a chef to cook a meal for you at the villa which costs $50 per meal plus the cost of groceries.
There are a wide variety of catamaran cruises on the island that are a great way to snorkel over shipwrecks and swim with the turtles and fish. They typically include buffet style meals, drinks and free transportation to and from the villas. The best sailing is off the west and south coast. Some of the reputed companies that offer half and full day excursions are Cool Runnings, Tiami and Silver Moon. For the more adventurous, there is also the Jolly Roger which has more of a party atmosphere.
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There are a wide range of water activities on the island including big game fishing, jet skiing, sailing, surfing and kite surfing. Intro lessons are also offered for surfing and kite surfing. Some of the best surfing can be found on the east coast, although the waves can be pretty rough.
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Barbados Golf Club, situated just 15 minutes away. For more information, visit the Barbados Golf Club website. There are also a number of very luxurious golf courses such as Sandy Lane, where Tiger Woods is known to have frequented.
Festivals in Barbados
Every year in August the island hosts a popular crop over festival. Originally a celebration signalling the end of the yearly sugar cane harvest, it has since evolved into Barbados’ biggest national festival similar to “Caribbean Carnival” Carnival, “Brazilian Carnival” Brazil and “Trinidad Carnival” Trinidad.
Cricket is one of the most popular sports on the island, along with horse racing and polo. Barbados is one of the few places in the world where you can actually watch polo matches without a cover charge.
Explore Barbados’ rich heritage in one of its history museums and also see the famous concord airplane which has its own museum next to the airport.
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Ocean Park is an aquarium and marine adventure park and makes for a great family day out. Scattered throughout the park are 26 displays of tropical fish from around the world. Visit the Oceanpark website.
Oistens is the islands main fishing port and has a long history since 1652. The village is well worth a visit as it has many interesting historic buildings that are now protected. Visitors can also watch the bright and colorful fishing boats return at the end of the day to unload their catch. On Fridays there is a popular event called Oistens fish fry where you can listen to music, shop and have dinner.
Founded in 1628, Bridgetown offers a fascinating combination of the old and the new. The town offers a variety of shopping and restaurants and is about a 30-minute drive. The town center is compact and any walking tour typically starts in the National Heroes Square with its statue of Lord Nelson. Adjacent is the colourful Careen-age, where in the early days ships would be careened.
Visitors can take a journey out to the Atlantis 11, the worlds first recreational submarine which dives to 130 ft. Organized by Atlantis Adventures, the underwater trip over reefs and shipwrecks lasts almost an hour.
Many operators such as Adventure 4*4, Outback and Island Safari offer road tours in specially equipped, four-wheel vehicles. The tours take visitors to parts of the island that they may not have visited on their own and include a lunch or a dip in the ocean. Knowledgeable guides also help to make the trip more enjoyable.
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Scuba diving in Barbados
The shallow, warm, clear waters, pristine reefs with a plethora of marine life and many shipwrecks make Barbados a world class diving destination suitable for all levels of experience. Carlisle Bay on the west coast, is one of the most popular sites because of the many shipwrecks but it also has caves, deep drop offs for the more adventurous. It is estimated that since 1666 over 200 ships have been found offshore. Popular destinations include Bright Ledge, Clarkes Reef, Fisherman’s reef and Speightstown Reef. There are several companies which offer certification, equipment rental and diving tours.
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Mount Gay Rum tour
Barbados is famous for its rum and one of the prominent rum companies Mount Gay offers tours of its facilities. This tour is a great way to get to know the history of rum production on the island and to sample their beverages. Transportation and lunch are typically included.
Fishing in Barbados
There is great deep sea fishing in Barbados. The best fishing is off the north and south coasts. Blue marlin, yellow-fin tuna and wahoo are commonly caught. There are many half or full day charters available. Cannon Charters, IOU Charters and Blue Marlin Barbados are a few.
Glass Bottom Boats
For those who are not such good swimmers, glass bottom boats are a great way to explore the underwater reefs and marine life. Many companies offer glass bottom boat tours with complimentary pick up at your accommodation.
Guided walks in Barbados
There are many trails and a number of companies that offer guided walks around the island.
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Nightlife in Barbados
St Lawrence gap, about a 15-20 minute drive is a popular street which features a wide variety of restaurants and bars, many of which offer ‘after beach happy hours’ for drinks, typically 4pm -6pm. You can also see dinner shows at Harbour lights on Monday and Wednesdays and stay for the after party which includes unlimited drinks. Fridays and Saturdays are also popular disco nights at Harbour lights. There is also bar 1887 which is located next door at the crane resort which is open until 12 pm and sometimes features live music. Getting Aroundyou can rent a car or take taxis. Most of the activity operators i.e. catamaran cruises offer free pick up at the villa. Other Things to NoteAbout Barbados
Voted #1 destination in Carribbean by Expedia in 2016!
A small island with a big personality
Steeped in history, culture and tradition the island exudes a natural charm which is uniquely Bajan. Many visitors are often pleasantly surprised to see the ease with which the new fits almost effortlessly with the old – modern facilities seem at home in sleepy villages.
Each of Barbados’ eleven parishes has a different trait to offer. From the picturesque, limestone hills in St. Andrew to the action packed night life in Christ Church, vacationers can find something to satisfy their desires. What’s more, Barbados is one of the most developed islands in the region and easily caters to business travellers.
Caribbean islands are known for the sea, sun and sand, but what Barbados offers goes way beyond the physical – it is an experience that touches the heart and soul. Barbados is an island filled with friendly smiles, pulsating rhythmic vibes, contrasting coasts and of course, world-famous rums.
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Quick facts about Barbados
Size & Location:
Barbados is 166 square miles, divided into 11 parishes.
With over 3,000 hours of sunshine yearly, the weather is almost always sunny and warm, cooled by the constant northeast trade winds. The average daytime temperature ranges between 84-88 degrees Fahrenheit (29-31 degrees Celsius). Summer temperatures rarely exceed 90 degrees Fahrenheit (32 degrees Celsius).
English, although the Bajan dialect can be heard all around the island.
Four (4) hours behind GMT in the winter and five (5) hours in the summer. One (1) hour ahead of US and Canada Eastern Standard Time (EST) in the winter and the same during US Daylight Saving Time.
115/230 volts 50 cycle. Many hotels provide converters for European or Asian appliances. North American appliances will not need converters.
Outfit yourself for the warm tropical climate: shorts, t-shirts, wraps and sundresses would be your best bet for daytime wear and “elegantly casual” wear for evenings. Bear in mind that swimwear should be kept for the beach and suitable attire should be worn when going shopping or dining out.
Shops in Bridgetown are open Monday to Friday from 8:30am-4:30pm and 8:30am-1:00pm on Saturdays. Malls, out-of-town shops and boutiques usually open from 9:00am-5:00pm (Mon-Fri) and 9:00am-2:00pm on Saturdays. Most shops are closed on Sundays, although some supermarkets and convenience stores remain open.
Barbados has a modern telecommunications infrastructure with the latest in digital technology and fiber optics systems including international direct dialing, facsimile transfer and satellite telecommunications which allows for the efficient transmission of electronic data. Internet and e-mail services, as well as express mail and courier delivery, are also available. The International direct distance dialing code for Barbados is (1-246), followed by a seven digit local number.
Driving in Barbados is on the left side of the road and the majority of vehicles are “right hand drive.” The island has an extensive road network of about 1,475 km of paved roads. A highway links the north and the south of the island. There are a number of ways to get around the island by hired car, taxis and buses; all are safe, reliable and convenient.