This past weekend I had the pleasure of visiting Barbados.
A short 35 minute flight from Trinidad, Barbados also known as Little England features gorgeous beaches, delicious food (flying fish is a must) and a laid back island lifestyle.
The capital of the island Bridgetown is reminiscent of the colonial days with most of its buildings intact; retrofitted for the amenities of modern day living.
My stay on the island was rather short and I had very little time to explore - partly due to rainy days, but I did get to lust over the breathtaking views of the cliffs and beaches on the south-eastern side of the island known as The Crane.
I also got chance to pick up a piece of local pottery by Earthworks Pottery, one the most recognized art studios in the Caribbean, producing locally made Bajan products. They offer a huge selection of red clay ceramic pieces ranging from tableware to decor but I opted to pick up a simple olive tray which features their "Blue with White Wave on Watermelon" design.
Where did I stay? The Crane Resort
Perched on a cliff overlooking the beach, overall, it is an absolutely stunning hotel.
Upon entering the property, you are greeted with a village-like courtyard conveniently called The Village which has a general store, ice cream store, art gallery and a souvenir/retail store.
The gardens were lush and well manicured. There was a koi pond beneath a bridge and I was even lucky enough to see three monkeys playing in the trees during one of my morning walks.
The 750 sq. ft. plantation style suite was spacious and comfortable. The walls and floors were covered in travertine, ceiling covered in white-washed wood while the windows featured plantation shutters instead of traditional drapery.
The dark wooden furniture was simple yet elegant. There was a grand four poster bed with a traditionally styled TV armoire. The sitting area featured a white love seat with oriental-style tables as well as a charming dining nook on the adjacent wall.
The layout of the room was my favourite part as it was well thought out - there were many zones and components within the space but it will came together in a very transparent way - The recipe for great design!