Sandpiper Hotel - Barbados
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HistoryThe O'Hara and Capaldi Family

The Sandpiper was built in 1970 by Budge and Cynthia O’Hara, who had come to Barbados from England, in the 1950s, spending their honeymoon on a passenger cargo ship. Budge came to be General Manager of Coral Reef Club for three years, and they loved the island and the people so much that they made this their home, having three children in Barbados and devoting their lives to the hotel business. They had two sons, Patrick and Mark, and a daughter, Karen, who spent happy childhood years growing up in these beautiful surroundings and more time in the water than out!  They went on to be educated in the UK and, one by one, returned not only to the island, but to the family business, with their spouses. There are eight grandchildren who are young adults now, making their own way in different fields.

Patrick and Mark, along with their spouses and sister Karen, run Coral Reef Club, whilst Karen also is involved at The Sandpiper. Her husband, Wayne Capaldi, and General Manager, Ken Flockhart, run The Sandpiper.

Budge died in 1995, leaving behind a tremendous legacy. The younger generation forged ahead with their ambitious plans, rebuilding much of hotel and bringing it into the 21st century, all the while preserving the personal service and family atmosphere for which the property was renowned.  With an exceptionally high rate of repeat guests the family continues to strive to maintain all that makes the property special.


Located in beautiful tropical gardens and set in the middle of a large bay on the beautiful West Coast beach, The Sandpiper is set in a pretty white sandy cove.  Just a 2 minute drive or 5 minute walk from historic Holetown with local restaurants, boutiques and supermarket.  Located in the middle of the West Coast, The Sandpiper is at most 15 minutes’ drive from all of the best restaurants and beach bars in the area.


Minimum Stay Requirements

There are minimum night requirements for stays within or overlapping the following periods:


01 – 29 February 2024 7 nights
01 – 28 February 2025 7 nights


19 – 23 June 2024 5 nights
28 – 30 June 2024 3 nights


23 – 30 November 2024 7 nights
22 – 29 November 2025 7 nights


20 December 2024 – 08 January 2025 10 nights

However for guests departing the hotel on or before the 27th December there is no minimum stay requirement.

Child Policy

Children are welcome year-round. Children under 16 years cannot occupy a room alone (not applicable to interconnecting rooms). Children under 5 years of age are not allowed in the restaurant or lounge after 7.00 p.m. The Lap Pool is unsupervised by staff. Children under 12 are not allowed from 9.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m.

Closure Dates

The hotel will close for annual refurbishment and staff holidays during the period 23 August 2024 – 08 October 2024 and 23 August 2025 – 08 October 2025.

Dress Code

In the Restaurant, our dress code is elegantly casual. At breakfast and lunch, we ask that ladies wear cover-ups and gentlemen wear a shirt. After 7.00 p.m. gentlemen are required to wear long trousers in the Restaurant but may wear tailored shorts in the Cocktail Lounge. There is no formal dress code at Harold’s. On New Year’s Eve the dress code is smart.


Room Rate Levy

There is a Government Room Rate Levy of US $17.68 (Bds. $35.00) daily.  The levy is paid locally prior to departure and appears as a nightly charge on your account.

Standard Cancellation Policy

We recommend that our guests take out insurance against cancellation fees which are follows:

9 January 2024 – 15 December 2024
9 January 2025 – 14 December 2025
For cancellations within 30 days of arrival a charge of 50% of the total room rate will be charged. In the case of early checkouts 50% of the remaining stay will be applied.

15 December 2024 – 08 January 2025

For cancellations within 30 days of arrival 100% of the total room rate will be charged.  In the case of early check outs 100% of the remaining stay will be applied.

No Show Policy

No Shows 100% penalty will apply.  Therefore, the remaining 50% room rate will be charged to your credit card.

Deposit Policy

For confirmation of bookings:
1 to 3 nights: full payment is required.
4+ nights : 50% of payment is required.

This can be paid by Wire Transfer, Credit Card or International Debit Card.

Guest Reviews

We have returned home to New York and both Susan and I want to thank you sincerely for the wonderful time we had at The Sandpiper. From our first interaction with Kay in reservations, the experience was top notch. The staff, property, meals and entertainment were all outstanding. Your attention to detail and warm welcome was much appreciated. This was our first time staying at The Sandpiper, but it most certainly we will not be our last, Susan is already trying to find a time for us to return!

Many thanks once again for making our 35th Anniversary holiday special.

- Mr and Mrs. Kaye

We are now back at home and while it is fresh in my mind, I wanted to write to say what a truly amazing time we had – I honestly wasn’t expecting it to be that good but it was, it exceeded out expectations. I think it helped that the other visitors were so nice too.  It’s impossible to single people out as EVERYONE is so great and I 100% mean that… but I wanted to give a special shout out to the restaurant and staff. It’s annoying as I can’t remember all the names, they all had such attention to detail and us I can see why you get repeat visitors, Eulene, Tina, Kyle, Mario, Curtis, Dillon, Wayne, Gavin, Destiny, Olivia and Jurnell, ooh and the other supervisor – I know I will kick myself for not mentioning others.  Those bakes!!! The chef – such a treat – all of them.  Evening meals just wonderful!!…. Keep doing what you’re doing guys, it’s top class stuff.  Colin on reception when you come in…he was so nice and ALL the receptionists was so fab too.
Loved the Garden Tour too.

- Mr and Mrs Sharpe

A very big thank you for your part in making our holiday so enjoyable. You really do run a wonderful hotel, set in a lovely part of the Island with wonderful relaxed, helpful and fun staff. We look forward to returning for many future holidays. All the very best.

- Mr and Mrs. Beard

Natalie and I have safely returned back to London and still can’t comprehend that we’re back. We miss our time with you all so much!

It’s hard for me to even write this email, as I can still imagine myself in The Sandpiper taking in the lovely weather, amazing hospitality and such kind and loving people around us. We are so grateful for our incredible time in Barbados and celebrating our Honeymoon with you and the team has meant so much to us. I really hope we can come back again in the future and make more memories in The amazing Sandpiper. It was such a pleasure meeting you and we hope to see you again soon. Send our love and thanks to all the staff at the hotel.


- Ben and Natalie Robles-Acosta

We just wanted to thank you for making our first visit to The Sandpiper so special. Our last week in Sandollar has been wonderful have a great team of people here who are always willing to help …a special thank you to the “ramp maker “. It would be really hard to single out one member of staff as so many are worthy of a mention.

- Judi & Phil Bainbridge

Heartfelt thanks for accommodating my wife and I at short notice to the lovely environs of The Sandpiper. We urgently needed some rest and relaxation and the combination of your exceptional service, fantastic views and accommodation were incredible. My wife has reminded me to make special mention of the food which she has officially labelled as “the best” she has had on the island. We were also very fortunate to be present for the return of the buffet after a prolonged period. The family and inviting energy that surrounds The Sandpiper experience is certainly one that I am sure many hotels strive for and has already encouraged us to be a more permanent fixture. As Barbadians we value the service, the people and certainly the opportunities you provide for a great cohort of staff and wish you all the success possible throughout this difficult period for your industry.

- Mr and Mrs. Broome-Webster
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