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 fellow Director and General Manager, Russell Croney, 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:


20 December 2021 – 05 January 2022 10 nights

For guests departing on or before 27th December there is no minimum stay requirement.
Shorter stays for Luxury Plantation Suites may be requested.


01 – 28 February 2022 7 nights


22 – 29 November 2021 5 nights
22 – 29 November 2022 5 nights

Child Policy

Children are welcome year-round.  No children under 5 years of age allowed in the restaurant or lounge after 7.00 p.m. Children under 16 years cannot occupy a room alone (with the exception of communicating rooms) Children under 5 years of age are not allowed in the restaurant or lounge after 7.00 p.m.

Closure Dates

The hotel will not close in 2021, however it will close for annual refurbishment and staff holidays during the period 20 August – 01 October 2022.

Dress Code

Our dress code is elegantly casual.  At breakfast and lunch, we ask that ladies wear cover-ups in the Restaurant and gentlemen wear short sleeves and no hats.  After 7.00 p.m. gentlemen are required to wear long trousers in the Restaurant and Cocktail Lounge.   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.

Cancellation and No Show Policy

Cancellations due to specific COVID-19 related reasons (proven positive tests in family/lockdown) we will waive any notice period of cancellation.

For cancellations due to non-COVID-19 related reasons we will revert to our regular cancellation policy which is:

Cancellations within 30 days of arrival, 50% of the total room rate will be held.
In the case of early check outs, 50% of the remaining stay will be applied.
Deposits can be held towards a future stay and should you be entitled to have the cancellation policy waived, we can hold your deposit towards a future stay.
No Shows 100% penalty will apply.  Therefore the remaining 50% room rate will be charged to your credit card.

Agreement to Hold Rates

For reservations that must be postponed, we will hold the quoted rate for re-bookings up to 01 April 2022, during the same rate period.  For example, if you postpone a reservation for March 2021, you may visit during the rate period 05 January – 01 April 2022, at the same rate.  If you wish to re-book outside of the same rate/time period, then the regular 2021/22 rates will apply.

Special Offers

Any special offer on the cancelled booking would only be applicable to the original offer rate/time period, subject to availability.  For example, a May 2021 offer would only be applicable in May 2022.

Deposit Policy

For confirmation of bookings, an advance deposit of 50% of the booking is required.  This can be paid by Wire Transfer, Credit Card or International Debit Card.

COVID-19 Travel Insurance

We recommend you take out travel insurance to include COVID-19 coverage.

We will review these policies periodically and will advise in advance of any change.

COVID-19 Hotel Disclaimer

The following indemnifying paragraph is part of all guests’ reservation contract with The Sandpiper.

I acknowledge that COVID-19 is a highly contagious disease and can result in serious illness, injury and death and I accept that there is an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 anywhere people are, or have been, present. I further agree that, save and except for where I can prove that I have contracted COVID-19 as a result of a particular negligent act or particular negligent omission of The Sandpiper, I will release, indemnify and hold harmless The Sandpiper, and their respective parent corporations, affiliates, subsidiaries, insurers, directors, officers, employees, successors, assigns, servants, agents and representatives, against any claims and/or damages whatsoever, including legal fees relating to any infection, transmission, health condition influenced or impacted, or complication by COVID-19.

Guest Reviews

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 - 07/01/2021

Just a few lines to let you know myself and my family enjoyed a wonderful week at your hotel on the 27th July 2019. We genuinely couldn’t fault anything relative to our week-long stay, the hotel itself being excellent as was the food and your staff were exemplary, from reception to the restaurant to the water sports.

- Mr Andrew Gunn & Family - 07/27/2019

Well all I will say is, this is the greatest hotel in the world. The staff are truly legendary, all of them, the management team are beyond exceptional, the setting is second to none, the highest compliment I can pay The Sandpiper, is that when you arrive it is like coming home , #goandyoullknow

- Martin Birkbeck - 11/16/2017

The whole holiday was first class and we enjoyed our stay enormously. Thank you to you and your staff for making our stay such a wonderful experience.  Hope to see you again in the not too distant future.

- David Murch - 05/03/2019

Have you ever been disappointed by a holiday? Well, I promise you if you go to The Sandpiper Barbados you won’t be! Wonderful location, the most charming and attentive staff everyone wants to go the extra mile to make the holiday fab. We have one complaint, we were not there for long enough!

- Patricia Williamson - 12/10/2016

I can’t thank you all enough for making my birthday stay at The Sandpiper so unforgettable. It was such a surprise to see Bertie there on our arrival and thank you for fitting us all in. We had the most brilliant time – everything was perfect and I’m dying to come back. Also thank you very much for my birthday present – very kind of you. Hope to see you soon! Regards Amanda

- Amanda Scott-Hopkins - 03/05/2015
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