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 – 28 February 2023 7 nights
01 – 29 February 2024 7 nights


21 – 28 November 2023 5 nights
23 – 30 November 2024 7 nights


20 December 2023 – 08 January 2024 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 19 August 2023 – 30 September 2023 and 24 August 2024 – 5 October 2024.

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:

7 January 2023 – 14 December 2023
9 January 2024 – 15 December 2024
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 2023 – 08 January 2024

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 - 11/02/2022

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 - 10/30/2022

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 - 07/29/2022

Safely arrived back in Blighty, to wintery weather, snow, hail then glorious sunshine. Never a dull moment. Russell, what a fabulous hotel you run. All boxes are ticked to give your guests, which I know are mostly returners, a relaxing and indulgent week in Barbados. Your staff are so attentive in such a subtle way. They all love their job obviously as the same staff are seen year on year. Well done the team and its boss and a huge thank you.


My thanks and sincere best wishes

- Helen Walker - 03/31/2022

Bill and I wanted to write and say a big thanks to everyone at The Sandpiper for making our stay such a special experience. We last visited The Sandpiper four and a half years ago.  It was over Christmas / New Year 2016/17.  Since that time, we have been itching to get back. Well, we know why that itch remained over the years; indeed, this visit reinforced just how delightful The Sandpiper is and we now have a new itch to come back and visit again! The accommodation is ideally suited for us. The food and drink were a pleasure, and when the music played in the evening, even that much more a joy.  But what made the holiday for us was the care, professionalism and sheer warmth of The Sandpiper team. We are really so happy to write this to you, and send our thanks. Please ensure that Russell and all the team know how much impact everyone made on us. We will be back!!

- Mr and Mrs. Glass - 07/15/2021

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 - 07/01/2021

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 - 12/01/2021

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
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