Sandpiper Hotel - Barbados
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History

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.

Location

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.

Policies

Minimum Stay Requirements

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

December

20 December 2020 – 06 January 2021  10 nights
For guests departing on or before 27th December there is no minimum stay requirement.

February

01 – 28 February 2021 5 nights

November

22 – 29 November 2020 5 nights
22 – 29 November 2021  5 nights

Child Policy

The Sandpiper welcomes families.  Children under 12 years however cannot be accommodated during the following period:
20 January – 28 February 2021

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 Cocktail Lounge after 7.00 p.m.

Closure Dates

The Sandpiper is presently closed and will re-open on 3rd October 2020.  The hotel will close for annual refurbishment and staff holidays between 21 August – 02 October 2021.

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.

Flexibility Booking Policy

Should you need to cancel a reservation already booked or booked up to 31 October 2020, for travel up to 21 August 2021, we can hold your deposit towards a future stay, once the stay is taken by 21 August 2022.  Should you wish a refund, we will arrange this.

Cancellation Notice Period

We will waive any notice period of cancellation.
No Shows 100% penalty will apply.

Agreement to Hold Rates

For reservations already booked or booked with us up to 31 October 2020 that must be postponed, we will hold the quoted rate for re-bookings up to 21 August 2022, during the same rate period.  For example, if you postpone a reservation for June 2020, you may visit during the period 17 April – 26 October 2021, 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 June 2020 offer would only be applicable in June 2021 or June 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.  We suggest our guests take out insurance.

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.

Guest Reviews

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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