In the 1950s, Budge and Cynthia O’Hara set sail for Barbados from England, spending their honeymoon on a passenger cargo ship. Their plan was to spend 3 years there as Budge had been commissioned as general manager of Coral Reef Club, a fledgling hotel that was slowly being developed on 12 acres of beachfront property, with cottages and small coral stone buildings as its charming accommodations.
Budge took to the challenge with a real sense of adventure, bringing his charm and expertise to the task. Having managed one of the top luxury hotels in the UK in the 1950s, his experience in the industry was a solid platform on which to creatively develop a unique hotel. Cynthia applied her stylish flair to beautifying the property, decorating the accommodations, ensuring every arriving guest was greeted by fresh flowers in their room and creating a warm and welcoming environment for returning guests. They loved the island and Barbados became their home. Budge also gave much of his time to the hotel industry, becoming President of the Hotel Association, and sat on the board for many years. It was a very happy union, both between Budge and Cynthia and the O’Haras and Barbados, which has since spanned many decades.
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, Patrick married to Sharon, Mark to Maria, and Karen to Wayne Capaldi, who runs the sister hotel, The Sandpiper, built in 1970 by Budge and Cynthia. There are eight grandchildren who are young adults now, each making their own way in different fields.
Budge died in 1995, leaving behind a tremendous legacy. Very much part of the vision for the transformation of Coral Reef Club, it was special for the family to know how heartily he shared their enthusiasm for the future development of the property. 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.
Coral Reef Club is perfectly placed along the beautiful West Coast of Barbados, just a 15 minute walk from historic Holetown with its array of restaurants and boutiques, and a short drive from some popular beach bars. Lush gardens sweep through the hotel grounds to a white sandy beach, perfect both for sunbathing and for enjoying the welcome shade from of the casuarina trees. To learn more about our accommodation click here.
Minimum Stay Requirements
There are minimum night requirements for stays within or overlapping the following periods:
20 December 2022 – 07 January 2023 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
01 – 28 February 2023 7 nights
22 – 29 November 2022 5 nights
21 – 28 November 2023 5 nights
Children are welcome year round except 20 January – 28 February when children under the age of 12 are not accepted. 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.
The hotel will close for annual refurbishment and staff holidays during the period 20 August – 01 October 2022 and 19 August – 30 September 2023.
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. Shorts are permitted on The Reef Terrace only. On Christmas night and New Year’s Eve the dress code is Glamorous. Jackets are optional. To make a dinner reservation, please contact us here.
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 Conditions Related to COVID-19
Guests who need to cancel their stay due to international travel restrictions related to Covid-19 that make their holiday not possible, can choose to either postpone their stay to alternative dates within 12 months or if no suitable dates can be agreed upon are entitled to a full refund.
Standard Cancellation Policy
We recommend that our guests take out insurance against cancellation fees which are follows:
15 December 2022 – 07 January 2023
Cancellations within 30 days of arrival a charge of 100% of the total room rate will be charged year round. In the case of early checkouts 100% of the remaining stay will be applied.
07 January – 14 December 2023
Cancellations within 30 days of arrival a charge of 50% of the total room rate will be charged year round. In the case of early checkouts 50% 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.
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 Coral Reef Club.
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 Coral Reef Club, I will release, indemnify and hold harmless Coral Reef Club, 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.
We have just returned to UK from another fantastic stay at Coral Reef Club on the wonderful island of Barbados. Each time we return to the UK we are left with amazing memories of the hotel, set in the most exotic and gardens that flow all the way down to the perfect beach.
The rooms and cottages are just lovely to stay in with comfortable beds, crisp white linens and above all a large bathroom with a bath – which is a must for me. The housekeeping staff, go above and beyond, and do a wonderful job to keep all the rooms so perfect and they are very friendly. You can even get room service with good quality food; breakfast was my favourite.- Verena and Robert Aplin - 03/04/2022
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
“Find it difficult to find errors. Such a happy and friendly place. The family has created something very special”- Mr & Mrs Collins - 02/28/2020
“It is an experience to stay at The Coral Reef, like no other. the attention to detail, the grounds, the Bar and rooms, the pool and the beachfront location, the kind and smartly dressed helpful staff make you feel you are really on a great holiday with everything you can think of already thought out. The free water sports were great fun, and had us sailing, and kayaking. So a truly great restful holiday in a superb location.”- Mrs. Burwell - 01/31/2020
“Will most definitely be returning. I would also like to add how lovely we found the bar staff especially Sheldon and Mark and a new wine waiter Jason. We had most enjoyable evenings chatting to them in the bar.”- Mr & Mrs Neil Yorke - 01/31/2020
“Cannot wait to return. Every single employee we had the pleasure in meeting, is a total credit to the company”- Joanne Clutton - 01/31/2020
“We wanted to thank you for such a great holiday , we were very sad to leave yesterday. Every time we come to Coral Reef it’s just so memorable, comfortable and welcoming. You have a great team, so warm, helpful and friendly. The hotel is like home and we can’t wait to come back. Very best wishes and look forward to seeing you again in 2020”- Mandy Brooks Rose and Michael Rose - 05/20/2019
Gillian and I had a fabulous stay at your resort. The Pointsettia suite is spacious, comfortable and has a great view over the sea.
Your staff is friendly and attentive. Your restaurant is pleasant, breakfast very rich.
We will be back!- Gillian and Juerg Aenishaenslin - 10/24/2019