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.
Minimum Stay Requirements
There are minimum night requirements for stays within or overlapping the following periods:
20 December 2019 – 06 January 2020 10 nights
20 December 2020 – 06 January 2021 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 – 29 February 2020 5 nights
01 – 28 February 2021 5 nights
22 – 29 November 2020 5 nights
22 – 29 November 2021 5 nights
Coral Reef Club welcomes families. Children under 12 years however, cannot be accommodated during the periods:
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 lounge after 7.00 p.m.
Coral Reef Club will close for annual refurbishment and staff holidays during the following dates:
22 August – 03 October 2020
21 August – 02 October 2021
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.
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 the dress code is smart. On New Year’s Eve black tie, jacket & tie or jacket & no tie are requested.
We require an advance deposit of 50% of the total room rate at the time of booking.
COVID-19 Cancellation Policy
If you are travelling between 16 March and 22 August 2020 and wish to cancel your booking, we will hold your deposit towards a future stay once the stay is taken by 21 August 2021. We ask that you re-book and travel within a year of cancelling. In the event that you wish to have a refund, we will arrange this.
For bookings that are postponed, we agree to hold rates and offers, for one year from the original date of arrival. We will hold the 2020 rate if you are re-booking for 2021 during the same rate period. For example, if you cancel a reservation for May 2020, you may visit during the period 17 April – 21 August 2021, at the same rate and offer as 2020. If you wish to re-book outside of the same period, then the regular 2021 rates will apply. This offer is for cancelled/postponed bookings only and not for new bookings made.
We will review this policy as time passes and will advise when we will revert back to our standard cancellation policy, shown below.
Standard Cancellation Policy
We recommend that our guests take out insurance against possible cancellation fees which are as follows:
Cancellations within 30 days of arrival a charge of 100% of the total room rate will be charged. In the case of early check outs 100% of the remaining stay will be applied for the following dates.
15 December 2020 – 05 January 2021
Cancellations within 30 days of arrival a charge of 50% of the total room rate will be charged. In the case of early check outs 50% of the remaining stay will be applied for the following dates.
06 January – 14 December 2020
06 January – 14 December 2021
No Show Policy
‘No show’ 100% penalty will apply. The remaining 50% room rate will be charged to guest’s credit card.
“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
“In the most luxurious way, Coral Reef Club is completely different than any hotel, resort, or self-accommodating property on the island. It’s more like a private plantation of fancy colonial cottages set among the most lush gardens you’ll ever see. The beach and restaurant were equally as elegant. I highly recommend Coral Reef Club for couples as it’s one of the most romantic properties I’ve ever visited.”- Joel Randell - 04/03/2017
“Another year about to end and sadly the culmination of our 3 week holiday at the infamous Coral Reef Club. The hotel with tasteful decorative additions and superb cuisine never failed to inspire. It’s staff are exemplary in every detail and a joy to have with you on your annual holiday at the “Club”. Ammi and I met, as we usually do some great friends who have all confirmed to “see you next year ” which says so much for the Jewel in the Caribbean Crown…….the Coral Reef Club. Heartfelt thanks for a truly great holiday and looking forward to seeing you all next year. Best as ever”- David & Ammi Westbrooke - 12/15/2015
“Many thanks to all the wonderful staff for making us feel so welcome. We love the hotel so much that we are looking forward to coming back for the third time next January. The food is excellent as are the cocktails.”- Sophie and Debbie Hayden - 02/07/2016