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Carbis Bay

Carbis Bay Hotel

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Why We Love It

  • This boutique hotel overlooks its own Blue Flag beach
  • The luxury spa boasts a Good Spa Guide 5-bubble rating, and the hotel holds a VisitEngland Silver Award
  • There's a heated outdoor pool, a sauna and a champagne bar
  • You can dine on fresh seafood caught by local fishing boats at the 2-AA-Rosette restaurant

"The view over sand and sea is breathtaking" -- The AA Restaurant Guide 2018
Enjoyed This
(492 Member Ratings)
"The setting was amazing and the main reason for booking it. The hotel reception staff where perfect as where the staff in the spa and couldn't be more helpful. The service and atmospherre in the restaurant wasn't great and the quality of the food was mixed."
Nov 12, 2018
Bristol, United Kingdom

Map & Directions

Parking is free. The A30 is a 5-minute drive away, and Carbis Bay railway station is a 5-minute walk from the hotel, with links to Plymouth, Bristol and London Paddington.

Rooms & Rates

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Carbis Bay Hotel was built in 1894, on a hillside overlooking its own white-sand Blue Flag beach (there is construction taking place, on the far end of the beach). The hotel was the inspiration for The Sands Hotel in the novels of Rosamunde Pilcher, and Virginia Woolf -- a former guest -- is said to have used Godrevy Lighthouse across the bay as her inspiration for To the Lighthouse.

Facilities within the "handsome 125-acre estate" (The Daily Telegraph) include the award-winning C Bay Spa, which boasts a heated outdoor pool, a hydrotherapy pool, a sauna pod and a Ruinart champagne bar. There is also an accredited watersports centre, where you can hire canoes and paddleboards for an extra cost.

The fine-dining Sands Restaurant serves seafood that arrives daily from fishing boats in St Ives, and you can sip a cocktail, cognac or champagne at the bar, and watch the sun set over the sea. The Beach Club Restaurant and The Conservatory both serve lighter bites in a more casual environment.

St Ives -- a "pretty jumble of slate roofs, church towers and turquoise bays" (Lonely Planet), that is home to Tate St Ives and the Barbara Hepworth Museum, is 20 minutes away by bus. You can also walk into town in about 30 minutes along the South West Coast Path, which runs past the hotel. Godrevy Lighthouse, St Michael's Mount and Penzance are all within 25 minutes' drive. Wi-Fi is free.

Click here to see our list of 101 Things to Do in Cornwall.

From the press:

  • "Scenically perched just above its own sandy Blue Flag beach outside St Ives, Carbis Bay's position is truly stunning" -- The Daily Telegraph

  • "There aren't many spas in the UK where you can sit in a sauna and watch a pod of dolphins swim across a bay, but this is one of them" -- The Good Spa Guide



  • Infant cots / cribs
  • Bar
  • Newspaper / magazines
  • Extra beds / roll away beds
  • Hot Tub / Jacuzzi
  • Outdoor pool
  • Private beach
  • Restaurant
  • Roof terrace
  • Sauna / Steam Room
  • Nightlife / entertainment
  • No pets allowed
  • Spa


  • 24-hour front desk
  • 24-hour room service
  • 24-hour security
  • Beauty treatments / massages (fees apply)
  • Concierge service
  • Express check-in / checkout
  • Laundry / dry cleaning
  • Safe in reception (fees apply)
  • Baby-sitting service (fees apply)

Room amenities

  • Central heating
  • Coffee / tea-making facilities
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Outdoor space for some rooms
  • Sitting area
  • DVD / CD player & library
  • Flatscreen TV


  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the hotel


  • Bathrobes and slippers
  • Hair-dryer
  • Luxury toiletries
  • Bathtub or shower


  • Complimentary parking
  • Off-street parking
  • Public car park (fees apply)


  • Accessible bathroom in some rooms
  • Accessible meeting room
  • Accessible parking
  • Accessible path of travel
  • Accessible pool area
  • Accessible restaurant
  • Accessible spa
  • Facilities for guests with special needs
  • Roll-in shower
  • Wheelchair accessible


Check-in: Standard Time is 3pm.

Minimum age required to check in: 18.

Checkout: Standard Time is 11am.

Children and additional guests: There is no extra bed available.

Pets: No pets allowed.

Cancellation: Cancellation policy & booking conditions vary by 'rate plan'. These will be displayed on the payment page after you have searched for your dates and selected a rate.

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Customer service available Monday - Friday 9am - 6pm GMT + 8.

Rates may vary by date, are subject to availability and are not guaranteed until your purchase is complete.

Please note: Some amenities and services may not be available in all rooms or may incur an additional charge. All prices stated have been verified at the time of publication and may vary at the discretion of the hotel.

Enjoyed This
(492 Member Ratings)
Ratings & reviews reflect verified member feedback for Carbis Bay Hotel over the past 15 months.
4.4 Ambiance
4.8 Location
4.1 Rooms
4.6 Quality of Service
4.3 Value for the Money
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Enjoyed Most
The setting was amazing and the main reason for booking it. The hotel reception staff where perfect as where the staff in the spa and couldn't be more helpful. The service and atmospherre in the restaurant wasn't great and the quality of the food was mixed.
Other Comments
The superior room was pretty small, although nicely presented. The bathroom was tiny and impossible to enjoy being in.
Marcus Nov 12, 2018 Bristol, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The breakfast was to die for
Other Comments
The service wasn't as good as it should have been. But everything else was spot on
Thea Nov 12, 2018 Saint Agnes, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Location & food which was excellent
Other Comments
Wonderful hotel everything was first class only one issue, our "superior" room was small.
Michael Nov 11, 2018 Leeds, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Relaxed atmosphere, efficient and friendly staff, modern, light and airy bedrooms with comfortable bed, good quality furnishings throughout the hotel, clean and immaculate in all areas. Excellent food and wine.
Other Comments
We’ve stayed at the Carbis Bay hotel many, many times over the years. Its an exceptionally well run hotel with efficient and friendly staff. Even through there is a huge expansion of building work taking place at the front of the hotel, this did not spoil, in any way, our stay and would thoroughly recommend this hotel.
Carol Nov 10, 2018 Camborne, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The lovely staff. The delicious food. Very comfortable room.
Other Comments
Your staff are all very professional and helpful but are also very friendly and kind.
Carol Nov 09, 2018 Canterbury, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Location and dining
Rosalyn Nov 09, 2018 WokingWoking, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
very convenient for coast path and train station the hotel Beach restaurant excellent
Other Comments
VERY disappointed with Room situated in an annex overlooking the car park noisy at times due to building works
MR D Nov 07, 2018 Braunton, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Lovely friendly atmosphere
Ann Nov 07, 2018 Liftonvon, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Connie Nov 04, 2018 South Petherton, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Breakfast was fabulous
Judith Nov 04, 2018 Truro, United Kingdom

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