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Carbis Bay

Carbis Bay Hotel

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Why We Love This Hotel

  • This boutique hotel overlooks its own Blue Flag beach
  • The luxury spa has 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

"A beautifully situated hotel, literally, "on the beach". The hotel is elegantly-furnished, the food is well-prepared and varied. The staff are polite and, all in all, contribute to a memorable experience."
Sep 16, 2019 - Nantwich, United Kingdom
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Carbis Bay Hotel was built in 1894, and sits on a hillside above its own white-sand Blue Flag 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.

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. St Michael's Mount and Penzance are within 25 minutes' drive.

Facilities within the "handsome 125-acre estate" (The Daily Telegraph) include the award-winning C Bay Spa, which has 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 while watching the sun set over the sea. The Beach Club Restaurant and The Conservatory both serve lighter bites in a more casual environment. Wi-Fi is free throughout the hotel.

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  • 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: Extra beds are not available.
Crib/Pack 'n Play not 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.

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(553 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
4.2 Value for the Money
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Enjoyed Most
A beautifully situated hotel, literally, "on the beach". The hotel is elegantly-furnished, the food is well-prepared and varied. The staff are polite and, all in all, contribute to a memorable experience.
Christopher Sep 16, 2019 Nantwich, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Family run and couldn’t be more helpful and put every effort into making our stay enjoyable. Wonderful!
Catherine Sep 16, 2019 Plymouth, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Staff very helpful at all times. However if we were not on a dinner bed and breakfast booking I would not have been happy at the normal meal charges, quite expensive
Bernard Sep 15, 2019 Plymouth, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
We had a really lovely couple of days celebrating our 50th wedding anniversary. The plus with the hotel is that it is situated right on Carbis Bay beach which is stunning.
Other Comments
The staff were welcoming and the food and service in the conservatory and dining room was excellent.
Kenneth Sep 08, 2019 Plymouth, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Disappointing. Our garden view room was VERY small and looked out onto a roof with a few pots. Hardly anywhere to put luggage. Tea/coffee facilities were stored on a shelf in the wardrobe! You could not sit on the toilet without bruising your knees, the space was that tight. Consequently the toilet seat swivelled sideways every time you sat down. The dinner included was great, the location is wonderful, but awkward to get to, but not very good value overall considering how small the room was. Also, no lift, so a lot of older people were huffing and puffing on the stairs. No clear signage about how to get to the pool and spa.
Kathryn Sep 07, 2019 Roseville, NSW, Australia
Enjoyed Most
On the whole we enjoyed our stay at the Carbis Bay Hotel, the food was excellent and also the staff were efficient and very pleasant. The carparking is very tight and not really enough spaces. We did book a superior garden room but thought that this stretched the imagination somewhat. The main hotel could do with some tlc and we overlooked a small area of grass and the back of the spa. We could constantly hear an air conditioning unit all day and night so this was rather disappointing!
Patricia Sep 07, 2019 Southampton, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Excellent stay our room was next to the rail line and was not a problem for us but any one with small children and light sleepers it would be
Karen Sep 02, 2019 Dudley, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Beautiful grounds/rooms and the staff were extremely friendly and courteous
A Handasy Sep 02, 2019 Paignton, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Massive aspirations, sometimes lacking in execution
Chris Aug 31, 2019 York, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Just amazing, amazing food, amazing cocktails, amazing experience and we will definitely be back.
emily Aug 28, 2019 Sidmouth, United Kingdom

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