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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
(440 Member Ratings)
"Views Good food and drinks"
16. Oct 2018
Eastington, 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.

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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 Mon-Fri, 8am-6pm AET

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
(440 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
Views Good food and drinks
Ritu 16. Oct 2018 Eastington, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The location right next to the beach and spa facilities were great, staff were attentive and friendly
Other Comments
Had a great stay would definitely go back
Rachel 16. Oct 2018 Stoke-sub-Hamdon, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Stunning location Staff were lovely Comfortable bed
Other Comments
Lack of water in bathroom for whole duration of stay. Having to access spa from outside hotel. Very rushed dinner service..our booking was 830pm. We had dessert by 930pm Meal finished from start to finish in one hour
Andree 15. Oct 2018 Paignton, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
They upgraded us, which was nice. The staff were really lovely. Our three-course dinner was excellent and the breakfast menu is super.
Other Comments
We had an excellent three nights! Thoroughly enjoyable!
Gesche 15. Oct 2018 Paignton, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The friendliness of the staff Nothing too much trouble
Jill 12. Oct 2018 Wellington, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Spa is excellent
Angels 15. Oct 2018 Plymouth, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The sea view from our room and the quality of the food
Sandra 30. Sep 2018 ringwood, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Great location right on the glorious beach. Staff were very attentive and helpful.
Other Comments
We were only at the hotel for one night en route to the Isles of Scilly so not much time to explore. The only downside was the evening meal which consisted of mainly spicy food, including the soup, with almost no other choice. No good if just wanted 'normal' fare. Our main fish course, which was served at the table in what looked like 'boil in the bag' was also very spicy so not overly impressed with this. Hopefully better choice of different foods in the future.
Muriel 01. Oct 2018 Southampton, United Kingdom
Other Comments
Room disappointing - noisy, broken blind in bathroom. Some staff, especially restaurant staff, were surly and unhelpful, and one was rude.
Melodie 24. Sep 2018 Salisbury, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The hotel is lovely, the staff are very good
Other Comments
Although the hotel is lovely and the food excellent we where very disappointed that our room was not ‘superior’ as detailed on their website, the staff where very good but I was disappointed to be given a scaled down menu when we gave our room number the people at the next table had the full version that I looked at previously. We would have been happy to pay supplements but where not given the chance. Also the new building has spoilt the bay, it’s rather sad as it’s such a lovely place
Lindsey 11. Oct 2018 Oldbury, United Kingdom

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