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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 for its high-quality service
  • There's a heated outdoor pool, a sauna and a champagne bar
  • The 2-AA-Rosette restaurant serves fresh seafood caught daily by local fishing boats

"The view over sand and sea is breathtaking" -- The AA Restaurant Guide 2018
Enjoyed This
(427 Member Ratings)
"Conservatory dining. Close proximity to St Ives. Coastal pathway outside. Friendly and attentive restaurant staff."
13. Aug 2018
Swindon, United Kingdom

Map & Directions

Carbis Bay railway station is a 5-minute walk from the hotel and has links to Plymouth, Bristol and London Paddington. The A30 is a 5-minute drive away, and Newquay Airport is 45 minutes' drive. Parking is free.

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Carbis Bay Hotel was built in 1894, on a hillside overlooking 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.

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 at an extra cost.

There are three dining options at this hotel. 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


  • 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

Please note: Some amenities may not be available in all rooms and some amenities or services incur an additional charge and are subject to change. Please check with the hotel directly.


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-Sun, 8am-6pm AET

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Enjoyed This
(427 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
Conservatory dining. Close proximity to St Ives. Coastal pathway outside. Friendly and attentive restaurant staff.
Other Comments
Focus on new build lodges and lack of attention to hotel rooms and facilities. Overpriced if not for Travelzoo offer. Not a four star by any stretch.
Andrew 13. Aug 2018 Swindon, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The dining room, and conservatory are beautiful rooms and the food was excellent. Some of the tiling was cracked in reception otherwise it was very nice. The bar area still appeared to have the original Victorian tiles which were not in good condition. The spa looked very nice.
Other Comments
The size of the room. It was a garden room supposedly , there was a small bit of greenery but the majority was taken up with outbuildings, including a cellar ,it was quite noisy when re filling with barrels early in the morning. It had an additional six foot staircase going up into the room, which was highly dangerous as it ended only two feet from the side of the bed. The en suit was minute.there were no grab handles at all. We changed rooms and the second was marginally better . These were the smallest rooms I have ever stayed in,even smaller than cruise ship standard staterooms. I have photos to show. There is no lift, so in the second room we had to walk up two flites of steep stairs.The car parking is a mess ,in fact there was no room until we double parked and went to reception.the swimming pool was very small . They are in the process of completing a large build comprising lodges and suites and a conference centre which is right in front of the hotel in the beach. There were builders vehicles and equipment which you had to walk through to the beach which was approached by two more flights of stairs, the steps of which are quite steep.
william 11. Aug 2018 Knutsford, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Location, Location, Location! The coastal walk into St Ives was wonderful.
Other Comments
All the staff were friendly and attentive, the dinner was exceptional, with plenty of choice and daily specials.
Albert 06. Aug 2018 Stroud, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The staff were attentive and friendly and the location was gorgeous.
Other Comments
It was a shame that we weren’t informed about the building work that was taking place. Also our garden view superior room overlooked a large ducting vent and a few flower pots!!
Sharron 06. Aug 2018 Broadstone, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The food was fantastic and all the members of staff were helpful and attentive without being too forward
Other Comments
They are having more than minor building works. A complete block of apartments directly in front of the restaurants views of the beach. Also the beach was described as private, it is not private and had hundreds of tourists across the beach with a lot of inflatables, wind breaks and cooking going on
Katherine 06. Aug 2018 Plymouth, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Nice spa.
Other Comments
Room quite small and noise from staff outside woke us at 6.10am.
Simon 02. Aug 2018 Truro, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The food and the spa facilities were amazing.
Other Comments
The staff were very welcoming and friendly. We would recommend the private beach jacuzzi
Donna 01. Aug 2018 Barnstaple, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
View and good service
Other Comments
Room rather small. Huge building work still going on.
Susanne 01. Aug 2018 Northampton, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The food and location
Other Comments
Staff were excellent and the food was out of this world
Joanne 01. Aug 2018 Waterlooville, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The attentive staff and the spa
Other Comments
Everyone was lovely and the whole day/night was beautiful. Our sea/garden view was very obscured (mind you we didn’t go to look out the window, get out and enjoy Cornwall)
Zoe 30. Jul 2018 Wadebridge, United Kingdom

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