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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

"Greetings and warm staff. Superb situation and easy to find."
17. Apr 2019 - Bristol, United Kingdom
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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 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, 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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  • 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, 10am-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.

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(572 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
Greetings and warm staff. Superb situation and easy to find.
Phil 17. Apr 2019 Bristol, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The location
Other Comments
We were expecting a small room having paid such a reasonable price for the package but when we arrived we were allocated a junior suite which was fantastic. The hotel was beautiful and the meal delicious. We will certainly be looking for another deal on Travel Zoo for this hotel.
Sharon 15. Apr 2019 Newton Abbot, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Other Comments
Room and bath very small--superior ??? Food overpriced and poor---we both sent our main meals back. Not told of extensive renovations being carried out.
leon 14. Apr 2019 abergavenny, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The service is outstanding and we had an amazing room upgrade
Elizabeth 09. Apr 2019 Aylesbury, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The location is great, however, the owners are currently completing the building of a block of apartments on the beach front which, once complete, will really spoil the view of the hotel from the beach and vice versa. I would think that some of the rooms that have a sea view now will lose that view when the new blocks are complete
Other Comments
The bed in our room wasn't that comfortable, it was a queen size with two single matress' rather than one. We were very disappointed with our check out. There were additional items added to our bill that weren't ours. It was quite clear to see that they weren't ours because they were for items purchased at the same time but in different restaurants in the hotel. Rather than dealing with this after we had left, the receptionist had us wait in reception for at least 10 minutes while she checked it out with the restaurant Manager. For such an exclusive hotel as this, she should have accepted our word, after all they did take a scan of our credit card when we arrived which is their standard practice, rather than keep us waiting.
Paul 08. Apr 2019 Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The dinner.
Other Comments
Outdoor spa facilities not very good. Pool cold need an indoor pool.
louisa 06. Apr 2019 Paignton, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The Ambience The staff Everyone is so friendly and it’s so easy to completely relax.Loved it.
Mary 06. Apr 2019 Plymouth, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The service was great. We did have an issue with one of the meals which was not great. Our comments were fed back to the manager and chef which were followed up the next day when we checked out. It was a positive response to a disappointing meal. We were pleased that it had been dealt with.
Jane 06. Apr 2019 Cullompton, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Staff were outstanding
denise 06. Apr 2019 Exeter, United Kingdom
Other Comments
There were major building works in progress which will impact the beach in future. The access road is very narrow and very steep.
Leslie 05. Apr 2019 Saltash, United Kingdom

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