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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
(438 Member Ratings)
"Our apartment;the location and the congeniality and helpfulness of the staff,"
07. Jun 2018
Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON, Canada

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.

Rooms & Rates

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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.

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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


  • 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.

Additional details: The property is undergoing light renovation works in the front of the hotel. These should be completed by the end of June 2018 and there will no disruption caused to the guests.

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Customer Service available Mon-Sun, 8am-6pm AET

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

Enjoyed This
(438 Member Ratings)
Ratings & reviews reflect verified member feedback for Carbis Bay Hotel over the past 15 months.
4.4 Ambiance
4.8 Location
4.2 Rooms
4.7 Quality of Service
4.4 Value for the Money
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Other Comments
Would like to mention Lesley who really looked after us .
Tracy 11. Jun 2018 Plymouth, United Kingdom
Other Comments
Andrei in the restaurant was great. Nothing too much trouble for him.
Abby 09. Jun 2018 Ladock, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Our apartment;the location and the congeniality and helpfulness of the staff,
John 07. Jun 2018 Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON, Canada
Enjoyed Most
Food and views
Other Comments
Fantastic staff
Steffan 04. Jun 2018 Accrington, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
On the beach relaxed laid back feel. Walking distance to St Ives. Friendly staff Clean nicely decorated rooms. Good food in the Sands restaurant.
Lorraine 02. Jun 2018 London, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Lovely food and lovely setting.
Other Comments
We were contacted during our journey there and asked to transfer our booking to their sister hotel or to take an apartment as they said there was a plumbing issue with our room. I said i would like to take a look online at what they were offering but the alternative room was smaller and there were no photographs available of the apartmen. We decided against this idea as both venues were approx 2 miles away from the hotel. When we arrived we were provided with a delux double room with a sea view and not the room we had booked. This room was significantly smaller and had a damp patch on the ceiling. The lampshades were unravelling and the bathroom was small. We were tired after our long journey and although I explained we had booked a superior room, they said the room we had been given was an upgrade. We didn't think this was the case and to he honest were disappointed.
Cheryl 04. Jun 2018 Swansea, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Location, sea view, very high quality room (especially bathroom) and food. Outdoor pool.
Other Comments
Staff work very hard.
Alan 31. May 2018 Wirral, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Wonderful location
Other Comments
Some of the rooms were slightly cramped as were the bathrooms.
Sandra 31. May 2018 Radstock, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The wonderful location right by a fantastically clean blue flag beach. The food was of a high standard and all the staff were very friendly. A lovely hotel!
Other Comments
There are, however, extensive building works directly in front of the hotel. These are more Carbis Bay Hotel apartments etc. I was lucky to be staying over a bank holiday when all work was suspended. I think looking out onto a huge working building site would be more than I could put up with if I was staying any other time in probably the next year!
Rosemary 29. May 2018 Exeter, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Staff diligence and super comfy beds!
Other Comments
the food was exquisite and beautifully presented
Linda 28. May 2018 Sandy, United Kingdom

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