St. Ives

Carbis Bay Hotel

Travelzoo Staff

Why We Love It

  • It's a boutique hotel that 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 2017
Enjoyed This
(396 Member Ratings)
"The view from the conservatory"
Dec 07, 2017
Camberley, 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.

Rooms & Rates

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Carbis Bay Hotel was built in 1894 and is perched on a hillside overlooking its own white-sand Blue Flag beach, which is currently part of a project to extend the hotel. 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 at this Cornish gem 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 serve lighter bites in a more casual environment.

St Ives -- with its "pretty jumble of slate roofs, church towers and turquoise bays" (Lonely Planet), home to Tate St Ives and the Barbara Hepworth Museum -- is a 10-minute drive or a 30-minute walk away. The South West Coast Path runs past the front of the hotel, and offers a leisurely walk into the town. 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:

  • "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 24 hours

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

Enjoyed This
(396 Member Ratings)
Ratings & reviews reflect verified member feedback for Carbis Bay Hotel over the past 15 months.
4.5 Ambiance
4.8 Location
4.2 Rooms
4.6 Quality of Service
4.4 Value for the Money
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Enjoyed Most
The view from the conservatory
Other Comments
Staff very friendly breakfast lovely all food good
Julie Dec 07, 2017 Camberley, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
monique Dec 07, 2017 Potters Bar, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Relaxing with a perfectly crafted gin and tonic over-looking the whole bay was a sea view with a difference!
vanessa Nov 29, 2017 Sheffield, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Sea view. Gr8 staff. Wonderful food.
Other Comments
This was a brilliant cost effective break. Well done travelzoo!
susan Nov 29, 2017 Plymouthplymouth, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Relaxed atmosphere & friendly, helpful staff. Stunning location.
Samantha Nov 28, 2017 Saint Austell, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Food amazing .staff amazing loved the hotel can't wait to go back
Other Comments
Perfect amazing staff make it so welcoming
Andrea Nov 20, 2017 Axminster, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Location. Spa.
Other Comments
Quality of room was poor which was a shame as it did not match up to the spa and the dining experience which was excellent.
Grace Nov 20, 2017 Exeter, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The meal and location
Other Comments
Felt a bit cheated that we didn’t have one of the newly renovated rooms! Ours one one of the old dated rooms and was very small
Kelly Nov 20, 2017 Saint Austell, United Kingdom
Other Comments
A relaxing hotel best enjoyed out of the main season.
Terence Nov 17, 2017 Bristol, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Other Comments
Service from all staff was outstanding
Sandra Nov 17, 2017 Bodmin, United Kingdom

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