St. Ives

Carbis Bay Hotel

Katie Warwick
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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
(377 Member Ratings)
"the fantastic view"
15. Nov 2017
Stratford-upon-Avon, Warks, UK

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 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 -- 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.

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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 and services may not be available in all rooms or may incur an additional charge. Please check with the hotel.


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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Enjoyed This
(377 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
4.6 Quality of Service
4.4 Value for the Money
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Enjoyed Most
the fantastic view
Other Comments
We were little bit swallowed up by the wedding taking place during our stay. large group, lots of moving furniture back and forth, swapping dining rooms and conservatory feeling out of bounds, whilst the group were using it. we also had a huge group in the spa and had to go outside in the rain to reach the spa, due to the wedding. had lovely food but each evening meal was only lukewarm, nothing was hot, although it as all beautifully displayed and staff were excellent. breakfast was great every day loved it. We had a pizza in the beach cafe which was overpriced bland and the skinny fries didnt even reach he top of the tiny trendy cage they were served in. No parmesan offered not much topping didnt return there despite the fantastic view. was small room but we were happy and would recommend.
Diane 15. Nov 2017 Stratford-upon-Avon, Warks, UK
Enjoyed Most
The view and position are fantastic.
Michael 14. Nov 2017 Yeovil, UK
Enjoyed Most
The hot jacuzzi
Other Comments
The spa was located just beyond the restaurant , so if you wanted to use the facilities during mealtimes it was necessary to walk around the front of the hotel outside, not so bad in summer not great in November. The changing facilities where very limited. Our Superior room was located above the automatic door , room 308 , and so noisy as people came in and out, not a garden view as described but the car park the small train line runs close to the hotel but the noise wasn't a problem to us.
Jacqueline 14. Nov 2017 Chard, UK
Enjoyed Most
Very relaxing, friendly staff Excellent all round
ROSEMARY 13. Nov 2017 Crediton, UK
Enjoyed Most
Location and Food
spencer 13. Nov 2017 Penryn, UK
Enjoyed Most
All staff were friendly,pleasant and very helpful
Other Comments
Location was perfect for us to visit St Ives a nice stroll into St Ives and a short train ride back, we found the hotel perfect for our requirements and the food was excellent.
Carol 10. Nov 2017 Budleigh Salterton, UK
Enjoyed Most
The great location
Diane 09. Nov 2017 Farnham, UK
Enjoyed Most
Spa facilities
Other Comments
High standard of guest care from the staff.
Louise 05. Nov 2017 Port Isaac, UK
Enjoyed Most
we had a lovely room with a sea view and the evening meal was exceptional with a lovely ambience in the dining room. also staff were very friendly and very efficient. All in all an excellent hotel break.
Maureen 05. Nov 2017 Falmouth, UK
Other Comments
The hotel , staff , food and room was excellent and the private beach was the best we have ever been on.
Mark 02. Nov 2017 Worcester, UK

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