Carbis Bay

Carbis Bay Hotel

Kate Harden-England
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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
  • 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

"The view over sand and sea is breathtaking" -- The AA Restaurant Guide 2018
Enjoyed This
(511 Member Ratings)
"Carbis bay holds some great memories from past occasions and this hotel has always performed and made our stay extra special in one way or another."
03. Dec 2018
Weston-super-Mare, UK

Map & Directions

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

Rooms & Rates

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Carbis Bay Hotel was built in 1894, on a hillside overlooking its own white-sand Blue Flag beach (there is construction taking place, on the far end of the 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 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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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


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, 8am-6pm

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.

Enjoyed This
(511 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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Other Comments
Superb location and food
Robin 10. Dec 2018 Exmouth, UK
Enjoyed Most
The spa area is a nice place to be.
Other Comments
Bad service in General,booked a reservation at the restaurant 4 weeks prior them told the night before our stay there was a Xmas party and they would prefer us to move to a different restaurant. Staff was rude and unhelpful.
Jamie 03. Dec 2018 Plymouth, UK
Enjoyed Most
Carbis bay holds some great memories from past occasions and this hotel has always performed and made our stay extra special in one way or another.
Other Comments
We were in a refurbished room 102 which was lovely. Our only negative point was that the mattress was so firm that we didn't sleep well at all. Also, on Saturday 1st December there was a Christmas party so the place was absolutely rammed and you couldn't get to the bar to order a drink. In the morning, there were Christmas songs being played from 7.30am which was a little early for a Sunday! We did bring this to their attention by leaving a message at reception but it continued...!!
Neil 03. Dec 2018 Weston-super-Mare, UK
Enjoyed Most
relaxing atmosphere, great staff
Other Comments
machine noise at night from laundry room, although this was sorted by helpful night porter .
stephen 03. Dec 2018 Preston, UK
Enjoyed Most
Superb location. Good restaurant food. Very helpful staff
N B 02. Dec 2018 Sidmouth, UK
Enjoyed Most
Staff, very professional. Great feeling to the hotel.
Andrew 01. Dec 2018 PlymouthPlymouth, UK
Enjoyed Most
Fabulous food and service
Deborah 26. Nov 2018 Exeter, UK
Enjoyed Most
Friendly staff, nice restaurant, love the Spa, best of all the beachfront position of the Hotel and the best walk in the world - the coastal path to St Ives
Other Comments
The bedrooms would benefit from a refresh
Marion 20. Nov 2018 stonehouse, UK
Enjoyed Most
We had a lovely relaxing break, lovely food, especially the breakfast and the staff were all helpful, professional and friendly.
Lesley 19. Nov 2018 Callington, UK
Enjoyed Most
Other Comments
Beautiful location.....friendly staff and amazing food. The spa is really nice too. you cant go wrong
Phill 19. Nov 2018 Helston, UK

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