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What We Love

  • A five-star, Condé Nast Johansens award winner on the Devonshire coast, with sleek spaFreshly caught bay lobster at the highly acclaimed restaurant
  • Watching the sun set from the large windows of the hotel's inviting bar
  • Indulging in a heavenly window of 'me time' in the new Cary Spa

What To Know

  • Rooms have great views out over Babbacombe Bay
  • There's free—but limited—parking in a shared car park down the street
  • WiFi can be spotty
plate Drink yacht restaurant overlooking dining table


A romantic, five-star inn with an acclaimed restaurant, lovely spa and chic bedrooms

The Lowdown

The five-star Cary Arms & Spa is a special place and Condé Nast Johansens thought as much too, naming it the Best Waterside Hotel in the UK and Ireland in 2017. As you approach the property, you’ll soon get an idea of the romantic hideaway location and the dramatic coastal views to come. Located beneath the cliffs on Babbacombe Beach, this secluded inn offers a truly unique and luxurious place to stay that epitomises beachside living.
For activities, think wholesome British seaside fun. Stroll along on the shores, skimming stones or fish off the pier. Biking and fishing can be organised through the hotel, or why not have a go at some adrenaline-inducing water sports?
After a day exploring the pretty surrounding area, enjoy a warm welcome back at Cary Arms & Spa and treat yourself to a gastro-dinner of fresh, local produce or completely switch off with a marine-based Thalgo treatment in the new luxury spa. Cary Arms & Spa also garnered a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence.

How to Get There

Cary Arms & Spa
Beach Road
Babbacombe, TQ1 3LX United Kingdom


4.5 Very Good 999 Reviews
A hidden paradise!
Reviewed 17 hours ago

We loved every moment of our trip to The Cary Arms and can't wait to return! The spa is idyllic and worth a visit. We were very lucky and had it to ourselves. The staff are so attentive and the room was beautiful and comfortable. We couldn't have asked for anything more and can't wait to return this year.

Reviewed 2 days ago

Cary Arms is the best place I have stayed. Ever. I have stayed in beautiful places across the country and the world but none are more tranquil than this gem of a place. It’s situated in a bay that it just so peaceful and so beautiful. We even saw DOLPHINS (I didn’t even know dolphins would come this close to land!)
We stayed in a beach suite (number 7) which was really lovely. There were so many thoughtful added touches like complimentary sloe gin and a “travel home” bag. Also when we were there, nothing was too much trouble. We even got complimentary drinks as we were celebrating a birthday!

Our visit did not go entirely smoothly and we did encounter a couple of issues. However, we were dealt with so well and so professionally that it did not impact on our overall stay at all. That says a lot for the quality of service and care we received, particularly from one member of staff (I forgot his name but he’s a young guy with a beard from St Helen’s!)

We go away quite frequently and only stay in the nicest places, so my expectations are pretty high. I also rarely go back to a location twice as I like the surprise of going somewhere new. However, I am already looking forward to going back to Cary Arms again, hopefully in the summer this time. I hope they have the steak and ale pie on the menu again as it was to die for!

An amazingly restful place to stay
Reviewed 4 days ago

The Cary Arms is our #1 go to place.... fantastic accommodation, wonderful food, great views,and.... Sammy Seal in the bay. The staff are incredibly helpful. Nothing is too much trouble - Nigel was really attentive about our needs in the room, Olivia,Harry and Leah were fabulous in the restaurant, and Dave and Lisa could not have been better hosts! This is a fabulous place to stay and de stress. Cannot rate this place highly enough.

My Happy Place
Reviewed 5 days ago

Recently returned from a surprise birthday stay at the Cary Arms, been going here for some years now and it just gets better and better. If you really want to get away from it all, have lovely views and delicious food this is the place to go. The accommodation is beautiful with lots of difference choices of rooms, lovely and clean with crisp white sheets and a lot of attention to detail. We stayed in a beach hut this time as just the two of us (previously stay in the Captain's Suite with the teenagers as two bedrooms). The views from the lounge and the bed are to die for if you love looking out to sea. I had a spa treatment with Nina while I was there, fantastic massage and facial would thoroughly recommend a visit to the spa if you have time, great views again. One of the most outstanding features of the Cary Arms is 100% the staff, they are all so friendly and helpful and are happy to spend time chatting to you. Massive shout out to Rob, fantastic hospitality, felt we were old friends by the time we left, also Linda the lovely head of housekeeping who was so friendly, nothing was too much trouble for her, even giving us a bit of a show around some other rooms we would like to stay in next time and a big thank you to Danni who managed to get us a late booking for my birthday dinner one evening at the Orange Tree restaurant in Torquay, arranging taxi and even a surprise at the restaurant. On top of all this the food is fantastic from breakfast, lunch and dinner, so fresh well prepared and presented so thanks to everyone behind the scenes, really top notch fresh food. We can't wait to go back and see our friends again. Elaine & Dave

Perfect getaway
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Stayed for a second time at this amazing hotel.
This time we staying in one of their stunning beach huts .
They're simply perfect. The views are amazing. The view from your bed through the porthole is just wonderful.
Service here is impeccable. We were greeted on arrival by Jack. He was attentive , helpful ,polite and very accommodating.
Every member of staff we encountered greeted us with a smile and a hello. !
Facilities in the beach hut were spot on. Those special little extra touches make all the difference. (Turn down service , sweets on the bed, wine in the fridge, a decanter of sloe gin , snacks , white company toiletries)replenished everyday.
My husband particularly enjoyed having the Sonos sound system in the hut! :) !
This place is super dog friendly ! Thank you for making our miniature labradoodle Maisey so welcome both in the beach hut and restaurant. (Her own sausage for breakfast too )
Spa facilities are divine, I had a full body massage which was fantastic. Again the views from the pool are breathtaking.
Our breakfast's were super tasty all from local produce. We enjoyed a divine evening meal there too. My husband has a delicious steak and I had the lamb. Everything was cooked to perfection. Sunday lunch was a winner too. Thank you to all the staff .
Can't recommend this hotel enough. Totally relaxing . We shall look forward to seeing you all again soon.