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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


A beautiful spa with friendly welcome

Took my mum for her birthday for a back massage and I liaised with Jo who went to extra care to make it special. The spa was very clean and had such beautiful views. Mel brought us prosecco to drink whilst relaxing in the spa and was a perfect addition to a lovely afternoon

Perfect break
Adrian H

Just back from a perfect weekend break at the Cary Arms - great location, good food, a friendly welcome and a fine attention to detail from Tony, Rachel and colleagues. Will definitely be making a return visit in 2020????


Booked a three night break with a friend. Focus was on relaxation and recuperation after a challenging year and this place could not have been better! We booked the Gastro package and added an extra night plus a couple of spa treatments. We stayed in the Beach Suite - self contained accommodation comprising a bedroom and lounge both overlooking the beautiful bay, and fabulous bathroom and private terrace. Flat screen tv with Netflix, free WiFi and Sonos. Lots of lovely complimentary treats which were replenished each day.
Gastro package includes a meal in the hotel restaurant and another at The Elephant- Michelin star restaurant in Torquay. The former was homely and of a very good standard; the latter was superb! They taxi you there and back! Breakfasts, lunches and dinner at the hotel were excellent and service was impeccable. Staff can’t do enough for you. Special mention to Megan and lovely Jack and the very nice chap who was in the restaurant this week and delivered dinner to our suite as we were drinking Prosecco and watching a movie and couldn’t be bothered to do the restaurant!! That night I had the most amazing mushroom ravioli and my friend had an incredible squid dish. Portions are very generous!
The spa is small but wonderful with a gorgeous view of the bay. Treatments were fabulous - Mel did the most amazing body wrap and foot massage which I’d recommend highly. The full body massage was also fantastic.
All in all a perfect break! Hope to go back again.