Cary Arms & Spa
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
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
Our first time at The Cary Arms. The setting is beautiful (cautionary note - very steep lane to access the hotel), the staff very personable and the food was sublime. We had a delightful table in a little niche with views of the sea and towards Oddicombe Beach. Our waiter very kindly offered us a sample of the white wine before we bought a bottle. It complemented our seafood perfectly. My husband had a fillet of plaice and also a piece of hake, both cooked to succulent perfection. I had the crayfish risotto: every mouthful was sublime and creamy. The weather was good so we had coffee on the beautiful sunny terrace. Thoroughly recommend this place.
We stayed for two nights in a Beach Hut on one of the Cary Arms food and stay packages. The Beach Huts are absolutely beautiful and the location is stunning. The valet service allowing you to park up in front of the inn to unload was very welcome and a lovely touch.
We ordered a breakfast hamper the first morning and had breakfast in the inn the second morning (which was the only disappointment- having had such exceptional service and food until then this was not quite to the same high standard).
Dinner and lunch in the inn were both beautiful and the gardens are wonderful. This is a seriously romantic place to stay (we actually got engaged here!) but there were families around who also seemed to be enjoying themselves.
The inn is also on the South West Coastal Path so there is wonderful walking two minutes out of the front door.
Highly, highly recommend.
If you are booking a package, do note that you don't get spa access with it. We had changed our booking from a regular booking and this wasn't immediately clear (although the wonderful staff helped us sort this out!).
Well we always visit in June, already booked for next year! But we wanted to try a visit in October, I wanted it to be windy raining and cosy , I was not disappointed. We booked the beach suites it was great to see the waves crashing over the rocks the darker nights was perfect. The welcome is always fantastic, Gail was waiting for us also Olivia and Harry, the guys took all our luggage to the suites while we had lunch. Dave and Lisa have such a great team. Also the new guys are great, Sammy and Rob are so confident and well coming it was nice to see Rachel she had just started in June so it was lovely to see her all settled in and confident . We really do have such a great time not only in an amazing place 5* on everything but all of these amazing people. Food was delicious as usual thanks to the kitchen team . They will try and acommadate you for whatever you ask for nothing is too much trouble. I think we are going to start doing 2 trips there. Its too good, absolutely great scenery great food and awesome people . Thank you all so much for all you did for us its very hard to leave because it really is that good. Can't wait to arrive on the Sunday in June already thinking about your wonderful roast . X X X
Although the reviews I’ve read before grumble about the drive down the lovely staff will park your car so there is no need to worry about anything, I think this is the most amazing place I’ve stayed in the uk and I stay in a lot of hotels, the rooms are to die for, the food is fab, and I don’t even want to speak about the fabulous views! Everything is thought of to make your stay the best it can be by the Cary Arms I would give it 10 stars on here if I could and thank you to everyone there that made our stay lovely, we will definitely be back and I 100% can not wait.
We had a really great stay at the Cary Arms. Can't really fault anything about the stay. The accommodation is of a very high standard, (We stayed in one of the dog friendly duplex beach huts) The service is was very good, all the staff were very friendly, helpful and attentive. This is also somewhere that says they're dog friendly and they truly are!
We stayed an additional night in one of the beach suites, which was fab!
The only slight negative point for me was having to pay extra for access to the Spa facilities, which I'm don't feel is appropriate for any staying Guests.