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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 973 Reviews
Always Outstanding - 10 out of 10!
Reviewed 2 days ago

We have been to the Cary Arms a few times, in height of summer season & recently in Winter. The food is always exceptional and freshly sourced, my scallops were divine! Fabulous atmosphere, friendly & attentive staff makes the whole experience a real pleasure, we will definitely be returning again.

Great Location
Reviewed 1 week ago

What a lovely place. The staff are amazing, friendly, smiling and helpful. Its a wonderful place to stay and relax, overlooking the sea. The rooms are immaculately clean and the food is good. We would like to particularly mention Jack from Leamington who made our stay extra special.

Lovely location, lovely facilities, lovely staff and lovely food and drink
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Staying in a beach hut on the English coast in November may not be everyone's cup of tea, but the beach huts at the Cary Arms are not any ordinary beach huts. Luxuriously appointed with underfloor heating to keep everything toasty warm and a porthole type window allowing a view of the dramatic storm out at sea from the comfort of your own bed. Fantastic.

Evening meal was very good as was the service and the setting. A drink in the wonderfully appointed resident's lounge before and after dinner was the perfect way to start and end the evening.

Probably didn't need breakfast but can never resist the delights of full cooked English using locally sourced ingredients. Strongly recommended.

Also want to personally thank Jack who couldn't have been more helpful or more welcoming when he booked us in on arrival and repeated the dose when helping us check out. First impressions really count and he created a great one for the Cary Arms, which was then borne out during our stay.

Strongly hope to return at some point in the future.

Amazing British stay
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stayed 2 nights in November for my fiancé’s birthday. We stayed in one of the sea view beach huts which was just amazing, very modern and had everything you needed from generous mini bar, to Cary Arms stick of Rock, to beach hut sound system to luxury bathroom. Breakfast was delicious and likewise with the evening meal a lovely gesture was done as a birthday gift. This place is in a perfect picturesque location. Spa/gym was quite small but very relaxing and clean.

(Be aware if nervous/new driver as this hotel is on a VERY steep hill)

Staff all very friendly and helpful, we are already planning our return trip.

The perfect place for a luxury relax
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Having had the Cary Arms on our wish list for a while we booked the Gastro weekend last year and it was amazing. Since then we've been back in May and most recently at the beginning of this month. Apart from the great views and first class accommodation we like the excellent food and, of course, the spa. Book a treatment and spend the afternoon in somewhere unique. It's not the largest but for sheer boutique quality and the chance to sit in the spa and watch the sea it has to be experienced. The staff feel like a real team and service is so friendly. Thanks especially to Jack for being on hand for friendly check in, car collection, regaling us with stories of his famous dog rescue (!) and even opening the spa a little early on Sunday morning. Will definitely be back again next summer.