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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 873 Reviews
Great hotel, location and service
Reviewed 2 days ago

We were fortunate to find The Cary Arms whilst looking for a last minute long weekend break. We stopped in 'Smugglers Cottage', one of the few cottages on offer at the hotel. Upon arrival we were shown to the cottage by Steve who explained all we needed to know about the facilities both in the cottage and at the hotel.
When we settled in it was a nice surprise to see we had been supplied with bread, marmalade, milk, cereals etc and in the living room a decanter with some sloe gin for us to enjoy.
The cottage was superb with a seating area that was accessed from the living room with stunning views.The kitchen had everything you would need including a dishwasher :)
The breakfast in the hotel was superb, as too was the one evening meal we enjoyed. The staff were very pleasant and helpful and nothing was too much trouble for them. We took our dog who was also made welcome. I really recommend The Cary Arms.

Blissful dog friendly spa break ❤️
Reviewed 3 days ago

My husband and our little dog had an amazing 3 day break here for our wedding anniversary. It is an idyllic location and the standards and service are outstanding!

Our beach hut with stunning views over the sea and red cliffs of the area was divine - gorgeous living area with complimentary sloe gin, sonos system and luxury bedding and toiletries.

We are each night at the Cary arms - great quality local fresh produce.

We travel often in the UK for short breaks and finding the balance of location, quality of accommodation and great food, spa treatments and truly dog friendly can be difficult. The Cary Arms nailed it! We will be back.

A place of perfection
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you are in Torquay do yourself the favour of visiting Cary Arms. If it’s for a drink on the terrace or food this place is amazing! The view from Cary Arms are breathtaking, the food is wonderful and the staff is so welcoming and the service is perfect.

Stunning location and stunning service
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We came here for a long weekend over the Bank holiday. You never know what to expect with the price tag but it’s been worth every penny.
The location is sublime. We have been blessed with the weather but what a view.
The service is exceptional. Nothing is too much trouble and they go out of the way to make your stay. It’s the little things such as complementary buckets and spades for our son, sweets left on your pillows at turn down.
We snuck in an extra night too and they did a bit of washing for me without batting an eyelid.
5* Hotel with a 6* service

Splendid Views Down Very Steep Hill
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We rolled down the exceptionally steep hill on a Saturday night to be told.....fully booked! However, we were offered a table outside overlooking the harbour. It had been raining earlier but still warm so table and chairs were dried off by helpful member of staff. Had the local lager which was very pleasant, we then all ordered fish which came beautifully presented. Light tasty batter around mouth water flakes of fish with rustic chips, delicate peas and a tatare sauce with a sharp caper bite. Reasonable price. Would go again