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Guests can enjoy a beach-chic vibe with a little added luxury at the Carbis Bay Estate. A truly stunning coastal resort, perfectly positioned just above its privately-owned blue flag sandy beach, on the edge of St Ives, comprising luxurious accommodation, diverse eateries and a unique C Bay spa.

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Carbis Bay Estate is set within 125 acres, with its own private blue flag beach, views across to St Ives bay and direct access to the South West Coast Path. Just a five-minute drive or a 25-minute walk along the coastal path will take you to the centre of St Ives, with its host of independent boutiques, eateries and artist studios. Pick up the coastal path into St Ives, where you will find the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Gardens, as well as the Tate St Ives.

By car: 5 hours 30 minutes from London, 3 hours 30 minutes from Bristol, and 7 hours from Manchester. Free parking available.

By train: London Paddington to St Erth takes around 5 hours. The hotel is a 10-minute drive from the station. Book trains to St Erth.

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The main hotel fuses historic grandeur with a modern coastal element - a blend of gilt mirrors and chandeliers with calming palettes, reminiscent of the sea - whilst beach lodges ooze a laidback beach-chic vibe, clad with sustainable timber, large open-plan living spaces and private gardens with hot tubs. Interiors maximise the sea views, bringing the outside in, perfect for a romantic break.


As well as its own private beach, and innovatively designed C Bay Spa, the estate provides an array of activities including its luxury Sunseeker yacht, Sulis, available for private charter, encouraging guests to explore the open waters with fishing, snorkelling and kayaking. Private BBQs can be arranged for those staying in lodges.

  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Terrace
  • Beach
  • Swimming pool
  • Fitness centre
  • Spa
  • Pet-friendly
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi


The main hotel boasts individually designed bedrooms, home to original features such as large bay windows and calming hues. For exclusive beachside accommodation, there are eight lodges with three or four en-suite bedrooms, panoramic sea vistas and direct access to the golden sands of Carbis Bay.

Room types: Superior Room, Deluxe Room, Junior Suite, Beach Suite, Junior Beach Suite, Beach Lodge

Key amenities: ensuite bathroom with Aromatherapy Associates toiletries, tea and coffee facilities, TV, free Wi-Fi


Expect a diverse taste of Cornwall with myriad on-site offerings. From a light lunch, afternoon tea and evening tapas at the Orangery to relaxed seasonal plates at The Beach Club with its modern-chic design, and the sleek interiors of Walters on the Beach where guests can indulge in stylish Cornish fine dining with a bounty of fresh fish and seafood with a backdrop of views across St Ives Bay. There's also the much-lauded Ugly Butterfly, headed up by Adam Handling - offering 65 covers, with private dining for ten people.

Walter's on the Beach: glamorous beachside dining and cocktails. International cuisine. Open daily, lunch and dinner.

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