Cary Arms & Spa


Beach Road, Babbacombe, TORQUAY, Devon, TQ1 3LX
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About Us

With the personality and values of a traditional English inn and the luxurious style and facilities of a boutique hotel, the Cary Arms & Spa offers you a relaxed and modern getaway making the most of its sensational coastal location and breath-taking views. Set in a remarkable position overlooking Babbacombe Bay and miles of seascape along the Jurassic Coast, the inn and surrounding grounds have been sympathetically restored and remodelled to offer stylish and spacious accommodation designed to rival the best hotels in the country – the English Riviera reborn. The eight “New England” style guest rooms in the inn are chic and restful in muted coastal shades and feature stunning sea views, contemporary en-suite bathrooms and private sea-facing terraces. Adjoining the inn are two spacious suites with their own sunbathing terraces and fire-pits. A further eight new Beach Huts and Suites, which opened Summer 2016, bring a fresh sophistication to the South Devon coast. The clean, elegant lines of the six duplex Beach Huts are partnered with bold-print fabrics and contemporary furnishings, reflecting the fluid lines and colours of the coast. Top international designs and art-work have been hand-picked from Italy and France. Set only feet from the sea, each Beach Hut comes with a wide sun-bathing terrace, a luxurious sofa in front of a romantic fire and a huge mezzanine level bed with outstanding views out to sea. The two impressive Beach Suites suspended over the sea combine further exceptional facilities with privacy for the ultimate in romantic retreats. Three secluded Cottages ranging from three to five bedrooms provide a wonderful seaside getaway for families and friends travelling together. A short walk from the inn, each has secluded gardens and terraces with fire pits and are dog friendly. Dining at the inn is relaxed and friendly. Daily changing menus from the talented local Chef Ben Kingdon reflect his love of the area and the coast and country in equal measure. Provenance is key and local suppliers provide an abundance of excellent fresh ingredients. Expect superb Devon beef, Lyme Bay lobster and line caught seafood sitting along side delicious traditional English heritage dishes. Private groups are also welcomed to enjoy any of the superb dining locations – from the convivial atmosphere of the inn, to the beautiful conservatory, or from the al fresco Captain’s Table overlooking the bay to the romantic glass sphere “Pod”. The sublime Cary Spa sits above the inn, and boasts uninterrupted vistas of the unspoilt Jurassic coastline from a beautiful sun deck and a dramatic glass fronted hydrotherapy pool and relaxation room. Three treatment rooms, including a couple’s massage room, offer a range of treatments from leading marine-themed French beauty and skincare brand Thalgo. An innovative mood-enhancing aromatherapy light shower, hydrotherapy pool, sauna, steam room and a gymnasium are also available for rest and relaxation. Cary Spa not only offers guests tranquillity but an exclusive viewing of admired American Art illustrations, from Peter de Savary’s private collection.

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Guide Prices

Number of Rooms / Units
Room / Unit TypeRoom / Unit Tariff*
Family Suite£395.00 per room (breakfast included)
Kingsize Double£245.00 per room (breakfast included)
Seaviews and Balcony£295.00 per room (breakfast included)

*As a guide, prices are per room per night for hotels, guest houses, B&Bs and serviced apartments and per week for self-catering accommodation.

Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.


  • AA AwardsAA - 1 Rosette AA - 1 Rosette 2018
  • TripAdvisor AwardsTripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2018
  • Visit EnglandVisit England Gold Award Visit England Gold Award 2018
  • Taste of the West AwardsTaste of the West - Gold Taste of the West - Gold 2017
  • Regional and Miscellaneous Conde Nast Johansens Best Waterside Hotel 2017 2017
  • Regional and Miscellaneous South Devon and English Riviera Tourism & Hospitality Awards - Gold 2017
  • Visit EnglandVisitEngland Awards for Excellence 2018 Bronze - Boutique Guest Accommodation of the Year VisitEngland Awards for Excellence 2018 Bronze - Boutique Guest Accommodation of the Year 2018


  • 5 AA Stars Inn
  • 5 Visit England Stars Inn
5 AA Stars Inn 5 Visit England Stars Inn

Opening Times

Open Christmas
Open New Year
Opening (1 Jan 2018 - 31 Dec 2018)
From £245.00


  • Certificate of Excellence 2018

TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:

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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
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Recent Reviews:

  • RobCshoreham
    Shoreham-by-Sea, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Fabulous setting - great staff and clean and spacious accomodation
    5 of 5 stars
    18th Oct 2018
    Stayed in a Luxury Beach Hut, had everything you could want in a room, comfy bed and pillows, excellent bathroom and super deck looking out to sea. The food was excellent and the staff could not have... Read full review
  • David J
    Brixham, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Fabulous seafood lunch
    5 of 5 stars
    17th Oct 2018
    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... Read full review
  • HWKing
    London, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Beautiful and Highly Recommend
    5 of 5 stars
    17th Oct 2018
    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... Read full review

Special Offers

  • Gastro Getaway

    Our Gastro Getaway includes:
    2 nights luxury sea view accommodation for two with private balcony
    Full English breakfast
    A three course supper at the Cary Arms
    A three course dinner at The Elephant Brasserie
    Return taxi to the restaurant

    £255 per person

    £275 per person
    (Friday and Saturday)

    Up-grade to a beach Hut for an extra £50 per night

    Note: The Elephant Restaurant is closed on Sunday and Monday

    Subject to availability between 1st October 2018-31st March 2019 (excludes 20th-26th November & 24th December 2018-15th January 2019 & Valentine's weekend 15th and 16th February 2019)

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  • 2018/2019 Cottages Offers

    Nestled in the dramatic South Devon coast our three charmingly restored fisherman’s cottages sit close to our Five Gold Star Inn. Perfect retreats for family holidays, celebrations, hen parties or even corporate off-site meetings or team building events.
    Each one exudes personality and coastal charm. All include private gardens, sun terraces with barbecues and huge vistas, fully equipped kitchens, large dining-rooms and sitting areas, New England style bedrooms and family bathrooms.
    Having three to four bedrooms, dogs are welcome too.

    Book 3 nights and pay for 2 (January-March only excluding Easter weeekend)

    Book any 4 nights and pay for 3 (excluding July and August)

    Book 7 nights and pay for 5 (excluding July and August)

    Choose from our 4 bedroom Rose Cottage, 3 bedroom Smugglers Cottage or Cove Cottage or 2 bedroom Bay Cottage

    Subject to availability excluding our Festive Breaks, Easter holiday, bank holidays and any other Special Breaks.
    Offers available on full rates only.

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  • Indian Summer Getaway

    Book your Indian summer getaway between 1st September and 31st October 2018 and receive a complimentary two course dinner for two each night. Available on full rates only. Subject to availability based on a two night minimum stay in one of our De Luxe, Luxury seaview room, Beach Hut or Beach Suite. Subject to availability To book please call 01803 327110 or e-mail

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  • Mini-Moon

    Our Romantic Hideaway Experience includes: 2 nights in a luxury sea facing double room with private balcony Full English breakfast each morning Chef's favourite seaside 3 course candlelit dinner one evening of your choice A Continental Champagne Breakfast in Bed A 50 min Thalgo Spa Treatment per Person £375 per person from 23rd March-30th September 2018 £295 per person from 1st October-31st March 2019 Up-grade to a Beach Hut for an extra £50 per night Subject to availability (exclude bank holidays/ special festive breaks/Valentines weekend/s) To make an enquiry please call 01803 327110 or e-mail

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  • Sunday Sleepover Sundays at the Cary Arms are made for relaxing. Extend your weekend with a luxuriously lazy Sunday Sleepover. Luxury sea facing room for 1 night (up grade to Beach Hut for an extra £50) Full English breakfast 3 course gastro supper Use of the Spa Midday late checkout £325 per double room from April until end of September 2018 £245.00 per double room from October until end of March 2019 Subject to availability Excludes Easter weekend, school holidays, bank holidays and Festive breaks.

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  • Exotic Summer Retreat Enjoy a relaxing escape to the seaside for fresh air and relaxation. Our Thalgo spa treatments will leave you feeling rejuvenated and ready for the day ahead. Our Exotic Summer Spa retreat on the Beach includes: A 2 night stay in a Luxury sea facing accommodation Daily Full English Breakfast A Summer Bellini per person A Polynesia Signature Ritual (50 mins treatment) per person £365 per person Subject to availability from June until end of September. Sunday until Thursday (excludes bank holiday weekend) Up-grade to a beach Hut for an extra £50 per night

    More offers like this - English Riviera Short Break Offers

  • Festive Twilight Spa Slepover Our Festive Twilight Spa Sleepover includes: One night stay in a Seaview Luxury Room (up-grade to Beach Hut available at an extra £50) Use of the Spa facilities Christmas Cocktail and Mince Pie Three Course Festive Dinner £235.00 per couple incl VAT Subject to availability from 1st December 2018 - 6th January 2019 (excluding Festive Breaks) MUST be booked 7 days prior to arrival day

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  • Doggy Getaway

    Dogs are always welcome at The Cary Arms - we want our guests to experience the very best during their stay - including your four legged friends.

    Situated on the South West Coastal Path and dog friendly Babbacombe Beach, The Cary Arms is the perfect location for a doggy getaway. We have created our very own walk book, so you can explore the stunning coastal scenery and inland country paths. Dogs can even enjoy a swim on the beach all year round. From the moment you and your trusted friend arrive, we will ensure you have a stay to remember.

    2 night stay for 2 persons in a luxury double sea facing room
    A 'Doggy Heaven' welcome pack, with dog bed and bowls, treats and suggested local walks book
    Chef's delicious 3 course supper one evening of your stay
    Your dog receives a dogs dinner one night of your stay
    Full English breakfast
    A Cream Tea to Share
    £315 per person from 26th March 2018 - 30th September 2018.

    £225 per person incl VAT
    from 1st October 2018 - 31st March 2019

    Up-grade to a Beach Hut or our Shell Suite for an entra £50 per night

    Subject to availability excluding Festive Breaks, Easter and bank holiday weekends and any other special breaks.

    More offers like this - English Riviera Dog Friendly Special Offers


Road Directions

From the M5 at Exeter, follow sign for the A380 to Torquay. At Ashcombe Cross, branch left then take second exit B3192 signposted to Teignmouth. On entering Teignmouth, at bottom of hill by traffic lights, turn right signposted Torquay A379. Cross the River Teign and continue following signs to Torquay. At mini roundabout continue forward on the A379 signposted Babbacombe, Sea Front. Proceed pass Babbacombe Model Village and Bygones, straight on after traffic lights. Turn left onto Babbacombe Downs Road, continue along the Downs with the sea on your left finally turn right onto Beach Road.

Public Transport Directions

By Air- Fly to Exeter International Airport (40mins)By Train- To Newton Abbot Mainline (15mins)



  • Accept Children over 7
  • Free Wi-Fi available


  • Bar
  • Cater for vegetarians
  • Local Produce English Breakfast
  • Restaurant
  • Serve breakfast
  • Serve evening meal
  • Serve lunch
  • Serves Local Food

Children & Infants

  • Accept children (Minimum age)
  • Accept children all ages
  • Accept Children Over 3
  • Children's videos/DVDs available
  • Cot
  • Facilities for children
  • Highchair

Establishment Features

  • 24 hr return laundry service
  • Available for wedding receptions
  • Beach within 100m
  • Beach within 2km
  • Business facilities (eg. Fax/ modem)
  • Central heating throughout
  • Conference facilities
  • Event venue
  • Family Friendly
  • Garden/patio for guests' use
  • Ironing facilities
  • Ironing Facilities
  • Licenced for alcohol
  • Licenced for civil marriages
  • Near coastal path
  • Night porter
  • Open All Year
  • Pets accepted
  • Pets accepted by arrangement
  • Real log/coal fires
  • Restaurant
  • Sea Views
  • Separate guests' lounge
  • Spa Facilities
  • Wedding Venue
  • Wireless Broadband Internet Access

Key Features

  • Film or TV location
  • Inn
  • Non smoking establishment
  • Of historic, literary or architectural interest
  • Seafront - Babbacombe

Languages spoken

  • French spoken
  • Staff Fluent in Languages - French

Leisure Facilities

  • Access to golf course
  • Arrangements for riding/pony trekking
  • Fishing
  • Games Room
  • Health/Fitness/ Beauty Facilities - Beauty Facilities Only
  • Spa Treatments
  • Tennis court
  • Water sports facilities

Parking & Transport

  • Car parking
  • On site parking

Payment Methods

  • All major credit cards accepted
  • American Express accepted
  • Cash & Cheque accepted
  • Delta accepted
  • Maestro accepted
  • MasterCard accepted
  • Visa accepted

Room / Unit Features

  • CD Player in all bedrooms
  • Colour television in all bedrooms
  • DVD Player
  • DVD Player in all bedrooms
  • Electric shaver point
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Ground Floor Bedrooms Available
  • Hairdryer in all bedrooms
  • iPod Dock
  • Ironing Facilities
  • Radio in all bedrooms
  • Tea & coffee making facilities in all bedrooms
  • TV in all bedrooms
  • Washer/Dryer
  • WiFi

Specialist Features

  • Christmas/New Year Programme
  • Honeymoon Breaks
  • Marketed as green/environmentally friendly
  • Mobile Phone Reception
  • Pets (Proprietors) on premises
  • Special provisions for cyclists
  • Special provisions for walkers

Travel & Trade

  • Packed lunches available
  • Wi-fi available

Venue Facilities

  • Area for musician/band
  • Beach adajacent for photography
  • Catering available in house
  • Champagne breakfast available
  • Child care facility available
  • Choice of marriage rooms
  • Dedicated wedding planner
  • Garden/grounds available for photography
  • Late licence for evening receptions
  • Overnight accommodation available
  • Sea views available for photography

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