Devon Dreams In Babbacombe Bay: Cary Arms

by Apr 24, 2018

Want to spot dolphins and seals from an inn nestled into the cliffs? Emily Eaves enjoyed fresh seafood, beach walks and the beautiful views of Cary Arms and Spa on the Beach.

There’s a real sense of arriving somewhere special at the Cary Arms and Spa on the Beach. Drive cautiously down the steep winding road down to this magical spot and be prepared for the warmest seaside welcome. This place is unique – part old English inn, part luxury boutique hotel. It’s an award winning combination and creates an atmosphere that owner Lana de Savary should be incredibly proud of.

The setting is really breathtaking – wide open views of the sea and the coastline beyond. You can spend your days sitting on the multiple terraces with a strong coffee or Gin and Tonic watching boats come in and out, or spotting dolphins and seals from the ‘Captain’s Table’. You can cosy up in the New England style inspired bedrooms and suites – which come complete with all the necessities (Kit Kats, Nespresso, sloe gin, white fluffy bath robes, reading books). You can spend your days walking for miles along the coastal paths or skimming stones on the beach directly below.

This is a location for every season. Don’t be fooled into thinking it’s a Summer spot, to be booked only for sun drenched days and warm evenings. There are roaring log fires and a Resident’s Lounge with arm chairs and a pool table – ideal for a stormy day when the sea views would be truly dramatic. In Winter it’s soul warming, in Summer it’s the perfect base for days at the beach and dinners al fresco.

Ah yes, the food. With its proximity to Brixham’s famous fish market, there’s really only one way to go here. From kippers at breakfast time, to the most delicious mussels, John Dory and scallops on the menu – eat as much seafood as you can. The hotel, who really have thought of everything, even offer fishing rods for you to take down to the pier below and offer to cook any mackerel that you catch. Sourcing of food is thoughtful and local wherever possible and the service is friendly making this place as popular with walkers and beach goers as it is with residents.

If the views alone aren’t enough to have you relaxed and luxuriated, there’s also a spoiling state of the art spa for you to escape to. The waterfall hydrotherapy pool looks out over the bay and the sauna and steam room are perfect for unwinding. Continuing the marine theme, the spa uses French beauty and skincare brand Thalgo in their treatment rooms where you can enjoy a variety of massages, facials and body treatments. If you’re on a minibreak, why not book the couples massage room and enjoy the experience together?

It’s no surprise that the Cary Arms and Spa on the Beach was awarded Bronze in the “Boutique Guest Accommodation of the Year” category in the Visit England Awards for Excellence. An absolute gem and we can’t wait to go back.

Deluxe rooms start from £245, Beach Huts from £375 and Beach Suites from £475 per room per night.
01803 327110


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About Emily Eaves

Co Founder and Editor at To Work or Play, Emily has been Freelance Copywriting for over 10 years. She is passionate about food, drink, travel, design and finding ways to keep her two children out of trouble.

With a background in Luxury Restaurant and Hotel PR, Emily moved from London to Dorset in 2019. She now spends weekends at the beach and daydreams about her vegetable garden.