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Beach Road, Torquay TQ1 3LX England
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  • All linens sanitised in high-temperature wash
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
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#65 of 148 in Torquay
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Chic, boutique 5 star inn privately owned and managed by the de Savary family in the unrivalled location of Babbacombe Bay. There are 10 contemporary, New-England style bedrooms and suites with outstanding sea-view, 6 newly launched Beach Huts and 2 Beach Suites plus 7 coastal cottages for rental. All have excellent sea views with outdoor decks, balconies or gardens. The atmosphere is luxuriously relaxing and friendly. Head Chef, Steve Poyner and his team serve the very best of creative, English heritage dishes focusing on local, seasonal ingredients in an informal and relaxed setting. Hearty breakfasts, long lunches and lazy suppers indoors or out on the sun-terraces. Sheltering in its own unsung part of the South Devon Coast, the English Riviera, the inn is accessible by water and has its own moorings. Enjoy the stunning spa with its hydrotherapy pool, experience showers, sauna, steam room and beauty treatment rooms. Dog and family friendly. The inn is perfect for those looking for a luxurious and private getaway. It will blow the cobwebs away!
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool with view
Sauna
Free breakfast
Beach
Game room
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Wifi
Bar / lounge
Restaurant
Breakfast buffet
Breakfast in the room
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Special diet menus
Hiking
Fishing
Board games / puzzles
Spa
Facial treatments
Foot massage
Head massage
Massage
Massage chair
Steam room
BBQ facilities
Baggage storage
Newspaper
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Shared lounge / TV area
Sun terrace
Private check-in / check-out
Ironing service
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Room features
Bathrobes
Desk
Fireplace
Housekeeping
Private balcony
Coffee / tea maker
Flatscreen TV
Complimentary toiletries
Seating area
Clothes rack
Iron
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Refrigerator
iPod docking station
Hair dryer
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Ocean view
Non-smoking rooms
Suites
Family rooms
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Harbour View
Romantic
Languages Spoken
English, French
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708Robin wrote a review Yesterday
West Sussex, United Kingdom1271 contributions90 helpful votes
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Not many hotels have a beach hut to stay in but this one does so it makes it a bit different. The hotel has a great setting and views by the beach and a short walk to the funicular railway into Babbacombe. It is expensive, so thankfully breakfast, which was great, was included. The service was also excellent and we ate in the pod outside which was again a bit different. There is a spa but they now charge £25 a day. The hotel is set at the bottom of a very steep hill, but they will bring your car to reception if you want to go to the surrounding area.
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Date of stay: May 2022
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Room Tip: Try a beach hut, although they are more expensive the normal rooms
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glyn morgan wrote a review Yesterday
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We were at cary arms back in October of last year and when we left I quietly booked a three night stay for our 20 yr anniversary a week ago. We can not fault at all the Cary arms at Babbacombe for their hospitality the staff are fantastic, the chefs put on the best breakfast, lunch, and dinner . The rooms are great with lovely fees of Babbacombe bay and our room this time was Fleet Admiral you will not be disappointed,! Not much else to say it’s just a “ great place” Glyn Morgan
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Date of stay: May 2022
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Passionate-Owners wrote a review 16 May
Brighton, United Kingdom351 contributions143 helpful votes
Forgot to review this fine hotel after our February visit. We loved it, upon entering it’s very casual and in fact a little pub like. The staff are exceptionally warm and welcoming, ourselves and the dog enjoyed the excellent room/suite over the water. It was beautifully appointed, spacious and comfortable with everything included that you’d expect. Nice linen, great shower, etc etc. Breakfast was very good, their boisterous service team really went out of their way to take care of us, we ate dinner here as well and although the food on the menu is relatively simple the quality is excellent. We might return with our children on another occasion. Beautiful location, well appointed but again kudos to the excellent staff they have 👍
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Date of stay: February 2022Trip type: Travelled
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bobd72 wrote a review 15 May
London, United Kingdom88 contributions141 helpful votes
Stayed at the Cary Arms with my wife and toddler for a long weekend. We had a great stay. The hotel has very nice amenities and modern touches while still keeping its charm. The location is great and views are stunning. Food and service are excellent. We forget our stroller and they were very helpful in getting it back. A special place.
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Date of stay: May 2022Trip type: Travelled
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martinabC4723KM wrote a review 11 May
London, United Kingdom3 contributions
After a gruelling tine with my husbands health we needed a get away and we both searched online and funny enough both like the Cary Arms, so we booked it. Oh my word, this was jut what we needed, it was the best few days we have had. The STAFF are just AMAZING! The setting and the views wow, the walks, the food it was absolutely wonderful. The spa treatments with Chloe just made us so chilled out. We had the best time. Olivia, Linda, Anne-Marie, Rachel, Bailey, Tracey, Dave and all the staff you are an absolute treasure and they are very lucky to have you all. We will be back every year without fail. Please try this beautiful place.
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Date of stay: May 2022
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Response from Rob Allen, General Manager at Cary Arms & Spa
Responded 5 days ago
Good afternoon Martina, Thank you for your lovely comments. I do believe that the staff we have set us apart from the rest so its nice to see them all be recognised. I will pass on your comments to the team who will be happy to hear them. I look forwarded to welcoming you back. Best wishes, Jack Howell
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tanyacarlton70 wrote a review 10 May
Exeter, United Kingdom73 contributions18 helpful votes
£15 for 2 pints of lager and a bag of crisps.. Torquays most expensive pub.. Which sits in a lovely location but still smells of sewage..Its not even table service.. At least Dick Turpin wore a mask 😑💩😑
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Date of stay: May 2022Trip type: Travelled
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Response from Rob Allen, General Manager at Cary Arms & Spa
Responded 5 days ago
Good afternoon Tanya, Thank you for taking the time write us a review. I do unfortunately have to disagree with you on the points that you made above. I know of several places in Torquay that have a similar if not higher price tariff. People do presume we are just a local pub when in fact we are a five star hotel so our prices do reflect that. With regards to the smelling of sewage this is the first time this has been mentioned none of our other guests have mentioned it to me or any of the team but i will look into it. If you would like to discuss the points you have made further please do not hesitate to contact me directly jack@caryarms.co.uk Best wishes, Jack Howell
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Miasummer1 wrote a review 8 May
Bristol, United Kingdom4 contributions1 helpful vote
We returned for a complimentary treatment at the spa and it was totally amazing. Chantelle did a fab job, the products smelt amazing and I would happily say it’s the best massage I’ve ever had. Thank you Chantelle
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Date of stay: May 2022Trip type: Travelled
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Responded 5 days ago
Good afternoon Mia, Thank you for your review. I will pass on your lovely comments to Chantelle who will be happy to hear such wonderful feedback. Best wishes, Jack Howell
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Anne wrote a review 7 May
Haslemere, United Kingdom12 contributions1 helpful vote
Beautiful setting, fabulous room practically on the beach with a beautiful deck and lovely staff. Breakfast was delicious and evening meal was also excellent (although my medium steak was a bit over cooked on one night). The menu was the same for a whole stay so for our last night we ate elsewhere. I am sure we will be back!
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Date of stay: March 2022Trip type: Travelled
Room Tip: Lane to car park is very narrow with walls either side: manageable as long as you are not a...
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Response from Rob Allen, General Manager at Cary Arms & Spa
Responded 5 days ago
Good afternoon Anne, Thank you for your feedback. I will pass on your comments to the team in particular our Chef and i will review our menu options with him. I am glad overall your stay with us was relaxing. Hopefully we get the chance to welcome you back in the future. Best wishes, Jack Howell
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Roger Pearson wrote a review 2 May
Torquay, United Kingdom9 contributions4 helpful votes
The food was average at best considering the price, as the menu was ‘pub food’ at restaurant prices. I don’t mind spending money for good food but there are many places in Torquay that are far better than the Cary Arms, and it felt like the great location meant they didn’t really have to bother. The staff were lovely and really helpful but the management felt a little out of their depth for such a picturesque venue with a premium price of food and drink. It’s still a great venue for a drink outside due to the stunning view but I certainly won’t be visiting for food again. I’m not sure advertising it as owned by the Desavry family is much of a selling point considering it has barely changed from the old welcoming pub that it used to be. It would be better to focus on the food the menu.
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Date of stay: May 2022Trip type: Travelled
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Response from Rob Allen, General Manager at Cary Arms & Spa
Responded 1 week ago
Good afternoon Roger, Thank you for your feedback. I'm sorry to hear that the food wasn't to your liking. I will pass on your kind comments about the team. If you would like to go into more detail please feel free to email me at jack@caryarms.co.uk Kind regards, Jack
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Cadi wrote a review Apr 2022
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The Cary Arms, Babbacombe, Devon When the friendly concierge lifted our luggage from the boot for us we knew we were in for a special week. The staff, facilities and location were so stunning to us as we arrived for the fabled First Holiday since the passing of the last 2 years strewn with anxiety, grief and frustration, were so overwhelmingly stunning that I burst into tears. The main building is a cosy pub sitting on the bay populated by seabirds, seals and the local scuba club. After a delicious dinner featuring a great choice of local fish and multiple excellent vegan options, further exploration of the Cary Arms reveals a cosy resident’s lounge, a spotless spa, and our very well-appointed ‘beach hut’ accommodation, which are all welcoming, and deliciously peaceful. We ate our mixture of hearty and healthy breakfasts amongst other guests, though never felt crowded. The afternoons relaxing in the spa were similarly peaceful, since Covid restrictions require pre-booking, and the hosts are able to ensure numbers remain limited at any given time. To work up our appetites we swam from the jetty, and walked sections of the South West Coastal path which are both meters away from the door. We rewarded ourselves for our efforts with more spa sessions. Only the allure of the cocktails on the sunny terraces before dinner could drag us away from the pool with it’s panoramic view of Babbacombe bay over towards Taunton and beyond. Once seated, we were treated to excellent service and a fantastic wine list, again with many vegan choices. Alex and Richard were just two of the whole team who looked after us kindly and professionally. On the final morning I had one more pre-breakfast swim in the bay, before the concierge drove us back to our car, the departure only softened by the vow that we will return again and again to relive one of my favourite holidays ever
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Date of stay: April 2022
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Responded 1 week ago
Good afternoon Cadi, Thank you for your kind review. I am glad you enjoyed your stay here with us. I will pass on your lovely feedback to the team. Hopefully we get the chance to welcome you back. Kind regards, Jack
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US$292 - US$474 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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LOCATION
United KingdomEnglandDevonEnglish RivieraTorquay
NUMBER OF ROOMS
25
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Frequently Asked Questions about Cary Arms & Spa
Which popular attractions are close to Cary Arms & Spa?
Nearby attractions include Babbacombe Theatre (0.2 miles), Babbacombe & Oddicombe - South West Coast Path (0.2 miles), and George Inn (0.3 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Cary Arms & Spa?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at Cary Arms & Spa?
Top room amenities include a flat screen TV, a refrigerator, and a desk.
What food & drink options are available at Cary Arms & Spa?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Cary Arms & Spa?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Cary Arms & Spa?
Conveniently located restaurants include Hamiltons Club, The Buccaneer Inn, and Babbacombe Inn.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Cary Arms & Spa?
Yes, guests have access to a sauna and a pool with a view during their stay.
Are pets allowed at Cary Arms & Spa?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Cary Arms & Spa?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and French.
Are there any historical sites close to Cary Arms & Spa?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Torre Abbey (1.8 miles), Oldway Mansion (3.6 miles), and English Riviera UNESCO Global Geopark (1.4 miles).
Does Cary Arms & Spa have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the harbour view available here.