Carbis Bay

St Ives, TR26 2NP

Why it makes the list

Perfectly poised on the waterfront of one of the UK’s most beautiful bays, with 125 acres of space and a private beach, Carbis Bay is a stalwart of Cornwall’s luxury hotel scene. As well as the luxury Carbis Bay Hotel with its individually designed rooms, the estate includes The Gannet Inn and Gannet House, as well as a range of self-catering accommodation, cottages and serviced apartments. Rooms are inspired by their scenic surroundings, with chic coastal interiors. Particularly impressive are the Beach Lodges, offering beachside luxury, with infinity views of St Ives Bay, right on the award-winning Carbis Bay beach. 

The hotel has direct access to the South West Coast Path, and stunning St Ives is just 25 minutes away on foot. For something more tranquil, the C Bay Spa, with a heated outdoor swimming pool, jacuzzi and hydrotherapy pool is an invitation to indulge. There is also a luxury yacht available to guests, and a beachside hot tub, a perfect spot to watch the sunset over the ocean.


Carbis Bay Estate comprises the luxury Carbis Bay Hotel with 36 individually designed rooms with airy, chich interiors, The Gannet Inn and Gannet House, as well as a range of self-catering accommodation, cottages and serviced apartments, set against the backdrop of the Estate’s privately owned 25-acre Blue Flag beach.

Beach Lodges offer three or four ensuite bedrooms, a large open-plan living space and dining room, a kitchenette and a private garden, allowing guests to maximise the opportunity to enjoy the Bay’s outstanding views. Carbis Bay Beach Lodges have laid back luxury in abundance, with mood lighting, Bang & Olufsen entertainment systems and floor to ceiling windows overlooking the breath-taking golden sands of Carbis Bay


The size and scale of Carbis Bay Estates means there is a fantastic range of dining options.
Ugly Butterfly, the brainchild of chef Adam Handling, offers an all-day dining experience. The Ugly Butterfly bar uses trims and offcuts from the ingredients used in the restaurant to create delicious drinks and bar snacks. There is a focus on hyper-local ingredients, sourcing fish from Harlyn Bay, Portilly Oysters, razor clams from the Hale Estuary, Cornish sea buckthorn, Cornish Gouda, and Saint Ewe eggs.

Walters on the Beach offers stylish Cornish fine dining at its best, with incredible views of St Ives Bay. Diners enjoy international dishes and British classics. Fresh fish and seafood arrive daily from the nearby harbour. Particularly delicious are the small plates, like – ‘Little Fish Finger’ and Homemade Chorizo and Chicken Caesar Croquettes.

The Orangery includes a picturesque decking area and sun terrace, a perfect spot to meet for breakfast, coffee, light lunches, Cornish cream, teas and evening tapas. Again, affo

The Beach Club Restaurant is laid-back setting to dine, sink cocktails or have a coffee right by the water’s edge. With live entertainment in the evenings as well as an extended lower deck to create a larger outdoor dining area.

The Hungry Gannet resides in The Gannet Inn and offers a traditional British fayre with a modern twist. The menu has been created by the Rosette winning chef at the Carbis Bay Hotel, Spa & Estate. The menu is brimming with locally sourced ingredients from the finest Cornish producers and the interiors are stylish and quirky.