Why so chic?

Why travel experts chose this hotel
  • Award-winninghotel

  • Relaxing beachside spa

  • Family activities

Chic Treats

Only when you book with Chic

Room upgrade (subject to availability)

Early check-in/late check-out (subject to availability)

Welcome drinks

  • Overview

    The Cary Arms & Spa is a charming, small boutique hotel located in the glorious seaside town of Babbacombe, Devon. With stunning views, it sits along a wide stretch of stunning coastline.

    Reconnect with nature as you stroll along the coastal paths, or explore the many rock pools Devon has to offer. The hotel also has beautiful beach huts, beach suites and a stunning contemporary spa. After a long day, head back to a hearty pub lunch before relaxing in the beach-style bedrooms. 

    This quaint little bolthole is a great place for a romantic or family trip. You can even bring along a four-legged friend, who will receive their own bed, personalised dog bowl and treat! 


    This lovely beachside Chic Retreat is set on ensuring a memorable seaside trip from the off. Children are provided with a bucket, spade and fishing net on arrival and will have plenty to explore along the bay.

    Try your hand at fishing, with fishing rods provided. There are plenty of bass, black bream and mackerel to find. Water sports enthusiasts will be spoilt with diving and RIB riding facilities, windsurfing, waterskiing, kayaking and sailing close to hand.

    Take a romantic walk along the stunning coastal paths, or explore the surrounding area by horse or bike. Guests are welcome to play tennis in the nearby courts and the family can take to the 18-hole putting green. Keen golfers up for a challenge can take to one of the award-winning golf courses.

    Of course many may just want to relax in this secluded setting; the spa has three treatment rooms, an innovative mood-enhancing aromatherapy light shower, a hydrotherapy pool, a gym, steam room and a sauna. To top it all off, there is an indoor relaxation area and outdoor sun deck.

    Using leading marine-themed French beauty and skincare brand Thalgo, you can relax and rejuvenate with massages, facials and manicures. It;s the perfect way to wash away the aches and stresses of everyday life.

    It is well worth indulging yourself here as spa access is complimentary with any Thalgo beauty treatment. For those of you who wish to make use of the facilities without having a treatment, there is a daily £25 charge.


    The Cary Arms cooks up award-winning gastro pub meals, served in a comfortable stone-walled setting or out on the terrace. The 'Captain's Table' is a great setting, a small terrace overlooking the bay, or the futuristic looking orb is a lovely spot to dine out among the garden blooms.

    The menu includes traditional English dishes with international influences. All meals are created using locally-sourced ingredients by the head chef Ben Kingdon and his team. There is also an outdoor BBQ for al fresco cooking.

  • Facilities



    car parking

    child friendly




    gym/fitness room

    pets allowed



    spa treatment room

    swimming pool

    wheelchair access


    24-hour front-desk
  • Location

    Oddicombe Beach Hill,, Babbacombe,, Babbacombe TQ1 3LX, South Devon, United Kingdom

    How to get there?

    By Car:
    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, take the coastal B3199 to Babbacombe, crossing the River Teign and continue following signs to Babbacombe. At mini roundabout continue forward on the B3199 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 left onto Beach Road. By Air Get to Devon quickly with Air Southwest. Fly to Plymouth from London Gatwick, London City, Bristol, Manchester, Leeds Bradford, Newcastle, Glasgow, Cork, Dublin, Jersey and Guernsey. By Train To Newton Abbot Mainline takes just 15minutes. Hourly services are from London Paddington (2hrs 32mins). Transfers can be arranged to and from the station to the Cary Arms.

    Nearest airport

    Exeter airport is a 38 minute drive from the airport (26 miles).

  • Rooms
    Need help? Speak to our Reservations Team on +44 203 397 0085 or email us
    Opening Hours 08.00 - 18.00 Monday - Friday (UK time)

    The Cary Arms & Spa has 8 individually-styled rooms evoking seaside charm with bold stripes, tiled floors, large bay windows and fresh white sheets. Internationally renowned designer Kathleen Fraser has created a jaunty seaside-chic air in these welcoming rooms with nuances of New England style. Rooms have stunning views of the bay and most have terrace balconies where guests are free to sit out in the fresh sea breeze in their own private space. Beds have Italian bed linen, made-to-order fabrics and large bathrooms with sumptuous Elemis bath products and bathrobes. Most en-suites have both a bath & shower.

    The Cary Arms & Spa also has 1-4 bedroom self-catering cottages, all with the same fresh design of the inn along with fitted kitchens. Guests are provided with a welcome hamper to start them off and cottages have either an open gas fire or log fire for a cosy night in on a blustery night.  The Cary Arms newest addition, a restored 1840s fisherman’s cottage (Rose Cottage) is just steps away from the beach and is now available for rental. With four double rooms and one single, Rose Cottage is the archetypal picture-postcard inspired home away from home. 

    2016 saw the arrival of 6 super chic Beach Huts and 2 Beach Suites; New England elegance meets traditional seaside charm overlooking the sea. A large sun deck with loungers and an indoor sitting room with woodburner, wet bar and contemporary bathroom complement the spacious bedroom on the upper deck.

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  • Conditions
    Payments policy

    The room tariff includes breakfast. The cottage tariff is a self-catering tariff.
    Credit card charges and VAT are included in the tariff.
    Single occupancy attracts a £50 reduction from the standard tariff.
    The tariff is subject to change except in respect of bookings already made.
    There is a minimum 2 night stay on Fridays and Saturdays.
    Credit card details are required on booking to secure your booking.

    Cancellation policy

    If a room booking is cancelled within 21 days of arrival, the full amount will be charged if the Cary Arms are unable to re-let the room.
    If cancellation is made within 48 hours of arrival, the full room rate will be charged.

    If a cottage booking is cancelled within 12 weeks of arrival, the there will be no refund if the Cary Arms are unable to re-let the property for the whole period of the booking. Any outstanding balance due for the booking shall be deemed as payable.

    Check-in/check-out policy

    Check-in is at 2pm
    Check-out is at 11am

    Pets policy

    Dogs are welcomed and a dog bed and bowl can be provided. We charge £20 per night for dogs. There is no dog fee in the cottages.



Each hotel selected for its unique charm by Lulu the founder.


Special benefits only guests booking through Chic Retreats obtain.


If you find your stay cheaper elsewhere we will give you £50 towards your next stay with us.

Need help? Speak to our Reservations Team on +44 203 397 0085 or email us
Opening Hours 08.00 - 18.00 Monday - Friday (UK time)



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Opening Hours 08.00 - 18.00 Monday - Friday (UK time)