Cary Arms and Spa – Babbacombe Beach, Devon
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Approached to by a narrow lane that descends the cliff, its location is nothing short of spectacular. Once ensconced in the Cary Arms & Spa – owned by Peter and Lana de Savary – you feel as though you’re in a Mills & Boon romance and Famous Five adventure rolled into one. Its delightful bedrooms, with echoes of New England-style, are each supplied with a stick of rock on the snow-white pillows. Eat Devon beef and Lyme Bay lobster in the stone-walled, slate-floored bar, or on pretty terraces that hang over the bay. Bedrooms in the inn are sumptuous and seaside-fresh, while the beach huts and suites are beautiful and contemporary. There are also five smart cottages sleeping groups from four to eight, each with their own gardens and sundowner spots. While you wouldn’t usually expect sybaritic luxury at a self-styled ‘Inn on the Beach’, there’s actually a state-of-the-art spa with a hydrotherapy pool, steam and sauna, and marine Thalgo treatments. Romantic, family friendly and perfect for walkers, sailors, fishermen and dog lovers, there’s something here for everyone.
Doubles from £269
+44 (0)1803 327110; caryarms.co.uk