Its location is nothing short of spectacular, approached by a steep lane that descends the cliff. Once ensconced, the Cary Arms & Spa – owned by Peter and Lana de Savary – feels like a setting from a Mills & Boon romance and Famous Five adventure rolled into one, its delightful bedrooms each supplied with a stick of rock on 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, beach huts and beach suites are beautiful and contemporary, and there are also two new cottages to choose from. While no-one would expect sybaritic luxury at an ‘inn on the beach’, there’s actually a state-of-the-art spa offering indulgent marine Thalgo treatments. Romantic, family-friendly and perfect for walkers, fishermen, sailors and dog-lovers: the Cary Arms & Spa has something for everyone. A worthy winner of Bronze in the recent Visit England Awards for Excellence.
Doubles from £265
+44 (0)1803 327110; caryarms.co.uk
The Jurassic Coastline, providing a walk through time with its rocks and fossils, discover detailed stories from the Earth’s ancient past.
A delicious seafood platter outside on the decks or at the Captain’s Table.
The Thalgo Exception Marine range. World leader and originator of the marine spa and beauty trend for over 50 years, Thalgo harnesses the riches of the sea so you can benefit from powerful healing, revitalising and rebalancing properties vital for health and well-being.
CLAIM TO FAME
Babbacombe Bay has long been a royal favourite – when Queen Victoria’s visited in 1846 she commented: “It’s a beautiful spot… red cliffs and rocks with wooded hills like Italy and reminding one of a ballet or play where nymphs appear – such rocks and grottoes, with the deepest sea on which there was no ripple”. These days it’s a firm favourite with “Queen” of the Jungle, Georgia Toffolo and other well-known faces.
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