REVIEW: LUXURY OCEAN LODGE AT CARBIS BAY HOTEL & ESTATE, SAINT IVES
When I arrived at Carbis Bay Hotel and Estate in Saint Ives, nothing could prepare me for the breathtaking views. This iconic luxury hotel offers a wide range of accommodation for guests and is the only British hotel with its own Blue Flag, sandy beach. This is a huge selling point. The estate includes a wooded valley and a picturesque coastal path, lying opposite Godrevy Lighthouse - poignant inspiration for Virginia Woolf’s popular novel ‘The Lighthouse’.
Central to the historical estate lies the majestic main house, which dates back to the 19th century. An elegant marble entrance leads to a bar area and a bright and spacious lounge room, conservatory and terrace with excellent views of the mile-long private beach. There are 45 individually designed rooms including suites, with a range of sea and garden-views available, some with balconies. If you have a reason to celebrate, there are stylish function rooms available for hire, as well as a cinema room, board room and business meeting rooms.
For guests requiring something a little more spacious, there are luxurious self-catering and serviced cottages, apartments, bungalows and beach houses. Eight luxurious Ocean Lodges have recently been added to the estate (these caught my eye straight away)!
Active holiday-goers can enjoy kayaking, paddle boarding and sailing at Carbis Bay and I was amazed to see people swimming in the sea in mid December - particularly when three resident seals can be spotted swimming in the shallow waters! I was told the experience is “most invigorating” by locals who seem very relaxed and happy, although I chose not sign up for the challenge.
The C Bay Spa is a real talking point at the hotel - it offers relaxation, replenishment and rejuvenation in zen, candlelit treatment rooms and a stunning fire-heated relaxation room. There’s an outdoor heated pool, hydrotherapy pool, sauna pod, Ruinart Champagne bar and a spa food menu - what more could you wish for?! It’s quite hard to believe you’re not on the French Riviera when you’re in the hot tub admiring the ocean views.
The Ocean Lodge
I had the great pleasure of staying in one of the luxury Ocean Lodge properties right on the beach, an ultra modern 3 bedroom beach house with luxurious beach-inspired decor including an eye-catching rope staircase handrail - hand-wrapped by a talented local artisan. I experienced many an involuntary ‘wow’ moment as I explored the three floors.
Next to the front door of the property is the little gate that opens to reveal a private patio garden with a hot tub, over-looking the beach below. You enter the property through a polished wood front door and pass straight down an impressive spiral staircase to the lower ground floor where you find three en-suite double bedrooms, two with sea views. The properties feel very new and are flawless throughout.
The spacious basement floor features a luxurious open plan kitchen, dining and living space - perfect for entertaining and relaxation. Floor-to-ceiling glass framed by heavy curtains showcase the vast ocean at beach level. Sliding doors open onto a terrace area with an outdoor dining table and chairs, BBQ and direct beach access.
There’s a long dining table, Bond-esque modern fireplace below a large Bang and Olufsen TV, two large sofas, vintage replica Scrabble set, rolled blankets and flip-flops in baskets. A Nespresso machine enticed me over to the kitchen area with all mod cons including pop up plug sockets on the island bar - great for a make-shift office! I set up my MacBook, pleased to be sending emails in such a gorgeous setting.
Seasonal Food & Drink
The hotel’s award-winning Sands Restaurant is located within the main hotel, serving daily-changing specials and Cornish-style fine dining menus under chandeliers, with brilliant views of St Ives Bay. When dinner time arrived, I opted for a green salad starter, flavoursome confit of sweet potato / spinach for the main and coconut sorbet with fresh fruit for dessert. Mr Musings went down the steak route, as always. Beautifully presented food was served with a smile and the in-house pianist elevated the dining experience with renditions of much-loved songs. It is easy to see why the restaurant was awarded two AA Rosettes for culinary excellence.
For guests and visitors requiring something a little more casual, the Mediterranean-style Beach Club or Hungry Gannet are serving up classic British dishes very close by.
A wholesome veggie Cornish breakfast in the hotel dining room followed a very peaceful night’s sleep (the breakfast menu and buffet offer something for everyone). I woke up to the sound of the waves and enjoyed an espresso in the sunshine on the balcony of my bedroom. For most, waking up to private beach views in England is something of a rarity. This experience is one that I will recall with fondness for the rest of my days.
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Address: Carbis Bay, Saint Ives TR26 2NP