Award winning Cary Arms & Spa has just celebrated its 10th anniversary. And if this is the first time you’re hearing about it, prepare to ask, how you missed any hotel this perfect for so long.
Not only does Cary Arms sit beachfront on Babbacombe Bay, it virtually has its toes in the water and stares straight out over endless sea views. There’s plenty of Jurassic Coast drama all around too, paired nicely with South Devon countryside and more than a hint of nearby Torquay – one of several charming neighbours round these parts. That’s a great score on location, but how does a hotel described as having ‘the personality of a traditional English Inn and style of a boutique luxury hotel’, stack up when it comes to families? Remarkably well as it happens. Turns out it’s kid-friendly in the extreme, loves to have dogs come stay; has an outstanding spa; its restaurant is drenched in accolades but also serves up an ingenious children’s menu, and you can choose to stay in heritage family cottages, endearing beach huts or in one of the luxurious new beach suites. Tempted? It just gets better, because Cary Arms & Spa is generously giving Family Traveller readers 10% discount on best available rates throughout 2020. And if you need more reasons to finally discover why Cary Arms won Readers Award 2020 at the Condé Nast Johansens National Awards for Excellence and what persuaded The Sunday Times Best Places To Stay to pop it on their 100 Top British Hotels list, read on:
That’s a rhetorical question at Cary Arms, because nothing is sweeter than their beautifully restored holiday cottages on Babbacombe Bay. All four were originally built in the 1800s so heritage is a given and it’s been held onto with authentic touches like open fireplaces and beamed ceilings, there’s even one with a thatched roof, a couple with large and child-friendly gardens, and they all have patios, sun terraces and big sea views, of course.
If you’re holidaying with baby, fall in love with one of the hotel’s beach huts. Totally authentic outside and contemporary duplex design inside, they sleep two (plus a cot) and their combo of cool fresh looks and cocoon-y cosiness is nigh on irresistible, summer or winter. Or you can go full Riviera-lux on the Devon coast with one of Cary Arms’ new Beach Suites designed to let you gaze at the sea day and night or lounge around in 900m² of opulence – up to and including your view-rich private sun terrace.