A stunning cresent-shaped bay with white sands and lazily lapping waves topped with a beach-side bistro, luxury spa and hotel: welcome to Carbis Bay…
Close to St Ives, Carbis Bay is a something of a hidden haven where much has been happening in recent years.
Carbis Bay Hotel Carbis Bay Hotel has added to its significant charms with multi-award winning C-Bay Spa featuring its own Champagne bar while the beach features a stunning bar and bistro offering indoor and outdoor views of this 25-acre privately owned Blue Flag beach offering everything from a coffee stop to fine Mediterranean cuisine. The 5* Gannet Inn, sister to Carbis Bay Hotel, is another fun place to be. Also, check out their wide range of self-catering properties from chic cottages, luxuryapartments and beach houses. Coming soon are new luxury beachside lodges and suites, all on Carbis Bay Beach.
Top 5 things to do in and around Carbis Bay:
1. TAKE TO THE OCEAN
Try your hand at stand up paddle boarding (SUP) or a range of other ocean-based activities. The Ocean Sports Centre on Carbis Bay beach, holds regular SUPwise approved classes and coaching sessions which are run by some of the country’s leading watersports professionals.
2. STROLL TO ST IVES ON THE SOUTH WEST COAST PATH
Take a gentle 20-minute stroll along the South West Coast Path from Carbis Bay to St Ives and enjoy spectacular views over St Ives Bay. The route takes in prehistoric field positions, a Celtic saint’s medieval chapel and a fisherman’s lookout hut. On arrival in St Ives, explore the charming maze of narrow cobbled streets and fisherman’s cottages in the heart of old St Ives, known to the locals as Downalong. Visit the local museum and delve into the life and times of bygone St Ives. Return to Carbis Bay by train on the local branch line – and enjoy the view sitting down.
3. BARBARA HEPWORTH MUSEUM SCULPTURE GARDENS
Discover the spellbinding home and unique garden of artist Dame Barbara Hepworth. Gain a remarkable insight into the work of one of Britain’s most important twentieth century artists who made St Ives her home for more htan 25 years. Sculptures in bronze, stone and wood are on display in the museum and garden, along with paintings, drawings and an array of fascinating archive material.
4. TAKE TO THE SKIES
Enjoy a spectacular helicopter pleasure flight from St Ives between 26 July-6 August.
Follow the rugged Cornish coastline landscape between St Ives and Lands End on this spectacular tour. Notable landmarks include Pendeen Lighthouse, Land’s End and the Minack Theatre not to mention countless Engine Houses and the remains of Cornwall’s tin mining heritage and the beautiful Cornish coast and countryside.
Your pilot will ensure you don’t miss any of the thrilling landmarks en-route.
5. EXPLORE SEAL ISLAND
Since 2007 St Ives Boat Services has been taking St Ives’ passengers to discover and explore Seal Island and Godrevy Lighthouse. St Ives Bay and the rugged Western Approaches have an abundance of marine wildlife including dolphins, seals, sunfish, basking sharks and seabirds.
The trips are family-friendly for all ages and dogs are allowed. Up to two children go free with a family ticket during off-season periods.