On the picturesque Cornish coastline, Carbis Bay Hotel has a dramatic spa setting. With pebble-lined walls, white-wash woods and cool, earth furnishings, C-Bay Spa is a serene place for a seaside spa escape. The spa is set over two levels, each with views over the Atlantic Ocean. There's an outdoor pool and hot tub, sauna pod, relaxation lounge and a VIP treatment suite on the beach. The treatment menu uses Voya and Aromatherapy Associates products to deliver a range of holistic and beauty-based spa therapies.
- Single sex facilities
- XXL robes available
- Family swim times
- 15-metre pool
- Sauna pod
- Relaxation lounge
- 2 single treatment rooms (1 with a bath)
- 1 double treatment room
- 1 VIP treatment suite for couples on the beach
- Luxury Sunseeker yacht
- Aromatherapy Associates
- Lava Shells
Our Spa Spy review
The five-star Carbis Bay Hotel & Spa sits proudly above a wide stretch of golden sand. As settings go, it's hard to beat.
The white-washed property cleverly blends old and new. Ornate coving, parquet floors and photos of a bygone era happily give way to a modern white conservatory with large terrace facing the sea. Here, only a few panels of glass separate you from the beach, making this a popular spot to sip something cold and watch the sunset.
C Bay Spa is the newest addition to the hotel: a square, contemporary wooden building making the most of the views through floor-to-ceiling windows.
What's on offer?
The stylish reception area has whitewashed walls and turquoise accents giving a fresh, beachy feel. Here there is a Champagne Bar with white leather stools, a nail bar and several glass stands displaying Opi, Voya and Aromatherapy Associates products.
The small stylish changing rooms have six sage-hued, wooden lockers containing branded robes and flip-flops, together with a navy and white stripy towel. There's one shower behind a frosted-glass door equipped with Aromatherapy Associates shampoo, conditioner and shower gel; open the grey tongue-and-groove door for the toilet (it's not a cupboard, as we first thought). On the way out, you'll find a hairdryer on a white wooden plinth. Changing rooms too busy? Head outside and use one of five new wooden changing huts facing the beach.
The spa's best facility is a 15-metre free-form outdoor heated pool with incredible beach views. Long enough for some gentle lengths, it's surrounded by brown rattan loungers with cream cushions and bright yellow Veuve Clicquot-branded umbrellas. It's the perfect spot for soaking up some Cornish sun.
Warm up in the green mosaic-tiled hydro-pool, with its powerful jets whipping up plenty of bubbles; several "seats" and two lie-flat "beds" can accommodate eight spa-goers.
More loungers are up a handful of stairs behind the hydro-pool, where a quirky wooden sauna pod and a round wooden pavilion for taking lunch await. We loved being able to control the temperature of the sauna pod by operating the timer and using a ladle to pour water over hot coals.
C Bay Spa's relaxation area is a great space to sit and stare at the pool without getting sunburnt. Grab a magazine and some fruit-infused water, and sit on one of several plush stripy sofas facing a modern, wall-mounted fire place -- lit during colder months -- with stacks of logs either side.
Tell us about the treatments
We enjoyed a Deluxe Voya Facial (90 minutes; £105).
My therapist, Enya, collected me from the relaxation area and led me to a beautiful treatment room with sage-hued cupboards, a large shower, and lilac towels on a large treatment bed.
My multi-stage treatment began with Enya coating my back with a warm, exfoliating seaweed scrub which she wiped off with a hot towel. Enya followed this with a back and shoulder massage using warm oil specifically designed to nourish dry skin.
Having found the pesky knots in my upper body, Enya used every trick in her book to work them out: elbows, forearms, stretching, you name it, she used it. It worked -- and it didn't hurt a bit. Clearly, I was in the presence of greatness.
Enya began the Voya facial with a thorough cleanse using a waxy balm. The scrub that followed (called Love A Scrub) reminded me of Christmas, with its heady notes of almond.
Enya massaged my face using a serum called My Little Hero before painting on a warm seaweed mask. She then placed warm pieces of seaweed on my face until all but my mouth and eyes were covered. The smell wasn't great -- and the slimy sensation a little odd -- but I stuck with it.
While the sea-based concoction moisturised my skin, Enya pulled a fragrant conditioner containing forget-me-knot through my hair and performed a wonderful scalp massage.
Hot towels, dots of eye cream and a luxurious face cream later and I was done, but not before Enya placed a warm pillow over my eyes to allow me to "come to" slowly -- a nice touch.
Everything in the Voya range hails from the sea and, as such, smells salty; fishy, even. The seaweed was definitely slimy but, with skin as smooth as a baby's bum and softened lines on my forehead and around my eyes, the results were undeniable.
The C Bay Spa treatment menu offers Aromatherapy Associates and Voya massages, facials, scrubs and wraps. Voya contains Irish seaweed for natural detoxification, while Aromatherapy Associates offer a palette of scents to help balance body and mind. You can book lava-shell massages, too. Treatments for men use The Refinery range of products. You can also enjoy bathing rituals, some complementary therapies such as reflexology, OPI manicures and pedicures, and Mii make-up.
You can eat lunch in your robe in the Sands restaurant next door to the spa or, if it's available (which it was on our visit), in the outdoor wooden pavilion overlooking the pool. Our pre-ordered lunch was ready and waiting for us on arrival, complete with white tablecloth and silver cutlery.
Our pan-seared St Ives bay mackerel filet was presumably caught that day and was super-fresh and flaky, perfect with citrus crème fraiche and new potatoes with Dijon mustard. We shunned dessert and ordered a glass of Prosecco instead, so that we could drink in more of those views.
That evening we dined at the Sands Restaurant and admired the early evening light flooding through the glass apex ceiling while a pianist tinkled the ivories in the background. Our main course of plaice was light, indulgent and Instragram-worthy. (The chef had rolled up the plaice to look like a white sea shell; what's not to love?) For dessert, we embraced winter with a mulled wine panna cotta with poached pear and cream, which was light, fragrant and as pretty as a picture.
We loved / we didn't love
The outdoor pool, sauna pod and hydro-pool: If the weather is nice, make time to enjoy them all.
The staff: When you love what you do, it shows. Everyone we met at C Bay Spa was helpful, kind and cheerful.
Our treatment was two hours of bliss performed by a very experienced (and utterly charming) therapist.
We didn't love
C Bay Spa lacks a dark relaxation room where you can snooze away post-treatment.
Who do you think would like it?
Couples: The C Bay Spa at Caribs Bay is simply made for romance.
Single spa-goers can feel right at home. C Bay Spa is ideal for a solo pick-me ups with an indulgent treatment, a tasty lunch, and perhaps a glass of Champagne. Schedule your treatment for children's swim time in the summer season.
Walkers: Carbis Bay Hotel and Spa is right on the Cornish coastal path; if you've had a healthy day striding up and down, the spa offers a "Coastal Foot Reviver" just for you.
There are four dining options at Carbis Bay. The Sands Restaurant offers fine dining, The Beach Club is a relaxed space just off the beach to enjoy a cocktail and heartier food, The Lower Deck has a tapas-style menu and The Conservatory offers informal dining include lots of chilren's options.
47 hotel rooms next to the Hotel's blue flag beach.
Open seven days a week from 9am to 7.30pm. Treatments are available from 10am to 5pm.