Our roving doggy reporter TeamCocopup Charlie and doting dog mum Hannah Tan-Gillies return to the Cary Arms to see if the magic of this chic coastal getaway is indeed still as magical as it was during their first visit.
We visited the Cary Arms in October 2018, during one of our first dog-friendly assignments for House of Coco. Back then, we were seriously impressed by the luxury beach huts, the swish spa, delicious food and of course warm and friendly service of the staff. While the sun evaded us during our first visit, we were still enamoured by the magic of Cary Arms, a blissful dog-friendly retreat in Babbacombe Bay.
Five years later – and it’s clear that the magic remains. The Cary Arms, which sits right on the bay, has once again impressed. We returned to the beach huts – which are spacious luxury coastal accommodation that blend punchy coastal-chic interiors while maximising the glorious seaside views. Like any De Savary Property, you can expect a bottle of sloe gin upon arrival, traditional food with a twist, and luxe furnishings and ambiance that is luxurious without being alienating.
Dogs are allowed in most public spaces aside from the spa and the atrium, and Charlie certainly enjoyed the doggy meals on offer too. At the Cary Arms, guests can enjoy some truly fabulous coastal walks, ending in a red beach on the other side of the bay. The sun was shining during our visit and so Charlie certainly enjoyed (maybe even a little too much) his coastal walks and swims on Babbacombe Bay.
The 1AA Rosette Restaurant is moody and atmospheric in the evenings and convivial during the day, with dog treats at the bar for well-behaved pups. There are light sandwiches for lunch, and a fabulous menu of Devon dishes for dinner that make the most of the locally sourced produce available.
Indulge and enjoy a treatment in the spa, which offers everything from massages to manicures. Afterwards, read a book by the pool, enjoy a sweat sesh in the sauna while revelling in the glorious views of the sea beyond.
Despite this being our second visit, it certainly felt like returning home – and yes – the magic was still there. We can only be so lucky to return a third time.
For more information visit https://www.caryarms.co.uk/