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14 years of Blue Flags at Carbis Bay

It has been announced today that Carbis Bay beach has retained its Blue Flag status for the 14th year running.

In these uncertain times, it is good to have some certainty and anyone visiting Carbis Bay this summer can be sure that they are visiting one of the country’s – and the world’s – best beaches.

With the current travel restrictions and the likelihood of foreign holidays being cancelled, a day trip to a beach is likely to be the highlight of most people’s summer. Internationally recognised, the Blue Flag acts as a guarantee to visitors that a beach or marina is one of the best in the world.

Administered in Britain by Keep Britain Tidy, the coveted scheme is awarded to Beach Operators that fulfil a number of strict criteria covering environmental information and education, environmental management, water quality, safety and services.

Carbis Bay Hotel, Spa & Estate owns the 25 acres of beach at Carbis Bay, which overlooks the bay and offers guests direct access to the golden sands. Carbis Bay is one the country’s very best beaches, with breath-taking views across to Godrevy Lighthouse, and the twinkling lights of St Ives just visible around the cove. The water and sands are clean, safe and meet the highest environmental standards, as well as the tough international bathing water quality standards.

Stephen Baker, owner of the Carbis Bay Hotel, Spa & Estate said:

It is a delight to be awarded the Blue Flag status for the 14th year running. The awards are given to Beach Operators who make a special effort to manage their coastal water environment and beaches, so retaining the status assures all of our guests and visitors of the very highest standards of care.”

Keep Britain Tidy’s Deputy Chief Executive Richard McIlwain said: “The success of Carbis Bay in reaching the very high standards demanded by both awards is testament to all those who have worked so hard to protect and improve our beaches – from beach managers and volunteers to local people and businesses.

“When you enjoy a trip to a beach flying an international Blue Flag or Seaside Award, you know you are on one of the safest, cleanest and very best in the country. This year, with the pressure on local services created by COVID-19, we would urge anyone visiting this fantastic beach to help out by taking their rubbish home with them and leaving the beach as they found it.”

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Notes to Editors


Keep Britain Tidy is a leading environmental charity that cares for the environment on your doorstep. We work to eliminate littering, reduce waste and improve public space. We run programmes including Eco-Schools, the Green Flag Award for parks and green spaces and the Blue Flag/Seaside Awards for beaches. To find out more about Keep Britain Tidy, our programmes and campaigns visit


The Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE), a non-governmental and non-profit organisation, launched the Blue Flag programme in 1987. Keep Britain Tidy administers the scheme in England. To be awarded a Blue Flag, beaches must comply with a number of criteria covering environmental education and information, water quality, environmental management, safety and services.


The Seaside Award is run by Keep Britain Tidy and recognises and rewards beaches in England that achieve the highest standards of beach management and, in the case of bathing beaches, meet the required standards for water quality.


Set within 125-acres, the Carbis Bay Estate comprises of the luxury Carbis Bay Hotel with over 45 individually designed rooms, as well as a range of self-catering accommodation and serviced apartments, lodges and suites set against the backdrop of the Estate’s privately owned 25-acre Blue Flag beach.

Facilities at the hotel include the C Bay Spa which offers coastal inspired treatments, a Sunseeker yacht for private excursions and fine dining at The Sands Restaurant. Carbis Bay’s Beach Club is an alluring lounge and outdoor terrace that offers guests a perch to take in panoramic views of the ocean whilst enjoying Mediterranean fair. The Beach Retreat is a private beach hut on stilts above the sands, complete with sundeck and jacuzzi, offering exclusive couple’s spa treatments. All facilities are set within sub-tropical gardens with access to the South West Coast Path which connects Carbis Bay to St Ives in under 25 minutes by foot. For more information, please visit



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